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Appalachian State Volleyball to Tour and Play in Europe Over the Summer

App State head volleyball coach Sarah Rumely Noble has announced a trip to Europe for the Mountaineers this summer. It will be the first foreign trip in program history.

The Mountaineers will travel across the sea from May 31-June 11, making stops in eight cities and competing in 4-5 matches with teams from different countries along the way.

“I am so excited to announce our foreign trip this summer, which we have been working hard to make happen since I got here,” Rumely Noble said. “I am thankful for our administration for being on board as well as all of the donors and friends of the program who have stepped up to make this happen. Having the opportunity to take our athletes to new countries and experience different cultures will be an invaluable experience.This trip will benefit our program by getting to compete against different teams this summer as well as build our camaraderie as we head into our 2024 season.”

Munich, Germany | Millionendorf: Village of a Million People
Landing in Europe on June 1, the Mountaineers will have the opportunity to explore Munich, Germany before heading to Prague, Czech Republic. Munich is often dubbed “Germany’s most livable city” and was the capital of Bavaria until 1871. The main square is Marienplatz, which is adorned with a glockenspiel that sounds twice a day. The square also houses both New City Hall and Old City Hall. Munich is also known for Oktoberfest.

Prague, Czech Republic | Stověžaté město: City of a Hundred Spires
Ahoj! The Mountaineers will arrive in Prague on June 1 and spend time in the city until June 3.

Nicknamed the City of a Hundred Spires, Prague was the ancient capital of Charles IV’s Bohemian Kingdom and played an important role in the development of Central Europe as far back as the Middle Ages. The Mountaineers will spend a day sightseeing at Prague Castle, which was likely founded around 880 by Prince Bořivoj of the Premyslid Dynasty. The castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Mountaineers will have the opportunity to explore Old Town Square, or Staroměstské náměstí in Czech, which has served as the city’s main marketplace for more than 1,000 years and was founded in the 12th century. The square features the world-famous Astronomical Clock as well as the Church of Our Lady before Týn, the Rococo Kinský Palace, and Jan Hus Memorial.

Vienna, Austria | Stadt der Träume und der Musik: City of Dreams and Music
Guten Tag! On the way to Maribor, the Mountaineers will make a stop in Vienna, Austria on June 4. Vienna is the capital of Austria and integral to the history of classical music, having been the home of composers Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Franz Schubert in the 19th century. The capital’s sights include the Hofburg Treasury, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Schönbrunn Palace, and other historic locations.

Maribor, Slovenia | Mesto najstarejše trte: City of the Oldest Vine
The Mountaineers will spend June 5-6 in Maribor, Slovenia, which is the second-largest city in Slovenia. Maribor is the site of the oldest vine in the world, which has grown in the old city center for more than 400 years.

The Mountaineers will have the opportunity to take the chair lift up the majestic Pohorje Mountain for meals at Marjan’s Hut and Koca Hut. Pohorje Mountain is home to 90 species of birds and more than 700 species of butterflies, including the biggest butterfly species in Europe: the giant peacock moth. The Mountaineers will also be able to ride down the mountain on the Alpine Slide and take a private gondola ride.

In the city center, the Mountaineers will be able to shop and sightsee by bike. The Mountaineers will also share a meal at the renowned Doppler Winery, which was established in 1815 and has been in the Doppler family since 1938. Maribor is also home to the Dras Center, a hotspot for international volleyball.

Lake Bled & Ljubljana, Slovenia | Zmajevo mesto: The Dragon City
On June 7, the Mountaineers will depart for Ljubljana, Slovenia and make a stop at Lake Bled for lunch and an afternoon at the lake. At the lake, the Mountaineers will be able to swim to the island, which has 99 steps from the dock to the summit, where the Church of the Assumption resides.

During the year of the dragon, the Mountaineers will be able to explore the Dragon City, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Ljubljana is midway between Vienna and Venice, which is represented by the Triple Bridge. The Mountaineers will be able to explore Ljubljana’s city center, Prešernov trg Square, which includes the Franciscan Church, monument to poet France Prešeren, and the Triple Bridge. Across the Triple Bridge sits the Central Market and Dragon Bridge.

Venice, Italy | La città galleggiante: The Floating City
Ciao! The Mountaineers will begin the Italian leg of their trip in Venice on June 8. Venice, Italy is known by many nicknames, such as “La Dominante,” “Serenissima,” “Queen of the Adriatic, “City of Water,” “City of Masks,” and so on. The Mountaineers will sightsee in Venice and have the opportunity to ride water taxis or walk to St. Mark’s Square, also known as Piazza San Marco. In the square resides St. Mark’s Basilica, which features more than 8,000 square meters of mosaics, offers a viewpoint of the square, and houses the bones of Saint Mark. The Mountaineers can also explore Palazzo Ducale (the Doge’s Palace), which was the main political and judicial core for the Venetian government until the Venetian Republic fell in 1797.

Verona & Lake Como, Italy | La città dipinta: The Painted City
On June 9, the Mountaineers will head to Verona and Lake Como. Verona, which is between Venice and Milan, is well known from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The House of Juliet, where the Cappello family – one of the families Shakespeare drew inspiration from – once lived, is a popular spot where people are able to pose on the balcony or in the courtyard. It is also famous for the letters that are addressed to Juliet that are responded to by the Juliet Club, which inspired the 2010 movie Letters to Juliet. Verona is also known as the “Gateway to Italy” and is one of the oldest cities in Italy.

Lake Como or Lago di Como or Lario, is the third largest Italian lake. Lake Como is home to several villages including destinations Bellagio, Varenna, and Como, which feature villas, beaches, and botanical gardens to explore.

Milan, Italy | Capitale mondiale della moda: Fashion Capital of the World
The Mountaineers will explore the fashion capital of the world, Milan, Italy, on June 10. Milan was one of the leading cities of the Italian Renaissance and is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper, which is on display at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. While in Milan, the Mountaineers will be able to explore the city center as well as the Duomo and Galleria. The Duomo or Duomo di Milano is the fourth-largest cathedral in Europe and houses a museum where tourists are able to walk the terraces of the cathedral. The Mountaineers will also check out the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which is a neoclassical building known for its high-end boutiques including the original Prada store.

The Mountaineers will return to Boone on June 11.

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