Eleven students will soon head back to classes at New Milford High School with memories still vivid from a springtime trip to Germany.

As part of a student exchange program, New Milford teens in grades 10 to 12 stayed with host German families in Oestringen, near the historical city of Heidelberg, from April 12 to 29.

The local teens returned the favor to German students May 5 to 22 when they visited New Milford.

The NMHS students were accompanied to Germany by Assistant Principal Elizabeth Curtis and world language teacher Michael Crotta.

"We attended school, and participated in classes and activities," Curtis said.

Among the sites seen by the NMHS students were the famed Heidelberg Castle, the Mercedes Benz museum in Stuttgart, the iconic Köln cathedral in Cologne, Karlsruhe Palace in Karlsruhe and the walled city of Rothenburg.

They also took a Rhine River cruise.

Also on the itinerary were visits with their host families to Munich, Mannheim and the Black Forest.

The trip was conducted through the German American Partnership Program.