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Internationale Deutscholympiade
Visiting Freiburg

The Internationale Deutscholympiade is being hosted in Freiburg, Breisgau in 2018. Nestling between the Black Forest and the Rhine valley, Freiburg is situated in the triangle between Germany, France and Switzerland.

Freiburg is a sunny city with plenty of history and a vibrant day-to-day life. But Freiburg is also a young city. Of the approx. 250 000 people living here, at least 35 000 are students. You notice that as you stroll through the streets, in and out of the numerous little cafés and parks, at concerts or taking part in outdoor sports.

Freiburg is a green city. Not just because there are many parks in and around the city, but also because both private individuals and companies are good at putting environmental concepts into practice. Solar panels and wind turbines to harvest energy are just as much a part of Freiburg as the cyclists you can see all around the city. The entire district of Vauban is even designed on the basis of ecological factors.

  • Goethe-Institut Freiburg Foto: Uli Reinhard
    Goethe-Institut Freiburg
  • Jugendherberge Freiburg Außenterrasse Foto: Jugendherberge Freiburg
    Jugendherberge Außenterrasse
  • United World College Foto: Robert-Bosch-College/UWC
    United World College
  • Garten United World College Foto: Robert-Bosch-College/UWC
    Garten United World College
  • Kollegiengebäude Universität Freiburg Foto: Sandra Meyndt
    Kollegiengebäude Universität Freiburg
  • Freiburger Münster Foto: Melissa-Ann-Fauth
    Freiburger Münster
  • Altstadt mit „Bächle“ Foto: Schonen/FWTM
    Altstadt mit „Bächle“
  • Rathausplatz Freiburg Foto: Raach/FWTM
    Rathausplatz Freiburg
  • Schwabentor Foto: Raach/FWTM
  • Sonnenschiff Foto: Schoenen/FWTM
  • Universitätsbibliothek Foto: Max Orlich
  • Fluss Dreisam Foto: Sabine Erlenwein
    Fluss Dreisam
  • Stadtteil Vauban Foto: Schoenen/FWTM
    Stadtteil Vauban
  • Ballhaus Freiburg Foto: Sabine Erlenwein
    Ballhaus Freiburg


Competitors stay in the youth hostel. They are separated into girls’ and boys’ areas, where they share a room between three to four students, occasionally five. All rooms are furnished the same and have an en-suite bathroom. The young people and chaperones from Freiburg, who also stay in the youth hostel, are given breakfast, lunch and evening meals there.

The accompanying teachers are accommodated in the city centre in a very attractive hotel, from which it is a short walk to the Goethe-Institut.

The youth hostel is in a picturesque green setting, on the banks of the river Dreisam. It takes 30 minutes to reach the city centre by tram. The Robert Bosch College, where the actual competition for the young people is being held, is just 10 minutes’ walk from the youth hostel.

Of course, all IDO visitors will be introduced to the beautiful Goethe-Institut in Freiburg. The accompanying teachers will hold some of their workshops there, the young people will visit for one-off events.


After the official welcome for IDO participants on Monday 16th July, the preparation phase for the language competition itself begins. All students take part in a variety of workshops, which prepare them well for the tasks ahead. From the middle of the first week the German learners then spend mornings and afternoons at the Robert Bosch College. They are guided by chaperones as they compose the work for presentation to the jury later.

Later in the afternoon or after dinner there is a varied programme of leisure activities – or sometimes just free time to relax or make new friends. A group outing for all students, accompanying teachers and chaperones is planned for the weekend. Where are they going? It’s a surprise…