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German language summer programs Berlin-Wannsee

Berlin-Wannsee © Samuel Zeller on Unsplash

The favourite place for the capital city's residents.

Right at the gates of the capital, there’s a lake with a very special feature: the Wannsee, which holds the record for being Europe's biggest bathing spot. So: pack your swimwear. If it’s not the weather for swimming, Berlin's city center and the palaces and gardens of Potsdam are within easy reach. In a beautiful old villa by the lake, our students can learn German in a relaxed atmosphere and try out their new language skills right away in Berlin.

Youth camps

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Learn German at the lake

In our summer language camps at Wannsee, the participants are living together for three weeks in 3- or 4-bed rooms with shower and bathroom. The former villa, built by a wealthy banker in 1908, consists of the main house, the coach house and an extensive park. In these surroundings, the students can attend their German lessons in peace and quiet, while the exciting capital of Germany is right on the doorstep.

During a week of 28 German lessons, divided into two to three blocks per day, the lake and the park are available to the students for recreation, in addition to many sports and cultural activities. The villa offers a theater stage, where the students can try out their German skills, and a music room with a piano. Learning demands a lot of energy, so we offer our students three meals a day and additional drinks and refreshments during breaks and in the afternoon. Vegetarian and pork-free options are available as an alternative at all meals.


Wannsee Photo: Colourbox.de


The highlight at Wannsee is the elegant villa directly at the lake. The bathing area is not far from there.

World city Berlin Photo: Getty Images

World city Berlin

Experience Germany's capital city! The place where exciting culture merges with creative people.

Potsdam’s palaces Photo: Colourbox.de

Potsdam’s palaces

How about a stroll where Prussian kings used to walk? Today, Potsdam’s palaces are World Heritage sites.

Potsdam's Prussian palaces and Berlin highlights

One of our day trips takes our participants to Potsdam, where the famous Sanssouci Palace of the Prussian King Frederic II and its beautiful park are explored. The German language camp participants will visit the most important sights of Berlin: The Reichstag building, Alexanderplatz, Brandenburg Gate, Victory Column, the Museum Island with the world-famous bust of Nefertiti, Berlin has more sights than we can visit in three weeks of our German language camp.

For many students the computer game museum in Friedrichshain is a real highlight, the GDR museum is another great destination for our students. A visit to a flea market in Berlin is a great opportunity to try out the new German language skills with haggling to get a nice souvenir at a bargain price.

During a visit to the Bundestag, we can listen to parliamentarians from all corners of Germany. To get a completely different view of the city, we will get onto the river: We can take the excursion boat along the river Spree, through the government quarter and past Bellevue Palace, the seat of the President, and explore the many unknown canals, lakes and bays of Berlin by kayak, which hardly any tourist ever gets to see.

Further information

Hannah, 23, supervisor on the youth camps Photo: Goethe-Institut/Thomas Koy

“We manage to get along with each other on the courses in a peaceful, happy and tolerant manner – so you think to yourself: it's not that difficult and it must be possible for the rest of the world to manage!”

Hannah, 23, supervisor on the youth camps

Any other questions? We would be happy to advise you: jugend@goethe.de