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German language summer programs in Stein an der Traun

Stein an der Traun © Getty Images

Nature paradise with history.

Nature-lovers and explorers will find lots to do in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Stein Castle is one of the most important castles in Germany with an upper house in the rock face. Or would you rather have a dip in Chiemsee or go on an excursion to Munich? The participants of our summer language camp will certainly enjoy the broad choice of sightseeing and excursion destinations. 

Youth camps

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Learn German in the castle under the other castle

Perhaps Schloss Stein is the most spectacular place where the Goethe-Institut offers a summer language camp. It consists of three parts, of which our accommodation, the Lower Castle, lies at the foot of the 50-metre-high rock, then there is a Cave Castle behind it, which was built into the rock’s massive cave, and the High Castle, a structure dating back to the Middle Ages on top of the rock.

Add to this the fantastic landscape of the Bavarian foothills of the Alps with the mountains on the horizon and a magnificent landscape of forests, meadows and lakes. Since the Lower Castle is used as a boarding school, our camp participants find themselves in a perfect environment to enjoy their German course during their three weeks in Stein. For this purpose, the young people aged between 12 and 15 sit in their classes every day in two or three teaching blocks, together with students from all over the world. During 28 hours of lessons each week, we learn vocabulary and grammar, practice speaking and listening, and we will have some exercises in reading and writing, as well.

The German lessons will be fun with little language games, refreshments and drinks will be available between classes. Three meals a day, each with a vegetarian option, give our language camp participants the necessary power for successful learning and the many activities that follow. In addition to indoor and outdoor sports, the school has music- and workrooms, which we intend to use frequently.


Stein an der Traun Photo: Colourbox.de

Stein an der Traun

In the Middle Ages, a noble family built Germany’s largest cave castle in Stein. It is said that this is where the robber knight, Heinz von Stein, later set out on his raids.

Chiemsee Photo: Colourbox.de/Wolfgang Zwanzger


The third largest lake in Germany is also known as the “Bavarian Sea”. It's well worth taking a trip on it with the paddle steamer.

Mozart city Salzburg Photo: Colourbox.de

Mozart city Salzburg

The city is not only known for its famous composer but also for its beautiful old town.

Mountains, lakes and Bavarian summer

Stein an der Traun is very close to many famous sights in Upper Bavaria, apart from the fact that the town itself is one of them. In order to give our language camp students the opportunity to put their newly acquired German language skills to a test, we undertake many day trips and excursions. We visit the Königssee (King’s Lake) near Berchtesgaden, one of the most idyllic places in Germany. In Berchtesgaden, we find the oldest active salt mine of Germany, which we will explore with the students.

A trip to Salzburg in Austria is another highlight during the German course, as the historic city center has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1996. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born here, which is why Salzburg is called the city of Mozart. Overlooking the city is the imposing Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of the largest preserved castle complexes in Europe.

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? +49 89 15921-800 We would be happy to advise you: jugend@goethe.de