German Language Summer Program

The German Language Summer Program takes place in Obertauern, which is situated 1,600 m above sea level, surrounded by the mountains of the Salzburger Land. The best way to explore them is by hiking. Take one of the many cable cars for the first part of the ascent and enjoy the panorama of the Alps on the way.
That’ll give you a lot to put on your Instagram account. In the crisp and clean alpine air learning German works particularly well at the Goethe-Institut youth summer camp.

Learn German – the adventure of your life

Our language camp participants in the mountains around Salzburg will be in one of the most beautiful surroundings that Austria has to offer, and that means something. Many of the 3- or 4-bed rooms with shower and bathroom, in which the students are living for two weeks, have a wonderful view from their window onto the Alpine summits.

We offer the language camp participants many leisure and sports activities, whether in the beautiful landscape around us or directly at our youth hotel. Of course, they have to complete their German lessons first, which consist of two blocks of lessons in the morning and three to four times a week one block in the afternoon. Between two teaching blocks, there are breaks with refreshments and drinks, and at lunchtime, we eat together in the beautiful dining room of our youth-friendly accommodation. As with breakfast and dinner, there will always be a vegetarian option.

On weekends and after classes, our students can enjoy their free time, whether on the soccer field right in front of the hotel, the beach volleyball court, the trampoline facility or, during a spell of rain, in the sports hall. Two multimedia cinemas and a fully equipped disco ensure an exciting evening program. We also offer guided hiking tours in this beautiful environment, because alpine meadows, clear mountain lakes and peaks up to 3000 meters want to be discovered.

At a glance

  • Course duration: 2 weeks, 10 course days
  • Length: 56 lessons (45 minutes each)
  • Age: 12-16 years
  • Schedule: Lessons Monday-Friday, mornings, 09:00-12:30 and 3-4 times a week in the afternoons, 14:00-15:30 (no lessons on arrival and departure days)
  • Training in reading, listening, writing and speaking skills
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Levels: A1, A2, B1, B2
  • Cultural and leisure programme
  • 1 day excursion included
  • Max. Number of participants per class: 16
  • Course price: EUR 2,190

Date:
Termin Obertauern 2021

Transfer Included

We take care of the safe transfer between Vienna airport and the language camp in Obertauern for the arrival and departure of the young people.

​Insurance Included

The protection of your children is taken care of. After leaving their home country, all youth camp participants are protected by health insurance, as well as accident and liability insurance.

  • Obertauern in Österreich Foto: Young Austria
  • Obertauern in Österreich Foto: Young Austria
  • Obertauern in Österreich Foto: Young Austria

For example: arts workshop, barbecues, basketball, cable car, canoeing, cycling, disco nights, field hockey, hiking, movie night, museums, riding, rock climbing wall (on premises), soccer, swimming, table tennis, volleyball

  • Es geht hoch hinauf… Foto: Goethe-Institut/Klara Lindinger

  • Plakate basteln Foto: Goethe-Institut/Lena Klambauer

  • In Salzburg Foto: Goethe-Institut/Klara Lindinger

Supervised transfer from Vienna airport

A transfer service between Vienna airport (VIE) and the course location in Obertauern will be offered from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the official arrival and departure days (waiting times may be involved).
 
One of our employees will be waiting at the transit area exit in the arrivals hall to greet the children when they arrive.
 
He/she will be carrying a Goethe-Institut sign and will have identification. For organisational reasons, we cannot tell you the name of the employee until three days before the start of the course, at the earliest.
 
On the departure day, we will accompany your child as far as the airport check-in.
 
In the event of the flight being delayed, please note that a transfer outside the official transfer times will not be possible. In this case, you will have to take a taxi instead. The costs are around EUR 400.

Individual arrival by plane

You can also organise your arrival yourself. The most convenient airport is Salzburg (SZG). A taxi transfer from the airport to the course location costs around EUR 150.
Destination address: Jugendhotel Obertauern, Tauernhofstr. 3, 5562 Obertauern / Österreich

Individual arrival by train

You can also organise your arrival yourself. The nearest train station is Radstadt. A taxi transfer from the train station to the course location costs around EUR 55.
Destination address: Jugendhotel Obertauern, Tauernhofstr. 3, 5562 Obertauern / Österreich

Contact before the course starts

Please direct all of your questions and messages to the Goethe Institute's head office before the course starts: 
jugend@goethe.de

Contact during the course

Course office Obertauern / Austria
Tauernhofstr. 3 
5562 Obertauern
Austria

Phone and E-mail: will be communicated on Friday before the course starts.

Young learners course blog

blog.goethe.de/jugendkurse
 

From the summit into the salt mine with Mozart

In order to give our language camp participants the opportunity to use their new German language skills, we make field trips, for example to Salzburg. The historic city center has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1996. A stroll through the alleys and small market places conveys a feeling for the life of the people during the baroque and rococo period. This is the time and the place where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born, a fact that Salzburg is visibly proud of. The Hohensalzburg Fortress is one of the largest castle complexes in Europe and worth an extended visit. The splendor was paid for with the natural salt from the area around Salzburg, the Salzkammergut, which is why we will make an exciting discovery trip underground in one of the old salt mines.

We will also visit the magnificent Hellbrunn Palace with its famous trick fountains. But the language summer camp students will also have a lot of fun in the immediate vicinity of Obertauern, like the high ropes course, with the cows on the mountain pastures, at the Gollinger waterfall or in the deer park Untertauern.
We reserve the right to organise day trips close to nature in case of high incidence values and possible endangerment of our conservation concept.

Highlights

Obertauern Photo: Colourbox.de/Tomasz Zajda Virrage Images Inc

Obertauern

Obertauern offers a very special experience of high mountains. With good air and its altitude, it is also suitable if you suffer from allergies.

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.

Mysterious alpine caves Photo: Colourbox.de

Mysterious alpine caves

Do you know the difference between stalactites and stalagmites? After visiting the cave, you’ll know for sure.

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

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