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German language summer programs in Aachen

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Learning German in Aachen

Aachen is situated in the border triangle of Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany and right in the heart of Europe. Not only is it a very international city, the students of RWTH, one of the largest technical universities in Europe, add to its flair: young, friendly and always open for conversation.  Participants in the Goethe-Institute's German language summer camps will always find someone to try out their new vocabulary with.

Youth camps

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Youth Summer Camp Aachen: learn and have fun

The language students live in the Euregional Youth Hostel, where the lessons take place as well. Participants in our German course for children and young people live in three- or four-bed rooms. For three weeks, two to three teaching blocks are held daily, during which the students practice reading, listening, writing and speaking. Overall, 28 hours of German lessons are taught each week. Day trips are planned to practice the language outside the classroom with native speakers. A large cultural and leisure program as well as opportunities for sports activities are also offered. Visits to museums and concerts in and around the city are on the timetable of our youth camp in Aachen, as well as beach volleyball or hiking in the Eifel. Since the course takes place in summer, many language camp students are very happy about the beautiful outdoor swimming pool next door. Bathing has a very long tradition in Aachen, even the Romans had built a city here because of the warm mineral water springs.

For example: amusement park, badminton, barbecue, basketball, beach volleyball, bowling, cinema, city walking tours, disco nights, flea market, foosball, gocarting, hiking, horseback riding, minigolf, movie visits, museum visits, soccer, swimming, table tennis, volleyball

Supervised transfer from Düsseldorf airport

A transfer service between Düsseldorf airport (DUS) and the course location in Aachen will be offered from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the official arrival and departure days (waiting times may be involved).

This costs EUR 150 for arrival and departure. You can register for the transfer up to 8 weeks before the start of the course. Please use our online form to register.
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 220.

Individual arrival by plane

You can also organise your arrival yourself. The most convenient airport is Cologne/Bonn (CGN). A taxi transfer from the airport to the course location costs around EUR 170.
Destination address: Jugendherberge Aachen, Maria-Theresia-Allee 260, 52074 Aachen

Individual arrival by train

You can also organise your arrival yourself. The nearest train station is Aachen. A taxi transfer from the train station to the course location costs around EUR 10.
Destination address: Jugendherberge Aachen, Maria-Theresia-Allee 260, 52074 Aachen

Contact before the course starts

Please direct all of your questions and messages to the Goethe Institute's head office before the course starts:
Phone: +49 89 15921-800

Address and telephone numbers during the course

Jugendherberge Aachen
Maria-Theresia-Allee 260
52074 Aachen

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

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Walking through Europe in Aachen

With the Karlsdom from the 8th century, Aachen has a UNESCO world heritage site to offer, which we will also visit during the language camp. The cathedral was once the palatine chapel of Charlemagne, King of the Franks, who ruled his huge empire from Aachen. Medieval alleyways characterize the surroundings of the 14th century town hall, the market place and the area around the cathedral. On a relaxed walk through the town, we explore the historical Aachen.
In the city of Aachen, you can cross the border to the Netherlands with a short walk. Vaals is considered a district of Aachen, but is already in the Netherlands. The Vaalserberg with its 322 meters is the highest mountain of Holland. You can take a bus to the beautiful city of Maastricht, a pretty little town with a magnificent medieval and Renaissance center. In the Aachen district of Bildchen, a road leads to Kelmis in Belgium, where you can enjoy the legendary French fries of our Belgian neighbors. Pristine nature can be found in the Eifel National Park south of Aachen, where you can go hiking or swim and paddle in the crater lakes of the Volcanic Eifel.


European city Aachen Photo: Colourbox.de

European city Aachen

Discover the heart of Europe with its old Roman buildings. Its young inhabitants bring the city to life.

Eifel National Park Photo: Colourbox.de/r.classen

Eifel National Park

All your senses will be awakened here. The national park is known for its deep blue lakes and wooded mountain ranges.

Cultural metropolis Cologne Photo: Colourbox.de/r.classen

Cultural metropolis Cologne

Not only the cathedral makes the Rhine metropolis so impressive, the city also offers an extensive range of cultural events and shopping.

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:

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