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German language summer programs in Freiburg

The warmest spot in Germany.

Freiburg stands for sun, as the University City in the Black Forest is the sunniest city in Germany. And to cool off, the streets of Freiburg have lots of “Bächle”, which are small channels filled with crystal-clear water. Simply dip your feet in them. Especially after a walk to the Schlossberg. Our language camp participants in Freiburg can marvel at the testimonies of an eventful past as well as admire the future-oriented technologies of the solar industry.

Youth camps

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Learn German at the feet of the Schlossberg

The summer language camp of the Goethe-Institut in Freiburg is intended for young people aged 16 to 17. The accommodation is only about 10 minutes walking distance from the center of Freiburg’s beautiful Old Town. What our language summer camp participants from all over the world will notice immediately when they move into their accommodation for the next three weeks, is the enormous solar energy system installed on the facade and roof of the house. This is typical for Freiburg, which sees itself as an innovation and technology hub in the field of renewable energies.

Our housing arrangements with 2- or 3-bed rooms is often the beginning of friendships that literally span the globe. With free WiFi, our course participants are easily connected to the internet, but naturally, their mobile phones are shut off during the lessons. That's 28 hours of German lessons per week, where we teach German reading, writing, speaking and understanding.

The new skills come in handy when we explore Freiburg on a city rally and get to know regional delicacies at the Münstermarkt. There are also two day trips scheduled, giving our participants the opportunity to try out their language skills and see more of the surrounding area.


Sun city Freiburg Photo: Novikov

Sun city Freiburg

Get some sun and cool off in the “Bächle”? Something that just goes hand in hand in the old university city.

Black forest Photo: Reitz-Hofmann

Black forest

The forest that isn't that black. Yet it harbours a few secrets. There are still supposed to be Black Forest gnomes here.

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The city is world famous for its sophisticated casino and even the Romans came here to relax.

For example: amusement park, badminton, barbecues, basketball, beach volleyball, bowling, city walking tours, concerts, cycling, disco nights, flea markets, foosball, handball, hiking, jogging, minigolf, movie nights, museum visits, music room with piano, playing fields, soccer, summer tobogganing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, theater, volleyball

Supervised transfer from Zurich airport

A transfer service between Zurich airport (ZRH) and the course location in Freiburg 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 CHF 640/EUR 585.

Individual arrival by plane

You can also organise your arrival yourself. The most convenient airport is Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (BSL, MLH, EAP). A taxi transfer from the airport to the course location costs around CHF 320/EUR 290.
Destination address: KL Freiburg, Karthäuserstr. 41, 79102 Freiburg

Individual arrival by train

You can also organise your arrival yourself. The nearest train station is Freiburg. A taxi transfer from the train station to the course location costs around EUR 10.
Destination address: KL Freiburg, Karthäuserstr. 41, 79102 Freiburg

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

Course office Freiburg
Karthäuserstr. 41
79102 Freiburg

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

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Freiburg highlights: mighty towers and long Bratwurst

Our young German course students are served three meals a day as well as drinks and refreshments, a vegetarian option is offered at each meal. The non-vegetarians will nevertheless soon have a new favorite meal: the Lange Rote (the long red). This is a very long, reddish grilled sausage in a bun that is offered only at the Münstermarket and is simply delicious. The market is right in front of the Münster, the Freiburg Cathedral, a gothic monument with a 117 meter high tower, which was once called "the most beautiful tower on earth". The Martinstor and the Schwabentor, gate houses that were once part of the city wall around medieval Freiburg, are still preserved.

Since the Middle Ages, little creeks have been flowing through the streets everywhere in the old town, a welcome refreshment on hot summer days and an effective improvement of the inner city climate. All of this will be visited during a city rally. South of Freiburg begins the Black Forest, known for its dense forests, cuckoo clocks and old horror stories. An excursion ontoFreiburg's local mountain Schauinsland, you have a view, which on a good day can extend as far as the French Vosges mountains.

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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