Age group: 14 to 16
Courses at levels A1 to C1
Opportunity to take an exam A1–B1
The international trade fair city of Cologne, with more than one million inhabitants, is a lively and diverse metropolis. This impressive cathedral city on the Rhine has a 2000-year history and plenty of culture to see and experience. With their proverbial easy-going attitude, the Rhineland populace lends a unique note to the city’s cosmopolitan atmosphere.
The Köln-Riehl youth hostel is beautifully situated near the banks of the Rhine, with many of the comfortably appointed dorm rooms and modern classrooms offering unique river views. The Cologne city center, with its many sights and excellent shopping, is just a few minutes away by subway. Attractive excursion destinations include the Phantasialand theme park and of course the wonderful Rhine valley.
A transfer will be offered between Cologne/Bonn airport (CGN) and Köln from 7 am to 6 pm on the official day of arrival and departure (waits may occur).
On the arrival day our staff will meet the teenagers at the exit from the transit area in the arrivals hall of the airport.
They will be carrying a Goethe-Institut sign and also have an official letter as identification. For organizational reasons we regret that we are unable to provide you with the name of this member of our staff earlier than 3 days in advance of the course.
On the day of departure we will accompany the children to the check in desk.
Please inform us of the arrival and departure time and flight numbers after having booked the flight.
If you book a flight that arrives or departs Cologne/Bonn airport before 7 am or after 6 pm, you will be charged a single transfer fee of around 32 €. This transfer will be organized by taxi.
Travel to Cologne Hauptbahnhof (main station), then take the number 18 underground line (towards Thielenbruch) to Boltensternstraße. Walk for 5 minutes from there.
From Aachen, Krefeld and Neuss
take the A57 until the end of the motorway, then get into the left-hand lane (towards Zoobrücke/Messe), after about 1500 m and before the Zoobrücke (bridge) turn right (towards Zoo/Flora), go straight through the crossroads as far as Rheinuferstraße (Niederländer Ufer), turn left at the traffic lights, after 800 m turn right behind the "AXA tower".
take the A555 via Köln-Süd until the end of the motorway (towards Köln-Zentrum), turn right at the roundabout (towards Rheinuferstraße), follow this road several kilometres until the "AXA Tower". Turn right behind the "AXA-Tower".
From Frankfurt or Oberhausen
take the A3 to the Köln-Ost junction, then drive on the motorway (towards Köln-Zentrum), turn right after the Zoobrücke (zoo bridge) (towards Zoo/Flora), turn left at the traffic lights (Niederländer Ufer), turn right after the "AXA Tower".
If you are not able to arrive or depart on the scheduled dates, please plan to arrive on the day after the course starts and leave on the day before the end of the course. Our staff cannot offer transfers or guarantee that you will be looked after before or after the course. There is also no catering available in the boarding school during this time.