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German language summer programs in Michelbach

Enjoy the countryside.

The small town near Schwäbisch Hall is dominated by a castle that is used as an  educational establishment, offering an ideal learning environment. And the surrounding hills offer plenty opportunities to have some fun, go hiking or cycling.
At the Goethe-Institut's summer language camp for children from 9 to 12 years, our students can feel as if they are in a holiday paradise. After classes, that is.

Youth camps

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Learn German in a real castle

At the Goethe-Institut's Kids Camp, our young students not only learn German intensively, but also the team spirit in a group whose members literally come from all over the world. It is not uncommon that roommates in the 2- or 3-bed rooms form friendships that literally span accross continents.

The Children's German course entails 28 hours of lessons each week, in which the participants learn German at different levels, with language games loosening up the lessons. Grammar and vocabulary are essential for students and therefore can`t be avoided. We also practice speaking, understanding, writing and reading in German. Between two teaching blocks, there are breaks with refreshments and drinks, lunch is taken together at noon. As with breakfast and dinner, we always offer a vegetarian option.

On three to four days, there will also be afternoon classes, but on the weekends and after classes our students can devote their free time completely to their entertainment. We offer a comprehensive sports, cultural and recreational program to ensure that our students never get bored. To put their new German language skills into practice, we make field trips to the surrounding area, to a farm, an open-air museum or to the farmers market in Schwäbisch Hall.  


Schwäbisch Hall Photo: Goethe-Institut

Schwäbisch Hall

The picturesque little town is the epitome of medieval romance, but also offers plenty of leisure activities.

Nature trail in Mainhardt Photo: Colourbox.de

Nature trail in Mainhardt

Here you can observe animals in their natural environment.

Feuchtwangen children's theatre Photo: Colourbox.de/Boris Breytman

Feuchtwangen children's theatre

Have you ever heard of Robber Hotzenplotz? Here you can see the story of Kasperl (the clown) and Seppel.

For example: arts workshops, barbecues, basketball, city walking tours, class band, disco nights, foosball, hiking, horseback riding, movie nights, museum visits, music room with piano, open air theater, sports field, rental instruments, soccer, swimming, table tennis, tennis, theater

Supervised transfer from Frankfurt airport

A transfer service between Frankfurt airport (FRA) and the course location in Michelbach 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 375.

Individual arrival by plane

You can also organise your arrival yourself. The most convenient airport is Stuttgart (STR). A taxi transfer from the airport to the course location costs around EUR 180.
Destination address: Evangelisches Schulzentrum Michelbach, Aufbaugymnasium, Schlossweg 5-7, 74544 Michelbach an der Bilz

Individual arrival by train

You can also organise your arrival yourself. The nearest train station is Schwäbisch Hall. A taxi transfer from the train station to the course location costs around EUR 20.
Destination address: Evangelisches Schulzentrum Michelbach, Aufbaugymnasium, Schlossweg 5-7, 74544 Michelbach an der Bilz

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

c/o Evangelisches Schulzentrum Michelbach
Schlossweg 5-7
74544 Michelbach an der Bilz

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

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Pristine nature around Michelbach

If you live in a castle, you probably have a suitable park, as well. The castle in Michelbach is no exception, but since it is also a school, this castle park consists of sports fields and playgrounds, large meadows and old trees. The landscape around Michelbach is green, hilly and full of woods and fields. The area lies on the border between Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria in the south of Germany.

We will not only visit the district town of Schwäbisch Hall, a trip to Stuttgart is planned, too, where we will visit Wilhelma. It is a combination of a zoo and a botanical garden. Most people have never heard of the tiny village of Giengen an der Brenz, but it is home to the favorite museum of all children: Steiff's plush toy museum. It was here that Margarete Steiff, despite her polio affliction, successfully built a stuffed animal factory in the 19th century, which later achieved world fame thanks to the famous teddy bear.  

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