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German language summer programs in the Black Forest

Learning in the beautiful Black Forest.

Densely populated with trees, small streams, endless hiking trails – Hohenwart is located in the heart of the northern Black Forest, offering numerous opportunities for outdoor activities. Don’t miss out on a trip to Heidelberg or Pforzheim, two typical German cities with lots of flair. With this beautiful landscape around them, participants of the Black Forest Language Camp will be able to take home a unique experience, and maybe even a cuckoo clock.

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Learn German at the border of the woodlands

Hohenwart is a district of Pforzheim, but is located about 12 kilometers away from the city center. In a modern and spacious residence, the participants of the German Language Summer Camp are living in 2- or 3-bed rooms with shower and bathroom. They will live together for three weeks with their peers from all over the world. For many participants, it is the beginning of long-lasting friendships across continents.

The students will spend a lot of time together during classes: Each week, they will receive 28 hours of lessons, where German grammar and vocabulary is studied, but also reading and writing, speaking and listening are practiced. Two teaching blocks in the morning, and one in the afternoon on three or four days, ensure that a great learning progress is quickly in evidence. Three meals a day, each with a vegetarian option, provide the necessary energy. Drinks and refreshments are always available during breaks and in the afternoon.

To make the learning success tangible for our language camp participants, we organize excursions and field trips where they can try out their newly acquired language skills. On top of that, we organize a sports, cultural and leisure program that leaves nothing to be desired. A sports field on site as well as a sports hall nearby are available for our young students, on hot days the swimming pool in Pforzheim is just the place to go.


Pforzheim Photo:


The city is described as the gateway to the Black Forest. Whether the Romans who founded the city also saw it that way?

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.

Residential city Heidelberg Photo: iStock

Residential city Heidelberg

Heidelberg is known for its picturesque old town. The highlight of the city is, of course, the castle, one of the most famous ruins in Germany

For example: amusement park, arts workshops, badminton, barbecues, basketball, beach volleyball, bowling, canoeing, cinema, class band, disco nights, dramatic arts, foosball, gymnasium, hiking, horseback riding, jogging, sports field, soccer, swimming, table tennis, volleyball

Supervised transfer from Frankfurt airport

A transfer service between Frankfurt airport (FRA) and the course location in Pforzheim-Hohenwart 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 310.

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 110.
Destination address: Hohenwart Forum, Schönbornstraße 25, 75181 Pforzheim-Hohenwart

Individual arrival by train

You can also organise your arrival yourself. The nearest train station is Pforzheim. A taxi transfer from the train station to the course location costs around EUR 30.
Destination address: Hohenwart Forum, Schönbornstraße 25, 75181 Pforzheim-Hohenwart

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 Hohenwart Forum
Schönbornstraße 25
75181 Pforzheim-Hohenwart

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

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High up on the tower and deep in the woods

In Hohenwart, there is a lookout tower with 192 steps, which is quite the challenge to climb, but the reward of the effort is a breathtaking view over the Black Forest. Pforzheim is often referred to as the gateway to the Black Forest, the name of the town possibly derives from the Latin "Portus" (harbor).

Pforzheim became famous for its jewelry production, a tradition that dates back to the 18th century. Surely, our camp participants will visit the jewelry museum and find a nice souvenir at one of the many artisans. In the Black Forest, which is right in front of our door, we will go on some extended hikes. Here you can easily feel the atmosphere of world-famous fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel or Snow White, which are set in the German forest. The 'Fairy Tale Garden', at Ludwigsburg Palace, is a perfect match for this. Here we make a stop on our way to Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg. We will also visit the romantic university town of Heidelberg, which has the most famous palace ruin in Germany.   

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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