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German language summer programs in Weimar

Learn German with Goethe and Schiller.

Even Schiller and Goethe knew: Weimar is a nice place to live. The small city in eastern Germany is steeped in history and is easy to explore either on foot or in a horse-drawn carriage. Passing the Bauhaus Museum, Goethe House and Schillerhaus. The participants of the summer language camp of the Goethe-Institut may feel particularly inspired when they take their German course in the city of geniuses.

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Learn German where Goethe lived

The eponym of the Goethe-Institut came to Weimar as a young man in 1775, because Prince Carl August was a great admirer of the poet and invited him to come. He stayed for the rest of his life and established Weimar's reputation as a center of literature and art. The students of our language camp will only stay for three weeks, but perhaps afterwards they will have an idea what Johann Wolfgang von Goethe liked about this city.

During these three weeks, the participants of the language course for young people learn German in two or three teaching blocks every day. We learn grammar and vocabulary with the students and practice understanding, writing, reading and speaking German. Apart from using the provided teaching material, we also work with language games and excursions as a means of language learning. With about 28 lessons per week, our students will make visible progress in a short period of time.

Three meals a day as well as refreshments and small snacks are available, vegetarian options and pork-free meals are on offer as alternatives to all dishes. The kitchen works according to the principles of "regional, fresh and organic". The camp participants live in 2- or 3-bed rooms with shower and bathroom, together with students from all over the world.


Goethe city Weimar Photo: Goethe-Institut

Goethe city Weimar

This is where Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the most famous exponent of the German language, lived. Here you can follow in the footsteps of the great poet.

Dresden – Florence of the Elbe Photo: Getty Images

Dresden – Florence of the Elbe

The city is also known as “Florence of the Elbe” due to its valuable art collections and its baroque architecture.

Leipzig Photo: Colourbox.de/Giovanni


The city is a hub of creativity. It’s little wonder that Leipzig is also known as the city of books and where music has a long tradition.

For example: air hockey, arts workshop, badminton, barbecues, basketball, billiards, bowling, cinema, city walking tours, concerts, cycling, disco nights, foosball, go-carting, gymnasium, inline skating, hiking, jogging, movie nights, museum visits, open air theater, playing fields, soccer, summer tobogganing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, theater, volleyball

Supervised transfer from Frankfurt airport

A transfer service between Frankfurt airport (FRA) and the course location in Weimar 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 525.

Individual arrival by plane

You can also organise your arrival yourself. The most convenient airport is Leipzig/Halle (LEJ). A taxi transfer from the airport to the course location costs around EUR 230.
Destination address: Europäische Jugendbildungs- und Jugendbegegnungsstätte Weimar – EJBW, Jenaer Straße 2/4, 99425 Weimar

Individual arrival by train

You can also organise your arrival yourself. The nearest train station is Weimar. A taxi transfer from the train station to the course location costs around EUR 10.
Destination address: Europäische Jugendbildungs- und Jugendbegegnungsstätte Weimar – EJBW, Jenaer Straße 2/4, 99425 Weimar

Contact prior to arrival

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 Europäische Jugendbildungs- und Jugendbegegnungsstätte Weimar - EJBW
Jenaer Straße 2/4
99425 Weimar

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

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Getting to know eastern Germany

Those who stay in Weimar already have a lot of sightseeing on their doorstep. Since our language camp is located in a small park in the middle of the city, we have green surroundings as well as short walk to all the sights. The Anna Amalia Library, Goethe's residence, the Bauhaus Museum, the Goethe-Schiller statue in front of the State Theater or the baroque Belvedere Palace are all within easy reach.

We will also make excursions to Leipzig, Jena, Erfurt or Dresden, visit museums, palaces and castles. Sports activities are on offer, as well: there is a volleyball field, table tennis tables, a balancing course; an open-air and indoor swimming pool is nearby. We also offer climbing in the forest, kayaking on the Ilm or jumping around in a trampoline hall. This way our students have enough opportunity to try out their newly acquired language skills and have lots of fun.

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