Berlin Photo: Goethe-Institut, David Höpfner


The world meets in the heart of Berlin.

Cosmopolitanism, culture, diversity: learn German in the heart of Berlin – and immerse yourself in the capital’s vibrant lifestyle! #goetheberlin

Online courses for adults

Our institute in Berlin

Goethe-Institut Berlin Photo: Goethe-Institut/Andreas Lange
Break room Photo: Goethe-Institut
Media resource center Photo: Goethe-Institut

Goethe-Institut Berlin is situated in the Berlin Mitte district, near Hackesche Höfe, the thriving cluster of courtyards bordered by offices, apartments, galleries, workshops, cafés and shopping, intermeshing the worlds of work, the arts, living, culture, dining and entertainment. The Weinmeisterstrasse underground train station is right outside the door of the institute, and the Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station is a four-minute walk.

Facilities and services

  • 16 well-equipped classrooms
  • Media resource center
  • WLAN
  • Common rooms
  • Accommodation
  • Cultural and recreational program

The city of Berlin

  • Berlin Photo: iStock Getty Images Plus
  • Reichstag dome Photo: Berlin Tourismus
  • French Cathedral at Gendarmenmarkt Photo: Goethe-Institut
  • Brandenburger Tor Photo: Berlin Tourismus
  • Oberbaumbruecke and TV tower Photo: Berlin Tourismus
  • Konzerthaus Berlin at the Gendarmenmarkt square Photo: Berlin Tourismus
  • Main train station Photo: Berlin Tourismus
  • Television tower with viewing café Photo: Berlin Tourismus
  • Bode Museum by night Photo: Berlin Tourismus
  • Hackesche Höfe Photo: Berlin Tourismus
  • Sanssouci Palace Photo: Berlin Tourismus
  • Potsdamer Platz by night Photo: Berlin Tourismus
Berlin, which regained its status as Germany's undivided capital in 1991, ranks among Europe's most-visited cities alongside London, Paris and Rome. The city's resurgence into a new era is physically documented by the many buildings designed by renowned international architects. More than 80 percent of the companies in Berlin are active in the services sector. Knowledge-based and high-tech industries are creating bright prospects for the future. Numerous media companies and publishing houses of national importance have located their headquarters here. Some 135,000 students are pursuing degrees at a total of 31 colleges and universities in Berlin. One-fifth of the city's economic output is generated by the creative and cultural sector – more than in any other German city.


Berlin hosts many international festivals, including the Berliner Theatertreffen, Literaturfestspiele, the Jazzfest and the Biennale contemporary art festival. The international film festival, known as the Berlinale, is the world's largest event of its kind. With three opera houses, more than 50 theaters, approximately 170 museums and collections, 600 commercial galleries, 130 cinemas and countless other arts venues, Berlin is a world-class cultural metropolis. The five museums on the Museumsinsel – an island in the Spree river – are worth a full day alone. Four art academies nurture the talents of the creative minds of the future. Berlin is where the leading lights in the worlds of architecture, art, music, film, dance and theater can meet to exchange ideas and tap into the energy of the many subcultures that find a welcoming and tolerant home here. There is no question: this city is Germany's undisputed creative capital and one of the most exciting cultural hotspots in Europe.


During the day, riverside bars and cafés on the banks of the Spree and Havel offer an inviting setting for a chat, as do the thousands of similar establishments that hem the streets, attracting the young clientele in the buzzing neighborhoods in the center of Berlin. The world-famous Berlin club scene is firmly established alongside New York for its trendsetting role. Berlin is also a green metropolis. Nearly one-fifth of the city's area is covered by forest, interspersed with a labyrinth of rivers and lakes. Tiergarten, Grunewald and the Spandau forest are among the largest green spaces within easy reach for Berliners looking for rest and relaxation. They offer enormous scope for sports and leisure-time activities.

Ann, 33 course participant from the US Photo: Goethe-Institut Frankfurt

I used to find learning German really difficult and I tried lots of different things. But on the language course at the Goethe-Institut, I suddenly started making rapid progress. Lessons were simply highly effective and tailored to the students.

Ann, 33 course participant from the US

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