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Learning German in Berlin

Marcela, German Course 2019 Photo: Goethe-Institut, David Höpfner
Marcela, German Course 2019

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!  If you want to experience the legendary hustle and bustle of Berlin alongside a German course, you can book a language course there right now. #goetheberlin

Our institute in Berlin

Goethe-Institut BerlinPhoto: Goethe-Institut/Andreas Lange
Break roomPhoto: Goethe-Institut
Media resource centerPhoto: 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
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Would you like to have an unforgettable stay in Berlin?

Berlin is colourful, cosmopolitan and always in tune with the times. Summer is an especially good time to discover the city when lots of things are happening outside: in the park, at the lake, on the Spree or in the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Whether it’s your first visit to Berlin or whether this is a repeat visit to Germany’s capital city, our cultural and leisure programme will enable you to get first-hand experience of Berlin.

City tours will help you get to know Berlin’s diverse neighbourhoods from a new perspective. What kind of people live in Berlin and what are the issues that concern them most? From fashion, to sustainability or street art: experience Berlin’s diversity locally. Berlin is more than a big city, it also has a lot to offer in terms of nature. Take part in our sport activities or relaxed excursions and discover the nature in and around Berlin. Visits to Berlin’s famous museums and world-famous sights are, of course, also part of any trip to the city.

In addition to the lessons, leisure activities offer you not only an opportunity to practice your German but also to get to know people at a café or games afternoon. On long summer evenings, Berlin comes alive to show its most exciting side: go with us to the open-air cinema, go to concerts or discover the best bars in the city.
  • 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 inspires!

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.
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.

Ann, 33 course participant from the US

Learn German the way you need it

The Goethe-Institut in Berlin offers a German course for every taste and every need. If you want to learn German quickly and in a focused way, you can book an intensive course of 50 lessons. This course will take two weeks and is offered in a 2-week cycle. If you want to learn for longer, you can follow up directly with the next course.
Tip: if you book two or three intensive courses at a time, you will receive a discount when booking.

We offer evening classes if you want to take a German course alongside your job. If you have very specific requirements such as technical language or further training in companies, we can work out a course concept for you that amounts to "German on demand". We can also make you an offer for individual lessons or small groups on request. Before starting, the participants of the German courses have to pass a placement test to assess their current German language competence. We offer six different levels: Levels A1 and A2 are for beginners in German, B1 and B2 build on this knowledge, C1 and C2 are the highest possible courses, crowned with the Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom.

If required, we can arrange accommodation for our course participants, either with host families or in a hotel. In addition to the lessons, we also offer an extensive recreational and cultural program where our students can practice their language skills. 
We are happy to advise you +49 89 1222 3 1222 from Mon to Fri, 8am – 6pm: berlin@goethe.de

Booking forms

You can register for German courses online in our shop and pay via Visa/Mastercard or PayPal. Customers who do not pay their course fee themselves can use our interactive booking form to register and provide us with a different billing address. Selecting your choice of course location will send the form to the course location of your choice.

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