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Learning German in Bonn

Heather and Matt, German Course 2019 Photo: Goethe-Institut, David Höpfner
Heather and Matt, German Course 2019

Learning German in the former capital.

Rhenish zest for life, sounds of Beethoven, former capital: Learn German in Bonn – and discover the charm of Lonely Planet’s top city! This is a city from which chancellors and electors ruled their realm, perfect for a German course with a side dish of history.#goethebonn

Our institute in Bonn

Goethe-Institut BonnPhoto: Goethe-Institut/A. Hoehner
Media resource centerPhoto: Goethe-Institut
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The Goethe-Institut Bonn is centrally located in the modern building of the Language Learning Center at the University of Bonn. This gives students first-hand experience of university life in Germany. The institute is fully accessible to the disabled.

Facilities and service

  • Six well-equipped classrooms
  • Media resource center
  • WLAN
  • Access to university facilities: canteen, cafés, libraries
  • Common room
  • Accommodation
  • Medical insurance (optional)
  • Airport transfer (on request)
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Enjoy the legendary Rhine valley in Bonn

  • University Photo: Bonn Press Office
  • Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany Photo: Bonn Press Office
  • Rheinpromenade Poto: Presseamt Bundesstadt Bonn
Many artists, poets and composers have expressed their enthusiasm about the beauty of the Rhine and its landscape, including the eponym of the Goethe-Institut, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The beautiful university town Bonn will soon cast a spell over you. The city on the Rhine, south of Cologne, whose origins date back more than 2,000 years, is one of the oldest cities in Germany. It now has approximately 327,000 inhabitants. Several federal ministries are still located in Bonn. With its splendid setting in the Rhine valley backed by the scenery of the Siebengebirge mountains, it is very popular with tourists. The city's character is shaped by the University of Bonn with its 35,000 students, and by the many renowned companies from the communications and logistics industries, including two companies listed in the DAX index. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Deutsche Welle also have their headquarters here.


Bonn is located right next to the Rhine metropolis of Cologne, but in recent years has emerged as a cultural center in its own right. It is home to many major museums such as the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Bonn Museum of Modern Art, and Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik, a museum dedicated to modern German history. The central City Hall and its square as well as the Elector’s palace with its grand gardens are famous places to visit. From May to September, the traditional Bonner Sommer outdoor music festival features a wealth of open-air concerts in every conceivable genre from jazz, reggae, rock and roll and soul to salsa, swing and hiphop. Here, striking up a conversation with the locals is an ideal way to put your newly acquired German skills to the test. The city of Beethoven's birth also offers an outstanding program of classical music, for instance at the annual Beethoven Festival. The house of birth of Ludwig van Beethoven is another highlight of the cultural possibilities.


The many student pubs and cafés in the city centre are the heart of a vibrant social scene. Tourists from Germany and abroad enjoy the lively theatre scene, the open-air concerts and of course the boisterous fun of the Carnival season. Rheinauen Park is nicknamed the city's green lung. With its 40 km network of paths, a large lake and various gardens, the park is a popular place for open-air events, sports and picnics. In the region around Bonn, the Eifel National Park is ideal for hiking, and the Ahr Valley awaits with memorable wine-tasting experiences. The Rhine Valley between Mainz and Cologne is considered to be the most romantic landscape in all of Germany. A tour in a typical excursion boat is great fun, too. You can go up the Rhine to Koblenz, where the Moselle flows into the Rhine. A little further up the river the boat passes the Loreley, the most famous rock in the whole Rhine valley. 

Learn German and enjoy the romantic Rhine Valley

Taking a German course at the Goethe-Institut in Bonn is not only worthwhile because of the beautiful city or the famous Rhine valley in which it is located. You can learn German quickly and intensively in one of our intensive courses with 75 lessons over 15 course days. During the three weeks of a German course at the Goethe-Institut in Bonn, you will notice a significant improvement in your knowledge of German. If you want to take a German course while working in a job, we can also offer German classes in the evening, in the morning and even lessons over the weekend. You can also take part in an online course, whether in one-to-one lessons or in a group.

Six levels of German language training are offered at the Goethe-Institut in Bonn: A1 and A2 are for beginners, B1 and B2 are for students who already know most of the basics, C1 and C2 are the highest possible course levels. You can also take German examinations at the Goethe-Institute in Bonn and receive a Goethe certificate. We can also offer accommodation for your German course in Bonn. You have the possibility to stay with students from all over the world in a local student residence, or enjoy a stay in a partner hotel with a discount. In addition to the German lessons, we offer a varied monthly leisure and cultural program, where our course participants can put their new German language skills into practice.
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

Any other questions? +49 228 95756-0 We would be happy to advise you: bonn@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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