A city of superlatives: not only is Berlin Germany’s largest city with over 3.3 million residents, it is also its liveliest. Each year, key film festivals, concerts and theater premiers are held in the capital, which is also home to such world-famous landmarks as the Brandenburg Gate, the Parliament, the Museum Island (World Heritage) and the illustrious shopping district along the Kurfuerstendamm.
Aside from the Humboldt-Institut Bad Schussenried, our course center in Berlin City is Germany's only residential school for the upper management in the fields of economics, politics, science and culture. Not only do international executives take highly intensive German courses at the school there, but they are also accommodated on campus. The unique blend of learning and leisure ensures swift success in the language acquisition, as German is spoken not only within the classroom, but also during the meals, during the free time after class, in the evenings and on weekends.
Our course center is located in a newly renovated building in the "Berlin-Mitte" district, adjacent to the rapid-transit railway station "Nordbahnhof" and only five minutes walking distance from the next underground railway station.
All participants enjoy full board (three main meals as well as coffee, biscuits and cold beverages during breaks and lessons). The regional cuisine we offer, prepared by our own professional chef,
is of outstanding quality and will satisfy the most discerning palates.
We also provide for vegetarian, dietary or religious restrictions. All
meals are taken
together in the school's dining room. This helps our course participants
to continue practicing and enhancing their German skills outside of the
classroom. Accommodation and full board are included in the course fee.
Laundry service is offered free of charge to our guests.
Berlin is such a multi-faceted city with such an amazing range of options on how to spend the free afternoons and evenings, that it is practically impossible to feel bored there.
On the one hand, there are all the important sights that one should visit to get a glimpse of the important role that Berlin has always played in Germany's history: Brandenburg Gate, once the symbol of the separation, and now the symbol of reunification of the two Germanies; the Reichstag, the German Parliament with the new glass dome, a perfect blend of historical and modern architecture; the remnants of the Berlin Wall, the many memorials (like the new Holocaust Memorial), the various palaces, or the brand new government buildings like the “Kanzleramt”, to name a few.
On the other hand, there are world-renowned museums like the ones on the Museum Island, the Pergamon Museum, the Old Museum, the German Historical Museum, the Bauhaus, the Collection of Egyptian Art. Apart from the many concerts, theaters, cultural events, movie theaters, bars, beer gardens and discos, you can also play all types of sports, or stroll down the Kurfürstendamm, one of Berlin's busiest shopping streets, or take a boat trip on the river Spree and the Havel lakes or simply go on an outing to Wannsee and Grunewald, oases of tranquility ideal for those quiet afternoons in the sun.
Apart from offering an interesting leisure program to our course participants (which is included in the course fee, except for admission charges), we are also happy to help them organize their own activities.
The following list gives some examples of leisure time activities that are possible in Berlin:
Entrance fees and offers marked with * are not included in the course fee.
Every Saturday, we offer our course participants full-day excursions to interesting cities or sights, which are included in the course fee, except for entrance fees. Possible destinations are:
The famous capital of Saxonia in the East of Germany is famous for its world renowned “Zwinger Palace” and the city’s eclectic opera house “Semperoper”, as well as the recently restored “Frauenkirche”, which had been destroyed in World War II and had been kept in ruins as a war-memorial.
Another possible destination for our weekend excursions is Potsdam, called one of the most beautiful cities of Germany, and famous for Sanssouci Palace and Parks, the former summer residence of the Prussian King Frederick the Great, nowadays the greatest World Heritage Site of the country.
A favorite trip is the one to the linked pair of lakes called Wannsee: Both lakes are located on the river Havel and are separated only by the Wannsee bridge. They are the number-one bathing and recreation spot for Berlin, and the Strandbad Wannsee, an open-air lido features one of the longest inland beaches in Europe.
The former city of the Hanseatic League is situated at the southern coast of the Strelasund (a sound of the Baltic Sea separating the island of Rügen from the mainland). The Brick Gothic historic centre of this beautiful medieval city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We will gladly meet our course participants at the closest railway station, which is Berlin Nordbahnhof.
If you wish to be picked up from the airport, we can arrange an
airport transfer service free of charge. The airports from and to which
transfers can be arranged are Berlin Tegel and Berlin Schönefeld.