Bad Duerkheim is located in the mildest climatic zone north of the Alps. The weather forecast there calls for warm, sunny conditions. This historic health resort, which can trace its history back over a thousand years, nestles in the area where the eastern hills run into the Palatine Forest, one of the largest nature parks in Germany. Today the spa town has a population of approx. 20,000 inhabitants and is one of Germany’s largest wine-growing districts. It offers not only Mediterranean climate with southern flair, but also the proverbial cheerful nature of people from the Palatinate.
Situated right on the German “Weinstrasse,” or wine trail, Bad Duerkheim is surrounded by numerous valleys, impressive hills and medieval fortresses and castles. It is the ideal starting point for hikes and bike rides, as well as for excursions to nearby sights and famous cities like Heidelberg, which is only some 30 minutes away and can be viewed from the town on a clear day.
We are guests in Christophorus House, a welcoming Youth Hostel owned by the Dioceses of Speyer, and situated in the western part of Bad Duerkheim. Course participants are accommodated in rooms with 2, 3 or 4 beds and shared facilities. Our classes take place on the very same premises, so that our students can conveniently reach their lessons without leaving the campus.
The school, which offers a great infrastructure for sports and leisure activities, is within walking distance from the center and offers wonderful views past the town and stretching for miles across the Rhine valley.
Our course participants stay in the residence of our school, which is located in the friendly St. Christophorus Youth Hostel in the western part of Bad Duerkheim, not far from the town center. All rooms are multi bed rooms (with 2 to 4 beds), some of which have their own bathrooms and showers while others have shared facilities. Girls and boys stay on different floors of the same building, which has fantastic views over the valley of the Rhine River.
As always, we will make sure that the students who share a room will be approximately of the same age, have a similar German knowledge, and do not speak the same native language, so that they can practice their German with each other.
We provide full board for our students, which includes three main meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as well as one snack.
Laundry service is offered to our students free of charge once a week.
After the classes, our counselors ensure that the students have a full sports and leisure program every day (included in the course fee). Volleyball, basketball, streetball and soccer can be played on the school’s own sports grounds. In addition, there are plenty of outdoor ping-pong tables, an arts and crafts room and a games room with a foosball table. The house’s own “Rick’s Cafe” is an inviting venue for private parties. We also have mountainbikes available for our students, and organize interesting bike rides.
On hot summer days our guests can cool off at a pleasant outdoor swimming pool in town. The center of Bad Duerkheim can be reached on foot in 20 minutes. Whatever the students chose to do, our counselor staff guarantees thorough and reliable round-the-clock supervision.
Saturdays include full-day excursions to world famous cities like Heidelberg, Frankfurt, Cologne and Trier.
Every Saturday, our counsellors organize and accompany full-day excursions with a great variety of excursions to interesting cities. These events and the entrance fees are included in the course fee. Possible destinations are:
The romantic university town on the Neckar river, with its famous castle ruins towering impressively on a hill
The oldest city of Germany enchants with historically significant buildings
An important town during the Holy Roman Empire, with the world’s biggest Romanesque cathedral
One of Europe’s oldest towns, also called the city of the Nibelungs, located on the Rhine river
Germany’s financial capital and the historical city of coronation on the banks of the Main river
The famous megalopolis on the Rhine with its world-renowned Gothic cathedral, the "Koelner Dom" (Cologne Cathedral) the biggest Gothic church in northern Europe
Every Wednesday afternoon, we also take our students on shorter half-day excursions to regional sights, like Hardenburg Castle, the ruins of a huge famous 13th century fortress in the Palatine Forest.
Wherever we take our students, we guarantee reliable supervision during the trip.
We will gladly pick up our students from the closest railway station free of charge.
The name of that station is Bad Duerkheim.
If students wish to be picked up from the airport, we can arrange an airport transfer service for them for a fee. The only airport from and to which transfers can be arranged is Frankfurt am Main. Fees will be doubled for transfers on other days than the official days of arrival and departure.