Lehnin is a typical Brandenburg town of 12,000 people located near Potsdam and Berlin. Life here revolves around the town’s monastery, which was founded by Margrave Otto I some 825 years ago, making it the oldest monastery in the Brandenburg March. The abbey with its restored Gothic church is still the focal point of the small but lively town, which is situated in an area of many forests, lakes and rivers.
The beautiful landscape calls for hiking and biking trips, and the great lake right next to our school offers our students opportunities for swimming, sailing or rowing. The proximity of great cities like the German capital Berlin guarantees interesting excursions on the weekends. Also, optional rowing and sailing courses are offered.
We are guests at the Lehnin Institute of Fine Arts and Culture, which is located on the shores of the beautiful “Klostersee” (Monastery Lake) and within walking distance of the town. The Institute was founded in 1991 on the premises of an old sawmill.
As a center of art for the federal state of Brandenburg, it features a wonderful sculpture park and modern, practical buildings, which we use for our German courses in the summer. We can also use the Institute’s many workshops and studios to offer (free) afternoon art lessons for our students, to give wings to their creativity.
Our students live on the campus of the Lehnin Institute for Fine Arts and Culture, situated on the shores of the Lehnin Klostersee (Monastery Lake). The guest houses offer rooms with 2, 3 and 4 beds, each of which are equipped with a shower and bathroom facilities. Most of the rooms offer a splendid view of the forests and the lake surrounding the institute. As our classes take place on the very same premises, our students can conveniently walk to their lessons without leaving the residential campus.
We guarantee that we will choose roommates very carefully, making sure that they 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 free of charge once a week.
After the morning German lessons, our staff ensures that the students are kept busy by providing an interesting sports and leisure program every day. The Lehnin Institute offers a great variety of creative, artistic and technical projects including workshops in sculpting, metal casting, painting and drawing (included in the course fee).
The wonderful location of the school amidst forests and meadows is perfect for mountain biking and hiking, and crystal-clear lakes invite passersby to swim and linger. The Institute also has facilities for table tennis, volleyball and soccer. Student favorites always include campfire evenings next to the lake, as well as optional (=not included in the course fee) sailing and rowing courses. After ten lessons and a big final outing, students will know how to get around safely on the water. Boats are docked right next to school property.
Whatever the students chose to do, our staff of counselors guarantees thorough and reliable 24-hour supervision.
Full day excursions on weekends will take our students to such cities as Potsdam or Berlin, the German capital.
* not included in the course fee
Every Saturday, our counselors organize and accompany full-day excursions. These events and the entrance fees are included in the course fee. Possible destinations are:
The main attraction for students in Berlin-Lehnin is probably a trip to the German capital: Berlin is not only the country’s largest city (with over three million residents) but also the liveliest. The international megalopolis on the Spree River offers a large variety of interesting sights and world-famous landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and the former “Berliner Mauer” (Berlin Wall) which until 1989 marked the dividing line between the “two Germanies”.
Another possible destination for excursions is Potsdam, called one of the most beautiful cities of the country and famous for Sanssouci Palace and Parks, the former summer residence of the Prussian King Frederick the Great, and now the greatest World Heritage site in Germany. The city on the Havel River was historically a centre of European immigration, which is still visible in its culture and architecture, especially in Alexandrowka (known as the “Russian Colony”) and the Dutch Quarter, historic sections which maintain the flair of a city steeped in European tradition.
Every Wednesday afternoon, we also offer our students shorter half-day excursions to regional sights, like a guided tour through the Monastery of Lehnin or a visit to Reckahn Castle; Wednesday outings also include mountain bike trips or fun hikes.
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 Groß Kreutz.
If students wish to be picked up from the airport, we can arrange an airport transfer service for them for a fee. The airports from and to which transfers can be arranged are Berlin Tegel and Berlin Schönefeld. Fees will be doubled for transfers on other days than the official days of arrival and departure.