Wittgenstein Castle, where this course takes place, is located on a hill above the town of Bad Laasphe, surrounded by the charming scenery of the Rothaar Mountains, a famous nature preserve. Bad Laasphe is a well-known, picturesque German spa town about 120 km east of Cologne. The romantic River Lahn meanders through the historic town center with its timber-framed houses, adding to the picture-book atmosphere. The area around Bad Laasphe is densely wooded and offers about 200 km of hiking paths.
For a fee, students can also ride the school’s own horses in either the indoor riding arena or two outdoor riding pastures.
Parents may book a German course as well. Classes will be held separately from the children's, yet in the same building. This way, they can monitor their child's progress and see for themselves what it takes to learn German. Excursions and daytrips are for everybody. Great fun to have by everyone, parents and children alike. Don't miss out on the experience of being asked by your child whether you already did your homework for the next day!
Courses for parents differ in content from the regular junior intensive courses. For parents, we put more emphasis on achieving success in daily situations, teaching a German that may be used instantly. Parents may choose between four different kinds of accomodation, single or double bed rooms either in the school or in the castle.
The boarding school is located at the famous Castle of Wittgenstein, ancestral home of the illustrious Sayn-Wittgenstein dynasty, and mentioned first as early as 1187. The school is a successful combination of historic and modern buildings. The campus is surrounded by woods and forests, and features ample sports facilities and even its own riding stables.
Our students live on the beautiful campus of Castle of Wittgenstein. Boys and girls are accommodated separately in rooms with three to four beds. The rooms have shared facilities. We are very careful when matching roommates and try to make sure that they have approximately the same age, a similar German knowledge, and are, if possible, of different native languages, so that they will be encouraged to practice their German with each other.
The pupils are supervised 24 hours per day. Teachers and counselors live on campus, as well.
We provide full board for our students, which includes three main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as well as two snacks a day.
Laundry service is offered free of charge once a week.
The boarding school’s premises are ideal for our youngest students, as they can run freely on the absolutely secluded and safe campus. The great sports facilities guarantee fun leisure time: the school provides an extra large gym of more than 1400 square meters, two indoor tennis courts, two sport fields for volleyball, basketball, streetball and soccer. Visits to the nearby outdoor and indoor swimming pools will be organized by our counselors. Another highlight: Wittgenstein is the perfect location for the horse fancier. The school owns several horses and horseback riding is offered for a small fee.
But even for those who don’t enjoy sports, there are several options to keep busy and entertained after class: Apart from physical activities, our staff will also organize creative workshops (handicrafts, painting, theater), game parties and ping-pong tournaments, as well as excursions to picturesque towns and sights in the region; weekend trips will even be to big cities like Cologne, Marburg or Bonn.
Parents are of course invited to take part in every activity and in every excursion!
* not included in the course fees
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 famous megalopolis on the Rhine with its world-renowned Gothic Cathedral, the “Koelner Dom” (Cologne Cathedral), the biggest Gothic church in northern Europe
A wonderful, Gothic/Renaissance city on a hill, famous for its medieval churches, its university and its castle
The former German capital, an international city located on the Rhine, and also the birthplace of the famous composer Beethoven
Every Wednesday afternoon, we additionally offer our students shorter half-day excursions to sights in the regions, such as the Lahn Valley, the educational Path of the Planets, and the stalactite caverns of Attendorn.
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 Laasphe.
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.