The picturesque little town of Meersburg with a population of about 5,600 people is located on the northern shores of Lake Constance. Surrounded by orchards and vineyards, it offers a marvelous view of the imposing peaks of the Swiss and Austrian Alps.
But it is not only the romantic region that makes this course center so popular with our students: the proximity of the lake is ideal for swimming and sunbathing, and the gorgeous old part of town is perfect for going shopping or taking a stroll in an idyllic atmosphere. The lakeside promenade with its many cafés is a favorite place for relaxing and observing life on the water, with the wonderful mountains in the background.
Meersburg was named after the town’s impressive 1,400-year old fortress, the oldest one in Germany that is still in use. A magnificent baroque castle and many well-preserved half-timbered houses also figure among the town’s outstanding buildings. Despite its small size, Meersburg is a wonderfully lively town which offers an amazing variety of recreational opportunities.
Our courses are held in the “Jugendmusikschule” music school in the town of Meersburg. The gorgeous historic building where we teach German to our international students is located in the very center of the town and features bright, modern classrooms.
The music school is situated right next to the baroque castle. The convenient location of the school in the middle of the historic downtown area of Meersburg makes it very attractive to our students, as right after their classes they can enjoy the lively atmosphere of the pedestrian zone of this beautiful town.
In Meersburg our students can choose between accommodation in host families or the JUFA hostel. The JUFA hostel is situated in the city center in close proximity to our school. Most of the host families live within walking distance from the school, and if they don’t, our students will be given a bicycle free of charge in return for a deposit payment.
Many local families of Meersburg have become traditional hosts for our students; they enjoy the international atmosphere and want to give their international visitor insight into their lives.
Students have breakfast either with their family or at the JUFA hostel depending of their choice of accommodation. Dinner will be served for all our students at the JUFA hostel. Lunch, however, is not included in the fee but students can choose between half board and full board. If they choose full board, lunch will be also served at the JUFA hostel. Choosing half board, students can explore the restaurants and cafés in Meersburg for lunch.
In their host family, students will stay in a single, double or a multiple occupancy room. At the JUFA hostel 3-bed rooms are available. Concerning room assignment the same rules apply as in our residential schools: if students share a room, we are very careful to select roommates of very similar age and similar German knowledge, but with different native languages. This kind of room assignment encourages students to practice their German with each other even outside the classroom.
As our Meersburg participants are minors, certain rules have to be obeyed, especially for free time. There is an 11 p.m. curfew on school nights, for instance. Observing those rules is essential, if the program is to be successful for everyone. Host families and school representatives work together to ensure that rules are observed.
Laundry service is usually available for a small fee.
A full-time counselor will be in charge of the recreational program for the afternoons, evenings and weekends. He or she also guarantees reliable supervision seven days a week.
Every day, our counselor will encourage all students to participate in a variety of activities, including sports (badminton, basketball, frisbee, soccer, swimming, volleyball etc.), barbecues, games, hikes, discussion groups (in German), movies, exhibitions, concerts, etc.
Sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and tennis are possible as well, but for an extra charge (i.e., they are not included in our recreational program); sailing and windsurfing require a license, however. Our staff will be happy to help arrange these activities.
Additionally, our students can book a sailing and/or diving course which we offer in cooperation with a local water sports school for an additional fee.
* not included in the course fee
Every Saturday we organize and accompany full-day excursions. These events and the entrance fees are included in the course fee. Possible destinations are:
The so-called “cradle of the automobile”, where the Mercedes-Benz was invented and where Porsche and Maybach now have plants as well
A very idyllic university town in the Black Forest with a very charming, historic downtown
The surroundings of Lake Constance are also favourite destinations, both for our weekend trips, as well as for half-day excursions during the week: Lindau with its historic downtown, located in the triangle between the three countries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland; Friedrichshafen, famous for the Zeppelin; Constance, the famous, largest city (population: 82,000) on Lake Constance or Ueberlingen, a venerable town on the sunny west shore of the lake, with amazing views of the Alps and the majestic Saentis, often referred to as “the Riviera of Lake Constance.”
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 Friedrichshafen.
If students wish to be picked up from the airport, we can arrange an airport transfer service for them for a fee. Airports from and to which transfers can be arranged are: Zurich, Memmingen and Friedrichshafen. Fees will be doubled for transfers on other days than the official days of arrival and departure.