With a population of approx. 26,000 people, Schmallenberg is a beautiful spa town with picturesque half-timbered houses, located at the edge of the “Rothaargebirge” mountain range. The historic city center enchants visitors with a wide range of black and white houses with natural slate roofing, bay windows, gables, attics and ornate doors.
Schmallenberg is a typical town of the Sauerland region, which is known as the “land of a thousand mountains” and anybody who has visited there will understand how the region has earned its reputation as one of Germany’s most popular recreation areas.
It is not only the healthy climate and the altitude (ranging from 350 to 818 meters), but also the surroundings, which include marvelous mountain ranges and extensive forests, dotted with attractive little towns and rustic farms, that make this region north of Frankfurt so special.
We will be hosted by the Akademie Bad Fredeburg, which is located in a small town of the same name (which is part of the community of Schmallenberg). The very picturesque center of this little resort town is only a few minutes’ walk away from the school. The program center itself is a very attractive house with an appealing, wonderfully personal atmosphere. It is situated on a hill on the edge of town, in a very quiet neighborhood, amidst green space, where our students can enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful landscape surrounding them, while enjoying the wonderful recreational facilities of the house that guarantee amusement and fun.
The students will be accommodated in the very same building where our classes are held, which adds to their convenience. All in all, Akademie Bad Fredeberg in Schmallenberg is a perfect spot for a German course in the highly attractive Sauerland region and a great starting point for interesting excursions.
The same attractive building, the Akademie Bad Fredeburg, which houses our classes, also houses our students. The incredibly friendly atmosphere of the house will help the students to soon feel at home at the Akademie Bad Fredeberg in Schmallenberg.
Students live in double and a few multiple occupancy rooms, each of which has a shower and restroom facilities. Course participants are divided by gender, and male and female students live on different floors or wings of the same building. When choosing roommates we are very careful to select people of very similar age and similar German knowledge, but with different native languages, to encourage them to practice their German with each other.
The kitchen staff of the school serves three main meals and two snacks each day (full board is included in the course fee), and takes care to include a large variety of dishes and small details like homemade cakes.
Laundry service is offered to our students free of charge once a week.
Our students will find that the town of Bad Fredeburg offers a large variety of leisure activities. In the “Akademie” itself there is an auditorium with a stage for plays and parties, a lawn that serves as a playground, a gymnasium for volleyball, basketball, soccer etc., a campfire and barbecue site, a party room and a summer terrace, as well as ping-pong and darts - everything our students need to have a good time, no matter what the weather is like.
Students who love mountain biking or a leisurely ride on their bike will enjoy the “Bike Arena Sauerland,” a huge array of bike tracks that clearly indicate which track is suitable for which user, the athletic or the leisurely type. Of course, we provide mountain bikes to our students free of charge and also organize bicycle trips for them.
Tennis courts are close to our school (500 m); the cost of using them is not included in the course fees, however. A short walk away from our language center, our students can enjoy a great indoor water fun park, a miniature golf course, as well as the very picturesque center of the little town of Bad Fredeburg. An outdoor swimming pool can be found a little further away, in Schmallenberg (8 km). Our counselors will certainly provide transportation there. They also offer a daily program of many different activities for after class and guarantee thorough and round-the-clock supervision.
* 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. We offer our students a great variety of trips to interesting destinations, such as:
The metropolis of the arts with its world famous Gothic cathedral (“Koelner Dom”)
A university city with an amazing Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, an archbishopric and also a former residence of Charlemagne
A dazzling city on the Rhine with bold modern architecture and a painstakingly restored historic downtown area
A 1,200 year old city in Westphalia, very meaningful for German history and a living metropolis with many faces
Germany’s former capital, a picturesque town on the Rhine with wonderful cosmopolitan flair
Germany’s financial center, also called “Mainhattan” for its renowned skyline
A venerable university town with marvelous half-timbered houses
Every Wednesday afternoon, we also offer our students half-day trips to sights or special recreational opportunities in the region. Possible destinations are a mine close to Ramsbeck and the stalactite caverns in Attendorn. We can also organize a visit to an outdoor center with a rope climbing garden, archery, climbing wall and team Olympics or a trip to the summer toboggan run in Winterberg.
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 Altenhundem.
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.