Vienna, the city with the highest quality of life in the world, unites tradition and modernity in its own unique way. With 1.7 million inhabitants, Vienna is both Austria’s capital and its largest city – and the site of the first Humboldt-Institut program in neighboring Austria. Not only is it home to an exceptionally charming dialect of German, Vienna also offers what may be the world’s finest cultural scene: besides the old city and Schönbrunn Palace, both of which are UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites, Vienna also boasts countless royal residences and palaces, museums, famous buildings and landmarks, the most internationally known of which are St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Ferris wheel in Prater park. Coffeehouses, Sachertorte, Wiener Schnitzel and the Naschmarkt: architectural monuments are not all that Vienna has to offer – the city’s wide variety of attractions cater to every taste!
Everything is extraordinary in our Vienna program, even the classrooms: The "Bertha-von-Suttner-Gymnasium", where our German courses take place, is not a regular high school. Classes there are held on a 189m long ship with a total of 36 classroooms - this is unique in Europe! The ship is docked on the Danube river and can easily and safely be reached by foot from our accommodation. The unique location directly on the Danube Island and the unrivaled ambiance of classes in the "belly" of the ship contribute to make this German course experience extraordinary and unforgettable.
Our students live in the Hostel "Wien Brigittenau", Vienna's most modern youth hostel. It is ideally located between the Danube Island and the down town area of Vienna. This way, the guest house combines the atmosphere of the big city with the advantages of a quiet and safe residential area. The classrooms on the "Bertha-von-Suttner" school ship are within walking distance. The city center with its many historic and cultural sights can easily be reached during the free time. The near-by Danube Island is an oasis of tranqulity and is ideal for relaxation, sports and manifold leisure activities.
Our students stay exclusively in comfortable, modern twin rooms,
which all have en suite bathroom facilities (shower/WC) and air condition. A room is always shared by two students. When choosing roommates
we are very careful to select people of similar age and German
knowledge, yet different native language, to encourage them to practice
their German with each other. Male and female students live on different
floors of the hostel.
We provide full board for our teenagers, which includes three main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) a day. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the dining room of the youth hostel, while lunch will be served on board of the ship.
Laundry service is offered to our students free of charge once a week.
A summer is not even enough time to fully enjoy all the many different options and opportunities that Vienna has to offer. Each year, this venerable and magnificent Imperial city attracts millions of tourists from all over the world. The incredible number of monuments, museums, theater and opera houses, castles and palaces consitutes and amazing cultural offer, which is hard to top. But also away from the busy life downtown, Vienna is famous for its highly attractive parks and recreational areas along the shores of the Danube river, which guarantee for wonderful leisure time possibilities and an unforgettable summer.
Our staff will organize a daily program of sports, games and/or cultural events for the time after class; this service is already included in the course fee. Our counselors will encourage all students to participate, while guaranteeing reliable round-the-clock supervision seven days a week.
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:
In addition to the full-day excursions on Saturday, every Wednesday
our students will be offered half-day excursions to sights within the
region and interesting places in Vienna, for example:
Wherever we take our course participants, we guarantee reliable supervision, not only during the excursions, but throughout the course.
We will gladly pick up our students from the closest railway station free of charge. The name of that station is Vienna Westbahnhof.
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 Vienna International Airport. Fees will be doubled for transfers on other days than the official days of arrival and departure.