The boarding school building in Bad Dürkheim

An idyllic course location in one of the most beautiful regions of Germany

The weather forecast calls for warm, sunny conditions in Bad Dürkheim, which is located in the mildest climatic zone north of the Alps. This historic health resort with about 20,000 inhabitants is nestled in the Palatine Forest, one of the largest nature parks in Germany. The town combines Mediterranean flair with the proverbial cheerful nature of the Palatine people.

Situated right on the German Weinstrasse (wine route), Bad Dürkheim is surrounded by numerous valleys, impressive hills and medieval fortresses and castles. It is the ideal starting point for hikes and bike rides, as well as for excursions to nearby sights and famous cities like Heidelberg, which is only 45 minutes away and can be viewed from the town on a clear day.

Bad Dürkheim can be reached easily and safely from Frankfurt Airport with the Humboldt transfer service.

German summer courses for children and teenagers in Bad Dürkheim

Our German courses in Bad Dürkheim are held at the St. Christophorus youth hostel, which is situated above the center of Bad Dürkheim in a quiet residential area. The school premises offer manifold opportunities for sports and leisure activities as well as a wonderful view of the town and the Rhine Valley below.


Age group



Course types

Intensive courses


German levels

Beginners to advanced learners


Class size



Accommodation types

In residence


Course dates

In summer


Our students are accommodated in the same building in which the classes take place, so they can conveniently reach their lessons without leaving the campus. The rooms (with three or four beds) are partly equipped with en-suite showers and toilets, others have shared facilities.

We carefully choose the students who will share a room with each other. We take care to match roommates who have a comparable German language level and are of similar age, yet speak different native languages. This way we encourage them to speak and practice German with each other outside of the classroom. Boys and girls are housed separately.

Our students receive three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as well as a snack daily.

Laundry service is offered to all students free of charge once a week for their personal laundry. Sheets and linen will be provided and changed regularly. We ask you to bring your own towels for daily use.

The Humboldt-Institut is great: we do a lot of activities and excursions. It's wonderful!
Julia, age 13

German summer courses & fees

In Bad Dürkheim the Humboldt-Institut offers German courses for children during the summer. Every week from Monday to Friday, 25 lessons are taught in small classes. The lessons and the learning content are specially adapted to children. Through varied forms of learning and a high proportion of speaking, our teachers motivate all students to actively participate in the lessons.

The summer courses in Bad Dürkheim are offered as a complete package including accommodation, full board, daily leisure activities and excursions.

Intensive course 25

25 lessons/week
2 or 4 weeks · incl. accommodation and full board
1.310 €/week

Tuition: Monday – Friday

All starting dates 2024:

Juni 30

Starting dates for total beginners 2024:

Juni 30

All starting dates 2025:

Starting dates for total beginners 2025:


What is included?
All courses include all lessons, course materials, housing accommodations, full board, 24-hour supervision, daily activity program, weekly excursions (including entrance fees), laundry service and a certificate.

What is my level of German? With our online placement test, you can determine your German level before the course. However, the online test does not replace the on-site placement test.

Good to know

Leisure time

A large lawn and a playground are directly in front of the hostel. In addition, the hostel has plenty of outdoor ping-pong tables, an arts and crafts room and a games room with table football. We also regularly organize interesting bike rides in the surrounding areas on our school-owned mountain bikes. On hot summer days our students can cool off at a pleasant outdoor swimming pool in town.

Activity program

Every day we offer an attractive and varied activity program with sports, games or cultural events for the leisure time after class. Our staff will encourage and motivate students to participate in the activities. This leisure program is included in the tuition fees.

The following leisure activities are offered:

Badminton, Basketball, Handicrafts, Board games, Football, Barbecue, Mountain bikes, Party room, Swimming (outdoor pool), Table football, Table tennis, Volleyball, Hiking


Every Saturday, our staff members organize and accompany full-day excursions to attractive destinations. Every Wednesday, our students will have half-day excursions to sights and interesting towns within the region. The excursions and the entrance fees are already included in the course fee. Some of our offers include:

Weekly schedule

Our sample schedule provides an overview of the daily structure at the Humboldt-Institut in Bad Dürkheim. The mentioned activities and excursions are examples. Please click here to download the sample schedule for Bad Dürkheim.

Participation in the leisure program and excursions is compulsory for the students.


We guarantee reliable around-the-clock supervision, both during the excursions as well as throughout the whole course. All students are expected to attend all classes, meals and scheduled activities and excursions.

Arrival and departure

Our day of arrival is the Sunday before the course starts and the departure day is the Saturday after the end of the course.

c/o Jugendhaus St. Christophorus
Schillerstraße 151
67098 Bad Dürkheim

Railway station

We will pick up our students from the Bad Dürkheim railway station free of charge.

Airport transfer

We can arrange a transfer service for a fee of EUR 90 (one-way) from and to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

An additional fee of EUR 40 applies for students who are booked as unaccompanied minor (UM) on their departure flight.


We are looking forward to welcoming you to Bad Dürkheim!

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