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 trail), 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.
Our students are guests 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.
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.
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.
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
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:
We guarantee reliable around-the-clock supervision, both during the excursions as well as throughout the whole course.
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.
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Our day of arrival is the Sunday before the course starts and the departure day is the Saturday after the end of the course.
We will pick up our students from the Bad Dürkheim railway station free of charge.
We can arrange a transfer service for a fee from and to the airport Frankfurt am Main (FRA).
Frankfurt am Main (FRA)