Der Gebäudekomplex

Learn German in a real castle

Heessen Castle is situated on the Lippe River on the outskirts of the town of Hamm, in the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. Hamm offers many public green spaces, among them Maximilian Park with its huge glass elephant, the landmark of the town.

The castle dates back to the 15th century and was built in a neo-gothic style. It is embedded in a nature reserve and is surrounded by a lovely park. Besides its many historical and modern buildings, the campus also feature a small island in the Lippe River.

Heessen can be reached easily and safely from Düsseldorf Airport with the Humboldt transfer service.

German summer courses for kids

Our German courses in Hamm are held at Heessen Castle boarding school. The Heessen Castle campus combines tradition and modern comfort and offers our young students a great variety of leisure time opportunities as well as a safe environment.

The former manor of knights is surrounded by lush green meadows, trees, rivers, as well as a small island on the Lippe River.

In addition to the Gothic three-winged main building, the gorgeous castle premises comprise a modern school building and several outbuildings. The classrooms are equipped with modern smart boards.


Age group



Course types

Intensive courses


German levels

Beginners to advanced learners


Class size



Accommodation types



Course dates

In summer


Our students are housed in the castle’s dormitories in twin, triple and quadruple rooms with shared facilities. Wifi is available.

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.

Three main meals and two snacks per day are provided for our students in the school canteen, which has been certified by the German Nutrition Society.

Laundry service is offered to all students free of charge once a week for their personal laundry. Bed linen and towels will be provided and changed regularly.

There are lots of activities to do and you learn by having fun. And there's a great atmosphere in general.
Antoine, age 14

German summer courses & fees

In Heessen Castle (Hamm) 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 Heessen Castle 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 board
1.340 €/week

Tuition: Monday – Friday

All starting dates 2024:

Juli 7

Starting dates for total beginners 2024:

Juli 7

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 wide variety of activities are offered on campus for our young students to ensure they have fun and enjoy diversity in their leisure time. We regularly organize bicycle trips in the surrounding areas on our school-owned mountain bikes.

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:

Basketball, Beachvolleyball, Handicrafts, Billiards, Board games, Football, Climbing, Campfire, Mountainbikes, Party rooms, Table football, Table tennis, 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:


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 Schloss Heessen
Privatschule und Internat
Schloßstraße 1
59073 Hamm

Railway station

We will pick up our students from the Hamm (Westfalen) railway station free of charge.

Airport transfer

We can arrange a transfer service for a fee of EUR 105 (one-way) from and to Düsseldorf Airport (DUS).

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 Heessen Castle!

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