Learning a new language also means learning about a different culture and way of life. That's why we organise a wide range of activities to allow you to obtain deeper insight into the German way of life and give you a chance to get to know Munich and the surrounding countryside. All German intensive courses (intensive, super-intensive, summer intensive) are complemented by an interesting and extensive leisure programme consisting of 3 activities per week during the summer courses, with excursions to Chiemsee, Salzburg, Dachau, historical castles and more. Included are trips to museums, beer gardens, films, theatre and exhibitions, sports activities, cycling and city tours (transportation and entrance fees not included).
The castle on the Men’s Island (Herrenchiemsee) is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Upper Bavaria.
The city of Salzburg - and especially its historic city centre - is in fact one of the loveliest places in Europe, winning international acclaim in 1997 when it was designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
«Dachau - the significance of this name will never be erased from German history. It stands for all concentration camps which the Nazis established in their territory» (Eugen Kogon).
The beer gardens have their origins in a time when brewing beer was restricted to the months between the end of September and the end of April, as a decree from 1539 prohibited brewing in the summer due to the high risk of fire. To keep the beer cool, special beer cellars were built near the breweries, such as the Hofbräukeller on Wiener Platz. Since deep cellars were not possible due to the high water table in Munich, trees such as the large-leaved and robust chestnut were planted on top of the cellars to provide shade and keep the beer cool. Brewers set up tables and benches and served the fresh beer there, which attracted Munich residents in droves, but innkeepers feared for their clientele.
Finally, King Ludwig I banned the sale of food in the "beer gardens," which meant that guests had to bring their own food to enjoy the shady beer. This tradition is sacred to the people of Munich today.