Cultural and Recreational Programme / European City Trips

Photos: © Sarah Thelen

All Sprachsommer participants are invited to take part in our cultural and recreational programme in addition to their scheduled classes. The programme is free of charge (additional costs may be incurred for bus travel within Aachen and food and drink during events). We also offer our students city trips to the European capitals Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris. These fascinating tours are optional and subject to additional fees. Read on to discover more about our leisure programme.

Take your German learning outside the classroom – your leisure time is a great opportunity to use and improve your language skills and learn lots about Aachen and the surrounding area in the process. Our cultural programme gives you the chance to take part in a range of free activities several days each week. These include:

  • Welcome meeting
  • Aachen city rally
  • Walk to the border triangle between Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands
  • Games night
  • German movie nights
  • Visit to the Ludwig Forum
  • International evening
  • Trip to the medieval town of Monschau or, for those taking our Technical German courses, specialist subject trips
  • Group visits to public events in Aachen
  • Farewell evening

 

Photos (f.l.t.r.): © Sarah Thelen // © Sprachenakademie Aachen // © Sarah Thelen // © Sprachenakademie Aachen // © Sprachenakademie Aachen // © Sarah Thelen

The cultural and recreational programme is included in the cost of your course booking. To book a Sprachsommer course, select your course under Course Selection and Registration here and complete the online application form (on the respective course page).

Spend the weekends during your Sprachsommer course travelling to three different European capitals outside Germany.
European city trips are optional and incur additional fees.

 

City trip: Brussels

The Belgian capital Brussels has a lot to offer: a charming old town, plenty of beautiful historic buildings and lovely town squares. Brussels is particularly important within Europe as the European Parliament meets here. Our city tour will take you to the most famous places and sights in Brussels. Together we will visit the old town and the European quarter, get to know the Atomium and Manneken Pis and stroll through the cosy streets in smaller groups.

This is a one-day trip. The fee is €39.

Dates: 11 July / 8 August

Schedule:
06:45 – Start in Aachen
09:00 – Arrrival in Brussels
09:30 – Sightseeing tour by bus and guided walk through the city centre
12:30 – Free time (optional: visit of the House of European History)
16:45 – Return journey to Aachen

Please note that due to external circumstances, this schedule may be subject to alteration.

 

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City trip: Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and is famous for its canals, beautiful old houses, well-known museums and the colourful tulips which are sold all over the city. We will savour the unique atmosphere on a canal cruise and admire the Royal Palace and many other buildings. We will also have time to walk through the Old Town in smaller groups and stop by one of the many pretty cafes or try delicious Dutch specialities at one of the snack bars.

This is a one-day trip. The fee is €53.

Dates: 18 July / 15 August

Schedule:
06:45 – Start in Aachen
10:30 – Arrival in Amsterdam
11:00 – Canal cruise through the city
12:00 – Free time (join the Sprachenakademie guides or spend time in small groups)
20:15 – Return journey to Aachen

Please note that due to external circumstances, the schedule may be subject to alteration.

 

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City trip: Paris

Paris, the capital of France and perhaps the most famous city in Europe, offers its visitors numerous attractions, lots of romance and great views by day and night. Our city tour takes you to the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe, to name but a few. You will have time to savour your favourite places in smaller groups or explore specific neighbourhoods. And you cannot miss sitting down for at least one coffee at one of the many little street-side cafés.

This is a two-day trip. The fee is €134.

Dates: 25 – 26 July /22 – 23 August 

Schedule:

Saturday
06:45 – Start in Aachen
13:00 – Arrival in Paris
13:30 – Sightseeing tour by bus
16:45 – Check-in at Ibis Budget Hotel (triple room with breakfast)
From 17:15 – Free time (join the Sprachenakademie guides or spend time in small groups)

Sunday
08:00 – Breakfast at the hotel
09:00 – Check-out
09:30 – Free time (join the Sprachenakademie guides or spend time in small groups)
17:45 – Return journey to Aachen

Please note that due to external circumstances, the schedule may be subject to alteration.

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You can register for the European City trips together with your course your course. Please select your desired course under Course Selection and Registration and complete the online application form on the respective course page.

 

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