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German language school trip to DJH Hellenthal

This residential language immersion trip in North Rhine-Westphalia, near the stunning Eifel National Park offers a mix of onsite adventure activities, with German-native Betreuers and self-guided local cultural excursions. Not far from the Belgium border, the centre is easily reached from the UK by coach, making it our most accessible and affordable German immersion school trip.

  • Voyager exclusive
  • Native German Betreuers
  • Year round
  • Evening entertainment
  • Workbooks
Overview

Immersive learning and adventure in rural Germany

From the moment you set foot in the centre, all on-site activities and evening games are led in German by our experienced native Betreuers, to create a totally immersive language experience. Every opportunity is seized to encourage German language practise in real-life situations with a fully German team! Groups can spend two full days experiencing the on-site activities which include high ropes, climbing, GPS expedition, archery, rope bridge construction, go-kart building and more! These activities are a conduit to speaking the language. If students want to take part in the activity, they have to speak German! Your students will be making tangible improvements in their language speaking and confidence, whilst having fun and gaining invaluable team work skills.

National Park excursions offer plenty of fun for your school group. A popular visit is a walk around the beautiful Rurberg lake, followed by a boat trip, ending at the wonderful Eiscafe! The pretty resort town of Monschau and the wildlife park and bird of prey centre in Hellenthal are also very close by, or you can opt for a day at Phantasialand theme park, which is just an hour away and always proves a big hit with our groups.

Read about Kesteven And Sleaford High School's German language immersion trip to Hellenthal.

This trip links to the MFL curriculum. Find out how →
Itinerary

This is our sample short German immersion trip. Contact us with your budget and learning objectives for a bespoke itinerary.

Day 1

  • Arrive late afternoon/early evening
  • Meet the Betreuers and evening meal at the centre
  • Evening activities with the language team

Day 2

  • A day of supervised adventure activities using the centre's fantastic facilities – all in German of course!
  • High ropes
  • Slacklining
  • Big swing
  • Ladder climbing
  • German games

Day 3

  • A second day at the centre working on fun language activities with the language instructors
  • Spend the day designing and building your own car
  • Evening German games

Day 4

  • Phantasialand theme park

Day 5

  • Depart
  • Arrive home
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Excursions

This German school trip is located in Hellenthal which is set in the Eifel Hills of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Though close to the Belgium border, the area has a traditional German feel with forests, picturesque villages, half-timbered houses and lakes to visit. Because the area is not well known to English tourists, your learners are encouraged to use their German on all the excursions. Take your pick from our suggested excursions below. But don't forget to leave at least a day to make the most of the adventure facilities at the centre.

Phantasialand
Phantasialand
bad munstereifel
Bad Münstereifel
Hellenthal eiscafe
Eiscafé
Wildlife Park Hellenthal
Wildlife Park Hellenthal
Monschau
Monschau
Rursee Lake
Rursee Lake
Seilbahn Koblenz
Seilbahn Koblenz
Grube Wohlfahrt Mine
Grube Wohlfahrt Mine
monschau christmas market
Monschau Christmas Market
Cochemer Sesselbahn
Cochemer Sesselbahn
Phantasialand

Phantasialand

This theme park is a popular choice with teachers because there is something to suit every student. There are six different themed areas with rides and attractions to suit all ages and sure to keep your group entertained.

bad munstereifel

Bad Münstereifel

A beautiful old spa town characterised by historical timber-framed houses, ancient 13th-century walls, and the river Erft ribboning through the centre of the town. Your students can visit the many quaint shops along the cobbled alleys for shopping and German language practise.

Hellenthal eiscafe

Eiscafé

Take a step inside a German ice cream shop - a wonderful place to practise your language skills by ordering in German and enjoy delicious ice cream!

Wildlife Park Hellenthal

Wildlife Park Hellenthal

Deer, wild boar, eagles... they're all to be found here. Learn about the park's conservation efforts and, with informative shows running daily, see these mighty birds of prey in full flight!

Monschau

Monschau

Visit the charming town of Monschau and whizz through the winding hills of the Eifel region on a toboggan slide! Visit here include mustard mill, glassworks, historic sawmill. Optional evening meal in local restaurant tonight for traditional German food night.

Rursee Lake

Rursee Lake

Pay a visit to this stunning lake where your group can even go swimming or canoeing in the summer months! But surely the best way to spend an afternoon here is on a boat trip.

Seilbahn Koblenz

Seilbahn Koblenz

This breathtaking cable car ride transports you across the Rhine river and up to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Your round-trip ticket includes admission to the fortress which houses exhibitions on photography, archaeology and more.

Grube Wohlfahrt Mine

Grube Wohlfahrt Mine

Take an underground tour of this 19th century lead mine & learn about life as a miner. Beware! You'll navigate narrow, dark spaces & will need warm clothing & waterproof shoes for this visit.

monschau christmas market

Monschau Christmas Market

The Monschau Christmas Market is small but charming and has received an award for being one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in western Germany. The Monschau Christmas Market extends from Richters Eck through Rurtrasse past the town's church and monastery to the market square where there is a large and beautifully decorated Christmas tree.

Cochemer Sesselbahn

Cochemer Sesselbahn

Ride up to one of the most panoramic viewpoints over Cochem, the "Pinner Kreuz", where you can see over the town, river and castle. Explore the walking trails and refuel at the cafés at the top.

Activities

The Hellenthal Youth Hostel is well equipped with fantastic onsite activities, including an all-weather high ropes course housed in a huge open barn, and a giant swing activity, set in the centre's woodland, which is designed to promote teamwork. 

Our highly trained Betreuers will supervise all the onsite activities and ensure that students only hear and speak German throughout their trip. 

Groups can spend two full days experiencing the on-site activities such as climbing, GPS expedition, rope bridge construction, go-kart building and more! Many of the onsite activities have the added focus of teaching students about sustainability. 

Read a teacher's inspection visit to Hellenthal for more information about the onsite activities. 

 

 

Build a car germany
Build a car
La Grand Ferme Volleyball
Volleyball
archery on school trips case study
Robin Hood
Ping pong room
Table tennis
Voyager on the high ropes at Hellenthal
High ropes course
Hellenthal germany hero
Woodland climbing
Build a car germany

Build a car

Team up with classmates to design, build—and drive—your very own car from repurposed materials! Take to the test track for a final race where the team with the fastest car will be crowned victorious.

La Grand Ferme Volleyball

Volleyball

Your students will be split into teams to play volleyball on the centre's own court. The game is a great way to practise numbers, instructions and directions in the target language.

archery on school trips case study

Robin Hood

Students get the chance to be a Robin Hood. After the obligatory safety talk and explanation of the equipment, the students shoot the arrows onto targets, an excellent opportunity to practise numbers and directions in the target language.

Ping pong room

Table tennis

Table tennis, ping-pong or whiff-whaff? Whatever you call it, students have use of the centre's table tennis facilities during their stay.

Voyager on the high ropes at Hellenthal

High ropes course

Treetop adventures await your students at the centre's very own high ropes course. The centre offers exhilarating outdoor activities designed to encourage teamwork and build confidence - all supervised by the centre's highly trained actvity leaders.

Hellenthal germany hero

Woodland climbing

Climbing sessions take place in the centre's own forest course which is suitable for students of any age. After issuing equipment and explaining the safety procedures. They will use commands in German to each other and will learn German words for movements and parts of the body. Students will also learn how to set up a climbing course without harming the trees.

Included

This German language immersion programme includes:

  • A trained German-native Betreuer to lead all on-site adventure activities, such as high ropes, and team building activities in German
  • Nightly German language evening entertainment at your accommodation
  • A German language activity workbook per student
  • Board and lodging as detailed in your itinerary
  • Free teacher to student ratio approx 1:8 (coach trips) / approx 1:10 (air groups)
  • Your choice of return travel; coach travel, with ferry crossing, applicable tolls and taxes included, or return flights and overseas transfers
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Subsidised inspection visit

Extras to budget for:

  • Off-site excursions
  • School to airport transfers (if required)
  • Visa charges, collective passports
  • Supplements for small parties, single rooms and additional adults
  • Drinks with meals other than breakfast
  • Meals en route
  • Entrances other than those specified in your itinerary
Seasonal highlights

Rhine-Westphalia is a year-round destination for schools and depending on when you choose to visit our knowledgeable team can recommend seasonal activities, traditions and festivals to match your educational objectives.

Low season travel offers excellent value for school groups and for Rhine-Westphalia, there are learning opportunities, activities and excursions all year round. Travelling during low season is cheaper, the excursions less crowded and the accommodation centre will be quieter meaning more round the clock attention for your students.

All year round excursions

  • Monschau Glassworks
  • Historic sawmill
  • Freilichtmuseum Kommern (open-air museum)
  • The Vogelsang Castle (dark Nazi past)
  • Grube Wohlfahrt mine
  • Remouchamps Caves ( February - November)
  • Eifel-Therme Zikkurat (swimming pool, open all year round except September for 3 weeks)
  • Kasselburg Eagle and Wolf Park      

Spring  / Summer Activities

  • Summer tobogganing (Open April to October)
  • Urft dam and boat trip back (Open April to October)
  • Rursee Lake swimming and canoeing ( Summer months only)

Winter Activities

  • Monschau Christmas market

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£559 pp
5 day/4 night with all instructed on-site activities  
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