Welcome to Salem!

“Who am I? Which path should I take to lead a happy and fulfilled life?“

Even the very best school cannot answer these two key questions for you. At Salem, however, we are not only interested in who you are when you join our community. We are also curious who you would like to be tomorrow, and what kind of future you dream of. Because we take your dreams seriously, we do not intend our cosmopolitan grammar and boarding school in the South of Germany to be a comfortable paradise. We have organized Salem as a small Polis which provides all kinds of opportunities to discover your strengths as a member of a multinational school community and which enables you after 8 years to take the examination for either the German Abitur or the International Baccalaureate.

As far as the educational concept is concerned, Schule Schloss Salem draws upon the rich Judaeo-Christian and humanistic traditions of Europe and aspires, as defined by its founder Kurt Hahn, to build characters which are able and willing to take on responsibility for themselves and others.
If you would like to find out more about the specific academic, social and physical challenges that students from more than 40 different nations learn to cope with in order to shape their future as independent thinkers with confidence, creativity and strong will power, please do explore the diverse world of Schule Schloss Salem presented on this website, or come to Germany and visit us in the beautiful region of Lake Constance.

Headmaster of Schule Schloss Salem



Bernd Westermeyer


Get in touch

Eleni Triantafillidou
Assistant to the Headmaster

Tel: + 49 7553 919-354
Send email


Your way to us
Taster Days
Find out more
Open House Day
Learn more
Information Events
Learn more
Summer Schools
Register here
We are Salem

Salem is more than a good school

  • Intensive pastoral care in the boarding school (approx. 95 percent of students are boarders)
  • Small class sizes (with an average of 16 students)
  • Highly qualified teachers
  • International Classes in Years 8 – 10 and International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Broad range of foreign languages
  • Socially oriented service groups and artisan guilds
  • Outdoor education
  • Supervised study hour and academic support programmes
  • Extensive sports curriculum and extracurricular sports programmes
  • Extraordinary learning environment near Lake Constance
  • Large libraries with extensive German and international literature
  • State-recognized [or: Baden-Württemberg] Abitur or International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Career and university counselling by school-based specialists
  • Extensive and highly renown alumni network in Germany  and abroad
  • Character development and education for responsible leadership
Get in touch

Kathrin de Francisco
Assistant to Admissions Office

Tel.: +49 7553 919-352
Send email

About Salem

Well-Sheltered and Purposefully Guided

Years 5 & 6 (Junior School)

Students in Years 5 & 6 live in the "Rentamt," in a very special location. Built over 200 years ago by Cistercian monks as a cloister school for 100 boys, this stand-alone building again today combines space for living and learning. 

Learn more

We support achievement and commitment

Scholarships at Salem

The Kurt Hahn Foundation especially supports the education and academic needs of promising and talented children and adolescents.

Learn more


9th November 2019
30 years fall of the berlin wall

13th November 2019
Information Evening Saarbrücken

20th November 2019
Buß- und Bettagslauf

27th November 2019
Information Evening Zürich (CH)

28th - 30th November 2019
Taster Days Years 5 to 11

29th November 2019
Theater: One Acts

All events
Formal dinner on St. Martin's Day

Years 5 to 10 celebrated St. Martin's Day on 11 November 2019 with a formal dinner with a delicious Martin's goose in the festive dining room.

Boarding school director Stefan Steinebach gave an extraordinary speech.

read more
Salem 2020 – 100 Years Future

Under the motto “100 Years Future“ Schule Schloss Salem will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Friday, 3 April 2020.

read more
All news
An idea that connects across borders.
Learn more
Our locations
Schloss Salem
Until the beginning of the 18th century, Salem Castle was the richest Cistercian abbey in southern Germany. The Schule Schloss Salem was founded there in 1920. Not without reason.
More to this location
Schloss Spetzgart
On 3 May 1929 Spetzgart Castle was opened as part of Schule Schloss Salem. Together with the Härlen campus it forms the Salem International College.
More to this location
Campus Härlen
The Härlen campus was opened in 2000 and, together with Spetzgart Castle, has since formed the Salem International College. The individual room concept offers a unique boarding school life.
More to this location
Building Character.