Excursions from Kayaking to Alpine Hiking:
The Weekend Program

The International Summer School offers weekend excursions designed to suit every taste. Excursions leave campus on Friday afternoon. Groups are made up of no more than 16  students and accompanied by at least two members of staff . All groups return on Sunday afternoon and then gather to exchange stories at a barbeque in Spetzgart.


Weekend Program

Alpine Hiking

This physically demanding excursion involves five to six hours of hiking each day. The Austrian alps region is reached by school bus in about three hours. Together with experienced tour guides, students will head for the mountain tops.  On the second day, the hiking tour passes through beautiful alpine scenery offering fascinating panoramic views of the mountain range. After each day of hiking, the Alpine Association mountain hut offers the perfect opportunity to rest and relax.

Hiking & Sightseeing

A less strenuous excursion than Alpine Hiking but no less exciting is the trip to the beautiful Black Forest.  On a guided city tour, students learn more about the famous university town of Freiburg. They can also climb the cathedral tower for a bird’s eye view of the city.  Students then have some time to explore the town in small groups. The natural beauty of the Black Forest will be discovered during picturesque hiking tours -- including the famous 'Feldberg’ mountain and 'Schauinsland' . The group will stay overnight in a youth hostel.

Going West

In this group students will explore the westerly end of Lake Constance. The excursion is a mixture of hiking (no more than two hours per day)  and exploring. It includes an overnight stay in a youth hostel with a view of the lake. The second night is spent in a rustic Hay Hotel. Swimming, games and a barbeque by the lake, as well as a boat trip to Überlingen, round out the weekend program.

Kajaking & Camping

Students who got an introduction into kayaking in their first week at summer school can now explore the beautifully scenic shores of Lake Constance at the weekend. The westerly lower arm of the lake is only 13 meters deep and in summer is often warmer than the other parts. Students will camp on the grounds of a canoe club with sanitary facilities, where they can  cook and play games. The group leader is an experienced kayak guide and boarding school mentor. For many students the paddling technique is still an unfamiliar motion. In order to master the longer tours and reach out-of-the-way sites, students should be in good physical condition. In any case it is essential to be a competent swimmer!

Rock Climbing

Students who attend the afternoon climbing group in the first week can now "rise up" to Rock Climbing at the weekend. Accompanied by experienced and specially trained experts, students will have the opportunity to use their newly acquired skills in a high Alpine setting, surrounded by glaciers. They also have the option to take a test and earn an official Alpine Club climbing certificate. Appropriately, they will sleepover in an authentic Swiss mountain hut.

Sailing on Lake Constance



Students who took part in their first week in the afternoon sailing activity will now have the opportunity to experience Lake Constance from a sailor's perspective while teaming up together onboard our cutter. Based for the weekend at the school's harbor, they will spend their nautical evenings cooking, swimming, and playing games in and near the water. After their nights in the ship's galley,students will return to join their "mates" at the barbecue in Castle Spetzgart.