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Activities & Excursions - Vienna, Austria  

Culture and Leisure Program
Afternoon and evening cultural and leisure activities present a multi-tiered view of Vienna and Austrian culture. Nearly everything is included in the price. This program enables students to experience the unique culture of Vienna, Austria, and its people.

Special talks, discussions and videos about Austrian music, art, literature, history, architecture. Films, tours of the many sights of Vienna, parties and sports all form part of this program

Every German course features a five lesson cultural program per week.

City Walks
Teachers take students into Vienna to explore the city's nooks and crannies. There is a wealth of new perspectives to be discovered off the beaten track. Even very few Viennese know the history and stories about the State Opera, the Burggarten and Imperial Palace, the museums of fine art and natural history, parliament, the Burgtheater, City Hall, the University of Vienna, the Stock Exchange, the Ringturm, Urania, Stadtpark, the Hotel Imperial and the many other attractions along one of Vienna's most important roads - the "Ring". As its name implies, the road encircles the city centre, separating the first district from Vienna's other districts. Foot and tram are the best modes of transport for this tour. Tram lines "1" and "2" travel in opposite directions around the Ring, always in a circle. You simply hop on and off whenever you like.

Lectures on history, art, literature and politics give great insight into Austrian and German-language culture.

Video evenings
Students have the pleasure of viewing selections from a wide and varied "videotheque", featuring nearly all major German-language films. During the "video evenings" the teacher introduces the film, and then goes on to highlight complicated vocabulary and special topics. During the film there are also frequent breaks to clear up any comprehension difficulties. This enables students with less than advanced German language to participate.

Viennese Waltz
Not only do you have the option to learn about Viennese culture, but you can also put it into practice! A visit to Vienna is incomplete without having tried the Viennese Waltz. The dancing instructor will show interested students how to glide to three-four time. During the ball season (January and February) it is an especially good idea to familiarize yourself with the waltz just in case inkling to dance. Perhaps at the famous Opera Ball!

Welcome Parties
Monthly parties are held to welcome new students, and provide everyone a chance to mingle in an updeat, fun atmosphere. With disco music by a local DJ, students have the chance to get to know each other with a dance and glass of wine or good beer.

Depending on the time of year, the sports enthusiasts among the teachers will organize various matches and games. In the winter months the program includes squash, tennis, badminton, ice-skating and, on the weekend, even skiing. In the summer there are football and volleyball matches on the Danube Island or at the Vienna Prater, cycling, pedal-trips on the Old Danube, weekend swimming trips to Lake Neusiedl and, of course, the popular "Olympic Games" where students of different nationalities compete against each other in various sporting disciplines, for example sack races or egg and spoon races - winning is a point of honor! A contribution towards the costs of the sports program is to be made according to the activity, e.g. for space rental. Rackets, ice-skates, skis and ski boots, bicycles and the like can be hired.

Excursions The weekends are a time for culture and nature. Trips are organized to Salzburg (the "Mozart city"), Graz (the capital of Styria), Klosterneuburg (famous for its Babenberg heritage) and to the Wachau region of the Danube valley.

Or, visit medieval castles, grottos and famous architectural monuments. In the summer there is the chance to go swimming at Lake Neusiedl and savour Austrian wine at a wine tavern ("Heuriger").

The above excursions are paid for directly in Vienna.


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