Traveling with your German Class

There’s no better place for your class to practice their German language skills than in Germany itself. Explore both the historic and modern facets of Germany with your students, generating within them curiosity, introspection and a lifetime of global citizenship.

Inspire your students

ACIS group riding bikes in Germany

Explore by Bike

Pedal through Munich or Berlin on a guided tour that highlights history, architecture and hidden gems in the city.

Spend a Day with Local Students

Gain perspective on the similarities and differences between German and American schools, forging international friendships along the way.

Students holding their finished artwork

Create Street Art in Berlin

Explore the modern art movement taking over the streets of the creative capital of Europe and test out artistic skills of your own.

Group enjoying dinner

Enjoy a Local Home Dinner

Experience German hospitality, authentic cooking, and great conversation with your generous German-speaking hosts.

Students pose in front of Neuschwanstein Castle

Explore Neuschwanstein Castle

King Ludwig’s fairy tale castle is an architectural masterpiece – and rich with history.

Students walk through the Berlin Holocaust Memorial

Remember the Holocaust

Feel the weight of history and grasp the scope of one of the world’s deadliest genocides as you walk through the Holocaust Memorial, Nuremberg Documentation Center and concentration camps of WWII.

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Just being in Germany allows the kids to explore, experience and interact. I appreciated that our tour manager was open to just stopping at a rest stop or grocery as these are amazing, authentic and new experiences for all the kids. One could over-do the lecturing of cultural items, but our tour manager was wise enough to let German culture get absorbed naturally by our kids.”

Eric B. Group Leader

Trips to Consider:

Language Immersion in Hamburg

8 Days | Overnights: Berlin (3), Hamburg (3)

Tour Summary

A 3-night homestay in Hamburg combined with an immersive exploration of Berlin makes this trip to Germany hard to beat. While in Hamburg, you will not only live with and learn from a local family and explore local sites, but you will also visit local students and compare a typical German and American school day.

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ACIS group holding large pretzels Map of Language Immersion in Hamburg itinerary

Munich, Hamburg and Berlin

9 Days | Overnights: Munich (2), Harz Mountains (2), Hamburg (1), Berlin (2)

Tour Summary

See remnants of the Berlin Wall, learn about German folklore, explore a German-Romanesque castle, visit BMW World, and take a moment of silence at the Holocaust Memorial all on this 9-day, multi-city tour.

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Students tour the inside of Nymphenburg Palace Map of Munich, Hamburg and Berlin itinerary

Highlights of Germany

9 Days | Overnights: Heidelberg (1), Rothenburg (1), Munich (2), Dresden (1), Berlin (2)

Tour Summary

Hit all of Germany’s most notable stops as you travel the country’s perimeter on this 9-day tour. Move from ancient to modern Germany as you marvel at the ancient architecture of Heidelberg, learn more about Nazi-occupied Germany in Munich and Dresden, and create contemporary street art in Berlin.

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Students admire the architecture of Dresden Map of Highlights of Germany itinerary

Insider’s Austria and Germany

9 Days | Overnights: Rothenburg (1), Munich (2), Salzburg (2), Vienna (2)

Tour Summary

For our most inclusive tour of Germany and Austria, embark on this 9-day trip. Soak in WWII history, venture around Munich by bike as the locals do, and taste traditional German pretzels and sausage before hopping over to neighboring German-speaking Austria for a comparative look at their history and culture.

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ACIS group mimic the statues in Salzburg Gardens Map of Insider's Austria and Germany itinerary

Prussia, Bohemia, and Bavaria

9 Days | Overnights: Berlin (2), Prague (2), Munich (3)

Tour Summary

Explore three magnificent Central European cities on this 9-day tour chock-full of historical and cultural lessons. You’ll also get to see the breathtaking Neuschwanstein Castle and experience a celebratory traditional German dinner at the Ratskeller in Munich.

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Students and Neuschwanstein castle in the distance

Free resources to inspire your next lesson plan

Cultural Resources for the German Classroom

A comprehensive guide of free, online resources, from curated university libraries to embassy sites, that explore the history and culture of the German-speaking world. Plus, free ACIS lesson plans and blog posts.

2019-2020 German Language Calendar

Travel abroad every month with our cultural calendar highlighting 12 German-speaking destinations and noting important German dates and holidays.

Monarchs Who Shaped History – King Ludwig II of Bavaria

The six lesson plans included in this resource parallel the six course themes that make up the AP German Language and Culture exam: beauty and aesthetics, cultural life, families and communities, global challenges, personal and public identities, and science and technology.

Virtual Tourism – Online Tour of Neuschwanstein Castle

Engage your students in German culture and communication through six different German lesson plans, based on New Bloom’s Taxonomy for World Language Instruction, with the backdrop of stunning Neuschwanstein Castle.

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Bearing Witness: An Educator’s Guide to Studying the Holocaust

This guide is intended as a resource for teachers who wish to engage their students with the difficult topics of Nazi war crimes, genocide and antisemitism before, during, and after travel.

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Did You Know?

ACIS tours are independently deemed so educational that teachers can earn professional development units and students can earn college credit!

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