Students will spend the majority of their time studying and residing in Düsseldorf, Germany, but also visit Cologne and Aachen, as well as the medieval Castle Eltz in the Moselle Valley. In Düsseldorf, students will reside in a modern hostel, share a room with one other student in the program, and receive free breakfast in the hostel dining room. Lunch and dinner are also available in the hostel for a low additional fee. The hostel is located only minutes from the city center within walking distance and with excellent public transportation access. As part of the program fee a transportation pass is provided to all students covering all local travel.
The program includes several site visits in Düsseldorf, i.e. a river cruise, a city site-seeing tour (incl. the Altstadt, Germany’s equivalent of “Bourbon Street”), and a trip to the Neanderthal valley and museum. On day excursions, students will see a medieval castle, historic towns, and the rivers Rhine and Moselle, and visit iconic cathedrals and museums in Cologne and Aachen. These excursions and all site visits are included in the cost of the program.
Düsseldorf is a beautiful city on the river Rhine and the capital city of the German state of North-Rhine-Westphalia. Its historic downtown is nicknamed “The Longest Bar in the World” in recognition of its thriving pub and beer culture. It is also sometimes called “Fashion City” in reference to its famous Königsallee luxury shopping street. Culturally, Düsseldorf is known for its academy of fine arts (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, e.g. Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, etc.), its pioneering influence on electronic/experimental music (e.g. Kraftwerk) and its relatively large Japanese community (Little Tokyo).
The group will also embark on trips to the Rhine River Valley, Castle Eltz, Cologne, and Aachen
Students will visit the Cologne cathedral, the historic city center, and the Roman-Germanic Museum.
Students will tour the imperial Aachen cathedral, built by Emperor Charlemagne in the 8th century, as well as visit the historic city center and city hall.
Moselle River Valley (Wierschem):
Students will visit the Castle Eltz, a 12th century medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River. Rick Steves has called this majestic site his “favorite castle in all of Europe.”