Freitag, 3. März 2006 07:08 An: Alexandra von Rohr
I have attended ´Treffpunkt` on two separate occasions: for 8 weeks
in 2017 and for 5 weeks in 2006.
The reasons I decided in 2017 to choose
Treffpunkt and not one of the many alternative language schools in the
larger German cities were as follows:
- The school was for adults only.
- The web-site was informative, well organised and made it easy to
to arrange appropriate tuition and accommodation.
- Bamberg was a
small city with a significant historical past.
- The Bamberg Symphony
Orchestra had international renown.
- The ´Beer Culture` was
centered on Bamberg.
I decided to return to ´Treffpunkt` in 2006 because:
- Points 1-5 above remained valid.
- I had an extremely enjoyable time
in Bamberg in 2017 during which time I learnt (inter alia) the following:
- The school is very well run and the classes are small.
teaching staff is enthusiastic, well prepared and keen to teach
about German culture and history in addition to the fundamentals
of grammar and vocabulary. There is a strong sense that staff really
want each individual student to benefit as much as possible from
his or her time at the school.
- Extracurricular activities including
: Monday lunch , midweek Bamberg sightseeing , Thursday Stammtisch
and weekend excursions to neighbouring villages, towns and cities
enhance the pleasure of, and give perspective to, the experience
of learning the language.
- There is the opportunity to meet and
interact with, at peer level , intelligent, highly motivated young
adults from many different countries.
- Tourism in Bamberg is
an important industry and the vast majority of tourists are German.
Consequently there are opportunities, which the culture of shared
tables facilitates, to engage in pleasant converse (over a beer
or two) with visitors from other parts of Germany.
- There are
lots (far more than one would anticipate in a town of this size)
of good resturants providing a range of cuisines.
- The traditional
local fare provides both nutrition and pleasure in abundance (try
a ´Haxe` from the ´Kachelofen`).
(a Bamberg pecularity) is distinctive (very) but complements the
food and enhances conversation. One feels a surge in linguistic
capability with every glass.
- Bamberg is as beautiful as the locals
think it is.
- The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra deserves its high
experience on this second occasion was just as enjoyable as the
first if not more so. Alexandra continues to have boundless energy
and Joachim boundless patience and they (together with all other
members of staff ) made my stay, and that of my wife Fran, most
I unreservedly recommend ´ Treffpunkt` and Bamberg
to all, but especially to those who ( like me) are no longer enjoying
the very first flush of youth.