Summer University 2017


Castlemania – get to know the SUnny side of the Kurpfalz!

Organized by AEGEE-Heidelberg & AEGEE-Mannheim

In cooperation with Civic Education Working Group

 Castlemania – get to know the SUnny side of the Kurpfalz! Profile Picture
“Dearest Lords, dearest Ladies,

the region of the Kurpfalz is in grave danger. Since the unfortunate decease of our beloved sovereign we are in need of a new ruler! With this letter we invite you to a series of trials to see which of you is the most fitting to fill this vacancy.
Be prepared to experience interactive workshops about democratic participation and active citizenship with AEGEE’s Civic Education Working Group, so we can see who of you will be the wisest leader. We will take you to visit three major cities of your future empire and explore possible locations of your royal residence. Get familiar with our traditions, like wine hiking, the language and local cuisine. Since we need the ruler to also be physically fit, there will be sportive challenges like a rope park or kayaking, too.
To be sure that after all these exhausting activities you have the best sleep, we will provide you with the finest - real - beds this side of the Neckar. Please be quick and answer our call honestly, our future is in your hands!”

Have you ever wanted to stroll through magnificent castles, hike along the mountains of the famous Neckar valley and visit one of the places of European democracy? Then this SU is just for you. We have it all: culture, politics, sports, leisure.

Get the real authentic Kurpfalz experience - apply now or you will regret it!

General Information:

From: Friday, September 1st
To: Sunday, September 10th
Starts in: Heidelberg
Ends in: Heidelberg
Type: Summer Course info_outline
Thematic categories: History and Local Culture / Civic Education
Fee: 126€ info_outline
25 Friends
Accomodation: Youth Hostel with real beds but you will need to bring linen, sleeping bags and pillows!
Confirmation: Send copy of the ticket OR pay 50% of the fee in advance
Optional fee: 40€
Used for: Kayaking and rope park
Alternative: Sunbathing on the banks of the Neckar and visiting the public pool (if weather is warm enough)
Language: English
Special equipment needed:
Suited for disabled people: No


Become a real Kurpfälzer - Learn about civic education, local culture and participate in sport activities.


Phone: +49 176 23389690

Our ideal participant:

    Our ideal participant is energetic and open-minded, ready to explore our region and indulge himself/herself in local customs. If you are eager to learn about history but also want to get rid of your surplus energy, you are the person we are looking for! Please be aware that we are not a “party-only” SU, since we aim to show you more than the local clubs!


  • Visit the three castles Mannheim, Heidelberg and Schwetzingen
  • Travel to Strasbourg and tour of the European Parliament
  • Workshops on Civic Education
  • Kayaking on the Neckar river
  • Rope park
  • “Wine hiking” - taste some local wine while wandering through the nature
  • JumpInn - giant indoor playground
  • Geocaching
  • Cooking course with local cuisine
  • Citytours in Mannheim and Heidelberg with fun games
  • German language course (including some local expressions)
  • Pubcrawl in Heidelberg
  • University party in the castle of Mannheim

Course Information:

Course level: Beginner
Course given by: Trainers from Civic Education Working Group, members from our locals
Supported by University: No

Join the Summer University and visit:


German poet J. W. Goethe wrote about its beauty and American author Mark Twain said that he “never enjoyed a view which had such a serene and satisfying charm about it as this one” about the view from the castle over the city. Home to the oldest university of Germany and still cultural center of the region, this city is stunning all year round.


Mannheim not only has the biggest castle in Europe (it has one window more than Versailles), but its quarter-like layout also inspired the builders of Manhattan (at least they like to say that). As a city of inventors it can claim many contributions to our modern world, but the most important might be Spaghetti ice cream!


The castle of Schwetzingen is famous for its magical garden with a mosque and fountains, temples, pavilions and sculptures. The perfect place for a relaxing afternoon picnic.


This Alsatian city is not only well known for its beautiful old town center and the traditional "tarte flambée" but also for the location of the European Court of Human Rights, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.