One week German and Hiking in Kitzbuhel
I wanted to work on my German language skills and get some exercise walking in the hills. I hoped to gain some additional confidence in German. The language lessons were well run and the tutor was very friendly and positive. He also took us on some excellent excursions to the town centre and to the top of one of the mountains. Read More
I fell for Kitzbuhel on sight, there are only two main streets but they are made up of medieval houses, lovely mountain cabins mixed in with pastel-colour burgher houses, so clean, so tidy and so neatly set in the Tyrolean landscape. The population jumps to some 20,000 during the busy ski season January to April, and is at it’s worst (or best if skiing is your thing) during the famous Kitzbuhel Super G and slalom race on Hahnenkamm, when over 70,000 spectators crowd round the slopes, late January every year. However for me and my new companions, Kitzbuhel comes into its own in the summer – when the snows are all but gone and everything is a verdant delight, a celebration of sunshine, fresh air and solitude. I adored the colourful Alpine flowers, but can’t name them! I was staggered by the breathtaking panoramic views of the Kitzbuhel Alps and Loferer Steinberge mountain ranges. Read More
Basically I wanted a break. January was getting me down and I felt I needed a week in the snow AND I’d promised myself all the previous year that I’d brush up my German language skills – so I decided to call CESA. After that it’s was just a question of packing. Read More
I expected my spoken German to improve considerably. I also expected grammatical aspects to come more naturally by the end of the course. Generally I expected it to be a great way to meet people and become accustomed to the new environment with people in the same situation as myself. I expected my skiing to improve along with my knowledge of teaching methods.”
Were your expectations met?
“ My spoken German definitely improved and I became more confident using it. My grammar was reinforced but still didn’t come naturally. In general the course was definitely a great way of meeting people and I felt my skiing improved dramatically. The ski instruction was fantastic. Read More
I wanted to get better at German and qualify as a snowboard instructor. I found the teaching very good and felt that nothing much could be done to improve it.
The teachers were friendly, approachable and helped us out a lot with general stuff like where to go, organised transport for skiing, gave us a guitar to use and advice on lots of things.
I really liked the people on my course. They were nice guys and all my age group. We had a good social life because there was a great group of people on the course who all got on really well and had parties together which was great. Read More