Hameln is a small citysituated on the banks of the Weser River and is most famous for the story ofthe Pied Piper of Hameln, which is based on a legend dating back to the year1284.
Our ISK excursion to Hamelinstarts with a guided tour through the well-known medieval town. We will walkthrough the historical old town with its many beautiful old buildings and theISK students will also be able to listen to the story of the Pied Piper.
Linden-Limmer is a districtin the city of Hannover. It has 45,091 inhabitants and is made up of smallerparts of the city known as Linden-Mitte, Linden-Nord, Linden-Süd and Limmer.
During the ISK excursionthrough Linden-Limmer, our language course participants will see and find outmore about the specialties that can be found there. History, architecturalfeatures, social developments and life in Linden today are the topics that willbe discussed. We will also pay a visit to “Radio Flora”, an internet radiostation that broadcasts in many different languages. The excursion will finishup in one of the cozy pubs typical of the Linden area.
The excursion to the traditional “Herrenhäuser” brewery is one of the most popular trips amongst the ISK students. The brewery was first established in 1868 and is owned today by the Schulz-Hausbrandt family.
The excursion begins with a tour of the brewery along with a lot of interesting information about beer in general and the production of “Herri”, as the people of Hannover like to call their beer. At the end of the tour, students will also have an opportunity to try the delicious brew in a relaxed atmosphere.
The Masch Lake Festdraws more than 2 million visitors a year and is a real highlightevery summer. You can listen to concerts on different stages and atdifferent locations around the lake, see other artists and theirperformances and enjoy the food and drink on offer. Starting at theISK, we will walk through the old town area in Hannover to Masch Lakeand take a boat ride there. After that, we will spend the eveningtogether eating and chatting.
The Great Garden isconsidered as one of the most impressive Baroque gardens in Europe.It is the venue of an international fireworks competition each year.The reconstruction of Herrenhausen Palace ended in 2013 to make thehistorical gardens complete once again. The gardens are made up ofthe Great Garden, the Berg Garden, the Georgen Garden and the GuelphGarden. One of the last works of French artist Niki de Saint Phalle –the Blue Grotto – can be seen in the Great Garden.
The ISK undertakesan excursion to the Herrenhausen Gardens each year. It ends with apicnic in the Georgen Garden.
An excursion to Marienburg is a permanent part of our cultural program. MarienburgCastle is a beautiful castle, which King George V of Hannover hadbuilt from 1857 to 1867 as a summer residence, hunting seat andlater, as a residence for his widow. It was a gift to his wife, QueenMarie, on her 39thbirthday. The ISK excursion begins with a short train ride to thevillage of Nordstemmen. From the train station there, we will walkthe short distance to the Marienberg, where we will then visit theromantic castle of the last Queen of Hannover.
In the spring time,we offer our students a walk through downtown Hannover and the oldpart of the city. This is where you will find such old, traditionalbuildings as the Leibniz Building, the Market Church and the ruins ofthe Aegidien Church. It’s an excellent way to experience thehistory and culture of Hannover. After that, we will stroll over theSpring Festival where you are free to take part in any of theactivities there and enjoy a traditional Lütjen Lage (beer withschnapps).
We will travel bytrain to the Deister Hills, a beautiful range of hills close toHannover. This is where people go to go hiking, ride mountain bikesand to also go sledding in the winter. We will take a walk into thehills, with an old mine as our destination. We will go down into themine and get a guided tour on how it was built and what working in amine was like.
The game of bowling, an international sport, has meanwhile become a popular leisure-time activity in Germany as well. The objective of the game is to knock all of the pins down - each bowler gets two tries.
The ISK organizes a bowling tournament for all the participants in the different language courses in the “Bowling World” Hannover. The winners of the tournament can look forward to a nice surprise!
The temperatures are falling, we are all starting to look forward to the holiday season. Traditionally, the ISK likes to celebrate the Christmas season together with its students. Just like at the Christmas Market, there will be waffles and all kinds of sweet treats available and mulled wine (with and without alcohol), all supplied by the ISK. A lottery with lots of fun prizes is also part of the program.
The zoo in Hannoveroffers a wide variety of different animals and attractions. Theanimal enclosures are theme-oriented to reflect the different homecountries of the animals living there. This creates a very specialatmosphere. The elephants live in an Indian jungle palace, the polarbears and seals in Yukon Bay.
In winter, there isanother highlight, the winter zoo. That’s when the skating rink andthe sledding hill are set up! The ISK plans an excursion to thewinter zoo each year. There you can enjoy mulled wine and punch alongwith other typical Christmas treats. It’s always fun to go skatingtogether there.