At Waldsee, the immersion experience extends beyond language learning and into the kitchen. Our incredible Waldsee Küche (kitchen) staff makes delicious meals every single day from across the German-speaking world. From Wiener Schnitzel to Käsespätzle, villagers get a taste of a number of different regions of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Check out some Waldsee favorites below!
At Waldsee, we love to introduce villagers to important cultural figures in the German-speaking world—both real and legendary, from Johann Sebastian Bach to Wilhelm Tell. One of our favorite ways to do this is through Abendprogramme (evening programs) like Moomba, where villagers have to find and collect various characters scattered around the campground. One of these characters is the current chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel!
As we gear up for the 60th summer at Waldsee, get to know some long-time members of the Waldsee community! This week, meet Nikola! Nikola has spent 14 summers at Waldsee as a villager and a counselor, beginning as a two-week camper in 1999. Nikola has played a number of roles at Waldsee, from helping organize International Day to serving on our Waldsee leadership staff.
At Waldsee, we teach German through a “Grand Simulation,” designed to immerse villagers and staff in the cultures and traditions of the German-speaking world. To enhance the immersion experience, villagers leave their “real-world” names at the doors of the Bahnhof as well, choosing a new name from the Namensbaum (name tree) on Ankunftstag (arrival day).
Waldsee literally translates in German to “forest lake,” and that is exactly what our location in Northern Minnesota provides. As much as we love hiking, camping, and exploring the woods at Waldsee, we love being able to do all kinds of activities am Strand (on the beach) of Turtle River Lake. There’s a lot of German to be learned, both on land and by sea!