Welcome to Jugendakademie Walberberg!

Independant centre
for informal, extracurricular education

Jugendakademie Walberberg is an independent centre for informal, extracurricular education in the archdiocese of Cologne. The Christian image of humanity shapes our engagement for young people with less abilities, our understanding of hospitality, and our concept of education.

The supporting organisation of Jugendakademie Walberberg is an independent association. It consists of 60 individuals as well as a Representatives of Catholic youth federations. The association employs more than 30 staff members.

In Jugendakademie approximately 20 free lance trainers run the seminars. At the Jugendakademie, all youth and young adults interested in interaction and meeting are welcome. Our educational work is a contribution to youth identity formation. This refers to social, political, religious, intercultural and gender aspects of human living together.

Hospitable guest house with broad offer

We are a place for education – as an organiser of our own educational seminars and as a guest house for groups: well accessible via public transport from Cologne and Bonn, yet, in the middle of nature’s Kottenforst.

We are a hospitable house with a broad offer:

  • Full board
  • Single and shared rooms [in total 90 beds]
  • Seminar rooms of various sizes
  • Various free time offers
  • Media offers

We are happy to meet your needs concerning a vegetarian diet, barbecue or course materials and offer you a friendly service and an open atmosphere.

Advanced trainings and symposia

We also regularly organise advanced training for extracurricular youth education consultants. We arrange training for instructors in the field of the rope course and wall climbing and organise advanced training in the field of experiential education. Our symposia focus on the latest pedagogic, religious and socio-political themes. They are aimed at promoters of youth work, teachers and interested parties

Seminars for school classes

Children and youth studying in secondary and high school as well as trainees are here.
In our seminars for pupils, young people learn much about themselves and about their schoolmates: What impression do I make on other people? How can we resolve a conflict? And: What makes a good life?

We provide the youth with free space, so that they can speak about themes important for them: love and friendship, belief and religion, war and violence, unemployment, career and life plans, managing diversity within their group. National and international youth from different types of schools and groups meet in our house. That is what is important to us.

Youth look for and need guidelines on the market of world views. They can speak about that to each other here – regardless of the variety of their background, culture and religion. A respectful approach to each other can be learned and tested. We would like to encourage friendly living together for people with various religious communities in the immigrant society in Germany.


International Seminars for youths with access barriers

Bi- and multilateral seminars

Our international bi- and multilateral seminars target “youths with access barriers”. We offer the youths the possibility of participating in international seminars to gather positive experience and develop their own visions of the future in an international atmosphere.

In the sessions, the focus is not only on exploring interesting topics but also on widening the horizon by attending interesting excursions. They offer the possibility to broaden horizons and gather intercultural experience. Sports and activities that encourage creativity go together. We would like to give the participants the courage to communicate in an international environment and to better get along with young people from other countries. Many participants of bilateral seminars have been encouraged to attend multilateral youth exchanges or a European Voluntary Service /European Solidarity Corps project abroad for the past years. Recent topics have been job and future perspectives within the EU, discrimination in Europe, living in an intercultural society, homeland – Europe, right-wing extremism, and violence to name a few.

We collaborate closely with such partners as youth welfare organisations, secondary schools, and centres for vocational training in Germany, Ireland, Poland, France, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Scotland, Greece, Italy, and Hungary – some of whom we have been working for many years now, and some which are still growing. Our network is constantly expanding.

Bilateral exchanges always take place in Germany and in the other participating country. We prepare our multilateral seminars in cooperation with our partner organisations and conduct them in other partner countries every year.

Upcoming seminars

Autumn 2021 in Greece and spring 2022 in Germany
Multilateral A bilateral exchange with partners from Germany and Greece about diversity: “Diversity is boundless”

Autumn 2021 in Germany and 2022 in Hungary  
A Bilateral exchange with partners from Germany and Hungary about climate change and future perspectives: “Climate Wise”

Spring 2022 in Krzyżowa (Poland) and autumn 2022 in Germany
A Bilateral exchange about diversity

Participation in international seminars can open doors to future international exchange programmes or international voluntary services in the frame of the European Solidarity Corps.

“Are International Voluntary Services open to everybody?!”

European Voluntary activities for youths with access barriers

Youths with a wide range of several access barriers usually do not have an easy access to the market of International Voluntary Services abroad. The project often fails searching information or not getting encouragement from family and friends. The European Solidarity Corps programme mainly focuses on giving young people with access barriers the chance to work voluntarily abroad without any charge for the volunteer.

Therefore, we offer short-term and long-term international voluntary services within the frame of the European Solidarity Corps to perform voluntary activities in social, ecological or cultural project abroad and live there within the network of our partner organisations in Germany, Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Bosnia.

We organise, accompany and support the young people before, during and after the stay. We co-operate with long-term national and international partners, who highly trust confidence for this work and whom we have been working with in the field of national and international seminars for a long time. We invite all new partner organisations to our network!

ESC places in Germany

We also offer ESC – places in Germany – especially in Bonn and Cologne – and support the youths from our partner organisations and the German projects to attend a European Solidarity Corps project alone or in an international volunteering team.

Volunteering team in Germany

From July 4th to 19th the team volunteering project “Generations joining handy for a common future” will take place in the Jugendakademie Walberberg. Participants at the age of 18 – 30 from Scotland, Bulgaria, Italy and Germany come together to do voluntary work, to deal with the issue of sustainability and to exchange experiences and values in an intergenerational dialogue.

Training sessions for European volunteers

We are one of five organisations in Germany offering the ESC training seminars on behalf of the German National Agency.

We offer pre-departure seminars to youths with access barriers. European youths obtain with us on-arrival training sessions and a mid-term-meeting after the first half of their European Solidarity Corps project in Germany.

During these seminars, the volunteers deal with diver­sity management, their own projects, conflict resolu­tion and topics related to German and European politics.

Seminars in 2021

17/02 – 21/02/2021 Mid-Term-Meeting (digital)

01/03 – 05/03/2021 Mid-Term-Meeting (digital)

19/04 – 23/04/2021 Mid-Term-Meeting (digital)

14/06 – 18/06/2021 Mid-Term-Meeting (digital)

02/10 – 08/10/2021 On-Arrival-Training

03/11 – 09/11/2021 On-Arrival-Training

12/11 – 18/11/2021 On-Arrival-Training

27/11 – 03/12/2021 On-Arrival-Training

Rope course and Climbing wall: Didactic adventure between Heaven and Earth

Important capabilities such as the ability to work in a team, self-reliant action, and the ability to deal with conflict can be well supported with an offer of the rope course. To climb to a dizzying height, to survive troubles together with others, to prove one’s courage and to break limits: Active learning in the rope course and on the climbing wall attracts the young as well as adults. Anybody can contribute to problem solution.

Qualified instructors take care of the program, which is tailored to the target group.

We educate instructors according to the ERCA-Standard (Europe Ropes Course Association).

How to get to the Jugendakademie

Our address

53332 Bornheim-Walberberg
Phone: +49 2227/90902-0

Find us on Google Maps

By train

Weg von der Bahnstation zur Jugendakademie

  • from the south: to Bonn main station. Then take the subway line 18 (direction: Köln-Buchheim) till the stop “Walberberg”; from there it is about 20 minutes walk to the Jugendakademie (follow the signs).
  • from the north: to Cologne main station. Then take the subway line 18 (direction: Bonn Hbf – not Brühl!) till the stop “Schwadorf”; from there it is about 20 minutes walk to the Jugendakademie. The Jugendakademie is located near the forest at the upper end of the village, and is an extension of the “Schützenstraße” – it is not identical with the Dominican abbey Walberberg.

By car

Kleiner Übersichtsplan

Walberberg is located about 5 km away from Brühl between Cologne and Bonn.

Take the motorway No. 555 exit in Godorf, then head direction Brühl. From there, take the motorway 553 in direction Koblenz and exit in Walberberg.

Then follow the signs to the Jugendakademie.


Privacy Policy

1. An overview of data protection


The following gives a simple overview of what happens to your personal information when you visit our website. Personal information is any data with which you could be personally identified. Detailed information on the subject of data protection can be found in our privacy policy found below.

Data collection on our website

Who is responsible for the data collection on this website?

The data collected on this website are processed by the website operator. The operator’s contact details can be found in the website’s required legal notice.

How do we collect your data?

Some data are collected when you provide it to us. This could, for example, be data you enter on a contact form.

Other data are collected automatically by our IT systems when you visit the website. These data are primarily technical data such as the browser and operating system you are using or when you accessed the page. These data are collected automatically as soon as you enter our website.

What do we use your data for?

Part of the data is collected to ensure the proper functioning of the website. Other data can be used to analyze how visitors use the site.

What rights do you have regarding your data?

You always have the right to request information about your stored data, its origin, its recipients, and the purpose of its collection at no charge. You also have the right to request that it be corrected, blocked, or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in the legal notice if you have further questions about the issue of privacy and data protection. You may also, of course, file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities.

Analytics and third-party tools

When visiting our website, statistical analyses may be made of your surfing behavior. This happens primarily using cookies and analytics. The analysis of your surfing behavior is usually anonymous, i.e. we will not be able to identify you from this data. You can object to this analysis or prevent it by not using certain tools. Detailed information can be found in the following privacy policy.

You can object to this analysis. We will inform you below about how to exercise your options in this regard.

2. General information and mandatory information

Data protection

The operators of this website take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data as confidential and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this privacy policy.

If you use this website, various pieces of personal data will be collected. Personal information is any data with which you could be personally identified. This privacy policy explains what information we collect and what we use it for. It also explains how and for what purpose this happens.

Please note that data transmitted via the internet (e.g. via email communication) may be subject to security breaches. Complete protection of your data from third-party access is not possible.

Notice concerning the party responsible for this website

The party responsible for processing data on this website is:

Jugendakademie Walberberg e.V.
53332 Bornheim-Walberberg

Telephone: Tel.: (02227) 9 09 02- 12
Email: info@jugendakademie.de

The responsible party is the natural or legal person who alone or jointly with others decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data (names, email addresses, etc.).

Revocation of your consent to the processing of your data

Many data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

Right to data portability

You have the right to have data which we process based on your consent or in fulfillment of a contract automatically delivered to yourself or to a third party in a standard, machine-readable format. If you require the direct transfer of data to another responsible party, this will only be done to the extent technically feasible.

SSL or TLS encryption

This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and for the protection of the transmission of confidential content, such as the inquiries you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection in your browser’s address line when it changes from „http://“ to „https://“ and the lock icon is displayed in your browser’s address bar.

If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data you transfer to us cannot be read by third parties.

Information, blocking, deletion

As permitted by law, you have the right to be provided at any time with information free of charge about any of your personal data that is stored as well as its origin, the recipient and the purpose for which it has been processed. You also have the right to have this data corrected, blocked or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in our legal notice if you have further questions on the topic of personal data.

3.Data collection on our website


Some of our web pages use cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain any viruses. Cookies help make our website more user-friendly, efficient, and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called „session cookies.“ They are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain in your device’s memory until you delete them. These cookies make it possible to recognize your browser when you next visit the site.

You can configure your browser to inform you about the use of cookies so that you can decide on a case-by-case basis whether to accept or reject a cookie. Alternatively, your browser can be configured to automatically accept cookies under certain conditions or to always reject them, or to automatically delete cookies when closing your browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.

Cookies which are necessary to allow electronic communications or to provide certain functions you wish to use (such as a shopping cart) are stored pursuant to Art. 6 paragraph 1, letter f of GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies to ensure an optimized service provided free of technical errors. If other cookies (such as those used to analyze your surfing behavior) are also stored, they will be treated separately in this privacy policy.

Server log files

The website provider automatically collects and stores information that your browser automatically transmits to us in „server log files“. These are:

  • Browser type and browser version
  • Operating system used
  • Referrer URL
  • Hostname of the accessing computer
  • Time of the server request
  • IP address

These data will not be combined with data from other sources.

The basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR, which allows the processing of data to fulfill a contract or for measures preliminary to a contract.

Contact form

Should you send us questions via the contact form, we will collect the data entered on the form, including the contact details you provide, to answer your question and any follow-up questions. We do not share this information without your permission.

We will, therefore, process any data you enter onto the contact form only with your consent per Art. 6 (1)(a) GDPR. You may revoke your consent at any time. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

We will retain the data you provide on the contact form until you request its deletion, revoke your consent for its storage, or the purpose for its storage no longer pertains (e.g. after fulfilling your request). Any mandatory statutory provisions, especially those regarding mandatory data retention periods, remain unaffected by this provision.

Processing of data (customer and contract data)

We collect, process, and use personal data only insofar as it is necessary to establish, or modify legal relationships with us (master data). This is done based on Art. 6 (1) (b) GDPR, which allows the processing of data to fulfill a contract or for measures preliminary to a contract. We collect, process, and use your personal data when accessing our website (usage data) only to the extent required to enable you to access our service or to bill you for the same.

Collected customer data shall be deleted after completion of the order or termination of the business relationship. Legal retention periods remain unaffected.

4. Newsletter

Newsletter data

If you would like to receive our newsletter, we require a valid email address as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the specified email address and that you agree to receive this newsletter. No additional data is collected or is only collected on a voluntary

basis. We only use this data to send the requested information and do not pass it on to third parties.

We will, therefore, process any data you enter onto the contact form only with your consent per Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR. You can revoke consent to the storage of your data and email address as well as their use for sending the newsletter at any time, e.g. through the „unsubscribe“ link in the newsletter. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

The data provided when registering for the newsletter will be used to distribute the newsletter until you cancel your subscription when said data will be deleted. Data we have stored for other purposes (e.g. email addresses for the members area) remain unaffected.


This website uses CleverReach to send newsletters. The supplier is CleverReach GmbH & Co. KG, Mühlenstr. 43, 26180 Rastede. CleverReach is a service which organizes and analyzes the distribution of newsletters. The data you provide (e.g. your email address) to subscribe to our newsletter will be stored on CleverReach servers in Germany.

Sending our newsletters with CleverReach enables us to analyze the behavior of newsletter recipients. Among other things, we can find out how many recipients have opened the email containing the newsletter and how often various links contained therein are clicked. With the help of conversion tracking, we can also analyze whether a predefined action (such as the purchase of a product on our website) takes place after clicking on the link in the newsletter. For more information on how data is analyzed by CleverReach, please visit https://www.cleverreach.com/de/funktionen/reporting-und-tracking/.

We waive to make us of extensive analysis, especially conversion tracking functions. We only evaluate anonymous data on opening- rates and types of technical devices and platform (e.g. browser, email-software) used to display the mailings.

Data processing is based on Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR. You may revoke your consent at any time by unsubscribing to the newsletter. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

If you do not want your usage of the newsletter to be analyzed by CleverReach, you will have to unsubscribe from the newsletter. For this purpose, we provide a link in every newsletter we send. You can also unsubscribe from the newsletter directly on the website.

The data provided when registering for the newsletter will be used to distribute the newsletter until you cancel your subscription when said data will be deleted from our servers and those of CleverReach. Data we have stored for other purposes (e.g. email addresses for the members area) remains unaffected.

For more information, see the privacy policy of CleverReach at https://www.cleverreach.com/de/datenschutz/.

Within the registration procedure for our newsletter services we use Google’s reCaptcha-plugin for security reasons. For further details on the implementation and use of this plugin see paragraph 5.

Completion of an outsourced data processing contract

We have entered into an agreement with CleverReach for the outsourcing of our data processing and fully implement the strict requirements of the German data protection authorities when using CleverReach.

5. Plugins and tools

We also like to embed different media (e.g., videos) and social media content within the framework of our websites and, thus, give you the chance to share contents easily. However, by the use of certain plugins, (personal) data might be sent to the plugin service providers and be used by them. For the data to be sent, a specific action (e.g., clicking on a video) is not needed, but the data can already be sent in the background while visiting the website. The used plugins and tools are therefore carefully selected.

Contact Form 7 Datepicker

We provide contact forms for booking requests. To facilitate the selection and input of the booking or reservation periods, we use the plugin Contact Form 7 Datepicker which offers you a calendar view. For the provision and display, the plugin accesses an iQuery-Library under https://ajax.googleapis.comwhich is hosted by Google.

For this purpose, your browser has to establish a direct connection to Google servers. Google thus becomes aware that our web page was accessed via your IP address.

The pluginis used to make our website appealing and facilitate booking procedures. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR.

Further information about the libraries provided by Google, can be found at https://developers.google.com/speed/libraries and in Google’s privacy policy at: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

Google reCAPTCHA

We use „Google reCAPTCHA“ (hereinafter „reCAPTCHA“) on our websites. This service is provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA („Google“).

reCAPTCHA is used to check whether the data entered on our website (such as on a contact form) has been entered by a human or by an automated program. To do this, reCAPTCHA analyzes the behavior of the website visitor based on various characteristics. This analysis starts automatically as soon as the website visitor enters the website. For the analysis, reCAPTCHA evaluates various information (e.g. IP address, how long the visitor has been on the website, or mouse movements made by the user). The data collected during the analysis will be forwarded to Google.

The reCAPTCHA analyses take place completely in the background. Website visitors are not advised that such an analysis is taking place.

Data processing is based on Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in protecting its site from abusive automated crawling and spam.

For more information about Google reCAPTCHA and Google’s privacy policy, please visit the following links: https://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/and https://www.google.com/recaptcha/.

Google Web Fonts

For uniform representation of fonts, this page uses web fonts provided by Google. When you open a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into your browser cache to display texts and fonts correctly.

For this purpose, your browser has to establish a direct connection to Google servers. Google thus becomes aware that our web page was accessed via your IP address.

The use of Google Web fonts is done in the interest of a uniform and attractive presentation of our website. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR.

If your browser does not support web fonts, a standard font is used by your computer.

Further information about handling user data can be found at https://developers.google.com/fonts/faqand in Google’s privacy policy at https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.


This site uses the OpenStreetMap service (http://www.openstreetmap.de) to provide route directions and to support your travel arrangements. OpenStreetMap is an open-source-mapping-tool.

To display the map and to provide OpenStreetMap’s planning functions , it is necessary to save and transmit your IP-address to the OpenStreetMap server. The provider of this site has no influence on this data transfer.

The use of OpenStreetMap is in the interest of making our website appealing and to facilitate the location of places specified by us on the website. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR.

Further information about handling user data, can be found in the privacy policy of OpenStreetMap: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/DE:Datenschutzand athttps://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/DE:Legal_FAQ.

Shariff Wrapper

To share web content, we use the plugin Shariff Wrapper which adapts the “Shariff Concept“ for the creation of a share button that follows data privacy, developed by the computer magazine c’t. A Shariff-Button only establishes a direct connection between the social network and the visitor when you actively click on the share button. This way, we can offer you a share feature without using the respective tracking intensive plugins of the social media services.

The plugin Shariff Wrapper is used to make our website appealing.This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR.

Further information about the Shariff solution can be found on the provider’s website, the Heise Medien GmbH & Co. KG: Shariff: Social-Media-Buttons mit Datenschutz.


In some articles on our website, YouTube videos are embedded. Due to the transfer of personal data without playing and watching videos but by only visiting the site, we waive an implementation of videos via native plugins of YouTube. By embedding videos with the third-party plugin YouTube Lyte, a connection to YouTube’s servers will only be established when actively clicking and watching the video.

By actively clicking and starting a video, a connection to the YouTube server, operated by Google, is established. The YouTube server is informed about the pages you have visited on our website.

If you are logged in to your YouTube account, you allow YouTube to associate your browsing behavior directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

YouTube is used to make our website appealing. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR.

Further information about handling user data can be found in the data protection declaration of YouTube under https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy

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