Since 1954, the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen has been implementing its mission "to conduct information, education and research work in the fields of society and politics and to promote European integration on a liberal and federal basis".
In doing so, the educational concept of the Academy is comprehensive. It combines political-historical with political-aesthetic education. This way, the Academy gains deeper emotional access to the participants, far beyond the everyday life they are familiar with. Because education is not confined to the imparting of knowledge.
Education also includes the ability to acquire values, to develop imagination, creativity, tolerance and openness and to allow emotions to be felt. It is impossible to imagine the work of the Academy without art and culture, as they are one of its methods of conveying its values. In particular, when culture takes an aesthetic or political stance, it appeals equally to the intellect and to emotions, challenging us to debate it. This is all the more true when art provokes and questions accepted norms (content, aesthetics, etc.). The freedom (not only) of art is therefore not an empty slogan at the Academy - but in many ways filled with life.
The Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen has its own extensive art collection with over 400 pieces, which is unparalleled in the region and which already began in the 1960s. Contemporary, predominantly European art can be seen in all rooms and corridors as well as in the park of the academy. Temporary exhibitions round off the offer. Since 1961, the academy has organized nearly 130 exhibitions with artists primarily from Germany and Europe, but also from all over the world.more
The Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen organizes various cultural events, especially in cooperation with the Stiftung europäische Kultur und Bildung foundation, to which all interested parties are warmly welcome.
Here you will find an overview of the cultural events of the year. By clicking on the selected day, you will find further information about "your" event and can book it easily online.
Why not find out more about the academy's art collection first hand or about the Celtic sculpture trail Cerda & Celtoi and its breathtaking surroundings? The academy offers free guided tours for its guests in German, English or French. They go on an exciting trip into the world of forms and colors, history and stories.
Sculpture Trail Hike: Duration approx. 3 hours, approx. 7 km, sure-footedness required, for groups of 10 persons or more; Art Collection Guided Tour : Duration ca. 1 hour, for all interested
Would you like to know more about the sculpture trail? Feel free to contact us. Here you will find the book "Cerda & Celtoi – ein Skulpturenweg entsteht" with summaries in English and French.
The Arboretum Europaeum - Park der Nachhaltigkeit (Sustainability Park) is a park on the northern edge of the academy campus. It houses a cross-section of the most common tree species of Central Europe, but also houses "guests" from other regions of Europe and the world.