Arrival and Departure

What to bring

Arrival day:  Saturdy, July 22, 2023 (afternoon)

Latest arrival at the Zentrum Sonnenberg: 16:30h

General assembly: 17:45h

Round trip transportation for students from home to Switzerland cannot be organised by Astona.


Bus transfer from Zurich airport

Astona organises transportation from the Zurich airport to the Zentrum Sonnenberg on arrival day. The bus costs per person around CHF 30 payable in cash when boarding The first shuttle bus departs at 11:30 the second around 15:15 . Accepted participants will be told in advance where and how to find the bus. 


Students arriving late must take the train  to Baar (travel time about 50 minutes, 5 minutes walk to Zentrum Sonnenberg).


Meals at arriving day

On arrival day, students are responsible for their own lunches.  The first meal at Astona is dinner on July 22 at 18:30 at Sonnenberg.


Departure day:  Sunday, August 6, 2023 (morning)

Departures are undertaken individually or by organised bus transfer to the Zurich airport (details and info during the course).


  • All of the information you have received from Astona!
  • clothing for warm and cold weather
  • Washables for 14 days 
  • bathrobe, slippers
  • shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.
  • dirty clothes bag (laundry bags possible for CHF 9.00 per kg of wash and dry)
  • good walking shoes
  • gym shoes, sports dress
  • protection against rain
  • swim suit, bathtowel
  • concert clothes: dressy for solo performances, black for orchestra (long skirts or pants for female members of the orchestra, white shirts for males)
  • music stand, extra strings, rosin, mute, floor protection (obligatory for cellists), metronome
  • piano accompaniments (do not send these to the director)
  • some pocket money

Health insurance / Diet / Allergies

Students are responsible for their own medical bills. It is advisable that they be insured for illness, accident and liability  and bring their identity card from the insurance company. Doctors, dentists and hospitals are readily available in the area of Zug. Vegetarian diets are always provided. Special dietary needs, such as allergies to gluten or lactose, can be accommodated by the Sonnenberg kitchen. 

House Rules

Coexistence for a period of two weeks in a multicultural and international community requires the willingness of everyone to observe the necessary rules and regulations and to adopt an attitude of mutual respect, concern and tolerance. The regulations for our communal living are set down in the House Rules. 

Hause Rules 2023
Astona House Rules 2023.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 121.6 KB

Course Content

Astona aims to bring talented students from all over the world together and to work with them on the highest level with tutors of international renown. The Course content describe what Astona offers as well as the rules for the curriculum. 

House concerts rules

Participants must register two fully-prepared concert pieces. The rules are described on the registration form. The form must be returned by latest July 1st. 

Course Content 2023
Astona-Course Content 2023.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 82.4 KB

Registration Form House Concerts
Registration Form House Concerts 2023.pd
Adobe Acrobat Document 66.1 KB