Lindenschule in Austria: A School inspired by Maria Montessori and Rebeca Wild

Here is an example of one of over 600 Rebeca Wild based (RWB) schools in Europe. In May 2012, I visited the Lindenschule in Innsbruck, Austria. Steve, a board member and teacher, showed me around the elementary school environment. Here is what I saw…

A beautiful friendly house:

A spacious, natural outdoor play area:

A big dirt and water play area:

A super-inspiring arts and crafts room with plenty of raw materials available:

An elaborate block and pretend play area:

An indoor water play space:

Measuring and mixing containers:

The kitchen prepared so that children can use it independently:

A writing area:

A friendly and inspiring space for math, geometry, and algebra with Montessori and other hands-on learning materials:

Montessori math materials:

Montessori beads materials:

There were even more amazing environments…a huge indoor movement room, separate rooms for the preschool, an outdoor crafting and eating area…The environments are constantly adapted to the children’s genuine needs. Currently, over fifty children are part this school. Here is a link to their website

I hope you are inspired! Let’s create similar schools here in the US! Get in touch!


  1. Sheryl Morris

    Inspired by Maria Montessori, yet there is “An elaborate block and pretend play area”! I love it! I would never want to go home, if I were a student OR a teacher!

    Some Montessorians begin to get nervous when they hear of a school or approach that is “inspired” by Maria Montessori. I understand, but this school appears [outstanding, wonderful, marvelous, excellent, magnificent, fine, exceptional, first-class, first-rate, virtuoso, supreme, superlative, brilliant; innovative, ingenious, imaginative, original; informal tremendous, superb, super, ace, wicked, awesome, out of this world]!

  2. meg hicks

    So inspiring! Is this a publicly funded school? The pressing issue I find here in Australia, is that in order to finance a school that serves only forty children (which is a highly desirable number in my view!) one must charge very high fees since access to public funds is limited and requires a very large compromise in many of the areas that makes this school so attractive and special. I wonder how they do it?

    • Carmen Gamper

      Hi Meg, I forwarded your question to Steve who is one of the board members. I know every school has their own ways of funding. Usually Austrian private schools receive around $1000 per child per year from the government and are free to pursue their own curriculum. Parents pay a monthly fee and school organize fundraisers. Let’s see what Steve is going to share…

  3. Natalie Doel

    A true wonderland, especially that kitchen! Thanks for sharing.