Cologne German Christmas Markets School Trips & Tours

Cologne, a major cultural centre of the Rhineland, is world renowned for its Christmas markets which attract over four million visitors a year. With six different markets open daily, and well into the evening, a visit to Cologne really does allow you to maximise your time whilst away.

Prices start from£189pp

Price Shown includes

  • 2 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation
  • Executive coach transport from and to school and throughout your stay
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • 1 in 8 free place ratio

Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from a Zone A departure point in December 2017 and is subject to availability.


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  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices

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Rhine River Cruise

A highly enjoyable way for groups to travel to their daily visits, stopping in a host of towns including Cologne, Bonn, Königswinter, Koblenz, Boppard, St Goarshausen and Rüdesheim. Moselle River cruises can be arranged from Traben-Trarbach to Bernkastel-Kues and Cochem to Zell.

Chocolate Museum

Pupils take a tour, in German, of this excellent museum in Cologne. Watch the manufacturing process and learn about the history of chocolate. Plus, there are also free samples for pupils and teachers too!

Cologne Cruise

Take a panoramic city cruise departing from Cologne old town.

Rüdesheim

Pupils can explore this fabulous town or take the cable-car to Niederwald monument and the wine museum to see how wine is made. The fabulous toy museum is a firm favourite, showcasing toys from the last 100 years. 

Boppard

This enjoyable town experience provides pupils with opportunities to speak, learn and listen in German. 

Visits include the Hunsrück Railway, Carmelite Church and Monastery, mini-golf, forest walks and the Sesselbahn (chairlift) to the ‘Vierseen-blick’ for the famous four lakes view. A mini-train offers a 40-minute tour around Boppard, past the remains of the fortifying walls that date back to the Romans and Middle Ages. German commentary is available. 

Koblenz

A great place to explore and practise language skills.  Alongside the many shops and cafés, popular visits in the town include the ‘Deutsches Eck’, a spectacular viewpoint where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet. 

Marksburg Castle

Pupils fill out NST quiz sheets in German as they tour this fabulous medieval castle. 

Cochem Wave Pool

This aquatic centre has a diving board, a wave pool and a giant 55-metre flume offering plenty of fun pool activities.

Bowling

A visit to this bowling alley in Koblenz is a popular evening activity.

Swimming

The Freizeitbad Tauris swimming pool is available in the evenings for groups.

Cologne Christmas Markets

Cologne, a major cultural centre of the Rhineland, is world renowned for its Christmas markets which attract over four million visitors a year. With six di”fferent markets open daily, and well into the evening, a visit to Cologne really does allow you to maximise your time whilst away.

  • See the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland at the Cathedral Christmas Market
  • Sample local artisans’ produce at the Neumarkt
  • Visit the nostalgic children’s roundabout, puppet theatre and Santa Claus’ quarter at the Alter Markt


Evening activites

  • Bowling
  • Swimming
  • A quiz or disco at your hotel (most hotels can provide a room for groups to use in the evenings)

Educational resources

Free Christmas market worksheet for students

For groups visiting the German Christmas Markets, we currently offer free, fun Christmas market worksheets for students to complete. This is a great way to encourage your group members to interact with and observe their surroundings and truly get involved in the goings-on at these fantastically festive marketplaces.

View a sample of our resources here >>


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