School Trips to Germany

Germany has become one of the go-to European destinations for school trips and tours in recent years. As well as being steeped in history, it is a diverse country with plenty of remarkable landmarks and curious differences from region to region.

The German language is unlike no other, fun to learn and wonderfully to the point. What better way to develop those language skills than immersing your class in the culture of Deutschland? And although not the food  is perhaps not so lauded as neighbouring French cuisine, Germany still has its fair share of delicacies. 

From the hustle and bustle of Berlin and Munich to the ancient castles of the Rhine and bewitching folklore of the Black Forest, we offer school tours to Germany that cater to every purpose and taste. Get in touch to find out more information or advice on planning your ideal school trip to Germany.

Learn more about our school trips in Germany

Aachen

Aachen

Christmas Markets

Located close to the German-Belgian border, Aachen has a famous Christmas market - well worth a visit over the festive period.

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If you’re looking for more information or free advice, get in touch with one of our expert travel advisors today.

The Black Forest

The Black Forest

A school trip to the Black Forest gives students of all ages the chance to experience authentic German tradition and customs for themselves.

You can find more information on each trip we offer below, or visit our page about Black Forest school trips. 

 

German Language
A language study tour to this popular destination is ideal for both German and French language groups, and comes complete with a varied and exciting range of target language-focused experiences.

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Music Tours
We can combine performances and visits in France and Germany for a memorable two-country concert tour to the Black Forest.

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Berlin

Berlin

The German capital has never been more popular for educational visits and always proves highly valuable whatever subject you choose to focus on.

Find more information about our school trips to Berlin here

Cologne

Cologne

Christmas Markets
Each year, the beautiful city of Cologne opens up one of Europe's most famous Christmas markets.

You can find out more about a school trip to the markets here

If you’re looking for more information or free advice, get in touch with one of our expert travel advisors today.

Munich

Munich

There’s so much to do and see in Munich that you’ll definitely need a watertight itinerary to fit it all in!

You can find more information on each trip we offer below, or visit our page about Munich school trips.

 

Language 
There’s no better way to reinforce classroom-based learning than by surrounding your pupils with native speakers and German culture on a German language study tour, and the diverse city of Munich ticks every box.

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History
Munich was once a Nazi stronghold referred to as Hauptstadt der Bewegung (“capital of the movement”) and on your history school trip in nearby Nuremberg you will visit the infamous rally ground.

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Design & Technology

Munich is Germany’s third largest city and the country’s undisputed leader when it comes to technology. Thanks to the “Munich mix” of technology companies of all sizes to inspire your design and technology students.

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Rhine & Moselle

Rhine & Moselle

The wonderfully diverse setting of the Rhine and Moselle is home to beautiful valleys, ancient castle and Gothic churches.

You can find more information on each trip we offer below, or visit our page about Rhine & Moselle school trips.

 

Primary Schools
The region offers a wide range of visits that give an insight into German life and a safe and welcoming environment within which to practise language skills.

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Language
A German language school trip to the Rhine and Moselle is the perfect destination for German language groups to enhance classroom-based learning.

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Music Tours
We can combine performances and A music concert tour to the Rhine and Moselle region offers an excellent range of performance venues, a varied choice of excursions and a welcoming environment to perform in front of new audiences.

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Culture
The Rhine & Moselle region offers a wide range of visits that give an insight into German life and a safe and welcoming environment within which to practise language skills.

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Rhineland

Rhineland

We offer a tailored trip for primary school students to the Rhineland in Germany.

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If you’re looking for more information or free advice, get in touch with one of our expert travel advisors today.


Experience one of our trips to Germany...

Work with our experts

Hundreds of groups travel with NST to Germany every year, and members of our team regularly visit the country to really get to know the ins-and-outs of each city and area, from logistics and visits to our range of student-friendly accommodation.

Your dedicated Tour Co-ordinator will use their knowledge of Germany to create an itinerary that’s tailor-made, perfectly timed and meets your exact school travel needs.

They’ll be able to share their first-hand experience, suggest options you might not have considered and give you insight into the feedback other teachers have given us too.

There’s a lot to contend with when travelling abroad, and many teachers find the service of NST’s Representatives in Germany invaluable. In Berlin and Munich we can arrange for your representative to meet you on arrival, assist you with hotel check-in, advise on points of interest and public transport and provide your group with 24 hour emergency assistance. With NST, you can be safe in the knowledge that you’ll never be on your own on your school tour.

They’ll also be happy to discuss your programme of visits, offer an insight into your destination and suggest popular evening activities too.

Planning your first school trip?

If you're planning your first school trip, our essential guide will take you through each step of the process...

  • Choosing your destination
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head
  • Promoting your tour in school
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment)
  • Quick reference timeline
  • Pre-tour checklist

Additional support, resources & information:

Tour planning service

Tour planning service

With NST, you’ll get your own dedicated, knowledgeable Tour Co-ordinator who’ll work with you from start to finish. You’ll benefit from their unrivalled destination knowledge, and their experience gained from working with many other groups too. They’ll tailor-make your itinerary from scratch and take care of everything for you:

  • Pulling together an itinerary that runs smoothly
  • Planning the right balance of visits every day with realistic timings
  • Pre-arranging and pre-booking your visits, entrance tickets, passes and meals


You’ll receive your final itinerary a full 4-weeks before you travel too.

Free school trip promotion pack

Free school trip promotion pack

We’ll support you and provide everything you need to advertise your school trip around school and to parents. Our free school trip promotion pack consists of:

  • Parents’ letter & permission slip template for you to complete A3 posters to promote your trip around school
  • PowerPoint presentation templates which you can tailor to your own needs
  • Parents’ leaflets covering how NST manage safety, financial protection and details of our travel insurance
  • Online parents’ video which showcases the benefits of taking a school trip


For selected destinations, we’ll provide a trip launch web page using video footage and imagery. This web page is provided by a weblink and can be shared with pupils and parents in many ways.

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment plays a vitally important part in the planning and organisation on any school tour.

Our risk assessment guide aims to help you understand more about your obligations and how you can more effectively manage group safety on your next educational visit and provide you with risk assessments for your trip. 

Planning first school trip

Planning first school trip

Organising your first school trip can appear to be a daunting process.

If you're planning your first school trip, our guide will help to take you through each step of the planning process, answering frequently asked questions and providing tips and support along the way.

Our helpful guide covers the following:

  • Choosing your destination
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head
  • Promoting your tour in school
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment)
  • Quick reference timeline
  • Pre-tour checklist


View our essential guide to a successful school trip here.

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Locate My Trip uses GPS technology and is the easy, convenient way for your school to follow your location whilst on tour. Specifically designed to provide reassurance to both parents and teachers, NST will know where your group are 24/7. If your schedule needs to change, we’ll put plans in place to keep your tour on track. 

With Locate My Trip your group can also share photos and videos with the school and parents, via a secure link, to keep them updated on your experience whilst you’re away.

Watch our short Locate My Trip video here.

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Save time and stay on track with your school trip admin with our online orgnaniser - designed to help busy teachers like you.

With My Tour Manager, you'll be able to download FREE resources and access trip paperwork online and in one place. Your personalised checklist details what you need to do and by when, plus you'll receive fortnightly reminders too.

What's more, you can take all your trip documents on the go whilst on your tour with our app, My Tour Manager-On-the-Go.

Find out more and watch out short My Tour Manager video here.

Free classroom resources

Free classroom resources

We've created a range of free geography resources and educational posters to brighten up your classroom!

Take a look at our downloadable posters here.

Brexit & your school trip

Brexit & your school trip

How will Brexit affect my school trip?

While the political situation remains uncertain, ABTA has identified actions travellers may wish to take in advance to help avoid unnecessary future disruption.

This information only covers areas where travellers can take reasonable action or put plans into place now. Areas where the situation is still unclear are not included, but the information will be updated once clarified.

Click here for a summary of the latest advice from ABTA, more information can be found here.

If you're travelling with NST and have any specfic questions. please contact your Educational Travel Advisor.

Why choose NST...

Here's why thousands of teachers choose NST each year...

  • Unrivalled knowledge

Your dedicated tour co-ordinator will use their unrivalled local knowledge and expertise of Germany to create a tailor-made, curriculum-linked itinerary to meet your group’s exact needs.

  • Making it easier for you

With our online school trip organiser, travel app, free classroom posters and trip launch resources to support your in-school promotion.

  • Free group leader inspection visits

We offer a free inspection visit to your chosen destination to support your risk assessment planning. 

  • Value for money

We’re committed to bringing you the best possible value trips to help make every penny count.

  • More than 50 years’ experience

With over 50 years’ experience, with NST you can rest assured that your group is in safe hands.

  • Risk assessment guidance

Our risk assessment guidance will help you to manage group safety on your next educational trip.

  • Peace of mind

Your group’s location can be followed with our trip tracking device - Locate My Trip - plus you’ll have 24/7 support from us whilst you’re away.

  • Offsetting carbon emissions

For every trip taken, we'll plant a Maya nut tree in Peru to support reforestation, local communities & biodiversity. Plus, we'll offset an additional tonne of CO2 to guarantee carbon emission reductions. 

 

Looking for protection on your next school trip? 

Booking with a school travel company is the best way for you to protect parents’ money and give yourself peace of mind.  

 

Don’t forget – if your school arranges transport, accommodation and other services directly, you’ll be liable under the Package Travel Regulations – meaning you’ll have all the responsibilities of a travel company, both legal and financial. 

 

Financial protection from the moment you book

NST are fully bonded:

  • ABTA
  • ATOL
  • IATA

Managing safety on school trips

For your protection, NST's independently audited Safety Management System covers:

  • 24-hour emergency cover
  • Audited accommodation & transport
  • Excursions & school visit assessment
  • Group leader preview visits to assist with risk assessment planning

We're LOtC Council’s Quality Badge assured

The Department for Education advises schools to always look for the LOtC Quality Badge when choosing a school travel provider.