School Christmas Markets Trip to Aachen
Aachen is within easy reach for a short break - the highlight of the winter season is the famous Christmas markets.
Every year during the festive season the streets of Aachen are transformed with magical lights, festive sounds and seductive smells. Make sure to try the famous Printen, these delicacies are distributed all over the world although it is only in Aachen itself that they are oven fresh, making them taste particularly delicious!
Arrive in Aachen and enjoy breakfast in a traditional cafe
Walking tour of the town
Explore the Christmas markets, followed by lunch in a local cafe or from the food stalls at the market
|Visit the cathedral and treasury||Evening meal at accommodation|
|Day 2||Explore Aachen while completing our Town Trail, followed by time to enjoy some traditional warm Printen, a local delicacy, from the Christmas market||Depart and travel back to Calais for Channel crossing||Arrive back at school|
This price includes:
- 1 night's full-board accommodation
- Return executive coach travel (TV/DVD/WC/seatbelts)
- Return ferry crossings
- Free staff place ratio 1:8
- Detailed information pack
- Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
- Motorway tolls and taxes
Built in the ninth century by the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne, Aachen's cathedral has been the focus of the city's public life ever since. The treasury next door houses fantastic relics of Charlemagne and other works of art from Germany's past.
Held in the market place in the shadow of the ancient cathedral, Aachen's annual Christmas market draws visitors from all over Germany as well as from neighbouring countries. The specialities on offer include freshly baked gingerbread and marzipan bread. A must for all ages!
Why not stock up on some cut-price chocolates on your visit to Aachen? The factory shop sells this high quality chocolate at much better prices than elsewhere.
Enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides from Aachen's tourist office will give you an insider's view of the medieval heart of their city.
The Centre Charlemagne is located in the heart of Aachen. This fantastic museum explores the history of Aachen, Charlemagne's imperial city and one of the residences of the 'Father of Europe'. Certainly, the museum focuses on the city's links to Charlemagne as, initially, it was through these links that it became so historically significant. The interactive exhibitions a...
Located in a historic building in the heart of Aachen, this cafe serves traditional, hearty German breakfasts as well as offering Kaffee and Kuchen, perfect after a tough afternoon shopping at the Christmas Market.
Extremely popular amongst school groups, the DJH Aachen is situated in its own grounds in Colynshof, a ten-minute drive from the city centre.
Students are mainly accommodated in four-bedded rooms (some may have five beds depending on group breakdown), with showers and toilets shared on each floor. Staff will be accommodated in en-suite twin rooms (for single rooms, a supplement will apply).
Various meeting rooms are available for evening activities.
a&o Aachen Hauptbahnhof
The A&O hostel Aachen Hauptbahnhof offers comfortable, modern accommodation; in a central location with sights in the old town such as the Cathedral and Elisenbrunnen fountain just a 10 minute stroll away.
The hostel boasts 188 rooms ranging from single rooms to multibedded rooms with private en-suite facilities. Students will normally be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms, with staff in twins and singles.
Leisure facilities include a games room, library, TV lounge and internet terminal. There is complimentary wi-fi in public areas.
A buffet breakfast is served each morning, and snacks and drinks are available at the bar throughout the day.
What our teachers had to say about this destination
Ideal, authentic Christmas market.
Aachen is a wonderful city with an interesting history, beautiful buildings and a wonderful Christmas market. It is small enough to get round and big enough to hold the student's interest. The students really enjoyed this trip.
Well organised trip with a well varied itinerary, perfect to give younger pupils a taste of Germany and how they do Christmas. Accommodation perfect to walk in to the town centre and very clean and comfortable.
Great place to go for kids of this age. Safe and small enough to get around with interesting things to look at.
Great destination to go for a day trip. Students loved the markets were able to practise their German and Ice Skating is great fun. Restaurant La Finestra good value too.
Lovely location, great Christmas markets and the Lindt shop is a must.
Great, have used other companies in the past to visit the same destination and Halsbury compares favourably.
We had a fabulous trip and the ice skating was a big hit with the students - a real adventure.
Definitely recommended, excellent communication throughout, well chosen activities, good and reliable information. A successful trip - no surprise that we have done this trip for the past 5 years! Thanks Halsbury!
An excellent trip. Very atmospheric! The students get a real flavour of Christmas in Germany.
The trip was fantastic and I cannot fault Halsbury in the way they organised the trip for us. In particular, the coach company chosen for us was excellent- all in all, a great trip and the kids absolutely loved it! Many thanks from Ecclesbourne.
Aachen is an excellent choice for a day trip to Germany. The Christmas market is compact and centrally located, which is ideal for school groups, and the city is only a few hours away from Calais. This is an advantage over other German cities for a Christmas Market trip when traveling by coach.
The trip was great and the accommodation was fantastic. The hostel's location adds to the atmosphere and authentic experience. Even though it was a bit of a drive to Aachen and Cologne it was well worth being based in Monschau. We did go to the outdoor ice rink at the Heumarkt in Cologne. It was very atmospheric with the Christmas lights and decorations and the kids loved it.