School Christmas Markets Trip to Aachen

Aachen is within easy reach for a short break and 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 you and your group don't leave Aachen without trying the famous Printen. These delicacies are distributed all over the world by Aachen bakeries, although it is only in Aachen itself that they are oven fresh, making them taste particularly delicious!

      Depart school previous evening
Day 1

Arrive Aachen and enjoy breakfast in a traditional cafe

Get to know the town by taking a walking tour

Explore the Christmas markets, followed by lunch in a local cafe or from the many food stalls on the markets

Visit the cathedral and treasury Transfer to YH for dinner
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 half-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
  • VAT
N.B. Activities listed in the itinerary are not neccessarily included in the price. Contact us for further information.

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Aachen Cathedral & Treasury

Aachen Cathedral & Treasury

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.

Aachen Christmas Market

Aachen Christmas Market

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 children of all ages!

Lindt Chocolate Factory Outlet

Lindt Chocolate Factory Outlet

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.

Guided Tour of Aachen

Guided Tour of Aachen

Enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides from Aachen's tourist office will give you an insider's view of the medieval heart of their city. The tour lasts an hour and a half, but can be lengthened if you prefer.

Centre Charlemagne

Centre Charlemagne

The Centre Charlemagne is a new city museum in the heart of Aachen. The museum offers a tour through the history of Aachen from the Neolithic to the present day. One of the main focuses is the history and the legend of Charlemagne. Without him, the city would never have attained its historical significance as the residence of the Carolingian ruler, as a medieval city of coronations, or, after 194...

Café van den Daele-Kockartz

Café van den Daele-Kockartz

This traditional cafe, located in a historic building in the heart of Aachen, offers a warm welcome to our school groups. Enjoy a traditional German breakfast to start your day of sightseeing in Aachen.

Elizabeth Halle Swimming

Elizabeth Halle Swimming

Aachen's original 1920's Jugendstil indoor swimming pool is another popular choice for school groups. There are two separate pools which may be booked

DJH Aachen

Extremely popular among school groups, the DJH Aachen is situated in its own grounds in Colynshof, a ten-minute drive from the city centre and was newly renovated in 2016.

Students are mainly accommodated in four-bedded rooms in a modern style (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. A single room supplement will apply if they are requested.

Various meeting rooms are available for evening activities. Many school groups request this friendly and welcoming hostel each year. View on map

AO 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 area's.

A buffet breakfast is served each morning, and snacks and drinks are available at the bar throughout the day. View on map

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