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!

      Depart school
Day 1

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 (breakfast and evening meal)
  • Return executive coach travel 
  • Return Channel crossings
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • VAT at current rates for Tour Operators
  • Free staff place ratio 1:8
  • Detailed information pack
  • Itinerary planning service
  • Motorway tolls and taxes
  • VAMOOS - our easy to use travel app
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 all ages!

Lindt Chocolate Factory Outlet

Lindt Chocolate Factory Outlet

Why not stock up on delicious German chocolates on your visit to Aachen? The Lindt 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.

Centre Charlemagne

Centre Charlemagne

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...

Café van den Daele-Kockartz

Café van den Daele-Kockartz

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.

Elizabeth Halle Swimming

Elizabeth Halle Swimming

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

DJH Aachen

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 area's.

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

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