School Primary Languages Trip to Aachen
The beautiful town of Aachen with its safe pedestrianised centre is ideal for primary groups studying German language.
All year round your group will find plenty of things to see and do in Aachen. The cathedral (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Gothic town hall form the heart of the old quarter. Groups can take a tour of the town or visit a traditional “Kaffeestuben” for breakfast or lunch.
At Christmas time Aachen is famous for its Christmas markets and definitely worth a visit. Make sure you don't leave Aachen without trying the famous Aachener Printen. These delicacies are distributed all over the world by Aachen bakeries; in the city itself however, they are always oven fresh and taste particularly delicious!
|Depart school previous evening|
|Day 1||Arrive in Aachen and enjoy breakfast in a traditional cafe followed by a walking tour of the town||Visit the cathedral and treasury||Transfer to accommodation for dinner|
|Day 2||Explore Aachen while completing our town trail, followed by some 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 (breakfast and evening meal)
- Return executive coach travel
- Return Channel crossings
- Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
- VAT at current rates to 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
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.
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.
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!
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 the 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
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.