School Science Trip to Cologne
In Cologne and the surrounding region you will find a wealth of visits perfect for a science tour. Spend a day getting hands-on at the German Aerospace Centre School Lab, where your students can carry out experiments covering areas such as comet simulation, gravitation biology, solar water purification and microgravity with the DLR scientists. The Odysseum Science Adventure Park is an interactive visit that will keep your students enthralled on a journey through five themed rooms each with a special scientific topic. In nearby Brühl explore the physics of rollercoasters at Germany's best theme park, Phantasialand.
Other highlights include the Neanderthal Museum, located at the site of the discovery of a 60,000 year old skeleton, which was the first discovery of Neanderthal Man. In Königswinter you can explore the oceans at the modern Sea Life Centre, or let your students discover the wonders of nature in the Eifel Volcano Park, where you will find the highest cold water geyser in the world.
This is also the perfect destination for a cross-curricular tour. Join with your German department and explore Cologne and its famous cathedral, savour the delicious chocolate at the Lindt Chocolate Museum and take a boat trip to discover the beautiful Rhine Valley.
|Day 1||Travel from the UK||Arrive in time for evening meal|
|Day 2||Day visit to German Aerospace Centre School Lab||Evening meal in accommodation followed by bowling|
|Day 3||Visit to Odysseum Science Adventure Park||Visit to Sea Life Centre, Königswinter followed by a boat trip up the Rhine to Bonn||Evening meal in accommodation followed by swimming at Aqualand|
Visit to Phantasialand and explore the physics of rollercoasters
|Evening meal in accommodation followed by disco night|
|Day 5||Travel back to UK|
This price includes:
- 4 nights' half-board accommodation (breakfast and evening meal)
- Return executive coach travel
- Return Channel crossings
- Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
- VAT at current rate 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
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is one of Europe's largest and most modern research institutions. This is where the aircraft of the future are developed, pilots trained, rocket engines tested and images of distant planets analysed. In addition, over 7,700 DLR staff members are investigating next-generation high-speed trains, environmentally responsible methods of generating energy and much m...
The Odysseum Cologne opens up a whole world of science adventures. Visitors go on a journey through five themed rooms which include: Evolution where visitors can explore the secrets of evolution within a Jurassic jungle and beware of the real-scaled interactive T-Rex! Planet Earth where you can visit planet Earth from different angles. Cyberspace where you become bits and bytes...
The fantastically decorated, Sea Life Königswinter is the habitat of starry smooth-hounds, dogfishes, morays, rays, seahorses and many more fabulous marine animals. Uncover the secrets of these amazing sea dwellers! Make sure that you don’t miss the special highlight: pass through the Atlantic basin through Germany’s only 360 degree underwater glass tunnel for a close f...
Phantasialand is one of Europe’s top entertainment parks. Situated in Brühl near Cologne, in the heart of the Rhineland, it is the number one German theme park for visitors from the UK. Seven themed areas with worldwide unique attractions and internationally multi-award-winning shows promise to be great fun. One of the top attractions is “Deep in Africa”, a themed area, whe...
Who hasn't always wanted to fly to far-away galaxies in the Starship Enterprise like Captain Kirk? On the 53 seats in the "Stellarium Erkrath", the planetarium of the Sternwarte Neanderhöhe Hochdahl e.V, this dream becomes a reality. Thanks to state-of-the-art projection technology and the tilted projection cupola, you can steer towards individual planets nd experience realistic...
How does electricity work? How is lightning created? What does radioactivity look like? This can all be discovered at Phanometa. The museum presents 130 experiments to test, try, think and have fun with. Venture into the world of Science, in more detail than ever before!
One of the most popular and most modern museums of Europe is situated on the ground where the most famous German was discovered 150 years ago: the Neanderthal man. In the Neanderthal Museum at Mettmann, the history of mankind is brought to life. The museum is located near the site of one of the most important archeological finds ever regarding the roots of the human race. In summer 1856, sto...
Explore the explosive world of the Vulkaneifel, a volcanic region at the heart of Germany. At the Volcano Park you can experience 500 000 years of geological and human history at 26 unique original sites in the Volcanic East Eifel. The Park is an adventure playground, education centre and local recreational area all rolled into one.
The Andernach Geyser is the highest cold water geyser in the world, reaching up to 60 metres. A tour of the Geyser consists of 3 parts: a visit to the Discovery Centre in Andernach, a boat trip to the peninsula and finally, the live eruption of the geyser.
The Arithmeum offers its visitors the chance to experience the learning and understanding of scientific and technical facts on the one hand, and the aesthetic pleasure of architecture, exhibition design and art on the other. With its world-wide leading collection of mechanical calculators as well as bizarre wheel mechanisms, historical calculating books and highly integrated logic chips, the Arit...
The Löbbecke Museum and Aquarium is home to over 550 species of fish, reptiles, mammals and insects. Containing 80 aquariums, a tropical greenhouse, numerous insect cabinets and a fantastic section about the evolution of man; this is one of the region's most impressive natural history resources.
Cologne Zoo has more than 500 species of animals from all continents and oceans of the world. Experience the elephants in the Elefantenpark, the largest elephant enclosure north of the Alps. Meet our closest relatives, the Apes, face to face inside the Urwaldhaus. Feel the heat and humidity of the jungle in the south-east Asian Regenwald. Dive into the world of coral-reefs and cichlids and le...
Groups will begin their visit viewing an exhibition showing the history of cocoa and how it is grown and harvested. You will also learn about how chocolate is made and can see some machines at work. Don't forget to visit the chocolate fountain either, where you will get a free wafer dripping with Lindt chocolate. You can also see the various different methods that were (and still are) use...
Köln Cathedral took more than six hundred years to build, but when it was finally completed in 1880 it was the largest building in the world. Today its black Gothic spires dominate the Köln skyline and give the visitor a fantastic panorama of the city below.
Köln-Düsseldorfer Line’s river cruises offer a unique perspective on two of Germany’s most scenic river valleys. Most towns and villages along the Rhine and Moselle have a regular service, and it’s possible to hop on and hop off from Cologne all the way down to Mainz. Please note that KD run a limited river cruise timetable during the Winter months.
DJH Köln Deutz
With its modern, fashionable décor, Köln-Deutz Youth Hostel welcomes increasing numbers of groups each year.
Students are accommodated in multi-bedded rooms, and staff in twins (for single rooms, a supplement applies). All rooms are en-suite and WiFi is available in the reception area.
Seminar rooms, games rooms, table tennis and a disco make this youth centre a favourite among school groups.
DJH Köln Riehl
The DJH Köln Riehl is located on the west bank of the river Rhine and is ideal for school groups.
This accommodation has 116 rooms with a total of 369 beds. Students will be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms and staff in twins. If single rooms are required, a supplement will apply.
All rooms have a shower, WC and individual lockers. There are conference and seminar rooms, a bistro with television and a disco/party room.
a&o Cologne Neumarkt
After a complete renovation, this former office building welcomes groups with its modern and friendly features. A&O hostel Cologne is well located in the southern part of the town, from here all the important sights are within easy reach.
Students will be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms and staff in twins. There is an internet corner, souvenir shop, bar, tv area, games, table football etc. This hostel also offers access to a teachers' lounge.View on map
What our teachers had to say about this destination
Very helpful during the trip, especially given flight delays and a changing itinerary. DLR School Lab was very well run. Loads of hands-on activities. Phantasialand was a real highlight. Köln Triangle was great to do in the evening with the sunset. We’d also highly recommend the virtual reality tour of Cologne – remarkably realistic.
Excellent destination to take pupils with a variety of different activities on offer.
Cologne is a fantastic destination.
An excellent trip! The 40 girls we took absolutely loved it and said it was the best school trip they had ever been on. They particularly enjoyed ice-skating.
Absolutely delighted once again with the excellent level of service, speed in replies to requests and expertise. Thanks once again for all your help. Thanks also to our driver. His affable and flexible approach made our trip all the more enjoyable. Thanks to all who dealt with all aspects of our trip.
Excellent trip. This trip was an accident really as it was a cancelled Christmas market trip, which we decided to move to Cologne. It was absolutely excellent and I would definitely consider doing this trip again, as well as the Christmas market trip! The coach driver was excellent; the breakfast at the cafe was outstanding; the chocolate factory was great fun and Cologne as a destintion was fabulous. Right next to the cathedral was a pedestrianised shopping street, so we could give students free time to go shopping.
One of the most enjoyable trips ever! Thank you!
Cologne and the activities scheduled for my group of yr 10 and 11 pupils were perfect. The Xmas Markets are very accessible by foot and we have found that the combination of: Xmas Market at Cathedral, Chocolate Museum, Ice-skating, Xmas Market in the old town, Hard Rock Cafe and final round up after dark at the Xmas Market at the Cathedral was perfect! The pupils REALLY enjoyed it and it was excellent value for money! I would just like to say that Laura and the team at Halsbury once again, delivered a brilliantly organised trip that was easy to do as group leader! I'll definitely be using you again next time I visit the Xmas Markets in Cologne in 2013!