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, one of Europe's most modern and popular musuems, 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, with its famous Cathedral, 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, choose from a wide range of experiments and let your students get hands-on with science||Evening meal in hostel followed by bowling|
|Day 3||Morning visit to Odysseum Science Adventure Park||Afternoon visit to Sea Life Centre, Königswinter followed by a boat trip up the Rhine to Bonn. Meet coach and return to accommodation||Evening meal in hostel followed by swimming at Aqualand|
|Day 4||Spend day at Phantasialand and explore the physics of rollercoasters (workbook available)||Evening meal in hostel followed by disco night|
|Day 5||Depart hostel after breakfast and travel back to UK|
This price includes:
- 4 nights Half Board accommodation
- Return Executive Coach Travel
- Return ferry/Eurotunnel crossings
- Free staff place ratio 1:8
- Detailed information pack
- Travel and medical insurance
- Itinerary planning service
- Motorway tolls and taxes
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is one of Europe's largest and most modern research institutions. Here is where the aircraft of the future are being developed and pilots trained, rocket engines tested and images of distant planets analyzed. In addition, over 7,700 DLR staff members are investigating next-generation high-speed trains, environmentally responsible methods of generating energy, ...
Become a science adventurer! The Odysseum Cologne opens up a world of science adventures. Visitors get on a journey through five themed rooms touching very special scientific topics! Evolution - explore the secrets of evolution within a jurassic jungle and beware of the real-scaled interactive T-Rex! Planet Earth - Visit planet earth from different angles. Cyberspace - Become bits and bytes and...
Experience the “Sea“ in Königswinter SEA LIFE! Get a live experience of the fascinating native underwater world and also admire current special exhibitions. Fantastically decorated, SEA LIFE Königswinter is habitat of starry smooth-hounds, dogfishes, morays, rays, seahorses and many more fabulous marine animals. Uncover the secrets of amazing domestic sea dwellers! Make sur...
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. Still one of the top attractions is “Deep in Africa”, a themed area, ...
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 at the request of the p...
How does electricity work? How is lightning created? What does radioactivity look like? What physicists have already discovered can be practically understood here, in the PHÄNOMENTA. Venture the world of science closer than you have ever been able to! Interactive physics: PHÄNOMENTA – the Science Center in North Rhine-Westphalia – presents 130 experiments to test, try, thin...
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, stone c...
Explore the explosive world of the Vulkaneifel, a volcanic region at the heart of Germany - inactive maybe, but not extinct. Only 13 000 years ago the massive eruption of the Laacher See volcano created one of Germany’s youngest landscapes. 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 ...
The Andernach Geyser is the highest cold water geyser in the world, reaching up to 60 metres. “Geyser season” is every year between March and October. A tour of the geyser includes 3 parts: • a visit to the Discovery Centre in Andernach • a boat trip to the peninsula • the live eruption of the geyser The entire tour takes about 3 hours. The attraction caters particu...
'Calculating now and then': the Arithmeum in the Research Institute for Discrete Mathematics of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn is one of the new Bonn-based museums, which offers its visitors the experience of learning and understanding scientific and technical facts on the one hand, and aesthetic pleasure of architecture, exhibition design and art on the other hand...
**Closed until Spring 2015 for renovation** 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 from all continents and oceans of the world. Experience the elephants in the new ELEFANTENPARK, which is the largest elephant enclosure north of the Alps. Meet our closest relatives face to face inside the Urwaldhaus for great apes. Feel the heat and humidity of the jungle in the south-east Asian REGENWALD. Dive into the world of coral-reefs and cichlids and l...
Quite simply this is one of the best attractions in Cologne! The first part of the exhibition is a history of cocoa and how it is grown and harvested. You 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 we...
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, of course, 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 - please ask for further details.
DJH Köln Deutz
Students are accommodated in multi-bedded rooms, and staff in twins. All rooms are en-suite. A supplement applies if single rooms are requested. WiFi is also available for a small fee.
Breakfast is served every day, and lunch & dinner are available on request.
Seminar rooms, games rooms, table tennis and a disco make this youth centre a favourite among school groups. The building is non-smoking throughout. View on map
DJH Köln Riehl
AO Hostel Cologne
The hostel offers modern, comfortable rooms; 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. View on map
What our teachers had to say about this destination
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!