School German Trip to Aachen
Aachen is within easy reach for a short German language trip. In winter, the highlight is the famous Christmas markets but there are also a huge range of educational and fun activities available for all age groups in the summer months.
The cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Gothic town hall form the heart of the old quarter. The modern Carolus thermal baths and Aachen casino are also well worth a visit. Make sure you don't leave Aachen without trying the famous Printen. These delicacies are distributed all over the world by Aachen bakeries; however in Aachen itself they are oven fresh and taste particularly delicious!
|Depart school previous evening|
|Day 1||Arrive Aachen and enjoy breakfast in a traditional cafe followed by a walking tour of the town||Vist the cathedral and treasury||Transfer to accommodation for dinner|
|Day 2||Explore Aachen while completing our town trail followed by Kaffee und Kuchen in a traditional German cafe||Depart and travel back to Calais for Channel crossing||Arrive back at school|
This price includes:
- 1 night half-board accommodation
- Return executive coach travel (TV/DVD/WC/seatbelts)
- Return ferry/Eurotunnel crossings
- Free staff place ratio 1:8
- Detailed information pack
- Comprehensive travel & medical insurance
- Motorway tolls and taxes
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.
Hans-Peter and Ursula welcome our school groups to their café, located in a historic building in the heart of Aachen, for hearty, traditional German breakfasts and lunches or Kaffee and Kuchen 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 children of all ages!
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.
The Centre Charlemagne is a new city museum 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 allow visitors to ...
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
Aachen's ice stadium holds 50,000 litres of water, which takes more than 8 hours to freeze. It’s great chance to try this sport, which is popular in Germany.
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 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
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.