School trips to Germany can cover any number of subjects, from history to maths, politics and science, among many others.

In fact, the diversity of learning opportunities in Germany makes the country a perfect choice for a cross-curricular school trip, allowing more students to enjoy the experience of travelling and learning outside the classroom.

On this page, you'll find our full range of school trips to Germany, along with case studies, FAQs, and other useful resources. When you're ready to start planning, get in touch with our team - our expert travel advisors will guide you through every step (we can even tailor a tour to fit your exact needs if you can't find one that suits below!).

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Why pick Germany for your school trip?

Learn about the complex history

Germany’s long and complicated history is a huge draw for school groups. A school trip to Germany can explore everything from the German monarchy to the Weimar Republic, the Nazis and the Holocaust, or even the Cold War.

Many history-focused groups choose to base themselves in Berlin, the capital, or Munich, the largest city in Bavaria. If you do the same, you’ll find an almost unending choice of educational visits – which is fantastic news if you want to make this into an annual trip!

Experience the rich culture

An educational trip to Germany is an exciting opportunity for your students to explore the country's rich culture. Whether you want to explore the traditions of the Black Forest, explore ‘fairy tale’ Germany in the Rhineland or experience a traditional Christmas at one of Germany’s famous Christmas markets in Aachen, Cologne or Düsseldorf, your students will return home with deeper cultural understanding and a love for all things German.

If you’re visiting with German language students, they will love the many opportunities to test their skills and interact with locals to learn more about the culture, leaving them with a greater enthusiasm for their subject and more confidence in their speaking and listening abilities.

Plus, Germany has a long history of art, making it a fantastic choice for art students. Berlin's famed Museum Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the city centre, made up of 5 world-class museums covering everything from contemporary art to the ancient world – each well worth a day's visit.

Bring STEM to life

If you want to bring your STEM curriculum to life for your students and show them the real-world applications of your subject, then a school tour to Germany is hard to beat. 

Germany’s economic capital, Frankfurt, is a fascinating option for maths, while Cologne’s variety of science attractions is the ideal setting to inspire your young scientists.

Meanwhile, the country is ideal for a design and technology trip too, with German engineering considered among the best in the world. 

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Take a look at our range of Germany school trips below, and then get in touch with one of our tour advisers to discuss your requirements.

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Where can your school visit in Germany?

Aachen cathedral

School Trips to Aachen

Charlemagne's imperial capital, Aachen is a historic city. It also boasts the shortest journey times from the UK, which makes it a good choice for younger groups.

Aachen's traditional German Christmas markets are a popular attraction every Winter, but it's also a good base year-round for primary language groups looking to test their skills in a practical setting.

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School group at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

School Trips to Berlin

Berlin school trips are always popular with students. Endless landmarks, attractions, and historic buildings make it the number one choice for school trips to Germany.

From the Brandenburg Gate to the Holocaust Memorial, there is a huge amount to see and experience for groups interested in history and politics. But did you know that it's also a great option for art, design technology, German, and cross-curricular trips, too?

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Village in the Black Forest

School Trips to the Black Forest

A trip to the Black Forest is a chance for your students to visit one of the most enchanting regions of Germany.

Black Forest school trips are most popular with MFL students who want to immerse themselves in German culture. Your pupils will love using their language skills to learn all about the traditions and customs unique to this region.

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View of Cologne at night

School Trips to Cologne

Cologne is the capital of the Rhineland – making it a fantastic base for groups interested in a wide variety of different subjects.

The annual Christmas Markets are a big draw, but Cologne is a particularly great location for science students with the German Aerospace Centre nearby.

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Panoramic view over Dusseldorf

School Trips to Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf is a great opportunity for your students to experience the elegant capital of North Rhine-Westphalia.

A Germany school trip to Düsseldorf is popular among language groups, particularly at Christmas. That's because Düsseldorf boasts atmospheric Christmas markets to rival those of nearby Cologne. Your students will love the opportunity to practise their German in a fun, relaxed setting.

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Landscape view of Frankfurt

School Trips to Frankfurt

Frankfurt is one of the world's most important financial centres, with the city playing host to the European Central Bank.

As the economic heart of Germany, Frankfurt is a good choice for a German school trip focused on business studies, economics, or politics. Maths students will also find it useful – the sheer volume of financial institutions in the city offers the chance to see real-world applications of mathematical skills.

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Aerial view of the centre of Munich

School Trips to Munich

In Munich, students will have the opportunity to explore the historic capital of Bavaria and its role in the rise of fascism.

Today, Munich is a brilliant, vibrant city - perfect for cross-curricular and culture-based trips. Furthermore, its unique role in the Nazis' rise to power makes it an extremely popular choice for pupils studying German history, the Second World War, and politics.

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Boat cruising past a village along the Rhine

School Trips to the Rhine

The Rhine is the centre of fairy tale Germany. Here you'll find romantic castles, majestic rivers and charming towns.

Many of our groups return to the Rhine year after year, having fallen in love with its welcoming atmosphere and friendly locals. The Rhine is a great choice for German language groups interested in using their skills to explore the culture.

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Activities and excursions in Germany that your school group will love

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East Side Gallery

The East Side Gallery is the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall, which once divided the city (and country) into East and West. … Read More

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Jewish Museum Berlin

Charting the history of Germany's Jews since the Middle Ages, the Jewish Museum is a thought-provoking experience.… Read More

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DDR Museum

Welcome to one of Europe's most interactive museums! The DDR Museum offers you a hands-on experience of the everyday life of a state long gone. … Read More

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Checkpoint Charlie Museum

During the lifetime of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie was the only way for non-Germans to cross from one half of the city to the other. … Read More

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Bundestag

The Bundestag, formerly the Reichstag, is the seat of Germany's parliament, which lay empty and derelict from 1933 to 1999. … Read More

Phantasialand

Phantasialand

Phantasialand is one of Europe’s top entertainment parks. Situated in Brühl near Cologne, it is the number one German theme park for visitors from the UK. … Read More

Marksburg

Marksburg

Towering above the riverside village of Braubach, the Marksburg is the only castle in the Rhine Valley never to have been taken by force. … Read More

Black Forest Open Air Museum

Black Forest Open Air Museum

Find out all about life and work in the Black Forest over the last 400 years.… Read More

Why choose Halsbury?

Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and are here to make the process of running your school trip as easy as possible.

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School trips tailored to your curriculum

We'll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure your school trip is a truly educational experience.

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Health & safety prioritised

As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.

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Support every step of the way

We'll be with you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry until the moment you return home, including 24-hour support while you’re on your school trip.

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Financially secure school trips

We're ABTA bonded and all our air tours are ATOL protected, so you can be sure that your school trip is financially secure.

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Rewarding loyalty scheme

You'll earn loyalty points from your very first school trip with Halsbury. These can be used towards a discount on your school trip or a free gift for your school.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different trips we can offer. If you have another destination in mind, simply fill out our enquiry form with all your requirements and one of our Tour Advisers will be in touch with a tailor-made quote.

Yes, all of our trips include comprehensive travel insurance, which now includes Covid cover. This group travel insurance covers individuals needing to drop out of the trip in the following circumstances:

  • Because a Qualified Medical Practitioner has diagnosed them as positive for Covid-19 within up to 14 days of departure.
  • Because they have been hospitalised due to Covid-19 within up to 28 days of departure.
  • Because they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace for a period of time that prevents them from taking part in the trip.

The insurance also covers reasonable additional costs of accommodation and flights should an individual contract Covid-19 and have to self-isolate while abroad.

And the policy also covers reasonable additional costs to account for a family member to come across or a group leader/teacher to stay with the individual.

Please contact us for details.

Germany is a year-round destination for school trips. Many groups choose to visit in December when the famous Christmas markets take place. This is a particularly good time to visit for language students as they'll be able to use their language skills when interacting with the stall holders.

If your students are studying history then the cities of Berlin and Munich can be visited in any season. In the summer, many groups choose to visit the Rhine and the Black Forest.

Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your next school trip 12-18 months before your travel date. This gives you plenty of time to get sign-off from senior leadership and to launch your trip in school to students and parents. Planning early will also mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options.

If you start planning your trip later, don't worry. It is definitely possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. We're here to support you and we have a selection of templates and useful guides to guide you through the process.

You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above.

All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year.

Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.

The Halsbury Difference

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Work together with other teachers in your school to save thousands of pounds on future school trips with our multi-trip loyalty scheme!