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School Trips to Germany

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 here makes Germany the perfect choice for cross-curricular school trips, giving more students the opportunity to enjoy the experience of travelling abroad with their school.

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Why visit Germany?

The complex history

Germany’s long and complicated history is a huge draw for school groups. A history 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 groups on a history school trip to Germany choose to base themselves in the capital, Berlin or Munich. 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 tour!

The rich culture

A school trip to Germany is an exciting opportunity for your students to explore the 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.

And if you’re visiting on a German language school trip, your students will love the many opportunities to use their language skills to explore the culture, leaving them with a greater enthusiasm for the subject, as well as giving them more confidence in using German.

The creativity

Germany has a long history of art, making it a fantastic choice for an art school trip. And it’s ideal for a design and technology school trip too, with German engineering considered among the best in the world!

The opportunity to bring STEM to life

If you want to bring science or maths to life for your students and show them the real-world applications of your subject, then a school trip to Germany is hard to beat. Germany’s economic capital, Frankfurt, is a fascinating option for maths school trips, while Cologne’s variety of science attractions is the ideal choice to inspire your young scientists.

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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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School Trips to Aachen

School trips to Aachen are ideal for primary languages and for those who want to visit Germany's Christmas markets!

Charlemagne's imperial capital, Aachen is a historic city. It also boasts the shortest journey times from the UK, which make it ideal for younger groups and those who want to enjoy a short trip to take in a traditional German Christmas market.

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School Trips to Berlin

School trips to Berlin are a great option for many subjects and are always popular with students!

The cool German capital is fantastic for a history school trip focusing on the Nazis and the Holocaust or the Cold War.

But did you know that it's also a great option for art, design and technology, German and politics too?

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School Trips to the Black Forest

A school trip to the Black Forest offers your students the opportunity to explore one of the most enchanting regions of Germany!

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

View of Cologne at night

School Trips to Cologne

School trips to Cologne, the capital of the Rhineland, are a great option for a number of different subjects!

Cologne is a great choice for a German school trip designed to immerse students in the language and culture. There are also some fantastic visits here for science school trips. And for those looking for a festive treat, Cologne's Christmas markets are incredible.

Panoramic view over Dusseldorf

School Trips to Düsseldorf

A school trip to Düsseldorf offers students the opportunity to explore the elegant capital of North Rhine-Westphalia!

Düsseldorf school trips are very popular among German school 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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School Trips to Frankfurt

A school trip to Frankfurt offers your students the exciting opportunity to explore Germany's most important financial centre!

Frankfurt is particularly popular among business studies groups because this is the economic heart of Germany. And for maths students, the number of financial institutions offers the chance to see real-world applications of mathematical skills.

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School Trips to Munich

A school trip to Munich offers your students the exciting opportunity to explore the historic capital of Bavaria!

Munich trips are very popular among German language groups keen to immerse themselves in the German language and culture. They're also popular with history groups studying the Second World War, particularly those looking at the Nazis' rise to power.

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School Trips to Rhine

School trips to the Rhine are ideal for groups interested in using their German skills to explore the culture!

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 on year, having fallen in love with its unique atmosphere and friendly locals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different types of school 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.

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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 vibrant cities of Berlin and Munich are ideal 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 the 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 trip 12-18 months prior to 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 accomodation and travel options.

If you start planning your trip later than this, 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 help guide you and save you time throughout 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.

Learn more about our Germany school trips

Activities and excursions in Germany that your school group will love

East Side Gallery

The longest surviving section of the Wall that once divided the city, this half-mile stretch along the bank of the… Read More

Jewish Museum Berlin

Daniel Libeskind's steel lightening bolt of a building is as much a part of this groundbreaking new museum as the… Read More

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… Read More

Checkpoint Charlie Museum

During the lifetime of the Berlin Wall, this was the only way for non-Germans to cross from one half of… Read More

Bundestag

Formerly the Reichstag, the seat of Germany's parliament lay empty and derelict from 1933 to 1999. Now crowned with a… Read More

Phantasialand

Phantasialand is one of Europe’s top entertainment parks. Situated in Brühl near Cologne, in the heart of the Rhineland, it… Read More

Marksburg

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

Black Forest Open Air Museum

Find out all about life and work in the Black Forest over the last 400 years. As well as the… 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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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!