Looking for a magical experience to get your German students talking? Look no further than a school trip to Aachen’s Christmas markets!

Aachen is Germany’s westernmost city and sits on the borders with Belgium and the Netherlands, putting it within easy reach for a short school trip to the German Christmas markets.

Once the imperial residence of Charlemagne, Aachen is now famous for its magical Christmas markets. Make sure you try some of the famous Printen – this local type of gingerbread is absolutely delicious, especially when it’s fresh out of the oven!

Suggested Itinerary (2 days, 1 night)

Day Morning Summary Afternoon Summary Evening Summary

Arrive in Aachen and enjoy breakfast in a traditional cafe

Walking tour of the town

Explore the Christmas markets, followed by lunch in a local cafe or from the food stalls at the market

Visit the cathedral and treasury

Evening meal at accommodation


Explore Aachen while completing our Town Trail, followed by time to enjoy some traditional warm Printen, a local delicacy, from the Christmas market

Depart and travel back to Calais for Channel crossing

Arrive back at school

2 days, 1 night Price from £160 pp
  • 1 night's half-board accommodation
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • Detailed information pack
  • Free staff place ratio 1:8
  • Itinerary planning service
  • Motorway tolls and taxes
  • Return Channel crossings
  • Return executive coach travel
  • Vamoos travel app - giving you access to all your trip documents on your phone or tablet
  • VAT at current rates to tour operators


Educational Activities

Centre Charlemagne

Centre Charlemagne

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The Centre Charlemagne is locatedin the heart of Aachen. This fantastic museum explores the history of Aachen, Charlemagne's imperial city… Read More

Cultural Activities

Aachen Cathedral & Treasury

Aachen Cathedral & Treasury

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Built in the ninth century by the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne, Aachen's cathedral has been the focus of the city's… Read More

Aachen Christmas Market

Aachen Christmas Market

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Held in the market place in the shadow of the ancient cathedral, Aachen's annual Christmas market draws visitors from all… Read More

Café van den Daele-Kockartz

Café van den Daele-Kockartz

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Located in a historic building in the heart of Aachen, this cafe serves traditional, hearty German breakfasts as well as… Read More

Elizabeth Halle Swimming

Elizabeth Halle Swimming

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Aachen's original 1920's Jugendstil indoor swimming pool is another popular choice for school groups. There are two separate pools which… Read More

Guided Tour of Aachen

Guided Tour of Aachen

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Enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides from Aachen's tourist office will give you an insider's view of the medieval heart of their… Read More

Lindt Chocolate Factory Outlet

Lindt Chocolate Factory Outlet

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Why not stock up on delicious Germanchocolates on your visit to Aachen? The Lindtfactory shop sells this high quality chocolate… Read More

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Don't take our word for it …

Cologne was a fantastic place to go to just before Christmas. There's lots to do to keep kids amused. The driver we had was extremely helpful and accommodating. He helped make the trip much smoother. — Mount Grace School , December 2018

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