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School Christmas Markets Trip to Aachen

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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 (Based on 2 days/1 night)

Day 1/2

Morning

Morning

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

Afternoon

Afternoon

Visit the cathedral and treasury
Evening

Evening

Evening meal at accommodation

Day 2/2

Morning

Morning

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

Afternoon

Depart and travel back to Calais for Channel crossing
Evening

Evening

Arrive back at school

What's included?

  • tick icon1 night's full-board accommodation
  • tick iconComprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • tick iconDetailed information pack
  • tick iconFree staff place ratio 1:8
  • tick iconItinerary planning service
  • tick iconMotorway tolls and taxes
  • tick iconReturn Channel crossings
  • tick iconReturn executive coach travel
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  • tick iconVAT at current rates to tour operators

Educational activities and visits

Centre Charlemagne

Centre Charlemagne

The Centre Charlemagne is located in the heart of Aachen. This fantastic museum… Read more

Cultural activities and visits

Aachen Cathedral & Treasury

Aachen Cathedral & Treasury

Built in the ninth century by the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne, Aachen's cathedral has… Read more

Aachen Christmas Market

Aachen Christmas Market

Held in the market place in the shadow of the ancient cathedral, Aachen's annual Chris… Read more

Café van den Daele-Kockartz

Café van den Daele-Kockartz

Located in a historic building in the heart of Aachen, this cafe serves traditional, hear… Read more

Elizabeth Halle Swimming

Elizabeth Halle Swimming

Aachen's original 1920's Jugendstil indoor swimming pool is another popular choice for… Read more

Guided Tour of Aachen

Guided Tour of Aachen

Enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides from Aachen's tourist office will give you an i… Read more

Lindt Chocolate Factory Outlet

Lindt Chocolate Factory Outlet

Why not stock up on delicious German chocolates on your visit to Aachen? The Lindt&… Read more

Accommodation

a&o Aachen Hauptbahnhof
DJH Aachen
a&o Aachen Hauptbahnhof

The A&O hostel Aachen Hauptbahnhof offers comfortable, modern accommodation; in a central location with sights in the old town such as the Cathedral and Elisenbrunnen fountain just a 10 minute stroll away. 

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.

DJH Aachen

Extremely popular among school groups, the DJH Aachen is situated in its own grounds in Colynshof, a ten-minute drive from the city centre and was newly renovated in 2016.

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.

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