School trips to Cologne offer your students the exciting opportunity to visit this spectacular cathedral city at the heart of the Rhineland!

Although most popular among German and science groups, whatever your reason for your school trip to Cologne, we’ll tailor it to suit your curriculum and specific learning objectives.

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Why visit Cologne?

Unbelievable science

For school science trips to Cologne, there are almost too many options to choose from! You could choose to see the highest cold-water geyser in the world in nearby Andernach.

Or you could find out about how the Neanderthal Man was discovered in this area and what that meant for our understanding of hominids, at the Neanderthal Museum.

You could even visit the German Aerospace Center, where the aircraft of the future are developed, rocket engines are tested and images of distant planets are analysed.

And why not see physics in action at Phantasialand theme park?

Get your students talking!

Cologne is the cultural centre of the Rhineland, which makes it a great choice for a German school trip designed to introduce your students to Germany and the German culture.

Here, they’ll have plenty of opportunities to practise speaking German with locals in everyday situations.

We can also offer German lessons at a specialist language school, which is a great option for GCSE and A-level groups preparing for exams.

Cologne also hosts a number of Christmas markets, making it a great choice for a festive treat designed to get your students talking! The cathedral is home to the Shrine of the Three Kings too, so a visit here is a fantastic option on your Christmas markets school trip to Cologne.

Create lasting memories

There is a great variety of activities and visits available in Cologne. For those interested in the city’s history, visits to the Cologne City Museum and the Roman-Germanic Museum are a must. A ride on the Rhine Cable Car offers a spectacular panoramic view of the city, while a boat trip along the Rhine also offers lovely views.

And whatever your reason for visiting Cologne, two highlights of your school trip are bound to be the Chocolate Museum and Phantasialand. At the Chocolate Museum, your students will learn about how chocolate is made and, of course, they’ll be able to taste some! Phantasialand is one of Europe’s top theme parks and a great way to round off an unforgettable school trip to Cologne!

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Frequently Asked Questions

In order to make the most out of everything that Cologne has to offer, we would recommend spending at least 3 or 4 days in Cologne on your school trip.

Cologne is a great destination for a school trip at any time of year. If you do visit in December, there is the added bonus of the fantastic Christmas markets, but there's plenty to see and do here all year round.

Many of the main tourist sights are located within walking distance of each other, but the S-Bahn is also very quick and easy to use.

Perhaps the most iconic sight in Cologne is the cathedral, so this is definitely a must visit on your school trip. And as the capital of the Rhineland, you must make sure you explore the Rhine - we would recommend the Koln-Dusseldorfer boat trip. The Olympic and Sport Museum and the Chocolate Museum are also excellent inclusions on any itinerary. And make sure you don't miss the opportunity to visit Phantasialand - one of the best theme parks in Europe!

Yes, there are a few free things to do in Cologne. You could take a stroll in the Rheinpark, a lovely park that stretches along the riverbank. Or take a walk across the Hohenzollern Bridge for a photo op that includes the cathedral in the background. And make sure you take some time to explore the atmospheric Old Town which is, of course, completely free.

Yes, Cologne is a fantastic destination for cross-curricular school trips, with excellent educational opportunities for German, science and music.

Why choose Halsbury?

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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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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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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.

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