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School Christmas Markets Trip to Cologne

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A German school trip to Cologne’s Christmas markets is much more than a fun, festive treat – it’s a great way to get your students talking!

This cathedral city offers eight different Christmas markets, each with its own special atmosphere providing some unforgettable opportunities for your German students to practise their language skills and experience German culture. The oldest market is located on the Neumarkt, and other highlights include the fairy tale market at Rudolfplatz and the Alter Markt in the heart of the city's historic centre. 

Another popular market among our school groups is the Harbour Christmas market which is right next to one of our top visits in Cologne – the Chocolate Museum!

Suggested Itinerary (Based on 2 days/1 night )

Day 1/2



Arrive in Cologne and visit the famous Gothic Cathedral and Treasury before exploring the Christmas markets in Domplatz

Buy/eat lunch from the various food stalls



Walk along the Rhine to the Altstadt and enjoy ice-skating on the open-air rink


Evening meal at accommodation

Day 2/2



Explore Cologne on foot - visit the Chocolate Museum and explore the Harbour Christmas markets


Depart and travel back to Calais for Channel crossing


Arrive back at school

What's included?

  • tick icon1 night's half-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
  • tick iconVamoos travel app - giving you access to all your trip documents on your phone or tablet
  • tick iconVAT at current rates to tour operators

Educational activities and visits

Cologne City Museum

Cologne City Museum

The Kölnisches Stadtmuseum is set in a large old building with exhibition space of… Read more

Olympic and Sport Museum

Olympic and Sport Museum

Next door to the Chocolate Museum, this museum tells the story of the Olympic Games from a… Read more

Roman-Germanic Museum

Roman-Germanic Museum

The Roman mosaic with scenes from the world of Dionysos (around 220/230 A.D.) and the reco… Read more

Cultural activities and visits

Chocolate Museum (Imhoff-Stollwerck)

Chocolate Museum (Imhoff-Stollwerck)

Quite simply this is one of the best attractions in Cologne! The first part of the exhibi… Read more

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

Köln Cathedral took more than six hundred years to build, but when it was finally comple… Read more

Cologne Christmas Market

Cologne Christmas Market

Every year during the Christmas period people from countries far and wide are enticed by … Read more

Hard Rock Cafe Cologne

Hard Rock Cafe Cologne

The Hard Rock Cafe Cologne opened in 2003 and was a welcome addition to the city. Try it… Read more

Köln-Düsseldorfer (KD) Boat Trip

Köln-Düsseldorfer (KD) Boat Trip

Köln-Düsseldorfer Line’s river cruises offer a unique perspective on two of Germany’s most… Read more



Phantasialand is one of Europe’s top entertainment parks. Situated in Brühl … Read more


a&o Cologne Neumarkt
DJH Köln Deutz
DJH Köln Riehl
a&o Cologne Neumarkt

After a complete renovation this former office building welcomes you with its modern and friendly features. A&O hostel Cologne is well located in the southern part of the town, from here you can visit the Cologne Cathedral or enjoy a trip on the River Rhine. All the important sights are within easy reach.
The hostel offers modern, comfortable rooms; students will be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms and staff in twins. There is an internet corner, souvenir shop, bar, tv area, games, table football etc. This hostel also offers access to a teachers' lounge.

DJH Köln Deutz

With its modern, fashionable décor, Köln-Deutz Youth Hostel welcomes increasing numbers of groups each year.

Students are accommodated in multi-bedded rooms, and staff in twins (for single rooms, a supplement applies). All rooms are en-suite and WiFi is available in the reception area.

Seminar rooms, games rooms, table tennis and a disco make this youth centre a favourite among school groups. 

DJH Köln Riehl
The DJH Köln Riehl is located on the west bank of the river Rhine and is ideal for school groups.

This accommodation has 116 rooms with a total of 369 beds. Students will be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms and staff in twins. If single rooms are required please let us know as soon as possible as a single room supplement will apply.

All rooms have a shower, WC and individual lockers. There are conference and seminar rooms, a bistro with television and a disco/party room.

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Thank you for all your work and help - we had a very successful trip. — The Dean Academy, July 2019

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