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Already been to Aachen or Cologne and fancy something a bit different? Then why not try a German school trip to Düsseldorf’s Christmas markets?

With similar travelling times as those to Cologne, Düsseldorf hosts Christmas markets that are not to be missed. The festive atmosphere draws people to the streets seven days a week, keeping the winter gloom at bay and making for a delightful run-up to Christmas. The Marktplatz in front of the town hall contains the most stalls, with the tempting scent of Glühwein filling the air.

Typical German Christmas gifts on sale include carved wooden nutcrackers for the Erzgebirge of Saxony and hand-blown glass from the Bavarian Forest.

Suggested Itinerary (2 days, 1 night)

Day 1/2



(Previous Evening) Depart school

Channel crossing

Morning: Arrive in Düsseldorf

Visit the Rhine tower, followed by a visit to the Christmas market



Take a festive boat cruise around the Media Harbour



Evening meal at accommodation

Day 2/2



Explore the Altstadt by foot and visit the 450m² outdoor ice rink on Gustaf-Gründgens-Platz followed by "Kaffee und Kuchen" (coffee and cake) in a local cafe



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

Aquazoo - Löbbecke Museum

Aquazoo - Löbbecke Museum

The Löbbecke Museum and Aquarium is home to over 550 species of fish, reptiles, mammals and insects. Containing 80 aquariums… Read More

Sightseeing Tour

Sightseeing Tour

Take a walking tour through Düsseldorf's old town. Walk past the stream which gave the city its name, the 'Düssel… Read More

Cultural activities and visits

Cosmo Bowling

Cosmo Bowling

With thirty modern lanes, bowling is a popular break for our school groups - why not take an evening out… Read More

Düsseldorf Christmas Market

Düsseldorf Christmas Market

Düsseldorf's annual Christmas market draws visitors from all over Germany as well as from neighbouring countries. The specialities on offer… Read More

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

Ice skating is always a popular activity and is fun for all ages. Why not make an afternoon or evening… Read More

KD Boat Cruise

KD Boat Cruise

Soak up the Christmas atmosphere on board a cruise ship! Cruise around Düsseldorf during the festive period for either an… Read More

Rhine Tower

Rhine Tower

The Rheinturm tower, used for telecommunications, stands at 240.5 metres tall and is located close to the city centre. Visitors… Read More

Swimming - Freizeitbad Düsselstrand

Swimming - Freizeitbad Düsselstrand

This indoor swimming pool is an ideal evening activity. Consisting of a modern 25 metre pool with a children's pool… Read More


AO Hostel Düsseldorf
DJH Düsseldorf
AO Hostel Düsseldorf

Built near the central station and the main shopping street, this hostel is situated close to all the main attractions.Rooms are bright and modern - students will usually be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms and staff in twins, all of them en-suite. Breakfast is served every morning, while both evening meals and packed lunches are available on request.Among the hostel's many other amenities are free WiFi, seminar rooms for group study, table football, billiards, Sky TV, lockers and a safe at reception.

DJH Düsseldorf

As this hostel was completely renovated in 2007, all rooms are light and modern. Students will be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms, all of which are en suite. Adults and Group Leaders will be in either twin or single rooms (single room supplement will apply). There are several seminar and conference rooms,a bistro and garden patio, leisure and table tennis room and 2 luggage rooms.

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Laura Martin
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