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 Morning Summary Afternoon Summary Evening Summary

(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


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

2 days, 1 night Price from £175 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

Aquazoo - Löbbecke Museum

Aquazoo - Löbbecke Museum

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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

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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

Cosmo Bowling

Cosmo Bowling

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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