Cologne

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    Set on the River Rhine, Cologne offers an interesting mix of visits and educational experiences.
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    Students enjoying the view over the Rhine River on a recent Cologne school trip.
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    Cologne's attractive Altstadt (Old Town).
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    The Rhein-Energie Stadium is a popular addition to a Cologne school trip itinerary.
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    Cologne plays host to a fabulous Chocolate Museum.

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Straddling the Rhine River in the west of the country, Cologne (Köln) may only be the fourth largest of Germany’s cities, but it’s also the oldest with a history dating back to Roman times. Dominated by its formidable cathedral, one of the world’s largest, Cologne offers an interesting mix of history, culture, commerce and carnival and is a very attractive destination for school groups.

Popular for its annual Christmas Markets, of which the city hosts seven, Cologne also holds a strong appeal for those studying history, art, science and media studies, with a number of visit options perfectly suited to those subjects. But with its proximity to Phantasialand, not to mention its very own Chocolate Museum, a Cologne school trip offers something for everyone.

Typical Accommodation

We work with a number of different hostels and 2*/3* hotels in and around this German city. Please let us know your requirements and we will be happy to recommend suitable accommodation to suit your Cologne school trip itinerary and budget.

One such example is the Jugendherberge Köln-Deutz. Situated just across the Rhine in Cologne, this hostel is a popular choice for school groups and offers 157 rooms sleeping up to six people all with private shower/wc. There’s also an internet corner, disco room, common room with large-screen TV and dining room.

Cologne School Trip – Subject Suitability

If you’re considering Cologne as a Christmas Market destination, click here to take a look at our European Christmas Markets page.

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All tours will be tailor made to suit each individual group, but here is a suggested itinerary for a Cologne school trip:

Sample Itinerary – 4 Days by Air

Day 1 – Journey to the airport for your direct flight to Cologne. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation.

Day 2 – Today is dedicated to discovering Cologne. A guided tour this morning shows you Cologne’s main sights including the Old Town (Altstadt), the mighty Kölner Dom and the Chocolate Museum. This afternoon, choose from a selection of visits, dependent on your group’s particular interest.

For those with a historical leaning, you might like to visit the Romisch-Germanisches Museum or the Nazi Documentation Centre, whilst budding scientists might prefer a tour of the German Aerospace Center or the Adventure Museum Odyssey. Or equally, you might like to enjoy a cruise down the River Rhine and see all the sights from a different perspective.

Day 3 – Head out of Cologne this morning to spend the day at Phantasialand, one of Europe’s top theme parks.

Day 4 – Dependent on your flight time, there may be an opportunity for some last-minute sightseeing and shopping before transferring to the airport and flying back to the UK.

Another option is to make this a two-centre trip, coupling with Koblenz in the Rhine & Moselle. Why not contact us for further details.

Travel Options

  • By coach with short-sea ferry crossing from Dover to Calais. Schools from the north may prefer to take overnight sailings from Hull to Zeebrugge or Rotterdam, to make the coach journeys much shorter.
  • By Eurostar from London St Pancras, Ashford or Ebbsfleet International direct to Brussels, with onward Thalys train to Cologne.
  • By air from London direct to Cologne, or from selected regional airports to Dusseldorf (just under an hour’s drive from Cologne).

Popular Visits & Excursions

Cologne Cathedral – Germany’s number one tourist attraction, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe and one of the largest worldwide, Kölner Dom is absolutely unmissable!
Altstadt – Bordering the Rhine, this is a lovely historical area to wander through narrow alleyways, seeing the traditional houses and beer halls. Many of the city’s museums are located here.
Chocolate Museum – Overlooking the Rhine, this museum explains the history of chocolate and offers an opportunity to get involved in the production process.
Römisch-Germanisches Museum – Celebrates Cologne’s former position as capital of Roman Germany. There’s a superb mosaic, as well as other Roman artefacts on display.
Nazi Documentation Centre – Housed in the city’s former Gestapo headquarters, this museum explores the rise of National Socialism during the Third Reich. You’ll even see the cells where people were imprisoned.
Adventure Museum Odyssey – A hands-on museum exploring the world of science, technological innovations and space travel, from mankind’s earliest beginnings to the future.
German Aerospace Center (DLR) – Germany’s national centre for aerospace, energy and transportation as well as the country’s space agency, here is a unique opportunity to get involved with a range of experiments, from a mission to Mars to solar water purification.
House of Fragrances – Learn the history of Eau de Cologne with a tour round this state-of-the-art perfume house, known also as 4711.
German Sports & Olympic Museum – Provides an insight into the history of national and international sports.

Cologne school trip images courtesy of Deutsche Zentrale fur Turismus e.V., Rainer Kiedrowski, Tourismus Nordrhein Westfalen e.V.

 

Cologne’s Christmas Market – Set against the stunning backdrop of Cologne’s cathedral, from the end of November to just before Christmas, the city offers seven different markets, each with its own distinct character and all within easy walking distance of each other. There’s even an ice rink!
Wallraff-Richartz Museum – A fabulous museum offering a comprehensive historical overview of 700 years of art. it also houses the widest collection of Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist art in Germany
Museum Ludwig – Specialising in modern and contemporary art, its collection of Pop Art works is the largest outside of America.
Cologne Zoo – Located next to the Botanical Gardens, Cologne’s zoo plays host to over 4,000 animals representing 500 different species.
Aqualand – Situated just outside Cologne, this is an indoor waterpark complete with pools, chutes, crazy river and a flying water carpet.

Elsewhere

Neanderthal Museum – Approx. one hour north of Cologne, this museum is situated on the very site in which Neanderthals were first discovered 150 years ago, with a fascinating exhibit about human evolution.
Phantasialand – Situated approx. 30 minutes from Cologne, this is Germany’s favourite theme park with a wide range of white-knuckle rides including the Chiapas log flume, boasting the world’s steepest descent!
Sealife Centre – Journey south from Cologne to visit Konigswinter’s Sealife Centre. Exhibits include an octopus cave, ray tank, Jurassic Seas and an interactive rockpool.