Rhine & Moselle

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    Discover the many treasures of the Rhine and Moselle, including Palace Stolzenfels near Koblenz.
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    The Niederwalddenkmal Memorial, commemorating the foundation of the German Empire.
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    Visit Bonn, birthplace of Beethoven, on a music school trip to the Rhine & Moselle.
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    Cologne is one of our most popular school trip destinations.
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    Be sure to see the famous Lorelei Rock along the Rhine.

Whilst all the visits were great, the highlights were the Olympic museum and Phantasialand. The students loved how interactive the Olympic museum was and Phantasialand was great fun. The students returned happy and enthused about German. Thank you for your help with everything. GE, Nunthorpe Academy

The Rhine region has long attracted visitors from all walks of life who have marvelled at its beauty, from Byron, Turner and Mark Twain to Queen Victoria. The Moselle meanwhile flows through charming towns and villages, and past vineyards, ruins and romantic fairytale castles, to create an unforgettable picture.

This captivating combination means history takes on new life in charming old medieval towns and villages with narrow, cobbled streets full of traditional style half-timbered houses and wine cellars. Of course, a gentle cruise along the Rhine is a must, yet the city of Cologne with its myriad attractions, is also easily accessible.

With so many different excursions available, this is a great location for educational tours, as the itinerary can be tailored to meet your curriculum requirements.

Typical Accommodation

We work with a number of different hostels and 2*/3* hotels across this popular region of Germany. Please let us know your requirements and we will be happy to recommend suitable accommodation to suit your Rhine and Moselle school trip itinerary and budget.

Rhine and Moselle School Trip – Subject Suitability

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

Sample Itinerary – 5 Days by Coach

Day 1 – 2 – Departing school, take an overnight coach journey to Dover, crossing the Channel to Calais, then continuing across France, Belgium, the Netherlands and into Germany to the Rhineland, arriving at your hotel in time for dinner.

Day 3Journey south this morning to Oberwesel where you’ll join a cruise of the Rhine, seeing the romantic echoing Lorelei Rock as well as other beautiful sites that line the river. Alighting at the pretty town of Boppard, continue on to Marksburg Castle for a guided tour before returning to the hotel for dinner.

Day 4 – Today’s itinerary is dedicated to Cologne, the fourth largest city in Germany. Visits could include the Cathedral, Chocolate Museum, the Sports and Olympic Museum or Cologne Zoo, where you’re able to take a cable car ride across the Rhine and see some fabulous aerial views of the city.

Alternatively, you could include visits to the historic town of Koblenz and the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Bonn, birthplace of Beethoven, or travel to the town of Cochem to visit its fairytale castle. Or why not spend the day enjoying the thrills and spills of Phantasialand, Germany’s largest theme park.

Day 5 – Leave hotel after breakfast with a packed lunch for return journey back to school.

Approximate journey time from Calais – 7.5 hours.

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 or selected regional airports direct to Cologne-Bonn or Frankfurt.

Popular Visits & Excursions

Rhine Cruise – What better way to discover the delights of the Rhine than a cruise along the river itself, taking in some of the finest German castles and picturesque scenery as you go.
Burg Eltz – One of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval castles in Germany, overlooking the Moselle.
Marksburg Castle – The only intact castle in the Rhineland, this 12th-century schloss has been inhabited for the last 700 years. The display of instruments in the torture chamber is always popular with students!
Trier – Germany’s oldest city, Trier is the birthplace of Karl Marx and home to the early 4th-century Porta Nigra, an incredibly impressive fortified gate.
Rheinfels Castle – Overlooking St Goar, Rheinfels Castle was once the biggest fortress on the Rhine.
Koblenz – A historic city at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. There are impressive views from the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress down to Deutsches Eck and the statue of Emperor Wilheim I. It’s also famous for its Christmas Market, one of the largest in the region.
Romanticum – An interactive exhibition devoted to the Rhine River and Middle Rhine Valley. Journey through time as a steamship passenger and find out more about its fascinating myths and legends.
Remagen – Set on the Rhine south of Bonn, this small town is famous for its striking Apollinariskirche and its World War II Friedensmuseum, housed in the towers of the famous bridge, captured by US troops during Operation Lumberjack in 1945. Also the site of the Allied ‘Golden Mile’ POW camp.
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress – Set 118 metres above the Rhine, this fortress was destroyed by Napoleon in 1801, but rebuilt by the Prussians. Today it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lorelei Rock – A large rock situated on the banks of the Rhine, famous for the echo it produces. So legend has it, a beautiful maiden threw herself into the Rhine in despair over a faithless lover and was transformed into a siren whose lured fishermen to an untimely demise with her hypnotic voice.
Niederwalddenkmal Memorial – Overlooking the Rhine, this monument was constructed in the late-19th century to commemorate the foundation of the German Empire following the end of the Franco-Prussian war. Why not take the chair lift up to the summit?

Rhine & Moselle school trip images courtesy of Deutsche Zentrale fur Tourismus e.V., Hans Peter Merten, Rudesheim Tourist AG, Marlies Steinmetz, Beethovenfest Bonn, Siehe Bildquelle.

 

Boppard – Arguably one of the prettiest towns in the Rhine Gorge, Boppard dates back to Roman times and remnants of its 4th-century Roman walls remain. Take the chairlift up to the summit for fantastic views over the hairpin curve in the Rhine below.
Rudesheim – A popular tourist town on the Rhine south of Boppard, it’s famous for its medieval ‘Drosselgasse’ alleyway. Pay a visit to Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett, a collection of 18th and 19th-century mechanical musical instruments, whilst you’re here.
Cochem Castle – Also known as Reichsburg Castle, this fairytale castle is set 300 feet above the Moselle and dominates the town in which it resides. Although over 1,000 years old, the castle was rebuilt in the 19th century in a neo-Gothic style.
Cochem Wave Pool – A combined indoor and outdoor pool with giant waterslides, sprinklers and waterfalls.
Idar-Oberstein – Renowned as a gemstone town, home to the German Gemstone Museum and the Steinkaulenberg gemstone mines, the only mine in Europe open to visitors.
Bernkastel – Set on the Moselle, this town is famous for wine making and its wine festival. Visit the state-of-the-art Wine Museum or enjoy a wine cellars tour.
Cologne – Rhineland’s largest city with over 2,000 years of history as far back as Roman times. As well as boasting the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, other Cologne (Köln) highlights include a lovely Old Town (Altstadt), the Sports and Olympic Museum and a very popular chocolate museum!
Phantasialand – Situated approx. 30 minutes south of 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!
Aqualand – Situated just outside Cologne, this is an indoor waterpark complete with pools, chutes, crazy river and a flying water carpet.
Bonn – West Germany’s former capital and the birthplace of Beethoven, Bonn remains an important political centre as well as a cultural one – its Museumsmeile plays host to many of the city’s main museums. You’ll also find the Haribo Factory Store here!
Sealife Centre – Situated in Konigswinter, exhibits include an octopus cave, ray tank, Jurassic Seas and an interactive rockpool.