Christmas Market School trips to Cologne

Our Cologne Christmas Market school trips provide students with the opportunity to use their spoken German in a real-life situation whilst enjoying the unique atmosphere of a festive marketplace. We can supply study tasks for both KS3 & GCSE which encourage students to respond to spoken & written German.

These tours are available from late November to mid-December only.




Day One:  Outward Travel


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Museums & venues


  • School pick-up (06.00 hours approx) & travel to overnight accommodation via Dover or Folkestone
  • Half-board accommodation for two nights

Day Two:  Cologne


Cologne Christmas Market is located near the cathedral, on the Alter Markt, the Neumarkt and on Rudolfplatz with chalet-style stalls offering:

  • confectionery
  • jewellery, pottery & local crafts
  • local produce
  • seasonal treats such as roasted chestnuts

Visit to the Altstadt (Old Town)


Day Three:  Return

  • Return to school via Calais
  • Hypermarket (time allowing)
  • Evening Drop-off

Itinerary Planning

  • This itinerary is suggested only to assist with your tour planning
  • It is not designed to be prescriptive & we are happy to tailor it to suit your particular requirements
  • A three day itinerary is suitable for schools based in the south of England
  • A tour via Hull-Rotterdam is available for schools in the north of England

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Cologne Christmas Market


       Main Themes

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KS3 & Exam Boards

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  • Gain an appreciation & awareness of German culture & history to provide context to a study of the language
  • Gain an insight into the German way of life
  • Practise German language skills in listening, reading, speaking & writing
  • Communicate/converse with native German speakers
  • Understand & use a wider range of vocabulary & grammatical structures
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Museums & venues


  • Topics relevant to GCSE Specifications
  • Tasks & activities relating to reading, listening, speaking & writing
  • Suitable for preparation & practice for speaking tests


  • Travel & transport
  • Accommodation
  • Location & distance
  • Directions & instructions
  • Weather & environment
  • Tourism & visitor information
  • Public buildings & landmarks
  • Cafes & restaurants
  • Food & drink; healthy eating
  • Shopping & transactions
  • Dates & numbers
  • Prices & quantities
  • Time & days of the week
  • Seasons & months
  • Colours, shapes & materials
  • Asking questions
  • Expressing opinions


  • Adjectives & adverbs: Comparative & superlative
  • Present tense


  • Perfect tense
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  • The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum and incorporated into our Safety Management System.

Our Most Popular Accommodation 

  • Best Western Kaiserhof
  • Bon Prix Brühl
  • Holiday Inn & Quality Inn


  • Operating Certificate
  • Fire Certificate
  • Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Pest Control Certificate
  • Public Liability Insurance

Safety Audit (Main Headings)

  • Building Design
  • Fire Alarms
  • Escape Routes & Signage
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Fire Equipment
  • Fire Prevention
  • Electrics
  • Staff Training
  • Security
  • Flooring
  • Glass
  • Gas & Water
  • Lifts
  • Balconies & Balustrades
  • Bedrooms & Beds
  • Pool (where applicable)
  • Food Delivery Areas
  • Storage
  • Stock Rotation
  • Food Handling
  • Pest Control
  • Cleanliness
  • Temperature Control
  • Staff Training
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Help Organising your Tour

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Galina has over 25 years' experience in organising school trips for school & youth groups to Paris. We therefore offer the services of your own Tour Administrator who will guide you through each step of the process, from your initial enquiry to your departure & return. 


We have developed a number of useful documents that will help you when preparing to launch your tour & with your visit application via the Senior Management or your EVC.


Risk assessment advice is available &, once booked, we can provide a helpful guide that can be used to formulate your own tailored risk assessment.


There are links to several useful documents below that can be downloaded to help trip preparation.


Launching Your Tour


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Ansford School, Castle Cary, Somerset

"We had a fantastic time in Lille this weekend!  I am very grateful for your time & support over the last few weeks.  Please send our regards to the hotel staff as well who were all wonderful.  Students & staff were very impressed with the food & the general standards of the hotel.  We also felt very lucky to have an extremely nice coach driver.  He was very professional, calm, well organised & the students liked him a lot."


St Anne's Catholic School, Southampton

"We were so impressed with your organisation from start to finish.  Just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work - it paid off as we had a great experience."


St Edmund's Catholic School, Wolverhampton

"An excellent coach & driver – very experienced.  Would certainly request both company & driver next year.  Very satisfied."


Fred Longworth School, Tyldesley, Manchester

"Thanks for another excellent tour.  Jason, the driver, again was a legend & we would love to have him next year if possible."
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