Christmas Markets School Trip To Rhineland


Christmas Markets are a great opportunity for students to explore and learn in surroundings that interest and engage them whilst providing fun and learning. Not least, an educational visit to any of the markets means students can enjoy some early Christmas shopping too!


Cologne 3 day trip

Tour Day 1

Early departure to arrive in Cologne early afternoon
Check in at your accommodation followed by free time around Cologne Cathedral Christmas Market
Free time in the evening for local orientation

Tour Day 2

Free time around the Alter Markt and Neumarkt markets
Take a ride on the Christmas Express to the Chocolate Museum where you can have a guided tour followed by a chance to buy some gifts and maybe Kaffee und Kuchen
Evening meal at your hotel and work on the WST Cologne Christmas quiz

Tour Day 3

Free time for last minute shopping at the Christmas Markets and to finish the WST Cologne Christmas quiz.
Depart Cologne for your journey home
Late return back to school

3 day experience from only

Based min 40, Half Board at YH Köln Rhiel, Dec 2022. Applicable for groups within a 3 hour radius of Dover and excludes Friday departure


Aachen day stretcher

Tour Day 1

Depart school for overnight journey to Aachen

Tour Day 2

Arrive in central Aachen to spend the day around the Christmas market
Free time at the Aachen Christmas market
Depart for overnight journey back to the UK

Tour Day 3

Arrive back at school

Day trip experience from only

Based on min 40, coach travel within a 3 hour radius of Dover, Eurotunnel green day, Dec 2021 – excluding Fridays



Youth Hostel Köln Riehl

This is a modern city hostel on the banks of the Rhine a 30 minute walk to Cologne city centre or just 10 minutes on the tram. This is perfect accommodation for Christmas Market tour. 

Youth Hostel Köln Deutz

Another modern youth hostel with great facilities. Just the other side of the River the city centre can be reached on foot in 15 minutes or by public transport. Another great option for a tour with a focus on Cologne.  

Study Visits

Cologne offers seven major Christmas markets all with different themes and entertainment  going on. There are four big Christmas markets:

Cologne Cathedral

With the dramatic backdrop of the Cathedral, you’ll find over 160 stalls here. There’s a good range of food and drink stalls and also opportunities to see artisans at work.

The Alter Markt

This is a great market for children. There’s a carousel ride, puppet show, Santa’s grotto and lots of toy stalls. This is where you’ll find the Heinzelmännchen, the legendary gnomes who are said to do the work at night. 

The Neumarkt

This is Cologne’s oldest market, known as the market of Angels. Its located close to the main shopping area of Cologne and tends to offer more high quality goods. The chalets are designed with a ‘stars at night’ theme.

The Rudolfplatz

This market has a real fairytale theme to it, taking you into the world of the Brothers Grimm. Large fairytale figures and festive illuminations are a highlight here.

Smaller Christmas Markets to choose from include:

  • Medieval Christmas Market & Cologne Harbour Market – located at the Chocolate Museum
  • Floating Christmas Market – on board a KD Cruise boat
  • Stadtgarten Christmas Market – located on the edge of Cologne’s oldest park

The Christmas Express

The Cologne Bimmelbahn Christmas Express takes you through the city of Cologne to see the sights whilst travelling from one Christmas Market to the next. Stops include the Cathedral, Alter Markt, Neumarkt and the Chocolate Museum. The train runs every 15 minutes

WST Cologne Christmas Quiz

Take our free fun Christmas quiz along with you. This will give your students a focus whilst they are there, encourage them to look around the markets and the area and give them opportunities to try out some language skills. It's also a useful thing for them to finish off on the coach journey home.

Imhoff Stollwerk Chocolate Museum

Your students can take a tour of the museum, then watch the chocolate making process before trying some samples.

Cologne Cathedral

This iconic cathedral, a World Heritage Site, dominates the skyline. Whether you call in to take a look around self guided or pre-book a guided tour in German or English to give you more information on the history of the building, it’s a must for everyone who visits Cologne.

Just wanted to thank you for both trips, to Aachen and Lille, last week. Both went extremely well. The coach companies you used and especially the drivers were excellent. The quality of the coaches was excellent, best I have ever had on a school trip. I am absolutely and happily going to use and recommend WST again. Your customer service throughout has been great, your communication and speed of response was also brilliant, thank you for making the organisation of both trips as pain-free as possible, you could not have done more to support us.
Bolingbroke Academy, Lille and Aachen