German School Trips to The Rhineland, Germany
- Art and architecture
- Cultural heritage
- Food and drink
- Travel and tourism
- Youth culture
The Rhineland, where breathtaking scenery steeped in legendary folklore meets traditional German towns and cities. The rolling green hills surrounding the banks of the mighty River Rhine are adorned with magnificent castles and palaces – making it feel like something out of a fairy tale – whilst the cobbled streets and traditional architecture seen in Cologne and Koblenz gives students an all-round taste of ‘real Germany’.
The friendly locals will welcome you with open arms. However, with little English spoken throughout the region, students’ language skills will be put to the ultimate test! Germany is famed for its Christmas Markets and this region hosts some of the best around, so why not speak to us about the possibility of a trip in December?Get in Touch
The Rhineland Language Recommended Visits
The Rhineland’s small, traditional and picturesque towns and villages make it the ideal destination to enhance your student’s understanding of a range of topics on the Language syllabus. Here you can discover just some of the excursions we can build into your bespoke school trip itinerary.
Koblenz Town Rally
We know from experience that the best way to learn a language is in the country where it is spoken. That’s why we recommend up to 3 hours of language tuition per full day of your tour.
But before you conjure up images of being inside a classroom whilst the sun beats down on the lively streets and squares outside, there is a new and exciting opportunity provided by the Koblenz Language School in the Rhineland, where students get to explore true local culture in the Koblenz town rally.
Students will start the day with a 90 minute classroom session in which they will learn about the history of Koblenz and the various sights of interest. They will then practise asking for directions, reading maps and will receive a questionnaire to take with them on the rally.
After being split into groups, a language school representative will lead you and your students out into the streets of Koblenz town centre to begin the rally. Various tasks encourage students to interact with members of the community as they ask for directions and information to complete their rally – practising the language skills they have learnt in the classroom.
Back in the classroom, the students will talk about their experiences, their difficulties and successes, before writing a report and picking the best photographs to assemble a picture frame on a chosen topic, which they can take home afterwards.
Our close relationship with the Koblenz language school, located in the town centre, allows us to ensure your students receive the best possible tuition whilst on tour. Find out more about language tuition…
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress & Koblenz
The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is the second largest and one of the best preserved fortresses in Europe and is well worth a visit. The fortress towers over the Deutsches Eck, the point where the River Moselle runs into the River Rhine, and from a height of 118 metres it gives an impressive panoramic view. Although the fortress was not constructed until 1828 it’s origins date back to 1000AD when Conradiner Ehrenbert ordered a castle to be built. A tour of the fortress allows students to hear more about the fascinating history of the magnificent building, it’s surroundings and the significance of it’s location.
A visit to the fortress should be combined with a visit to the 2000 year old town of Koblenz which is positioned across the river from the fortress. The old town is very attractive and boasts many cultural monuments and historical buildings. For a bit of a reprive you could opt for a little bit of souvenir shopping in the many boutiques and shops nestled in the narrow alleyways and cobbled lanes of Koblenz.
The vivacious city of Cologne offers plenty of attractions and language learning opportunities for students of all levels. The tourist office can provide an English speaking guide introducing you to the history, culture and folklore of this cosmopolitan city.
The impressive cathedral is definitely worth a visit! This huge gothic cathedral with its distinctive twin towers took 600 years to complete and is the most visited attraction in Germany. It is an architectural masterpiece and is based on the cathedrals in Paris, Amiens and Reims. Energetic visitors who climb up the 509 steps of the south tower are rewarded with a fantastic panoramic view of the city.
The chocolate museum has been built like a futuristic ship on the Rheinauhafen peninsula on the left banks of the Rhine. You can take a journey through the 3000 year history of chocolate in this unique and exciting museum. Machines have been moved from a working factory to the museum and visitors can watch the chocolate being made – and taste the results!
Of course, a city the size of Cologne wouldn’t be complete without an array of shops, cafes and restaurants, so why not take some time to soak up the culture from a table in a local café or pick up some souvenirs for family back home?
Cruise on the River Rhine
A Rhine Cruise is definitely the most picturesque way to view the surrounding area. The ship passes many castles, vineyards and beautiful towns during the journey. It is possible to join a ship at many of the riverside towns and single journeys or round trips are available. The KD cruise company offers cruises all along the stunning part of the Rhine between Koblenz and Rüdesheim much of which was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in June 2002. One of the most popular stretches with our groups is the hour long journey from Sankt Goarshausen to Kaub past the famous Loreley rock where you can hear more about the popular folklore associated with this area.
Commentary in German is a great way for students to test their listening skills as well as learn more about this stunning area of Germany.
Boppard Chairlift Ride and Town Train
The chairlift from Mühltal to Gedeonseck is an excursion not to be missed, offering breathtaking views of the region. The chairlift takes 20 minutes as it ascends 240m taking you to Gedeon’s Corner from where the ‘Vierseenblick’ (4 lakes view) is just a short stroll away. There is a café and a souvenir shop at the top also.
This excursion is definitely worth a visit, if only for the unbeatable views of the Rhineland and the river that looks likes 4 lakes.
This impressive 12th century castle towers over the Rhine and the small town of Braubach. This castle is the most well preserved on the Rhine as it was never seriously damaged during warfare. Many artefacts from the middle ages are exhibited here.
Visits to the castle are only possible as part of a guided tour, which lasts approximately 50 minutes as an informative guide takes you in to the castle kitchens, bedrooms, torture chambers and wine cellars. The guide tells you all about the castle’s history and customs, depending on the language level of your students you may wish to take a guided tour in English, German or a mixture of both. There will be plenty of opportunities for students to ask questions and they will also be provided with an information sheet in their chosen language.
Phantasialand Theme Park
Opened in 1967, Phantasialand is one of Germany’s oldest and most popular theme parks. Today, it is visited by tourists and locals alike to ride the many attractions, from the African-themed Black Mamba rollercoaster to the 65-metre Mystery Castle bungee drop.
Like all great theme parks, Phantasialand also has plenty of water chutes and roller coasters, as well as rides for those not looking for the big thrills and spills.
There are still plenty of opportunities for students to practise their German, especially when it comes to buying drinks and snacks from the many food outlets throughout the park. The students are also provided with a snack pack.
Take a journey through the 3,000-year-old history of chocolate in this unique and exciting museum, built to look like a futuristic ship. Machines have been moved from a working factory to the museum and visitors can watch the chocolate being made – and taste the results!
Language tuition in The Rhineland
With over 30 years of specialist experience in teaching German, our partner school in Koblenz offers groups a safe and welcoming environment to further develop their language skills whilst on tour.
The tuition will consist of a combination of in-classroom learning using interactive activities and games to keep everyone engaged, as well as outdoor activities such as the town rally. The town rally is a big hit with groups who visit the school as they head out around the town, conversing with locals, visiting famous landmarks and filling out worksheets to be crowned winners of the language challenge.
Location – Centre of Koblenz.
Lesson duration – Typically 45 minutes.
Maximum class size – 15 students.
- Town Rally – Koblenz.
- Chocolate Museum,
- Marksburg Castle Tour.
- Olympic Museum.
Get in touch with our expert team on 01332 347 828 for more information about adding language tuition to your trip to The Rhineland.
The Rhineland Sample Itineraries
Your bespoke itinerary will include the appropriate balance of educational visits and leisure excursions to fill your chosen duration and meet your aims and objectives. Your dedicated School Tour Coordinator will offer advice and recommendations with the sole aim of creating the perfect itinerary for your group, but just to get you inspired, we have outlined the itinerary created for one of our clients below.
Dates: 23rd – 26th May
Passengers: 31 students and 2 teachers
Accommodation: L’Europe hotel
Board Basis: Half Board
Overview of visits: Cologne, Chocolate Museum, Church of St Severus, Rhine River Cruise, Phantasialand Theme Park.
The group had an early check in for their flight from London Stansted to Cologne Bonn Airport. Upon arrival the group travelled into Cologne, the city centre and took advantage of some free time to explore the area and familiarise themselves with their surroundings. Many chose to visit the magnificent cathedral to climb the 509 stone steps of the spiral staircase to the viewing platform for amazing views over the city. Others took a guided tour of the Chocolate Museum where they learned more about the history of chocolate and ceased the opportunity to sample a little too! The group travelled on to their hotel in Boppard for their evening meal and a welcome nights’ sleep.View the full day-by-day itinerary
After breakfast the group made the short walk into Boppard town centre to explore the town and to experience its bustling central market, the impressive church of St Severus and it’s many quaint streets and shops. After a spot of lunch the group embarked on a Rhine River Cruise from Boppard to St Goarshausen. Sitting back and relaxing as the sights of the river bank passed them by from the comfort of the boat was an absolute pleasure for all! After the cruise the group met their coach for the journey back to the hotel where they sampled their next slice of German cuisine. The remainder of the evening was spent reminiscing about their day and relaxing in the evening sunshine.
“Excellent organisation from start to finish.”
Today the group spent a thrilling day at Phantasialand Theme Park travelling on the numerous water rides, roller coasters and rides. Everyone had a thoroughly brilliant day and enjoyed a slower paced evening meal and much needed nights’ sleep.
On their final day the group took time at leisure to explore the town of Boppard. After completing a treasure hunt, making good use of their now well practiced German language skills, many took advantage of the Boppard mini train and chairlift ride for a new perspective of the Boppard landscape. They then returned to the hotel to collect their belongings before commencing their return journey home.
The Rhineland Accommodation
Bad Honnef Youth Hostel
Set in the unique Siebengebirg landscape, this lively modern youth hostel has comfortable rooms and excellent facilities perfectly suited for groups. With its own outdoor amphitheatre with a seating capacity of around 150 people, the opportunity for concert groups to rehearse, perform and stay here really is quite unique!
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