School Christmas Markets Trips to Cologne

Full of timeless tradition and pre-Christmas magic

Set foot in this city and you’ll forever be under its spell
From £349pp i

Where half-timbered stalls stand aglow with pre-Christmas magic, a school Christmas Markets trip to Cologne is full of timeless tradition. A spectacle of twinkly lights, vintage merry-go-rounds and cinnamon-scented delights – all set against Cologne’s Gothic cathedral – makes this a winter scene that’s tough to beat. Discover the history behind Heinzelmannchen (house gnomes), overindulge on roasted almonds and browse a never-ending collection of handmade trinkets and German gifts.

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  • Located in the Neustadt Sud district and Stadtgarten
  • 750 yards from Neumarkt Square and a 14-minute walk from Volksgarten Park
  • En-suite rooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Shared lounge/TV room
  • Snack bar
  • Wi-Fi
  • Relax in the shared lounge and watch TV
  • Grab a drink in the snack bar
  • Go shopping in Neumarkt Square
  • Explore Volksgarten Park
  • Fantastic location
  • Walking distance to many attractions
  • Bright, modern accommodation
  • Experienced with school groups
  • Wi-Fi
  • Meeting rooms
  • Self-service restaurant
  • Tuck shop
  • Wi-Fi
  • Enjoy the communal area with large screen TV
  • Walk out to explore the nearby major attractions and restaurants
  • Family-run hotel located on the Moselle in Brodenbach
  • Swimming pool and sun terrace
  • Bowling alley
  • Ballroom
  • Swimming pool and sun terrace
  • Sauna and solarium
  • Bowling alley
  • 2 bars and panoramic café with terrace
  • Private winery
  • Ballroom
  • Go for a swim in the pool
  • Relax in the sauna and solarium
  • Enjoy an evening of bowling
  • Enjoy scenic views with a drink in the panoramic café
  • Spend an evening in the ballroom

Additional Information

Your journey doesn’t have to end here! See what else we can offer to help you get the most out of your tour. From dedicated Tour Managers to Party Leader Launch Packs, we’ll go above and beyond to support you and your students.

FAQs about this tour

Find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

  • Do you provide risk assessments for the visits you offer?

    You can download our Generic Risk Management Handbook which will help you complete your risk assessment for your school or Local Authority. The aim of the handbook is to provide all tour leaders with supportive suggestions to help raise awareness to risk, suggest control measures to help mitigate the risk and manage risk pro-actively. For further assistance, please speak to a member of our team who will be happy to help.

  • Can I talk to Rayburn Tours whilst out on tour?

    Yes, a 24-hour emergency phone number will be provided in your final documents pack and one of our experienced members of staff will be happy to help with any problems you have whilst out on tour.

  • Are seatbelts provided on foreign coaches?

    This depends on the country where you are visiting and their local laws. However, we will always endeavour to use coach companies who use coaches fitted with seatbelts.

  • What do I need to do to ensure safe travel for my group?

    Information is available from your Local Authority on what is expected from party leaders on a trip. In addition, we are happy to assist you in ensuring that you have all of the necessary information to successfully assess risks and ensure a safe trip for you and your group. Further advice and information can be found on the OEAP National Guidance website.

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Your safety is of the utmost importance to us and we monitor the safety aspects of all of our tours to ensure you have a memorable experience for all the right reasons.

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