The Rhineland is amongst the best known regions of Germany and is a great favourite with student groups. The spectacular cities of Cologne, Aachen, Koblenz and Bonn all host wonderful Christmas Markets, which combined with the region's enchanting castles, picturesque villages, medieval towns and vineyards ensure a great choice of tour itineraries.
The Rhineland is an ideal destination to introduce students to German life, culture and language. There are a great number of Christmas Markets that we recommend you visit, naturally dependent on the duration of your tour and itinerary plans.
The delightful city of Aachen is Germany's nearest Christmas Market to the UK. Once the favourite residence of Charlemagne, it is renowned for the Mediterranean flair of its historical old quarter, which is filled with bubbling fountains and its famous cathedral. Every year the squares and streets round the Aachen Town Hall are transformed for the Aachen Christmas Market with festive lights, music and market stalls, whose specialities include an amazing variety of Printen cakes.
Cologne’s location on the Rhine has long been key to its status as capital of the region. Visitors come not only to see the awe inspiring Dom and Romanesque churches, but also for the city’s fine museums. There are actually four Christmas markets – in the Cathedral Square, at the Old Market, the New Market and in Rudolfplatz – which are open from late November. The magnificent Dom Cathedral, which has been restored to its former glory after the extensive damage during WWII, provides a wonderful backdrop for the largest market in the city centre.
Located next to the Rhine, Bonn is bestknown for being the birthplace of the world-famous composer Beethoven, but every year the city’s Christmas fair conjures up a festive atmosphere on Münsterplatz and Bottlerplatz, on Windeckstrasse, Vivatsgasse, Friedensplatz and Poststrasse. The atmospherically illuminated façades around the Münsterplatz form festive scenery for the market booths.
Koblenz is situated within the picturesque landscape of the Rhineland and is home to an abundance of cultural monuments and historical buildings. Its traditional Christmas market is held in the picturesque old town, just a stone’s throw away from the main shopping street. There are over 130 festively decorated wooden stalls offering an extensive range of hand-made goods and Christmas decorations, as well as a huge range of seasonal gift ideas.
Another choice is to visit the magnificent city of Heidelberg, which boasts a Christmas Market stretching over five squares. Famous as one of Europe’s most romantic settings and for the operetta ‘The Student Prince’, Heidelberg attracts visitors from all over the world, drawn by the castle, the market and the medieval Altstadt. From Heidelberg, it is a short journey to Rüdesheim. The Christmas Market in this delightful town brings a distinctly festive feel to the city's romantic old quarter and its popular Drosselgasse lane, as 120 stalls gather to present Christmas customs and traditions from around the world. Alongside the market, Rudesheim also hosts Europe's biggest Nativity scene featuring life-size figures!
Everyday, practical situations such as visiting and purchasing items from a local market or shop offer the opportunity to practice speaking the language through conversing with native speakers, helping to re-enforce what students have been taught in the classroom. Immersing your students in the culture contributes towards their learning objectives and helps to improve a student’s confidence and develop their language skills.
What the price includes
- Exclusive coach hire throughout your trip including pick-up and drop-off at your school or college
- 2 or 3 nights' accommodation
- Continental breakfasts and dinners
- Return Channel crossings to Calais
- Transfers between your accommodation and chosen activities each day
- Services of a Study Experiences Tour Manager throughout your trip
- Individually tailored itinerary
- Educational Visits and Attractions Guide
- 1 Free Staff Place for every 8 students
- All Government Taxes, City Taxes, Service Charges & VAT
- 24 hour emergency cover and support