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School trips to Germany can cover any number of subjects, from history to maths, politics and science, among many others.

In fact, the diversity of learning opportunities here makes Germany the perfect choice for cross-curricular school trips, giving more students the opportunity to enjoy the experience of travelling abroad with their school.

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Why visit Germany?

The complex history

Germany’s long and complicated history is a huge draw for school groups. A history school trip to Germany can explore everything from the German monarchy to the Weimar Republic, the Nazis and the Holocaust, or even the Cold War.

Many groups on a history school trip to Germany choose to base themselves in the capital, Berlin or Munich. If you do the same, you’ll find an almost unending choice of educational visits – which is fantastic news if you want to make this into an annual tour!

The rich culture

A school trip to Germany is an exciting opportunity for your students to explore the rich culture. Whether you want to explore the traditions of the Black Forest, explore ‘fairy tale’ Germany in the Rhineland or experience a traditional Christmas at one of Germany’s famous Christmas markets in Aachen, Cologne or Düsseldorf, your students will return home with deeper cultural understanding and a love for all things German.

And if you’re visiting on a German language study trip, your students will love the many opportunities to use their language skills to explore the culture, leaving them with a greater enthusiasm for the subject, as well as giving them more confidence in using German.

The creativity

Germany has a long history of art, making it a fantastic choice for an art students. And it’s ideal for a design and technology trip too, with German engineering considered among the best in the world!

The opportunity to bring STEM to life

If you want to bring science or maths to life for your students and show them the real-world applications of your subject, then a school trip to Germany is hard to beat. Germany’s economic capital, Frankfurt, is a fascinating option for maths school trips, while Cologne’s variety of science attractions is the ideal choice to inspire your young scientists.

School Christmas Markets Trip to Aachen

Aachen offers a magical atmosphere and short journey times, making it the perfect choice for a Christmas markets school trip!


School Primary Languages Trip to Aachen

The historic city of Aachen is a smaller, safe city with plenty of culture to explore, making it ideal for a primary German school trip!


Cold War School Trip to Berlin

A history school trip to Berlin with a focus on the Cold War will give your students to better understand how and why the city was divided!


Political History School Trip to Berlin

Your school trip to Berlin offers students the opportunity to discover the politics behind WW1, WW2, the Cold War and the EU!


School German Culture Trip to Berlin

Introduce your students to the German culture with a German school trip to Berlin, the vibrant capital city!


School German Language Study Trip to Berlin

Berlin offers total immersion in the German language and culture, with German lessons at a specialist language school!


The Nazis & the Holocaust School Trip to Berlin

Your history school trip to Berlin will help your students better understand how and why the Nazis rose to power.


The Nazis & the Holocaust School Trip to Berlin & Krakow

A history school trip to Berlin & Krakow includes a visit to Auschwitz and is unmissable for groups studying the Nazis & the Holocaust.


School Art Trip to Berlin

Berlin is a hugely exciting destination for young artists, making it a great choice for your art school trip!


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Activities in Germany that your school group will love

East Side Gallery

The longest surviving section of the Wall that once divided the city, this half-mile stretch along the bank of the

Jewish Museum Berlin

Daniel Libeskind's steel lightening bolt of a building is as much a part of this groundbreaking new museum as the

DDR Museum

Welcome to one of Europe's most interactive museums!The DDR Museum offers you a hands-on experience of the everyday life of

Checkpoint Charlie Museum

During the lifetime of the Berlin Wall, this was the only way for non-Germans to cross from one half of


Formerly the Reichstag, the seat of Germany's parliament lay empty and derelict from 1933 to 1999. Now crowned with a


Phantasialand is one of Europe’s top entertainment parks. Situated in Brühl near Cologne, in the heart of the Rhineland, it


Towering above the riverside village of Braubach, the Marksburg is the only castle in the Rhine Valley never to have

Black Forest Open Air Museum

Find out all about life and work in the Black Forest over the last 400 years. As well as the

Aachen Cathedral & Treasury

Built in the ninth century by the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne, Aachen's cathedral has been the focus of the city's

Aachen Christmas Market

Held in the market place in the shadow of the ancient cathedral, Aachen's annual Christmas market draws visitors from all

Café van den Daele-Kockartz

Located in a historic building in the heart of Aachen, this cafe serves traditional, hearty German breakfasts as well as

Elizabeth Halle Swimming

Aachen's original 1920's Jugendstil indoor swimming pool is another popular choice for school groups. There are two separate pools which

Guided Tour of Aachen

Enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides from Aachen's tourist office will give you an insider's view of the medieval heart of their

Lindt Chocolate Factory Outlet

Why not stock up on delicious Germanchocolates on your visit to Aachen? The Lindtfactory shop sells this high quality chocolate

Berlin Cathedral

One of the principal buildings of the nineteenth-century Berlin, the cathedral was completed at the turn of the century and

Berliner Fernsehturm (TV Tower)

Visible from almost any point in the city, the television tower was a flagship of east German architecture. From its

Berlin Bike Tour

A bike tour is a particularly great way to get a taste of life in Berlin and learn about its

Berlin Street Art Workshop

During this tour, groups will get a detailed view of over 50 local and international artists works on display in

Best of Berlin Segway Tour

Arguably the best way to see the city, this tour takes you by all the main attractions with a local

Blue Man Group Berlin

The Blue Man Group show has been described as intense, innovative and creative... and a little crazy! The show is

East Side Gallery

The longest surviving section of the Wall that once divided the city, this half-mile stretch along the bank of the

Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtnis Kirche

Built to commemorate Germany’s first Kaiser and gutted by bombing in 1943, this church’s spire, "der Hohle Zahn" ("the hollow

Potsdamer Platz

In the years since German reunification Potsdamer Platz has made a transformation from a swathe of no man's land abutting

Ritter Chocolate Workshop

Visit the capital of German chocolate in Berlin and create your own Ritter chocolate, from choosing the ingredients to designing

Filmpark Babelsberg

Babelsberg was the home of German cinema in its heyday in the twenties and thirties. This theme park lets children


Formerly the Reichstag, the seat of Germany's parliament lay empty and derelict from 1933 to 1999. Now crowned with a

Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate was commissioned by Friedrich Wilhelm II to represent peace. Designed by Karl Gotthard Langhans, the Court Superintendent

Berlin Christmas Market

The Christmas Markets in Berlin are renowned for their metropolitan flair and, as a result, often have an edgier, more


Known to the people of Berlin as Ku'damm, this broad alley which cuts a swate through the West Berlin is

Chocolatiers Fassbender & Rausch

Fassbender & Rausch began making chocolates in Berlin in 1863. Since then the shop has become the largest outlet of

Olympic Stadium

The Berlin Olympic Stadium was constructed for the Olympic Summer Games of 1936 under the general architectural direction of architect

Europa Park

Germany's largest adventure park boasts 13 themed areas based on different European countries and comprises over 100 attractions.Immerse yourselves in


Freiburg is the gateway to the Black Forest in the south-western part of Germany and lies close to France and

Rhine Falls

The Rhine Falls are the largest waterfalls in Europe and offer a spectacular showpiece to visitors. Located near the town

Schauinsland Cable Car

A pleasurable and impressive way to spend your free-time in Freiburg during any time of the year: the cable car

Steinwasen Park

Situated in the high Black Forest, Steinwasen Park is a magnet to nature, as well as thrillseekers. There is the


Strasbourg is the intellectual and economic capital of Alsace. Its privileged geographical situation as a centre of international communications, as


A hundred years ago there were just about a handful of farmhouses in this location, until the year 1929 the

Chocolate Museum (Imhoff-Stollwerck)

Quite simply this is one of the best attractions in Cologne! The first part of the exhibition is a history

Cologne Cathedral

Köln Cathedral took more than six hundred years to build, but when it was finally completed in 1880 it was

Cologne Christmas Market

Every year during the Christmas period people from countries far and wide are enticed by the radiance and festivity of

Hard Rock Cafe Cologne

The Hard Rock Cafe Cologne opened in 2003 and was a welcome addition to the city. Try it for some

Köln-Düsseldorfer (KD) Boat Trip

Köln-Düsseldorfer Line’s river cruises offer a unique perspective on two of Germany’s most scenic river valleys. Most towns and villages


Phantasialand is one of Europe’s top entertainment parks. Situated in Brühl near Cologne, in the heart of the Rhineland, it

Rhine Cable Car

Located in the suburb of Riehl, the Rhine cable car offers a spectacular panorama of the city below as it

Cosmo Bowling

With thirty modern lanes, bowling is a popular break for our school groups - why not take an evening out

Düsseldorf Christmas Market

Düsseldorf's annual Christmas market draws visitors from all over Germany as well as from neighbouring countries. The specialities on offer

Ice Skating

Ice skating is always a popular activity and is fun for all ages. Why not make an afternoon or evening

KD Boat Cruise

Soak up the Christmas atmosphere on board a cruise ship! Cruise around Düsseldorf during the festive period for either an

Rhine Tower

The Rheinturm tower, used for telecommunications, stands at 240.5 metres tall and is located close to the city centre. Visitors

Swimming - Freizeitbad Düsselstrand

This indoor swimming pool is an ideal evening activity. Consisting of a modern 25 metre pool with a children's pool,

Commerzbank-Arena Football Stadium

The Waldstadion, or Commerzbank-Arena,is a 52,300 seat stadium and is home to Eintracht Frankfurt. The Waldstadion was first opened in

Main Tower

One of Frankfurt's most popular attractions, this is the best place to take in the city'ssteel and glass skyline. Look

Munich Zoo

Situated on the plains of the River Isar, Munich Zoo was established as the world's first "geo-zoo" in 1928. The

Olympic Park

Munich’s massive Olympic Park complex was constructed for the Olympic Games in 1972, and remains a marvel of modern engineering.


The Viktualienmarkt, the bustling, colourful food market at the end of the pedestrian zone off the Marienplatz, is one of

Allianz Arena

The brand new home of Bayern Munich, this magnificent stadium, was one of the host venues for the 2006 World

Bavaria Film Studios

The famous studios in which, amongst many other films, Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory was shot, and directors such

Hard Rock Cafe Munich

The Hard Rock Cafe Munich offers typical Bavarian elements mixed with the famous Hard Rock memorabilia. Here you can enjoy

Schloss Nymphenburg

The Baroque castle of Nymphenburg, situated in the west of Munich, was the summer residency of the Bavarian Monarchs. Today,


The town of Boppard has all the ingredients for an unforgettable trip Germany: hills and valleys, quiet lanes and lively

Burg Eltz

One of Germany’s most photogenic castles, Burg Eltz is perched on a wooded crag above a tributary valley of the


The focus of the riverside city of Koblenz is the Deutsches Eck, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle,


Towering above the riverside village of Braubach, the Marksburg is the only castle in the Rhine Valley never to have

Where to visit in Germany

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I can’t see the destination I’m looking to travel to, can you still help me with my trip?
Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different trips we can offer. If you have another destination in mind, simply fill out our enquiry form with all your requirements and one of our Tour Advisers will be in touch with a tailor-made quote.
Do you offer travel insurance?

We do offer travel insurance as an optional extra - find out more in our travel insurance resource which includes the policy documents and FAQs. 

If you choose not to purchase this insurance through us (which is absolutely fine), just remember that you must have suitable travel and medical insurance in place to cover your group. 

When is the best time to visit Germany on a school trip?
Germany is a year round destination for school trips. Many groups choose to visit in December when the famous Christmas markets take place. This is a particularly good time to visit for language students as they'll be able to use their language skills when interacting with the stall holders. If your students are studying history then the vibrant cities of Berlin and Munich are ideal in any season. In the summer, many groups choose to visit the Rhine and the Black Forest.
Can the trip itinerary be adapted to my curriculum and requirements?
Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.
How far ahead should I start planning my trip?

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your trip 12-18 months before you want to travel.

This gives you plenty of time to get it approved and launched to students and parents.

Planning early will mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options - and it will make paying for the trip easier for families.

Want to travel sooner than this? It's possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. Whenever you're ready to start planning, we'll be here to support you.  And make sure you check out the many trip-planning guides in our resource hub

What accommodation options are available?
You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above. All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year. Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.

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