School Trips to Germany
Steeped in WW2 history and culture
Germany is a truly diverse country offering a varied landscape, making it ideal for any school trip subject – from history to business studies. Because of this, Germany is becoming an increasingly popular school trip destination for all school age groups and curriculums.
Germany’s capital, Berlin is a must for GCSE History students. Berlin offers a wealth of museums and monuments for students studying the Cold War and WWII. Choose from a variety of attractions including the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Jewish Museum, Berlin Wall Memorial and much more. We also can provide day excursions to local fun filled theme parks such as Tropical Islands – Europe’s largest artificial tropical holiday resort and Filmpark Babelsberg, the oldest large-scale film studio in the world.
From handmade Christmas decorations to food and drink, German Christmas markets a great way for students to practice their German language skills and soak up the festive atmosphere. We offer a variety of German Christmas market trips to Aachen, Berlin and Cologne.
The cosmopolitan city of Munich is another great city for history and German language students. Munich played a major role in the growth of the Nazi party and the development of WWII. Although badly damaged during the war, the city has undergone regeneration and has emerged as one of the most affluent cities in Germany. Students can visit various points of interest within Munich on a Third Reich Walking Tour or venture out of the city and discover the Neuschwanstein Castle or The Eagle’s Nest in Berchtesgaden, nestled in the Bavarian Alps. Munich is also another fantastic destination for Christmas Markets.
The mountainous region of the Black Forest is ideal for a German language school trip. Students can top up on their German skills with locals at a glass blowing demonstration in Todtnau or Freiburg and visit the district’s many natural attractions such as the stunning Triberg Waterfalls and Lake Titisee – thought to be named after the Roman Emperor Titus.
Originating in the Swiss Alps and flowing through France, Germany and the Netherlands, the River Rhine lends its name to one of the best-known areas in Germany. Birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, the Rhineland located in Western Germany is a breath-taking and inspiring destination for music groups. The charming German towns located along the Rhine River are great for day excursions or to be used as a central base. There are many Gothic churches in the region – from Salzig to Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, which provide excellent acoustic venues for symphony orchestras.
Do we need a visa to travel to Germany?
If everyone in your group holds a British Citizen passport, you will not need to apply for visas to enter Germany. Please note that this only applies for tourist trips lasting less than 90 days.
From 1st January 2021, everybody in your group must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe.
How will Brexit affect travelling to Germany?
For the latest information from the UK Government on travelling to Germany please see: gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/germany/entry-requirements
What is the best way for a school group to travel to Germany?
Both coach and plane travel are popular options for travelling to Germany.
With direct links from the UK’s main airports to major German airports such as Berlin, Cologne and Munich, you can fly to Germany within a couple of hours!
Some of our Christmas market groups to Aachen or Cologne choose to travel by coach, stopping along the way, as it tends to be more cost effective for large school groups.
Can we use our mobile phones in Germany?
You will need to check the terms and conditions of your mobile phone network plan to see whether data usage in the EU is covered.
Can we drink water from the tap in Germany?
Tap water is considered to be safe in Germany unless marked otherwise. You may want to advise your group to bring along their own reusable water bottles which can be topped up.
Is tipping customary in Germany?
Tipping is often left to the discretion of the customer in Germany, which can often be slightly confusing to those travelling to Germany for the first time.
When eating out in Germany, check the bill for a service charge, normally marked as ‘Bedienung’ which will list how much is expected to tip. The average tip is usually between 5% - 10% of the bill, with a few euros added to round up.
If you are on a free guided walking tour, you are generally expected to tip what you feel the tour is worth, as this could be the main source of income for the tour guide. The general consensus is to tip between €5 - €8pp, but understandably this may be a lot for large groups. We advise to discuss this with your Group Coordinator if you have any queries.
Some groups will also tip their coach driver, again this is up to the discretion of the Party Leader.
When is the best time of year to visit Germany?
Germany is a great country to visit all-year-round. In the winter months, it is extremely festive, especially the Christmas markets of Aachen and Cologne.
Berlin and Munich are superb cities to visit all year. They both feature their own unique atmosphere for every season.
The Black Forest and Rhineland are exceptional destinations to visit in late spring and summer, where you can take advantage of the surprisingly warm German summer.
What is the current Coronavirus advice and government recommendations in regard to school trips to Germany?
As a tour operator we follow the latest Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCDO) guidance. For the latest travel advice to Germany please see: gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/germany.
If you have any queries about an upcoming school trip to Germany with us, please email your designated Group Coordinator or email email@example.com which will be forwarded onto the relevant member of staff.