Christmas Markets For School Groups In Cologne, Germany
Cologne has no less than seven Christmas Markets in the city centre, each with their own special character.
The largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland
The Christmas Market at Cologne Cathedral
Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Cologne Chocolate Museum
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Cologne has no less than seven Christmas Markets in the city centre, each with their own special character. The most impressive of all is the market by the magnificent cathedral where you will find over 160 festively designed pavilions and the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland.
This engaging museum is among the top ten most popular in Germany. It shows the entire history of chocolate, from its beginnings with the Olmecs, Maya and Aztecs to contemporary products and production methods. There’s a tropicarium with cacao trees, and students can indulge in the chocolate fountain.
There are six themed zones to explore at this park: Fantasy, Deep in Africa, Berlin, Mystery, Mexico and China Town. For adrenaline thrills try the Black Mamba ride or Colorado Adventure – a mine train roller coaster. Visit the Mystery Castle or marvel at the Chinese acrobats. Image by Stefan Scheer GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons.
This magnificent building is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the second tallest building in Cologne. Work on the cathedral started in 1248 to house the relics of the Three Wise Men and the cathedral became one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Europe. A guided tour can be arranged and it is possible to climb the tower for a small fee.
This Museum follows the history of sport from ancient Greece to the modern Olympics. It also allows for active participation including shooting goals and pedalling a racing bike in a wind tunnel. New sports covered include surfing, skateboarding and BMX, with a roof-top playing field with views covering the Rhine and Cathedral. Image by T.Voekler CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
The museum showcases art and items relating to the culture and everyday life of Roman and early medieval Cologne. The museum was built over the ruins of a Roman villa and displays the Dionysos mosaic from the villa in its original setting. There is a large collection of Roman glass and precious jewellery from nomadic tribes of the middle ages.
Why groups like it:
Why groups like it:
- Take language practice beyond the classroom, engaging in spontaneous, unscripted conversations with native speakers
- Develop students’ confidence and fluency in a foreign language by speaking it in practical situations
- Experience another culture
- Develop students’ interest and enthusiasm for another country and its language
- Discover, explore and have fun with fellow students and teachers
Students will have had an opportunity to:
- Develop speaking and listening skills through talking to native speakers in everyday situations
- Gain confidence by stretching their vocabulary
- Learn about German culture and the German people
- Strengthen existing friendships and make new friends