One of the most important cities in Germanyâ€™s history, Cologne is rich in fascinating historic landmarks. Its cathedrals, museums and chocolate factories make it ideal for an educational trip for students. And while all these attractions are likely to keep their eyes and ears wide open in awe, the cityâ€™s appeal does not end there. As one of Germanyâ€™s fastest developing trading centres, its modern achievements are also a valuable lesson for your class. Particularly intriguing for young visitors is the colossal theme park Phantasialand. Read on to discover Cologneâ€™s must-see attractions for students.
Constructed in the thirteenth century, the Cathedral is one of the largest in Europe. With two enormous towering spires, it is visible from far and wide. After climbing no fewer than 500 stairs, these spires offer gorgeous views of the city. The Cathedral holds numerous relics of great historical significance dating from the earliest centuries of its existence. An educational trip to Cologne should devote at least a couple of hours for a tour of the magnificent cathedral with all its sacred splendours.
Since its opening in 1993, the Chocolate Museum has become one of Cologneâ€™s best loved attractions. Here students can learn about the mouth-watering process of chocolate production and about different chocolate formulas; observe the magic that turns plain ingredients into this all-round-favourite product; and of course take the many opportunities to sample the various recipes.
An educational trip to Cologne cannot be complete without taking the Rhineâ€™s view of the city. Numerous boat companies offer cruises along the great river which winds its way through the city and provides romantic vistas of its landmarks. While the day cruise is the touristsâ€™ most popular choice, seeing Cologne aglow at night with myriad lights reflected in the waters of the Rhine can leave one breathless and giddy with delight.
Every educational trip needs time just for fun. Phantasialand is a dream come true for the thrill-seeking visitor, young or old. Exotic merry-go-rounds, roller coasters going at breakneck speed through gravity-defying twists and spins, fountains and waterfalls make sure the goose bumps never subside.
If you and your more sensitive students would rather observe rather than participate, the park also hosts a number of spectacular shows. Your group can watch professional figure skaters perform complex choreographies on ice, break dancers, bike riders and acrobats do crazy stunts on the ground and in the air. In addition stunning performers from Africa and Asia will enchant the group with hypnotic dances and tricks.
If you want to enjoy your educational trip to Cologne to the full without worrying about having to organise everything for your students single-handedly, you had better refer to the services of an expert tour operator. They will arrange all details of your groupâ€™s visit, so that they can enjoy their stay in the city to the full.
John Gardiner is the Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specialising in educational travel for school and youth groups. Whether you’re planning an educational trip to New York or India’s Golden Triangle, you can trust both the educational and economic value of their itineraries, whether ready-made or specifically designed to suit the needs of your group.
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