Class trip to Cologne/Bonn

The so-called Rhineland in the West of Germany is a lively region. Its people - especially in the cosmopolitan hubs of Cologne, Bonn and Mönchengladbach - are open-minded, tolerant and welcome their guests with open arms. The arts, history and architecture are cultural features characterising the Rhineland.

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ASTUR group travel programmes to the Rhineland

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Age Group:

10 - 18 years of age in homestay

from 12 years of age in residence/hotel

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Arrival and departure:


Köln/Bonn Airport (CGN),
Düsseldorf Airport (DUS)

Train station:
Cologne main station, Bonn main station

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  • Host family (2 - 4 bed rooms)
  • Youth hostel (4 - 8 bed rooms)
  • Hotel (single or twin rooms)

Sample programme

Day 1 - Cologne

In the morning:

Take a tour of the city centre. You will stroll down Schildergasse, one the most popular German shopping streets. After that you take part in a guided tour through the city's famous landmark: Cologne Cathedral. Those of you who don't suffer from vertigo are invited to climb the Cathedral Tower, which counts 533 steps. Even though the climb may be strenuous, it will be rewarded with a breath-taking view over the city.

In the afternoon:

After lunch you will face the ultimate fragrance challenge at House number 4711. The perfume headquarters is located at „Glockengasse“, only a few feet from the Cathedral.

Day 2 - Bonn

In the morning:

You will start the day with a guided tour of „Haus der Geschichte“, a museum of the impressive German history from 1945 until present day. After having learned a lot about last century's conflict between East and West, you will head over to the Haribo-Shop. The entire range of the gummi candy manufacturer is just waiting for you to be bought and tasted.

In the afternoon:

You will mount Germany's oldest rack railway in order to get to the top of Drachenfels mountain. Towering on the mountain summit is Drachenfels Castle. You can discover the old castle and have a fantastic view over the river Rhine and the Rhine Valley.

Day 3 - Gerolstein

In the morning:

One of the most well-known manufacturers of mineral water in Germany is located here: Gerolsteiner. On a guided tour through the company, you learn all there is to know about sparkling mineral water and have the chance to refresh with the company's beverages.

In the afternoon:

You will visit Kasselburg castle, a wildlife park hosting eagles and wolves. The site is located on the grounds of the old castle ruins which dates back to the 12th century. You can watch the birds of prey in action.

Day 4 - Cologne

In the morning:

You will take part in a guided tour through Cologne's Chocolate Museum and discover the secrets behind chocolate manufacturing, from tiny cocoa bean to delicious chocolate bar.

In the afternoon:

After lunch you will find out what it means to celebrate German street carnival. After all, Cologne is famous all over the world for its carnival. During a visit to Cologne's Carnival Museum you not only see masks and parade wagons. You learn a lot about over 200 years of street carnival in the city.

Day 5 - Trier

In the morning:

You will embark on your journey to discover the town of Trier. Take a seat in the mini train „Römer Express“ and visit the most important sights on this 35 minute tour.

In the afternoon:

In the afternoon you head towards the ancient Roman buildings that have been preserved until today and now belong to UNSECO's World Heritage Sites: Porta Nigra, Amphitheater and Imperial Baths. During a stroll through the Electoral Palace Gardens you have some time to relax.

You want to know more?

If you are interested in finding out more about all available Group Travel opportunities to Germany, you can return to the class trips overview here. If you are keen to know what the area has on offer in general, feel free to head on to the presentation of all ASTUR Centers. Here, we have put together a number of activities, which you may add to your own individual group travel programme.

More activities in the West of Germany
The class trip you have just browsed through is a popular example of group travel programmes we offer. However, the area has much more to offer. On the ASTUR destinations presentation sites, you have an even greater variety of possible exciting activities. It is our goal to create travel programmes which in a way that corresponds to all the ideas you had in mind. Of course, we are happy to consult you on which activities are best suited for your travel purposes.