Cologne Accommodation and Excursions

Below is a sample of just some of the accommodation Schools Into Europe can offer for school trips to this region. We can offer a wide range of centres and hotels for any destination - just contact us and let us know your requirements!



Ideally located in the heart of Cologne, the Köln-Deutz Youth Centre is easy walking distance from the Domplatz via the Eisenbahnbrücke, perfect for groups wishing to spend their evenings exploring the city on foot or, in winter, getting in some late night shopping at the Christmas Markets. This centre is enormously popular with our groups, many of whom return year after year, so early booking is essential!


This immaculately maintained Youth Centre houses 506 beds, and students are roomed in 2-6 bedded rooms, all with en-suite facilities. Staff will be roomed in twin and single rooms and specially adapted rooms are available for disabled guests. Meals are on a buffet basis and take place in the two large dining rooms. The centre boasts several seminar rooms that groups can reserve for evening use or classroom time, as well as a disco room, internet access and a small shop selling drinks and snacks at any time.



Conveniently situated right on the riverbank in the Riehl district of Cologne, just a short drive from the city centre, this excellent centre has been one of the most popular destinations for our school groups for many years, so it is certainly worth booking early to avoid disappointment!

This friendly and welcoming youth centre can accommodate a maximum of 366 guests in 1-6 bedded rooms, with staff in twins and singles. There is a lift and fully adapted rooms are available for guests with reduced mobility. Meeting rooms equipped with overhead and film projectors are available for study time and group activities, and the centre has a TV room with video recorder, indoor and outdoor table tennis facilities and a disco room for evening entertainment.


This is just a small sample of some of the most popular excursions for this destination. To receive details of our full excursion programme please click here to request an information pack.


This museum will introduce you to the many aspects of the history and production of chocolate – including a visit to an indoor rainforest and a taster at the chocolate fountain on the way around. Afterwards you can indulge yourself in the museum shop. We strongly recommend a guide to make the most of this visit.

Sports and Olympic Museum

A fascinating insight into the history of sport in Germany and the Olympic Games. This hugely popular visit includes a hands-on experience of a boxing ring, long-jumping, cycling and even an astro-turf football pitch on the roof!

Explore the German Rhineland

Escape the hustle and bustle of Cologne for a day exploring the charming villages of the Rhineland. Situated on the banks of the Rhine, Boppard has a lovely Rhine Promenade and also some interesting Roman remains. We recommend taking the chairlift to see the Vierseenblick and enjoy panoramic views of the Rhine. This excursion can easily be combined with a boat cruise on the Rhine past the notorious Lorelei where the siren is said to have lured many unfortunate sailors to their deaths. One of the most popular visits is to Marksburg Castle, where the guided tour will take you through the Knights’ Hall, kitchen and even the torture chamber!

Cologne Christmas Markets

Situated in the heart of the city, set on cobbled squares with the splendid backdrop of the medieval cathedral, the Christmas markets in Cologne maintain a traditional atmosphere of a truly German Christmas, complete with roasted chestnuts, gingerbread biscuits and Glühwein. There are seven markets in Cologne: in Domplatz, the Alter Markt, Neumarkt, in Rudolfplatz and the Medieval market next to the Schokolademuseum. The markets are open from late November until Christmas, please contact Schools Into Europe for this year’s dates.