SCHOOL TOURS TO STRASBOURG
This historic city sits on the border of France and Germany, and as the seat of the European Parliament and Council of Europe, it is both geographically and politically at the very heart of Europe. This makes Strasbourg ideal for either a French, German or Politics school trip, not to mention those studying international law, with the European Court of Human Rights also being based in the city. It is also, of course, perfect for joint departmental trips, and a trip to Strasbourg and Freiburg will give your pupils the opportunity to practice both their French and German!
At the centre of Strasbourg lies the “Grande Île”, which became the first city centre to be granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1988, the same year in which the city celebrated two millennia of uninterrupted settlement. As the capital of the Alsace region, the city dates back to the reign of the Roman Emperor Augustus, and over the course of its somewhat turbulent history (including Europe’s worst case of the Dancing Plague in 1518) it has changed hands between numerous kingdoms and countries, before finally becoming a permanent part of France after the First World War. The city still retains strong German influences, however. as can be seen in picturesque timbered architecture, and at Christmas the city comes alive for the Christmas Markets, another Germanic import, which are widely regarded as being the best markets in France.
Also a fascinating destination for school history tours and religious studies tours, the city features numerous Romanesque and Gothic churches, and the Cathedral, built between 1176 and 1439, is undoubtedly one of the city’s most iconic buildings. The beautiful “Petite France” area of the city is also a ‘must-see’, and can be most readily appreciated either on foot or from the river.
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SCHOOL GROUP EXCURSIONS
Strasbourg by boat
Why not see Strasbourg from a different angle, and travel the city’s historic waterways? This boat trip on the River Ill, with multi-lingual commentary, takes in all the main sights, including the “Petite France” Quarter and the European Parliament buildings, and photo opportunities abound!
One of Europe’s most popular theme parks, Europa Park has rides to rival Disneyland® Paris, Parc Astérix or Phantasialand. State-of-the-art roller-coasters, ever-changing shows, reviews and a taste of the architecture and culture of 11 different European countries, Europe Park is a unique and highly enjoyable day out, and an excellent visit to include in your school tour. Please click here to visit their website.
Freiburg and the Black Forest
Why not combine a scenic drive through Germany’s famous Black Forest with a visit to Freiburg, the “Green Capital of the Black Forest”? Highlights include the Cathedral, the Altstadt and the Rathaus, where the bells are rung daily at noon. There are traditional markets daily except Sundays and holidays, and the cable car, which rises 748 metres was the world’s first two-way large cable car. Despite all this history, the city prides itself on its modern approach and boasts Germany’s highest per capita use of solar power.
Of course, the above excursions are only a sample. We will tailor-make your tour to engage with your exact learning requirements, and our information packs contain details of our extensive excursion package. Why not contact us now to request more information?
SCHOOL GROUP ACCOMMODATION
We can cater for any requirements which you may have and work with a number of centres and hotels in Strasbourg, including:
This thoroughly modern centre, located in the heart of beautiful Strasbourg, is ideally suited to school groups, and prides itself on encouraging a friendly and open exchange of European cultures. The centre has a total capacity of 295 beds, divided into rooms sleeping between 1 and 8, all with private facilities. Teachers are roomed in twins or singles and four specially adapted rooms are available for guests with limited mobility. As well as several meeting and work rooms the centre is equipped with TV rooms, reading rooms, ping pong tables, a games room with pool, table football and video games and a music room and it is also possible to organise a disco evening. Please click here to visit their website.