The Cologne Christmas Market attracts over 2 million people and in December that number included 45 pupils from Chipping Norton School. With six markets to visit and a host of other activities planned, it promised to be a whirlwind 3 days of cultural highlights – and we were not disappointed. Emerging from the underground on the first evening, our senses were overwhelmed: delicious smells of bratwurst, raclette and glühwein; the twinkling lights set against the backdrop of the imposing cathedral; ounds of music and laughter; the crisp cold only added to the atmosphere.
On the second day, we climbed the 533 steps to the top of the cathedral tower, with amazing views, followed by a tour of the Lindt chocolate museum, with tastings at the chocolate fountain and lunch in the harbour Christmas market. We skated outdoors at the Altstadt market and then finished off at the oldest Christmas market in Cologne at Neumarkt, a magical market with stars in the trees surrounding the market. In the evening, we went to Aqualand – a new destination for this trip but it proved to be the highlight of the trip for many students. We arrived to a pool disco and laser show, followed by time on the many slides and whirlpools.
On our final day we took a boat trip along the Rhein, with a farewell tour of the cathedral market before heading home, exhausted but happy.
Mrs G Thomas - Modern Foreign Languages Department