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Christmas Markets Trip 2010 to Köln, Germany

Before Christmas a group of Redland Green students travelled to Köln, Germany, to experience the excitement and wonder of the Christmas markets, and of course enjoy some Christmas shopping! Here is an account of their trip, written by Holly and Isobel, Year 9.

We left Bristol at 5.30am on Thursday morning and spent most of the day travelling. The students were outraged to discover the cost of things at the service stations in Germany – the toilets cost 30 cents!

We arrived at 8.30pm and immediately had dinner and then went straight to bed. Early next morning, we were given a choice of a sweet or savoury breakfast and then headed out to our first market. We were given two hours to shop in the local high street and then we visited one of the largest markets next to the Cathedral. In the afternoon, we walked down to the riverside where we took a ride on a boat and enjoyed hot chocolate and cake. Afterwards we visited a floating market and many students bought a poster of Köln in a ‘Where’s Wally’ style. Exhausted, we walked back to the hotel and ate dinner followed by an hour of studying. Finally, we decided to visit another market so we could experience one at night. It was very busy, and many of us sampled Kinderpunch and Gluhwein (the non-alcoholic version), two famous drinks which students and teachers alike became very fond of.

 

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The following day, we spent the morning climbing up the 533 steps to the top of the famous Köln Dom (Cathedral). At the summit we were able to see right across the city, although it was very cold. In the afternoon, we visited the Lindt chocolate museum – a particular highlight being the shop!

On Sunday we had an early start and had to be packed and ready by 9.30am, a task which was eventually achieved! After about an hour, we stopped in a small town called Aachen to visit their Christmas market, which was massive! When we had finished wandering round and drinking coffee in a nearby Starbucks, we set off again and arrived back in Bristol at 11.00pm exactly, with only a broken window, a ferry and a couple of service station stops to break our journey. Although we were all very tired, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the trip, so a big thanks to the teachers who took us and organised it!