On Monday the 14th of December, 97 lucky students began their journey to Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest city, famous for the gigantic cathedral and fantastic Christmas markets.

The journey was a long 16 hours, but it was well worth it! Tuesday was our first day exploring Cologne, where we visited the Brühl Christmas markets. From these markets, students enjoyed a wide variety of sweet and savoury traditional German delicacies, such as Bratwurst and Churros. After spending the evening here, we came back to the hotel to eat and unpack, before getting sleep for a great day the following day!

On the Wednesday, our first full day in Cologne, we visited the mesmerising Lindt Chocolate factory. In the factory, we explored the history of the Cocoa beans and how they become the chocolate that we eat today. We also were lucky enough to try freshly made Lindt chocolate. After exploring the chocolate factory, we walked to the Olympic Spots Museum. Our tour guide took us through the world history of Olympic sport and the development of sporting activities that we know today, the quality of this museum is truly reflected through the mix of interesting facts and the wide variety of interactive games and sports to try at the museum. After exploring the museum, we walked down to the local Christmas markets, allowing us to try out more German delicacies such as Currywurst, Kölner Dom Waffel and Stollen. After we had visited these markets, we all walked to the beautiful Cathedral and the nearby Christmas markets. We spent the rest of the evening here, before going back to the hotel for dinner.

On our final day, we enjoyed a visit to the Phantasialand theme park. Students were able to ride immense roller coasters, eat amazing German food, and skate on an ice rink. We spent around 8 hours at the theme park so students were able to experience a lot of incredible rides and attractions.

Friday was the day when we travelled back- an early start meant that we left the hotel at 8AM. Along our long journey we were able to visit another chocolate factory in Belgium where students could buy fresh, Belgian chocolate. After boarding the ferry early and only having short stops in the UK, we arrived back at school by 11PM.

I would like to thank Mrs Catterall and all of the staff for organising and coordinating such an amazing trip for everyone to enjoy!