Cologne Christmas Markets Trip
Last weekend 38 year 11 students got the opportunity to visit the beautiful Köln Christmas markets. After a very early start of 4:30 am, we were off, with a long journey ahead of us. Most of it was watching Christmas films like Love Actually and we surprisingly discovered Mr Hillier’s taste in the classic TV series… Modern Families, which was an added bonus to a lot of fun things we learned about the staff.
Once we had arrived in Köln, which for most of us was the first time, we were quickly down to the first market. The cathedral (or Dom in Deutsch) was the first thing everyone noticed. St Pauls in London was dwarfed by this simply beautiful and spectacular structure at 157 metres tall, the tallest building in Köln and the fourth largest church building in the world. Understandably, the best meeting point as it can be seen from 50 miles around. There were six markets in total, each of which had its own unique quirk. The third market even had an ice rink in the centre. There were two harbour markets on the river Rhine, and at about 8:00 pm it started to snow. The snow with the Christmas lights was truly magical, and made the whole experience that much better.
The next day, after the traditional continental breakfast at the hostel, we set off for the final markets we hadn’t seen. We passed a traditional German bakery to sneak in some final snacks and presents for our parents, before seeing Köln in its full glory. Final shopping was done before setting of on the much calmer journey home. Besides Ms Morrow enjoying the look of our passport photos, and missing Strictly, the journey was a smooth one where everyone enjoyed some well needed rest.
On behalf of all the students who went, we would like to say a massive thank you to all the staff who organised this trip, but especially, Ms Morrow who has done an excellent job for fourteen years.