Students from Kilkenny College were lucky enough to depart for Cologne earlier last month, to see the very well-known Christmas Markets.
After arriving in Dusseldorf, and getting a double decker train (a new experience for everybody) to Cologne, the students found themselves outside the impressive cathedral and with it the main markets.
The group took time to climb up the many steps (and many is an understatement) to the very top of the cathedral where they could see the whole city of Cologne before them. After this they headed for the markets on the promenade on the Rhine.
Here, students also paid a visit to the Lindt chocolate factory where they could get the nicest hot chocolate you could ever have. The next stop was the traditional markets. The students saw beautiful wood, metal, and other craftworks showing the delicacy and skills of German tradition and crafts.
The last stop was the main markets situated in the Domplatz. Here, the students saw the biggest Christmas tree in Europe and they also had the pleasure of listening to live Christmas music.
Many purchased the delicious traditional German drink kindersaft. They spent their last few hours wandering around, purchasing Christmas presents, and soaking up the Christmas atmosphere.
The students returned to the airport in Dusseldorf tired but extremely satisfied because of such a cultural and fun trip.
Everybody arrived back at the school at about 12.30am, where boarders fell into their dorms and day pupils were collected by their parents. All ready for a full day’s school the next morning! Thanks to Ms Arnopp, who organised the trip.