School Trips & Tours to Berlin
School Trips & Tours to Berlin
Offering an abundance of contemporary art, modern history and scientific innovation, the German capital is teeming with cultural hotspots. Playing a key role in some of the 20th century’s most significant historical events, Berlin is peppered with fascinating war museums and iconic monuments. The city is also famous for its diverse art scene which ranges from classical paintings to modern sculptures and photography. We offer the following school trips to Berlin.
“Can I also say how excellent the walking tour guides were. Both Nikolai and Tariq were extremely knowledgeable about Berlin and struck a really excellent balance between history and anecdote.”
Graveney School, Berlin, July 2013
East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is a 1.3 kilometre stretch of the Berlin Wall which has been transformed into an international memorial for freedom. The Berlin Wall, which once separated East and West Berlin, was torn down in 1989 and one of the remaining sections was subsequently covered in expressive artwork. The gallery consists of 105 paintings from worldwide artists and is a great example of contemporary art.
After being severely damaged in a fire in 1933, the Reichstag building was fully refurbished in 1999 where it once again became the German parliament building. The grand structure brings together both old and new architecture, featuring a glass dome which offers spectacular 360˚ views of Berlin’s cityscape. Another historically significant landmark, visitors need to register to access the dome before arrival.
With Berlin acting as a focal point for many of the pivotal events throughout the 20th century, it’s not surprising it’s strewn with historical landmarks. A turning point in modern history, the opening of the Brandenburg Gate marked the union of East and West Berlin in 1989. The gate subsequently transformed itself from a landmark of oppression to a symbol of unity.
We prefer to work with privately owned hostels and hotels, rather than big chains, as they provide a more personal service which we’ve personally checked to ensure they’re up to standard.
We offer accommodation located right in the heart of the city, within walking distance of major sites and the trendy up and coming districts, and in quieter locations just a short ride on the U-Bahn from the city centre. Our suggestions will always be based on your needs.
Famed for its hearty, meaty dishes accompanied with a wide array of sauces, Berlin certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to food. Our favourite local dishes include the famous Currywurst, a mildly spicy sausage with a good helping of curry sauce; wiener schnitzel, a fairly thin slice of meat covered in breadcrumbs; and döner kebab, strips of meat and salad stuffed inside fluffy bread.
We can book a variety of restaurants including traditional German food, American Diners, the Hard Rock Café, Italian and Chinese Restaurants. As a major European destination, Berlin offers cuisines from around the world, so please ask if you want to try something different.
Although Museum Island isn’t exactly hidden, it can often get overshadowed by Berlin’s numerous history museums. Situated in the Spree river, Museum Island is home to five Berlin State Museums which showcase a range of art, including everything from romantic and impressionist paintings to ancient sculptures and even a gold treasury. The museum complex has now been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for both its beautiful buildings and unique artefacts.
A great spot to give students a bit of down time, Mauerpark is a must if you’re visiting Berlin over a weekend. The park is home to a bustling Sunday flee market and fun karaoke show in the park’s amphitheatre which attracts locals and visitors alike. There’s also a section of the Berlin Wall in the park which has been decorated by numerous graffiti artists.
Berlin has a thriving street art scene, with numerous contemporary pieces scattered all over the city. Some of the most popular pieces include the colourful Buddy Bears and the Boxers sculpture, not to mention the city’s wealth of incredible graffiti, so make sure you keep an eye out for some of Berlin’s urban art during your trip!
WST support in Berlin
We arrange support in Berlin with our local team of guides at Insider Tours. To ensure a smooth start to your trip, you’ll be met on arrival at the airport and our representative will travel with you to your hotel, assist with check in and help with any questions.
A walking tour is usually a must in Berlin as the city is so accessible and it’s also a great way to piece together the story of this city in a short space of time. Our guides at Insider Tours will tailor make your tour to suit your study themes and learning objectives, and pitch it just right to help keep your students concentration.