Business Studies & Economics Trip to Berlin

The centre of Europe's largest economy, Berlin offers Business Studies students the opportunity to explore some of Europe's largest manufacturers and startups. For business studies school trips to Berlin we provide a range of potential study visits tailored to your groups needs, from markets to factories.

With WST, you can also choose from a number of museums, education centres and building tours to suit your GCSE or A level business related topics. Let our subject experts create your perfect trip with a blend of educational and Berlin’s exciting cultural visits.


Tour Day 1

Depart for Berlin.
Check in to your accommodation then it's off to explore the Sony Centre and Potsdamer Platz.
Evening meal.

Tour Day 2

Enjoy a guided tour of the city of Berlin.
After lunch its off to explore Markthalle Neun or another of Berlin's markets.
Restaurant evening meal.

Tour Day 3

Guided tour of the EUREF (European Energy Forum) Campus, followed by an Energy Workshop run by GASAG Solution Plus.
After lunch head to Ritter Sport's colourful ChocoWorld.
Restaurant evening meal.

Tour Day 4

Enjoy some free time in Berlin before setting off on your return journey to the UK.

Curricular Links


·         Basic functions & types of business

·         Different types of business

·         Organisational structures

·         Business aims and objectives

·         Environmental considerations

·         Business enterprise and entrepreneurship

·         Dynamic nature of business

·         Customer needs & good customer service

·         Market research

·         Importance of brand image

·         Identifying and understanding customers

·         Segmentation

·         Putting a business idea into practice

·         Making the business effective

·         Quality control

·         Production processes

·         Business location

·         Understanding external influences on business

·         Technology and business

·         E-commerce

·         Digital communication

·         HR and managing people

·         Quality control and assurance

·         Sustainability within business

·         Promotional methods

·         The finance sector




·         The nature and purpose of business

·         Different forms of business

·         Management, leadership and decision making

·         Meeting customer needs

·         The Market

·         Marketing mix and strategy

·         Setting marketing objectives

·         Managing people

·         Improving motivation and engagement

·         Entrepreneurs and leaders

·         Managing change

·         Raising finance

·         Resource management

·         External influences

·         Business objectives and strategy

·         Business growth

·         Operational performance

·         Increasing efficiency and productivity

·         Influences on business decisions

·         Setting financial objectives

·         Globalisation

·         Global markets and business expansion

·         Global marketing





Study Visits

EUREF-Campus (European Energy Forum)

The EUREF-Campus (European Energy Forum) is where more than 5,000 people work, research and study in over 150 enterprises, institutions and start-ups in the areas of energy, mobility and sustainability. The 1 hour guided tour will allow you to familiarise yourself with the intelligent city of tomorrow, already here today. You will get an introduction to the EUREF-Campus and the background of its development, plus the overarching idea and vision of the campus with its resident institutions, companies and projects. This will give you a grasp of the way the campus works and is structured.


Energy Workshop by GASAG Solution Plus

Why not combine your tour of the EUREF-Campus with a visit to the Energy Workshop by GASAG Solution Plus?  Guided tours make it possible for visitors to experience how the intelligent use of modern supply components and renewable energy leads to the CO2-neutral provision of heating and cooling to EUREF-Campus.

State-of-the-art and innovative components such as Germany’s first power-to-heat / power-to-cold system and system control using artificial intelligence can be experienced hands-on. Multimedia technologies are used to show the system technologies and interplay of the components to suit knowledge levels. The tours are led by trained staff so that individual questions can be answered.


Silicon Allee Guided Tour

Take a Silicon Allee Tour on your university or college trip to Berlin.

Silicon Allee supports a community of international startups based in Berlin’s central tech cluster, operating a 7,500m international campus for startups and technology enthusiasts. This neighbourhood is home to many of Berlin's best tech companies and thousands of international entrepreneurs work and live in this area and campus.

Students can visit the campus to learn about the programme, attend Silicon Allee’s monthly meetup and meet and interact with international entrepreneurs. This unique visit can help your students learn more about the space where Berlin's startups to work, live and grow, as well as enhancing their understanding of how to pitch a creative idea.


Berliner - Kindl- Schultheiss Brewery

In this immersive brewery tour, you will discover how the iconic Berliner Pilsner beer is crafted, produced and distributed. Located in Berlin-Lichtenberg, your students will hear about what it takes the create this unique blend of beer; from the water quality to the sourcing of barley malt, hops and yeast. Your informative guide will discuss how the brand maintain a 'good nose' for sourcing the best raw materials from nature, as well as their standards of  experience and craftsmanship. But above, you'll hear about their passion for really good beer.


Mercedes Welt am Salzufer

Would you like to experience the Mercedes world in all its facets? Join a tour led by a member of the Mercedes staff, who will explain the history, the structure, the special features and the use of the house as a showroom, service location and event area and will answer your questions. This is how you get to know the Mercedes world in a unique and, above all, personal way.

Studio Berlin Adlershof


BMW Plant

This fascinating visit will give your students the unique opportunity to experience live production, with a 'behind the scenes' insight from BMW Group company experts. Products created at the BMW Group continue to inspire and revolutionise the industry, with their unique design, dynamic and agility. This tour will explain what unique facets make up this iconic brand, as well as exploring The BMW Berlin Plant's long tradition as production site. Your students will be taken on a journey through the birthplace of BMW motorcycles to experience the fascination of a highly modern vehicle production.


KPM Welt (Royal Porcelain Factory)

The exhibition known as "KPM WELT" ("KPM World") is organized by the Royal Porcelain Factory (Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur), the oldest craftsman factory still in existence in Berlin. Visitors can gain insight into the complex process of porcelain manufacturing in the restored ring chamber furnace hall (Ringkammerofenhalle) from 1871. They can also tour the storage area for the KPM's various models and forms and watch craftspeople garnishing and painting the pieces in the workshop. And, finally, the festive Boccherini Hall with its richly decorated table will take visitors back to the time of grand royal ceremonial services.


Sony Centre

Located in the Mitte district on Potsdamer Platz the heart of the Sony Center, is a central plaza canopied by a tentlike glass roof with supporting beams radiating like bicycle spokes. It contains a mix of shops, restaurants, a conference centre, hotel rooms, luxurious rented suites and condominiums, offices, art and film museums, cinemas, an IMAX theater, a Legoland Discovery Centre, and a "Sony Style" store.


Ritter Sport Factory

The Colorful ChocoWorld site at Gendarmenmarkt makes Berlin the capital of chocolate. Even as you enter there's an irresistibly tempting aroma of chocolate. The three floors and almost 10,000 sf of space give you a chance to treat yourself to everything you fancy, try your hand at being creative and find out all about chocolate.



Tempelhof Airport is the largest architectural monument in Europe. The former airport impresses with its monumental architecture and reflects Berlin´s eventful history. Built between 1936 and 1941, the building stands for the self-display of the National Socialists. In 1948/49, however, the airport also became a symbol of freedom through the Berlin Airlift.

This 2-hour guided tour of the airport building takes an in-depth look at the historical and architectural background. Expert guides lead you to the most interesting places of the imposing building, from the former check-in hall to the areas used by the US Americans and the transit gangways with a view of today´s popular Tempelhofer Feld.


Berlin Markets


Markethalle Neun

Located in Kreuzberg, Markthalle Neun has set itself the goal of showing how eating differently & shopping differently can be possible in the city: by treating people, animals and the environment with respect, regionally and seasonally -emphasized, connected with local added value, transparent and trusting.

In addition to the production and sale of food, the market hall offers space for initiatives from the local community and is a platform for projects that deal critically with the topics of nutrition, the city, agriculture, biodiversity and the environment. Last but not least, Markthalle Neun wants to give impetus to the “how” of the city’s food supply and the socially necessary debate about a sustainable and globally just food system.


Basic Market Mon - Thu 12pm - 6pm

Weekly market Fri 12pm - 6pm; Sat 10am - 6pm

Street Food Thu 5pm - 10pm


Mauerpark flea market

The Mauerpark flea market consists of mainly private stands selling various items such as second-hand clothes, shoes, bicycles, old vinyl records, jewelry and knickknacks. The market also features a large furniture tent where early birds can find true treasures.

Open every Sunday 9am – 6pm

Cultural Visits


We can arrange a half day guided walking tour to be tailored visits to suit your preferred study theme.

Introductory tour

Hidden Berlin & All the Main Sites. Duration 3-4 hrs. Sites included are:

  • Alexander Platz, Museum Island, Berliner Dom, Site of Palast der Republic, Bebel Platz, Berlin Wall, Topography of Terror, Wilhelm Strasse, Checkpoint Charlie, Site of Hitler's bunker, Holocaust Memorial, The Reichstag, The New 'Hauptbahnhof', Brandenburg Gate.

Third Reich Berlin

Hitler, WWII & the final days. Duration 3-4 hrs. Sites included are:

  • Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, German Resistance Museum, Berlin Mitte, T4 Euthanasia Memorial, Soviet War Memorial, Reichstag, Holocaust Memorial, Potsdamer Platz.

Jewish Life: Destruction & Rebirth. 

Duration 3-4 hrs. Sites included are:

  • The Jewish Quarter, The Otto Weidt Museum for the Blind, Jewish Cemetery, Große Hamburger Str, Gestapo District HQ, Jewish Community Administration Building II/ Memorial, Neue Synagogue, Grunewald train station.

* All the guides for this tour are fluent English speaking Israelis

Cold War Berlin

Geopolitics and Life Behind the Wall. Duration 3-4 hrs. Sites included are:

  • Friedrich Strasse border crossing, Palace of Tears, Admiral's Palast, Russian & American East German Embassies, Ghost Stations, Potsdamer Platz, The Wall Documentation Center at Bernauer Strasse, Bornholmer bridge crossing point, Checkpoint Charlie, Stalin Allee, East Side Gallery, Alexander Platz.


The Reichstag

A guided tour of the Reichstag building is one of the most popular visits in Berlin. It will explain the functions, working methods and composition of parliament whilst also covering the history and architecture of the building. The highlight at the end is the opportunity to visit the famous dome, which has become an iconic image in Berlin and gives a great view of the city.



Embark on a unique journey through time & see Berlin in the mid-1980s. During your one-hour stay you will: catch a glimpse through the Berlin Wall, and see what everyday life like in the West, how people lived in the East; Listen to eyewitnesses and see  how everyone dealt with the separation and the political oppression in an individual way.? Take a seat in a bus of the 80s and set off on a VR city tour, to experience a border control at Checkpoint Charlie, drive along Friedrichstrasse and see the Palace of the Republic shining in its former glory.


TV Tower

Located in former East Berlin, in Alexanderplatz, this is Berlin’s highest structure offering fabulous views over the city. The TV Tower can be pre-booked but not pre-paid, this visit must be paid directly on arrival.


Brandenburg Gate area:

The area around the Brandenburg Gate includes many of the iconic monuments linked to the history of Berlin. These include:

  • Reichstag building
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Memorial to the Murdered Politicians
  • Sinti-Roma  Memorial
  • Victory Column
  • Soviet War Memorial, Tiergarten

These monuments are usually included in an introductory guided tour.

Top Tip: Visits to the Reichstag Dome must be booked advance and the number of reservations per day is limited so you must book early. The good thing is that entrance is still free.   


Berlin Zoo

Zoo Berlin is Germany’s oldest zoological garden and home to the world’s largest variety of species. Almost 20,000 animals of around 1,300 species live in the 33-hectare zoo. They include elephants, giraffes, gorillas, and Germany’s only giant pandas.


Bebel Platz

Site of the infamous Book Burning orchestrated by Nazi German Student Union that took place on this square on 10 May 1933. Now the location of Micha Ullman’s memorial ‘The Library’ the underground bookshelves of which have space for the 20,000 books that went up in flames here.


Olympic Stadium

This stadium was purpose built for the 1936 Olympics and is a great opportunity to view Nazi architecture, surviving virtually untouched in the battle to capture Berlin. The stadium will not be open to visitors on event days so please be ready to be flexible on which day you visit. Groups can take a self-guided visit with an audio guide or an English speaking guided tour. From March to October, for an additional charge, you can also go up the bell tower, which will give you an excellent view of the interior of the stadium.


Sachsenhausen Memorial

Set up in 1936 the Sachsenhausen became the blueprint for concentration camps across Germany and Occupied Europe. A visit to the memorial and the series of exhibitions spread across the site will cover themes such as: the origins of the camp; the system of control; the life of camp inmates; the use of violence and terror; mass murder; liberation.


Berliner Unterwelten

Why not take a trip beneath the streets of Berlin and explore one of the few remaining WWII bunkers, left as it was after the war. On this fully guided tour you will learn more about the life of the average Berlin citizen during the air raids that destroyed up to 80% of the city centre


Gleis 17  - Grunewald train station

The Grunewald station was one of the three stations from where 55,000 Berlin Jews were deported to Ghettos and Camps in Occupied Europe. On the edge of the platform are 183 steel plates, one for each train that left between 18 October 1941 and 27 March 1945. Each shows the date, destination, and number of deportees.


House of the Wannsee Conference

Location of the now famous Wannsee Conference of January 1942 this newly refurbished exhibition focuses on the significance of the conference in the process of planning the genocide of European Jews, as well as the involvement of the conference participants and the authorities they represented in the persecution and murder of the Jews.


Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Opened in 2005 the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is the German Holocaust Memorial honouring and remembering the up to six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The Memorial consists of the Field of Stelae designed by Peter Eisenman and the subterranean Information Centre.



Stolpersteine (stumbling stones) is a project of the artist Gunter Demnig which commemorates people who were persecuted by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. Each stolpersteine is laid into the pavement in front of the last voluntarily chosen places of residence of the victims of the Nazis. They commemorate Jews, Sinti and Roma, people from the political or religious resistance, victims of the "euthanasia" murders, homosexuals, Jehovahs Witnesses and for people who were persecuted for being declared to be asocial. There are currently over 8,000 stolpesteine in Berlin.


The Berlin Wall Documentation Centre

The central memorial site of German division is situated on the historical Bernauer Strasse. Here you will find both a recreation of the Wall and the Death Strip, and an excellent Visitors’ Centre which shows both archive footage of the Wall and a CGI film explaining the site and how is was guarded.


East Side Gallery

At 1316 metres long, the East Side Gallery is the longest continuous section of the Berlin Wall still in existence. Immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall, artists from 21 countries began painting murals many of which commented on the political changes in 1989/90. Officially opened in September 1990 it was given protected memorial status just over a year later.


The Wall - Asisi Panorama

Right across from Checkpoint Charlie is a large cylindrical building made of steel. Inside is a fascinating display of life in the vicinity of the wall in divided Berlin during the 1980s. The display shows the contrast of daily life on both sides of the wall according to the memories of Yadegar Asisi's, who actually lived in Kreuzberg in the 1980s. It’s great visit for helping students to understand life on both sides of the wall.

Key themes: The partition of Germany & Berlin; construction of the Berlin Wall; escape attempts and fatalities; espionage in the Cold War


German Spy Museum Berlin

The German Spy Museum Berlin gives a unique insight into the gloom of espionage right where the Wall once divided the city. Visitors are welcome to use the most recent multimedia-based technology to detect all the bizarre and sneaky methods of agents and secret services.

An exciting time travel from spying in ancient Bible history to the present and future right in the middle of the capital of spies. Decipher a range of secret codes, negotiate the laser maze, see how secure your favourite password is and hack in to your favourite websites!


DDR Museum

A wonderful interactive museum that looks at the politics of East Germany, but more importantly gives a fascinating insight into what it was like to live in the East.  Closed on Mondays.


Hohenschönhausen Memorial – Former Stasi Remand Prison

This fully guided tour, which may be led by a contemporary witness, focusses on the role of The Ministry for State Security, better known as the Stasi. It will look at the reasons why people were taken to Hohenschönhausen, their treatment by the Stasi as well as interrogation methods employed to gather confessions. It is a truly fascinating visit


Berlin Dungeon

You will take a journey through 700 years of Berlin’s murky history, as a full cast of theatrical actors bring to life gripping stories of the city’s most infamous characters and events from medieval times to the 1900’s. You will see stunning special effects, authentic sets and a host of scary surprises lurking in the Dungeon.



The square was once the centre of East Berlin. Since re-unification, there has been a complete redevelopment and now Alexanderplatz is a major sightseeing and shopping area.


Museum Island:

A group of museums located in the centre of Berlin on the River Spree:

  • Alte Nationalgalerie: 19th Century paintings and sculptures from artists such as Monet, Renoir, Cezanne.
  • Pergamon Museum: Antiquities, Islamic Art, Middle Eastern Art and objects.
  • Bode Museum: Home to a collection of sculptures from Byzantium through to the Middle Ages.
  • The New Museum and The Old Museum: Greek, Roman and Egyptian art.


Top Tip for Art Galleries: Most galleries stay open late on Thursday evenings, until 10.00 pm, so if you want to get the most out of your time in Berlin and keep them busy in the evenings, this is a great option. 



Please note shops are generally closed on Sundays. Exceptions are shops offering touristic products, stores at airports and railway stations, and petrol stations. There are up to eight designated shopping Sundays each year. 


Mall of Berlin

The Mall of Berlin offers international chains such as Zara and H&M and luxury brands such as Armani Exchange and Tommy Hilfiger. The Food Court on the second floor in the west wing offers a large selection of restaurants and snack bars with burgers, curry sausage, ice-cream cafés and international street food.

East Side Mall

On around 38,000 square metres and three levels, the East Side Mall houses around 120 shops, including retailers, service providers, restaurants and cafés, and leisure facilities.

Potsdamer Platz

Another redeveloped area of Berlin, this has an ideal central location and is full of shops, cafes and entertainment.

Sony Centre

Located in Potsdamer Platz this is home to the IMAX Cinema where you can catch a film in German or English, along with a great selection of cafes and shops. Great for a night out, especially if seeing a film on the giant screen.


Kaufhaus des Westens, or KaDeWe as it is better known, is the second largest department store in Europe after Harrods With over 60,000 square metres of selling space and more than 380,000 articles on sale it is a great place to explore – especially the food court on the top floor!


This is the main shopping street in Berlin and home to one of Europe’s largest department stores, KaDeWe, with all that a major store offers.


Once the centre of East Berlin, since re-unification Alexanderplatz continue to undergo major rennovations and redevelopment. With cafes, shops and a certain times of the year street markets there is plenty here to explore.

Ritter Sport Colourful Chocoworld (Bunte Schokowelt)

This store offers a unique and varied assortment of items revolving around Ritter Sport chocolate. Chocolate lovers big and small can explore the store’s three floors. The SchokoKreation area allows visitors to create their own favourite chocolate bar.


Berlin has a range of bowling centres throughout the city. Ask us for more information if you wish to book a session

Tropical Islands Water park

This indoor tropical beach with waters slides, lagoons, rapids and wave pools is a great fun and a great place for students to burn off excess energy. It is open Monday to Sunday from 6am – 12pm


Make your evening meal a night out. We can book a variety or restaurants ranging from traditional German to American diners.