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History School Trips and Tours to Berlin

History School Trips and Tours to Berlin

Beneath Berlin’s chic culture, its easy-going lifestyle and artistic hotspots is a city filled with a fascinating past. A great school trip destination, Germany’s unique metropolis has been shaped by key events in its history, including World War II and the Cold War. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that history school trips to Berlin offer a captivating insight into several history-based modules, covering Nazism, the Holocaust, democracy, socialism, and 20th century Germany – to name but a few.

Alongside key attractions in the city, which played a pivotal role in WWII, such as the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and the House of the Wannsee Conference, coupled with influential landmarks highlighting the rise and fall of communism, such as the Berlin Wall and the Palace of Tears, Berlin is littered with museums and art exhibitions, proving its position as one of the most enthralling and diverse cities in Germany.

On the Friday morning we had a 3 hour walking tour of Berlin with Ryan, who was knowledgeable, engaging and relatable – the students really enjoyed the experience, and the use of images helped to bring the History to life. Ryan could not have come more highly recommended! The Quest Academy

 

At WST, we arrange stimulating history school trips to Berlin, based around the curriculum and which provide an unforgettable learning experience for your pupils that will truly bring home the subject matter. If you’re looking to excite, encourage and inspire your students, a school trip to Berlin really is an unmissable opportunity.

To make planning your school trip easier, we can arrange your accommodation, itinerary and even make reservations at suitable restaurants, on your behalf. We want your trip to Berlin to run as smoothly as possible, allowing both you and your students to soak up the culture and history of this stunning city, making it a truly outstanding trip to remember.

View our full itinerary details below or contact a member of our travel team today for more information.


Berlin, with its abundance of iconic landmarks and its place in some of the most influential events of the 21st century, is a highly popular history school trip destination, offering support for several key study themes.

  • Tour Day 1

    Morning Daytime flight and transfer to your accommodation.
    Afternoon Time permitting take a guided tour of Central Berlin covering key historical sites in the Brandenburg Gate area.
    Evening Evening meal at your hotel.

    Tour Day 2

    Full day Full day excursion by coach to the Olympic Stadium and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp.
    Evening Evening meal at your hotel.

    Tour Day 3

    Morning Museum-Haus am Checkpoint Charlie.
    Afternoon Visit the Hohenschönhausen Memorial for a guided tour with an ex-political prisoner.
    Evening Evening meal at your hotel followed by free time around Potsdamer Platz.

    Tour Day 4

    Morning Transfer to airport for your return flight back to the UK.

    4 day experience from only

    Based on min 35, Half Board at Hotel Transit, Oct 2018 (excluding Half Term)

    £399

  • Tour Day 1

    Day time Daytime flight and transfer to your accommodation
    Evening Evening meal at hotel.

    Tour Day 2

    Morning Half day walking tour of the key historical sites of central Berlin to include the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate area and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.
    Afternoon Guided tour of the Jewish district, including the Otto Weidt Museum and the Neue Synagogue.
    Evening Evening meal at your hotel.

    Tour Day 3

    Full day Full day excursion by coach to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and House of the Wannsee Conference.
    Evening Evening meal at your hotel

    Tour Day 4

    Day time Transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.

    4 day experience from only

    Based min 35, Half Board at Hotel Transit Loft, Oct 2018 (excluding Half Term)

    £399

  • Tour Day 1

    Morning Morning flight and transfer to your accommodation.
    Afternoon Guided tour of central Berlin covering key historical sites in Berlin, including the Berlin Wall.
    Evening Evening meal at your hotel

    Tour Day 2

    Morning Guided tour of Cold War Berlin to see all the major sites of Communist East Germany followed by a visit to Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie
    Afternoon Explore everyday life in East Germany at the DDR Museum.
    Evening Evening meal at your hotel followed by free time around Potsdamer Platz

    Tour Day 3

    Morning Tour around Hohenschönhausen Memorial
    Afternoon Transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.

    3 day experience from only 

    based on min 35 paying passengers, Half Board, Feb 2018 (excluding Half Term). 

    £339

  • Tour Day 1

    Day time Daytime flight and transfer to your accommodation
    Evening Evening meal at hotel

    Tour Day 2

    Morning Take a guided tour of Central Berlin covering key historical sites in the Brandenburg Gate area,the Reichstag, Bebelplatz Kaiser and Wilhelm Memorial Church
    Afternoon German Resistance Memorial Centre and Topography of Terror
    Evening Evening meal at your hotel followed by free time around Potsdamer Platz

    Tour Day 3

    Morning Visit to the Olympic Stadium for a guided tour
    Afternoon Travel on to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp for a guided tour
    Evening Evening meal at your hotel followed by free time in Alexanderplatz

    Tour Day 4

    Day time Transfer to airport for your return flight back to the UK.

    4 day experience from only

    Based on min 35, Half Board at Hotel Transit, Oct 2018 (Excluding Half Term)

    £399

At WST we don’t work with large hotel chains. We prefer to work with privately owned accommodation where we can be sure of a personal service. We will work closely with you to select the best accommodation to suit your needs, whether you want to be located right in the heart of the city, in walking distance of the major sites, the trendy up and coming districts or in a quieter location just a short ride on the UBahn from the centre. We will suggest accommodation based on your needs but will always let you choose what’s right for you. 

Transit Loft

This 19th century factory has been modernised and converted into a youth hotel. It is situated within a courtyard just ten minutes walk from Alexanderplatz.

Hotel Transit

This building was originally an enamel factory that was converted into a youth hotel in the 1980s. It is located in a quiet courtyard in the Kreuzberg area.

Steps Apartments

This traditional building has been converted into a family-run youth hotel. It is located in the Wedding district of Berlin – ideal if you want to be away from the city centre.

Singer 109

Situated close to Alexanderplatz – this building recently was restored and converted into a youth hotel. Singer 109 is located within a courtyard with an atrium.

Acama Group

The Acama Group has three hotels in central Berlin – two in Kreuzberg and one on the Ku’Damm. The Acama hotels have excellent facilities for youth groups and the central location of Acama Ku’Damm makes this hotel the most popular choice.

THE RISE OF NAZISM AND THE THIRD REICH

Brandenburg Gate area:

See the iconic monuments of 20th Century Berlin including The Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, The Victory Column and the Soviet War Memorial. These monuments are usually included in an introductory guided tour.

Berliner Unterwelten

Go beneath the Gesundbrunnen UBahn station for a tour below the city’s streets which shows the hidden world of Berlin via a series of underground tunnels. This visit offers an insight into life in Nazi Germany. We recommend the Dark Worlds tour if you are studying the Third Reich, which takes you to explore one of the last remaining WW2 bunkers, as it was left after the war. 

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.

German Resistance Memorial Centre 

Located in the Bendler Block where the July Bomb Plot was organised. A commemorative courtyard is dedicated to the memory of the officers executed here on the night of July 20, 1944. The permanent exhibition covers the struggle against and opposition to National Socialism in various forms.

Topography of Terror

Located on the site of the former Gestapo HQ this is an exhibition covering the central institutions of the SS and the system of terror.

THE HOLOCAUST

Berlin was once home to the largest and largely integrated Jewish community in Germany. Key visits in and around the city will tell the story of persecution beginning in the early 1930’s that ended in the tragic events of the Final Solution.

Neue Synagogue

Once one of the largest synagogues in the world, it was damaged during Kristallnacht  and then destroyed during the war. The front section has now been restored and is home to a museum which tells the story of the building and its congregation.

House of the Wannsee Conference

At the location of the now famous Wannsee Conference of January 1942 the 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.

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

One of the earliest concentration camps, Sachsenhausen tells the story of its origins, on to life in the camp and then its liberation with a series of exhibitions through the buildings.

Holocaust Memorial

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is now a prominent site of remembrance in the centre of Berlin. The memorial can be visited 24 hours and there is also a visitor’s centre open during daytime hours.

Otto Weidt Museum

During World War II, visually impaired broom and brush maker Otto Weidt employed many Jews in his workshop. As tensions in the country grew, Weidt endeavoured to protect his mostly blind and deaf employees from persecution and deportation, bribing the Gestapo, falsifying documents, and eventually hiding a family behind a backless cupboard in one room of his shop. This museum is dedicated to him and is administered by the German Resistance Memorial Centre Foundation. It tells Weidt’s story with archival photos and interviews with some of those he saved.

THE COLD WAR AND FALL OF COMMUNISM

The Berlin Wall

It is essential to see the remains of the Berlin Wall when studying the Cold War and the Fall of Communism. Remains of the Wall can best be seen at the East Side Gallery or Bernauer Strasse.

Berlin Wall Documentation Centre

The central memorial site of German division situated on historical Bernauer Strasse. This is an ideal location to view the wall and is now an open air exhibition explaining the history of the division. 

Museum-Haus am Checkpoint Charlie

A museum dedicated to the legendary border crossing point, with imagery and exhibitions of attempts to escape to the West, it follows the stories of fugitives and their helpers.

Asisi Panorama – The Wall

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 1980’s. 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.

DDR Museum

An interactive museum which not only focuses on the politics of East Germany, but gives a fascinating insight into what it was like to live in the East. 

Stasi Museum, Normannenstrasse – Former Stasi HQ

The series of exhibits and preserved offices gives an insight into the Stasi organisation and the power it had over life in the East. Highlights of the exhibition include Erick Mielke’s office, surveillance and observation technology and political – ideological education.

DDR Museum in the Culture Brewery

The ‘Museum in der Kulturbrauerei’ hosts a permanent exhibition on everyday life in the DDR and shows the tension between the demands of the political system and the real life of people living in East Germany.

Palace of Tears

The former border crossing point at Friedrichstrasse known as ‘the palace of tears’ is now a listed building. The permanent exhibition ‘Border Experiences – Everyday Life in Divided Germany’ delivers real life stories through images and videos. 

Hohenschönhausen Memorial – Former Stasi Political Prison

Provides an authentic picture of prison conditions in the GDR. There are two permanent exhibitions, one which shows the fate of children born whilst their mothers were held in prison and one showing the portraits of former inmates.

GUIDED WALKING TOURS OF BERLIN

A guided walking tour around Berlin is the best way to really find your way around and to understand this ever changing city’s past, present and future. We can arrange half day guided walking tours to be tailored visits to suit your preferred study theme. Here are some samples:

Introductory tour

Covering all the major landmarks and key sights of the city such as The Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Wall, Alexanderplatz and Checkpoint Charlie. This is an ideal way to find your way around the city and we recommend this at the start of your trip.

Jewish Life: Destruction & Rebirth

This tour covers key locations in the city to piece together the story of the Jewish community in Berlin before, during and after Nazi regime. 

Cold War Berlin

This tour around the former East Berlin will take in the main locations from the height of the Communist regime and the key events that led to the Fall of the Wall. 

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. 

The Story of Berlin

An interactive museum that explores 800 years of Berlin’s history. There are 23 theme rooms equipped with multi-media technology. 

TV Tower

Located in former East Berlin, in Alexanderplatz, this is Berlin’s highest structure offering fabulous views over the city.

Alexanderplatz

The square was once the centre of East Berlin. Since re-unification there’s 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.

Eastside Gallery

The Berlin Wall East Side Gallery is a 1.3km-long section of the wall near the centre of Berlin. Approximately 106 paintings by artists from all over the world cover this memorial for freedom and make it the largest open-air gallery in the world.

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.

Kurfürstendamm

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.

Bowling

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

Ritter Sport Colourful Chocoworld (Bunte Schokowelt)

Located at the Gendarmenmarkt Square, 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.

Tropical Islands Water park

An indoor tropical beach with waters slides, lagoons, rapids and wave pools. Great fun and a great place for students to burn off excess energy. This is approx. 1 hours drive from the centre of Berlin.

RESTAURANTS

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