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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Located in former East Berlin, in Alexanderplatz, this is Berlin’s highest structure offering fabulous views over the city.
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.
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.
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.
Another redeveloped area of Berlin, this has an ideal central location and is full of shops, cafes and entertainment.
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.
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.
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.
Make your evening meal a night out. We can book a variety or restaurants ranging from traditional German, American diners, Italian and Chinese.