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Psychology and Sociology School Trip to Berlin

Psychology and Sociology School Trip to Berlin

Michael in Berlin was particularly good, he had an engaging manner with the pupils and was very knowledgeable in an accessible way.
Thorpe Hall School


From the formation of the Nazi Party (National Socialism) in 1919, the following tyrannies of WWII, through to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the events Berlin has witnessed have all left their mark on the capital, providing a wealth of learning opportunities for students.  Our vast experience of organising educational trips to Berlin means we are best placed to provide you and your group with a truly memorable trip.

Tour Day 1

Morning 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 Holocaust Memorial, 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

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

4 day experience from only

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

£385

Transit Loft

A 19th century factory, located in a courtyard, which has been modernised and converted to a youth hotel.  This is in a superb location just 10 minutes walk from Alexanderplatz.

 Hotel Transit

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

Steps Apartments

Traditional building which has been converted into a family-run youth hotel. Located in the quieter Wedding district of Berlin, this is ideal if you don’t want to be in the city centre.

Singer 109

Ideally located close to Alexanderplatz, this building was restored and converted, a few years ago, into a youth hotel.  Singer 109 is located in a courtyard with an atrium.

Acama Group

The Acama group offers 3 youth hotels in central Berlin. Two in the Kreuzberg area and one on the Ku’Damm. The Acama’s have excellent facilities for youth groups and the central location of the Acama Ku’damm makes this a particularly popular choice. 

Introduction to Berlin Walking 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.

We have divided the visit options into three main themes; the Holocaust, Nazism and the Cold War/Communism 

HOLOCAUST VISITS 

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 ended in the tragic events of the Final Solution.

Psychology City Walking Tour 

Our expert tour guides can deliver a fascinating walking tour covering the brainwashing of a nation during the rise of Nazism to the control methods, propaganda and persuasion dogmas of the East German government. 

Walking Tour: Jewish Life- Destruction & Rebirth

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

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.

Jewish Museum

Take a guided tour of the exhibits which look at life for Jewish people before the war and explore the experience of life stories during the holocaust. Hear interviews with people after the war, asking them why they hadn’t acted to defend the persecuted.

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.

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.

NAZISM AND THE THIRD REICH 

Walking Tour: 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.

German Resistance Memorial Centre 

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

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.

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 and  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.

THE COLD WAR & THE FALL OF COMMUNISM 

Walking Tour: 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 Berlin Wall

It is essential to see the remains of the Berlin Wall when considering 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 behind the Iron Curtain. Children were put through collective potty training, engineers earned little more than farmers and everyone, it seems, went on nudist holidays!

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.

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. 

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.