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Religious Studies School Trip to Berlin

Religious Studies School Trip to Berlin

Friendly, polite, professional, clear and concise answers, never appeared frustrated at the silly questions or repeated asking of the same questions. The trip leader, who has undertaken a number of trips, especially to Berlin said it was the best trip he has ever been on!
Burnham Grammar School


Berlin was once home to one of the biggest and largely integrated Jewish community in Germany. Here your students can gain a deeper insight and understanding of the historical background of the Jewish population in early 20th Century Europe and their story of persecution from the early 1930’s to the tragic events of the Final Solution.

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 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

Full day 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

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. 

Walking Tour - Religion Through the Ages in Berlin

This 4 hour walking tour demonstrates the multi cultural society that Berlin is today. The tour starts at St Mary’s Church near Alexander Platz, where Dr Martin Luther King once spoke, takes in the first synagogue of Berlin and key areas where communities lived harmoniously together. An ideal opportunity to discover more about Judaism and Christianity in Berlin from 19th Century to present day.   

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.

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.

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

This well known Protestant church sits on the Kurfürstendamm. Although the original church was built in the 1890’s it was badly damaged in a bombing raid in 1943. It was rebuilt when the church was part of West Berlin in 1959, retaining the original steeple and creating a memorial hall on the ground floor. Self guided and guided tours are available here.

St Hedwig’s Cathedral

Visitors to Berlin have the opportunity to take a guided tour of this Roman Catholic cathedral. Located centrally in Bebelplatz it was the first Catholic church to be built in Prussia after the Protestant Reformantion.

Berliner Dom

Berlin Cathedral is the is the largest church in the city, and it serves as a vital centre for the Protestant church of Germany. Guided tours are available to learn more about the history of the building and worship today. 

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. 

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. 

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 and following 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.

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.