Religious Studies School Trip to Berlin


Berlin was once home to one of the biggest and largely integrated Jewish community in Germany. Here your GCSE and/or A level 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.

From visiting the Jewish neighbourhoods of the capital, to talking a knowledgeable and factual walking tours of the key religious aspects of the city, your school tour can also enjoy the cultural attractions of Berlin in between subject specific learnings. Take a look at a sample schedule below for your religious studies school trip. 


Religious Studies

Tour Day 1

Daytime flight and transfer to your accommodation
Evening meal at hotel

Tour Day 2

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

Tour Day 3

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

Tour Day 4

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

3 Day Value Itinerary

Tour Day 1

Depart UK on a morning flight. Arrive in Berlin and transfer to your accommodation
Take a walking tour of Berlin covering Religions Through the Ages
Visit to the Reichstag then return to your accommodation for evening meal

Tour Day 2

Visit to the Jewish Museum
Discover more about life in Nazi Germany at the Holocaust Memorial, Topography of Terror and the German Resistance Museum
Return to your accommodation for evening meal followed by free time around Alexanderplatz

Tour Day 3

Discover the personal stories of those separated by the Berlin Wall at the Palace of Tears. You can then go to the Eastside Gallery to view the remains of the Wall
Time permitting last minute shopping or sightseeing before your transfer to the airport
Arrive at school

Curricular Links

A WST tour to Berlin can support the study of elements of the following exam board specifications:




Paper A

Section 3.1 - Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings, and practices

Section 3.2 - Component 2: Thematic studies


Paper B

Section 3.2 Component 2: Perspectives on faith


A level

Section 3.1 - Component 1: Philosophy of religion

Section 3.2 - Component 2: Study of religion and dialogues




Paper A

Study 1 - Study of Religion

Study 2 - Study of Second Religion


Paper B Study 3 Religion, Philosophy and Social Justice


A level

Paper 1: Philosophy of Religion

Paper 2: Religion & Ethics

Paper 3: New Testament Studies

Paper 4: Study of Religion




Religious beliefs and teachings & practices

Religion, philosophy and ethics in the modern world from a religious perspective


A level

Developments in religious thought

Philosophy of religion

Religion and ethics




Unit 1: Religion and Philosophical Themes

Unit 2: Religion and Ethical Themes


A Level

Unit 1: An Introduction to the Study of Religion

Unit 3: A Study of Religion

Unit 4: Religion and Ethics

Unit 5: Philosophy of Religion     

Study Visits

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 1944. 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. 


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. 

Cultural Visits

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.


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.

Timeride Berlin

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.

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.


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.

Louise's Top Tip

The best way to discover Berlin is with a guided walking tour. Our expert guides are chosen carefully to ensure their narrative is pitched for students. 

Top tip from Louise, our Specialist History Expert