Berlin History

School tours

Berlin has been at the centre of many key events of modern European History, WWII, The Cold War, the Fall of Communism and the reunification of Germany

Highlights

  • Escape attempts at Checkpoint Charlie Museum
  • Museum at the former HQ of the Gestapo and the SS
  • Wall art at East Side Gallery
  • The former Concentration Camp at Sachsenhausen
Typically £298 per student.
Based on a 3 night tour for 30 students, travelling January 2018

What's included: 

  • Return flights UK to Berlin
  • Return overseas transfers
  • Accommodation, half board
  • Insurance
  • 1 teacher place for every 10 students
  • Excursions and entrance fees not included

Suggested itinerary for School groups

Day 1

Flight to Berlin, about 1.5 hours - this tour can also be arranged as a coach tour from UK
Coach transfer to accommodation included
Own evening sightseeing, we suggest a guided walking tour (flight time permitting) - evening meal included

Day 2

Breakfast included
Your own sightseeing - we suggest the Jewish Museum, Check Point Charlie Museum and the Topography of Terror.
Own evening sightseeing to TV Tower in Alexanderplatz - evening meal included

Day 3

Breakfast included
Your own sightseeing - we suggest the East Side Gallery and DDR Museum.
Then a visit to either the former concentration camp at Sachsenhausen or the Wannsee Conference House Memorial.
Evening activity - we suggest bowling - evening meal included

Day 4

Breakfast included
Visit the Story of Berlin and nuclear bunker (flight time permitting)
Coach transfer to the airport included
Return flight to UK

Berlin is great for studying World War II and the Cold War. The themed guided walking tours really bring history to life, with a focus on Third Reich sites or Berlin behind the Iron Curtain.

Katharina Salzmann
Tours Supervisor and Germany Tour Co-ordinator

Berlin’s central position in some of the most turbulent events of the last century makes it an excellent option for a history trip. It was the base of Hitler’s Third Reich, and suffered terrible damage and loss of life during World War Two. Later, it became the most visible division-line between the Soviet Union and the West and the scene of some of the tensest moments of the Cold War.

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Eventually its citizens would play a major role in the collapse of Communism in Germany, and in doing so, help create modern Europe as we know it today.

An excursion to the Wannsee Mansion is a chilling experience. It was here that an infamous conference was held in 1942 to resolve what was known as “The Jewish Question.” The horrific policies decided on that day echo through history still, and led to the mansion being converted to a Holocaust Memorial. Here students can examine biographies of those who attended, alongside a timeline of events leading up to the mass-extermination of the Jews. 

One of the last remaining vestiges of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery, is now a memorial to peace and understanding, where the work of over a hundred international artists is on display. Many have been damaged by erosion and vandalism, and some have been removed to make way for developers, but these artistic interpretations of events are an excellent introduction for students to the themes and issues of the Cold War.

Checkpoint Charlie is a legendary symbol of the division between East and West Berlin, the best-known crossing-point in the Wall and now a very popular tourist destination. One of the best excursions for Berlin history trips, the museum here displays significant events, such as the face-off between American and Soviet tanks in 1961, successful escape attempts and tragic failures, as well as a history of the Cold War, its origins and leading protagonists.

Berlin’s central position in some of the most turbulent events of the last century makes it an excellent option for a history trip. It was the base of Hitler’s Third Reich, and suffered terrible damage and loss of life during World War Two. Later, it became the most visible division-line between the Soviet Union and the West and the scene of some of the tensest moments of the Cold War. In today’s reunited Germany and Berlin it is hard to imagine how different life was on either side of the ‘Wall’ and what this represented in the wider context of the Cold War. Many fascinating visits exist to remind and educate about this difficult and fearful period in modern European History. 

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Our favourite excursion was to the Stasi Prison, as the students liked acting as Stasi Prison guards! We also enjoyed the DDR Museum and the walking tour.

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Typically £298 per student.
Based on a 3 night tour for 30 students, travelling January 2018