Berlin Psychology & Sociology School Trips & Tours

Most people associate Berlin with the events of World War II, with having the largest Jewish community in Germany, as a seat of Nazi power, and with the Berlin Wall imposing a Communist regime. 

The capital city of Germany is identified in most people’s minds with events of World War II, as home to the largest Jewish community in Germany and seat of Nazi power. The year 2013 marked the 80th anniversary of Hitler’s rise to power. However, arguably, more recent events have a greater effect on what you see of the city today – the effects of the Berlin Wall which divided the city for 28 years imposing a Communist regime on the residents. 

Prices start from£269pp

Price Shown includes

  • 2 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation
  • Return flights and overseas airport transfers
  • Services of an NST Berlin City Representative
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • 1 in 10 free place ratio

Price shown is based on 35 paying passengers departing from a London airport in November 2018 and is subject to availability.


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Top visits

NST Guided Walking Tour - Berlin Centre

This walking tour covers the key city centre sites in depth:

  • The Reichstag
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Holocaust Memorial
  • Hitler’s Bunker
  • Potsdamer Platz
  • Reich Air Ministry buildings
  • Topography of Terror
  • Checkpoint Charlie Museum
  • Unter den Linden
  • Neue Wache
  • Bebelplatz (site of the book burning)

Throughout a full day or split across two half days, our guides can cover a number of key historical sites, providing your group with full commentary that will put them in the context of your curriculum. 

NST Guided Walking Tour - Fall of Communism - Central Berlin

This tour includes sites in and around Alexanderplatz concentrating on the events of September - November 1989. 

Throughout a full day or split across two half days, our guides can cover a number of key historical sites, providing your group with full commentary that will put them in the context of your curriculum. 

Only available with an NST Educationalist Guide.

Olympic Stadium

Built for the 1936 Olympics, this is an excellent example of Nazi architecture. This is where the black American athlete, Jesse Owens, won four gold medals, supposedly infuriating Hitler because of his race.

Berlin Gay Museum

Permanent and rotating exhibits document the history of gay Berlin from the heady days of the early 20th century, and persecution by the Nazis to the present day.

Topography of Terror

This fascinating exhibition is contained within the former cellars of Gestapo HQ, illustrating the terrors and crimes of the Nazi era. The new documentation centre and other exhibitions are presented in both English and German.

German Resistance Memorial Centre

Situated in the Bendlerblock, the former Wehrmacht building from which the July Bomb Plot was organised and where Stauffenberg and several of his co-conspirators were executed, the museum covers all aspects of opposition and resistance to National Socialism within Germany.

Berlin Wall

Here, your pupils will see how East and West Berlin were divided for 28 years. The Bernauerstrasse Memorial allows pupils to see remains of the Berlin Wall as well as an exhibition on Berlin during the Cold War. The East Side Gallery is the longest surviving stretch of the wall and is nearly 1.5km long – and includes the work of various artists and political cartoonists.

DDR Museum

Situated in the city centre, this interactive museum offers fascinating insights into daily life in the DDR. Take a virtual drive round an East German housing estate in the Trabi simulator. This interactive museum immerses students into daily life during the Communist Era in East Berlin helping them understand the period in a unique and entertaining way.  The museum also provides school groups with free-of-charge quiz sheets to download from their website, which pupils can use to work their way through the exhibition in an independent but structured fashion. Answer sheets are available from the entrance desk!

https://www.ddr-museum.de/en/your-visit/lehrer-gruppen

Berlin Bunker Tour

A fascinating tour into the secret history below the city’s streets. The standard tour visits a series of tunnels and bunkers below Gesundbrunnen U-bahn station that gives a fascinating insight into the Home Front in Berlin during the Second World War as well as preparations made for nuclear attacks during the Cold War.

DDR Museum Kulturbraueri

From idyllic countryside dacha to works canteen and Bautzen prison - the exhibition, spread over 600 square meters, presents original objects, documents, films and audio recordings that explore the gap between ideals and reality in the GDR. The individual experiences showcased illustrate the diverse attitudes towards the communist dictatorship, from loyal support to attempted neutrality or resistance.

Living History - Memories of the Cold War - Meet with an Ex-Political Prisoner

A rare, memorable opportunity to discuss experiences first hand with people who were there takes place at the Hohenschönhausen Memorial. We can arrange for a guided tour to be taken by an ex-political prisoner, providing a great opportunity to ask questions about how they came to be imprisoned here and what life was like both in the prison and outside.

Wallmuseum-Haus at Checkpoint Charlie

Featuring exhibitions about the legendary border crossing point, this fascinating museum includes demonstrations of how individuals smuggled themselves across the border. Here, your group will have the opportunity to explore what drove some people to go along with the collectivist culture, and others to resist.  

The Stasi Museum

At the site of the Stasi Headquarters, groups can gain a vivid insight into the huge power that this organisation wielded over citizens of the GDR. Visit the exhibition which includes the offices of key staff and learn more about the events that led to the opening of the border. 

Hohenschönhausen Memorial

This former political prison for people detained by the Stasi is now a museum which covers not only the Stasi period but its origins as a Soviet Special Prison from 1946-51 and provides groups with a very authentic picture of prison conditions in the GDR. 

Sachsenhausen Memorial Site

One of the earliest and most important in Germany, the story of the camp from its origins, its development within the camp system, its wartime use, the liberation and its post-war history during the Soviet period, are told in a series of exhibitions within the extensive remains of the camp itself.

A visit to this holocaust memorial centre and former concentration camp helps pupils gain an understanding of the events during WWII. Guided tours of the entrance, guard towers, barracks and museum are available.

Ravensbrück Memorial Site

Situated about 60 miles north of Berlin, the extensive remains of Ravensbrück (the principal women’s concentration camp) now houses collections and exhibitions chronicling all aspects of the camp’s history. Among the thousands executed here were female members of the British spy network S.O.E. including Violet Szabo.

Neue Synagogue

When inaugurated in 1866, the Neue Synagogue on Oranienburger Strasse was one of the largest in the world and the most important in the city. Damaged during Kristallnacht, the building was destroyed during the war. The front section and dome were restored in the 1980s and now house a fascinating museum chronicling the history of the building and its congregation. There are particularly good sections on the 1930s and the wartime period.

Holocaust Memorial

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, created by architect Peter Eisenman, is an emotional and imposing addition to the landscape of central Berlin. The memorial’s 2,711 concrete slabs cover an area of 4.7 acres. Beneath the memorial is an information centre detailing the lives of murdered Jews.

 

TV Tower

Located at the very heart of the city on the Alexanderplatz, the Berlin TV tower is part of German history: in the sixties the East German government had the TV tower built to demonstrate the strength and efficiency of the socialist party system. Today the tower, Berlin’s highest structure, shapes the skyline of the German capital city and has fantastic views - and serves as a landmark of the reunited Germany. Your group can pinpoint the many landmarks and attend the free exhibition.

Jewish Museum

Take a guided tour of this thought-provoking museum which chronicles the history of Jews in Berlin in a ‘mind-blowing building’ designed by the architect Daniel Libeskind. Exhibits look at life for Jewish people before the war and explore the personal experiences and life stories during the Holocaust. Here, you can also listen to interviews with people, held after the war had ended, asking them why they hadn’t acted to defend the persecuted.

IMAX Cinema

Groups can visit the fabulous cinema at Potsdamer Platz. Bowling Am Schillerpark This bowling alley is the most popular of four available in Berlin. 

Berlin River Cruise

Get on board and experience the heart of Berlin from the water. A great way to see the city! 

Berlin Markets

The large indoor market in the centre of the city is an ideal place to put language skills to the test and pick up a bargain or two.

Stadtbad Schöneberg

This large, action-packed swimming complex has a pool with diving boards. It also has an outdoor pool, slide and whirlpools.

The Story of Berlin

A fabulous museum that shows over 800 years of Berlin’s history, through a number of interactive exhibitions and sound and light shows. The exhibition text, and guided bomb-shelter tour, are available in both English and German.

 

Tropical Islands Water Park

This indoor tropical beach, which lies outside of the city, is home to water slides, lagoons and miniature golf, as well as the world’s largest indoor rainforest.

The Brandenburg Gate

Berlin’s only remaining city gate and a symbol of unified Germany. The Quadriga that sits on top has a history as eventful as the city’s.


Evening activites

  • Ice Skating
  • Bowling
  • IMAX Cinema
  • Swimming

Study themes

  • Social Influence: Conformity
  • Prejudice & Discrimination
  • Tyranny
  • Persecution
  • Minority Influence
  • Cultural Influence

Study levels

A Level

AS Level

GCSE


Expert's comment

“Being in Berlin raises many questions in one’s mind, such as how a small group came to dominate a whole population. Such questions relate, firstly, to the Nazi era when Berlin was the location of the SS headquarters and the focal point of the National Socialist Movement. The questions also relate to the Communist era when a foreign government changed and suppressed the culture of Eastern Germany. The recent history of Berlin is still clearly evident and it is impossible to walk through the city without being continually made aware of its recent past.”

Cara Flanagan, NST Expert Guide Lecturer


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“Our tour to Berlin was excellent. Our itinerary was well planned and very flexible. Our NST guide, Steve Rawcliffe, was fab! We were really pleased – it was an excellent trip and all was well planned.”

Ben Blackband, The Ashcombe School