Berlin History School Trips & Tours - Germany 1918 to 1945

The recent history of Germany’s capital is still clearly evident today - walk through this fascinating city and feel continually aware of its recent past.

During a history school trip to Berlin, our experienced guides can provide an introductory talk on the history and diversity of what was the largest Jewish community in Germany and to the background and tragic events of the Final Solution. Together with a wide range of educational visits, this tour will help to put classroom-based learning into context in a thought-provoking way. 

This trip is one of several school trips to Germany which NST provide, speak to us today to discuss your requirements.

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.


On-tour support

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On-tour support includes...

Additional on-tour support available...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices

 


Accommodation

Popular options in Berlin


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. 

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.

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.

House Of The Wannsee Conference

The lakeside villa, where the now famous meeting took place in January 1942, houses a permanent exhibition House Of The Wannsee Conference which seeks to place the Wannsee Conference in its historical context. The exhibition traces the chronological development of the Holocaust from the origins of anti-Semitism through the conference itself, to the mass deportations and extermination.

Memorial for the Murdered Sinti & Roma

During the Nazi regime, hundreds of thousands of people throughout Europe labelled gypsies were tracked down and killed. This memorial to those Sinti and Roma people murdered serves as a reminder to never forget the suffering of the victims.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Berlin River Cruise

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

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. 

Stadtbad Schöneberg

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

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. 

Ice Skating

Groups can spend an evening at the ice-rink in Wilmersdorf.

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.

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.

 

The Brandenburg Gate Museum

This is the new multimedia museum, just 50 meters away from the Brandenburg Gate. You will embark at the heart of the capital on a worldwide unique, multimedia journey through 300 years of Berlin history. From the German Revolution, the German Empire, the Roaring Twenties, both World Wars, the fall of the Berlin wall to the victory of the 2014 football World Cup.


Evening activites

  • Ice skating
  • Bowling
  • IMAX Cinema
  • Swimming

Study themes

• Germany’s change from democracy to a one-party Nazi state, methods used to maintain a dictatorship
• The persecution of the Jews and other groups


Study levels

A-Level

AS Level

GCSE 

 


Expert's comment

Before the Second World War, Berlin was home to one of the world’s largest Jewish populations. The story of Jewish Berlin from its origins in the 17th century to its near total destruction under the Nazis can be followed in a walking tour of the northern Mitte area. This was one of the principal Jewish areas of Berlin and today pupils can visit the sites of synagogues, other community buildings, and a series of memorials to this vanished society. Other visits to historical sites such as Sachsenhausen, Ravensbrück and Wannsee chronicle the treatment and the near annihilation of Berlin’s Jewish population as well as other groups during the Third Reich.

Jeff, NST History Educationalist Guide

 


Transport

We can arrange for your group to fly from a range of UK airports and we’ll work with you to plan your route at the best value possible.

Flight

Available from any location in the UK, our executive coaches are fitted with seatbelts, toilet facilities, air conditioning, DVD and reclining seats.

Coach


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists guides throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

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  • Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
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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