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Berlin History School Trips & Tours - Germany 1918 to 1945

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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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Here, your group will see how East and West Berlin were divided for 28 years. The Bernauerstrasse Memorial allows students 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.

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.

Take a cruise along the River Spree on this tour and see all the major attractions of the city while learning about the intriguing history of Berlin.

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. 

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

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

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

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.

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.

 

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