Study Experiences can arrange a wide range of visits in Berlin, such as:
In a lively, interactive and hands-on fashion, the DDR Museum tells the story of every-day life in the former state, looking “behind the wall” to understand just what it was like to live under Real Existing Socialism. The museum enables the visitor to see, experience and feel the every-day reality behind the façade of the Socialist dictatorship, and find out just what the government tried to keep secret.
There is a lot for the visitor to do, for example, watch television in an authentic GDR living room or sit in original GDR cinema seats to watch original newsreels. Striding through the “bureaucratic smokescreen,” the visitor receives a glimpse into the structures of GDR misrule. Under the watchful eyes of Marx, Engels and Lenin, the Socialist Unity Party of Germany provides the central focus of the exhibition, around which are grouped a number of themes such as the state, economy, the NPA, brother states, ideology, opposition and the Stasi.
Countless interactive media stations and authentic artefacts from the GDR produce a “hands-on experience of history.” Visitors are encouraged to engage with the interactive elements of the exhibition, opening drawers, looking behind doors and pulling levers, thereby making use of all their senses.
Following German reunification in 1990, the Bundestag (German Federal Parliament) decided to make the Reichstag building the seat of Parliament in Berlin. A visit to the Reichstag is a must, a highlight includes the lift ride to the top of the building to a large viewing terrace for the breathtaking views of Tiergarten, the dome and the mirror cylinder at the centre.
The East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is a 1.3 km-long painted stretch of the former Berlin Wall along the Mühlenstrasse in former East Berlin. It is the largest open-air gallery in the world with over one hundred original mural paintings - a colourful tribute to what was once a divided city.
The Story of Berlin
This interactive history exhibition is no ordinary museum, but rather an interactive journey through Berlin’s 800-plus years, complete with light and sound shows. The Story of Berlin organises historical eras by themes as well as by dates, and each section has touch screens, information drawers and a range of presentations.
The “Speed’ segment has sound and video loops of transit innovations, while the section focusing on industrialisation has a vibrating floor like a factory. The darkest period of Germany’s history is not ignored; a special series of rooms show the grim nature of the Third Reich in a though-provoking, conceptual fashion.
Highlights in the multi-level museum include the divided living rooms that give a glimpse into life on each side of the Berlin Wall, and the still-functioning underground nuclear bomb shelter built by the city in the 1970s. Exhibition texts are in English and German and the guided bomb shelter tour (every hour on the hour) is in German and English.
Checkpoint Charlie Museum
The premier museum in Germany about the Berlin Wall and the Cold War, located just a few metres from where the famous checkpoint once stood. The museum explains the dramatic events of the Cold War and the heroic efforts of East Berlin citizens to escape to the West.
The stadium as it is today was built by the Nazis in preparation for the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The design is unusual in that it is only just over 16 meters high. However, the final seating capacity of 90,000 is reached because the inside of the stadium is dug over 10 meters into the ground. On the west side of the stadium is the structure's highest point, the bell tower, from where it is possible to enjoy a great view over the stadium.
Berlin Fernsehturm (Television Tower)
Dominating the city’s skyline at 368m in height, the TV Tower is the tallest building in Germany. An ideal way to look out over the entire city and gain a 360° perspective, the observation deck is at a height of 203m and the Telecafé at 207m. The Telecafé has an outer ring of tables that revolve every 30 minutes.