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History Experiences in Berlin

The events of the past have left their mark on Berlin's cityscape - and the city is still changing today - making it one of Europe's most vibrant, exciting and colourful capitals. Renowned for its vast array of historical sites, such as the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and the Olympic Stadium, Berlin will provide students studying History & Politics with an invaluable educational and cultural experience.

The streets and the buildings of Berlin can tell the stories of the rise of Nazism, World War II and Allied liberation, and a tour focusing on this period in history can specifically include Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and the House of Wannsee Conference. For students studying the Cold War a tour can include the Berlin Wall Memorial & Documentation Centre, Checkpoint Charlie, the DDR Museum, Berlin’s Unterwelten, the Stasi Museum and Stasi Prison.

With so much to see and do our included city travel card will enable you to make journeys across the length and breadth of the city. We then recommend you don your walking shoes so you make the most of your visits to each of the attractions.

You may well choose to begin your exploration of the city at Potsdamer Platz, the most striking example of the urban renewal that turned Berlin into the ‘New Berlin’ in the 1990s. The area today consists of the three developments known as Daimler City, the Sony Centre and the Beisheim Centre, which literally transformed the dormant wasteland where the Berlin Wall stood between east and west Berlin until 1989. The challenge of rebuilding the heart of post Cold War Berlin was no trifling matter – how to transform a desolate sandy wasteland into the new German capital’s city centre - and what can be seen today is rightly regarded as a successful compromise.

Remembrance Travel for Schools & Young People

A History tour to Berlin can also be booked through our sister brand Remembrance Travel. Accompanied throughout by a Royal British Legion Tour Guide, these dedicated military historians are highly experienced and knowledgeable, and will help bring your tour to life. In addition to your specialist guide, the following is also included at a supplement:-

  • Third Reich or Cold War Walking Tour
  • Act of Remembrance with a Royal British Legion Wreath & Remembrance Tokens

Developed with the full support of The Royal British Legion, your highly knowledgeable guide will provide you with a fascinating insight in to your areas of study, be it World War II, the rise of Nazism, the Allied liberation, the Cold War and the collapse of Communism. Your tour will be tailored to meet your requirements and could include:

  • Treptower Park - one of the few surviving pieces of Stalinist architecture in central Europe
  • Plotzensee prison, scene of 3,000 unjust executions
  • Sights of the former Communist East Berlin
  • Checkpoint Charlie and other cold war sites
  • Berlin Holocaust Memorial
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
  • Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery
  • Surviving sections of the Berlin Wall
  • The Wannsee Conference House, where the Final Solution was drafted

For more information and a quote call 020 8335 9768 or email

01 Tour Highlights

The Reichstag

Following German reunification in 1990, the Bundestag (German Federal Parliament) decided to make the Reichstag building the seat of Parliament in Berlin, the restored capital of reunited Germany. After a complete restoration of Paul Wallot’s original 1894 building, the Bundestag reconvened here in Sir Norman Foster’s spectacularly restored Reichstag building on 19th April 1999.

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 breath-taking views of Tiergarten, the dome and the mirror cylinder at the centre. All groups are pre-booked with details of identification sent in advance.

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.

DDR Museum

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.

German History Museum

Germany’s two thousand year history, as chequered as it is dynamic, is placed in a European context in an exhibition entitled “German History in Pictures and Documents”. More than 8,000 exclusive exhibits, whose historical testimonial value is utterly unique, present a lively, vivid tableau of bygone days. German history is also placed in an international context. The permanent exhibition is supplemented by temporary special exhibitions housed in the modern exhibition building.

Topography of Terror

The site, known since 1987 as the “Topography of Terror”, was the central location from which the Nazis planned and managed most of their crimes. Here, between 1933 and 1945, the most important institutions of the Nazi terror apparatus of the SS and police operated from the Secret State Police Office, the Reich SS Leadership, and the Reich Security Main Office.

Partially destroyed during the war, rendered unrecognisable after the war by demolition and conversion, and eventually forgotten, this historic site was rediscovered in the early 1980s and gradually re-established in the historical memory of Berlin and the Federal Republic of Germany. What had been a partial wasteland in the shadow of the Berlin Wall was ultimately transformed into a centre for the documentation of Nazi crimes.

Guided Tours: For school groups there are two guided tours lasting approximately one hour or a five hour seminar/workshop to make the most of your visit. They are free of charge but must be pre-booked.

  • Topography of Terror: Gestapo, SS and Reich Security Main Office on Wilhelm- and Prinz-Albrecht- Straße (an indoor tour)
  • The Historic Site “Topography of Terror” (an open air tour)

Berlin’s ‘Unterwelten’ – Berlin from Below

For a fascinating look into Germany’s history during WWII and the Cold War era, Berlin has an elaborate set of multi-purpose underground bunkers built to host a society underground.The former bunker located at the U-Bahn station Gesundbrunnen offers a wealth of information about all the various tunnel systems and subterranean walkways underneath the city on four floors.

The exhibition at Berliner Unterweltene.V.informs about the history and development of the city from a subterranean viewpoint - the bunker systems in Berlin’s subway system, recovered bombs and ammunition stores, and also Berlin’s pneumatic post system, breweries and blind tunnels.Whether through bunkers, flak towers or dark and murky U-Bahn shafts – there are various tours for school classes to discover the Berlin underground world.Guided and highly informative museum tours include ‘Dark Worlds’ (DunkleWelten), ‘From Flak Tower to Rubble’ (VomFlakturmzumTrümmerberg), ‘U-Bahn, Bunker and Cold War’ (U-Bahn, Bunker und Kalter Krieg) and ‘Breaking the Wall’ (Mauerdurchbrüche) with unusual insights into Berlin’s ‘underworld’.Choose from the either of the following tours: Dark Worlds (WW2 bombing raids) or Subways &BunkersIn the Cold War.Only recommended for students aged 14+.

02 Accommodation

Transit Loft

This 19th century factory has been modernised and converted into a youth hotel. It is situated within a courtyard just ten minutes walk from Alexanderplatz.

Hotel Transit

This building was originally an enamel factory that was converted into a youth hotel in the 1980s. It is located in a quiet courtyard in the Kreuzberg area.

Steps Apartments

This traditional building has been converted into a family-run youth hotel. It is located in the Wedding district of Berlin – ideal if you want to be away from the city centre.

Singer 109

Situated close to Alexanderplatz – this building recently was restored and converted into a youth hotel. Singer 109 is located within a courtyard with an atrium.

Acama Group

The Acama Group has three hotels in central Berlin – two in Kreuzberg and one on the Ku’Damm. The Acama hotels have excellent facilities for youth groups and the central location of Acama Ku’Damm makes this hotel the most popular choice.

03 Further Information

Your Meals

Your package price includes continental breakfast each morning. For lunches and dinners you can choose to make your own arrangements, alternatively your Study Experiences Tours Specialist can pre-book packed lunches or arrange affordable, value for money meals from a selected number of restaurants in and around Berlin.

Your Study Experiences Tour Manager

A Study Experiences Tour Manager will meet your group at the airport, transfer with you to your accommodation for check-in and provide a half day's service/guidance. Additional Tour Manager services can be added to your quote depending on your group's requirements.

Group Size

Our prices are based on a minimum group size of 20 students.

Your Choice of Travel Dates

As our Berlin trips are available throughout the year, during term time and also during half terms and holidays, you are able to select travel dates that suit you and your students. Please note that certain dates may carry a supplement to the prices shown. In particular, tours during the Easter Holidays can be prohibitively expensive.

Your Educational Visits & Attractions

To ensure that you make the most of your trip to Berlin your Tours Specialist is able to arrange a wide choice of educational visits, activities and dining options. Full details of everything you might wish to see and do are available in our Berlin ‘Educational Visits and Attractions Guide’.

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