RS 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 will provide students studying Religious Studies 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 Religious Studies 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 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 or the Allied liberation. Your tour will be tailored to meet your requirements and could include:

  • Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  • Olympic Stadium
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Jewish Musuem
  • The Wannsee Conference House, where the Final Solution was drafted
  • Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
  • Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery


01 Tour Highlights

Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial, located on a stretch of the former “death strip”, where the Wall once stood near the Brandenburg Gate, is Berlin’s stunning monument to the Holocaust, dedicated to the Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide of World War II. Impressive in its awesome grey soberness, rather than sombreness, it includes an underground information centre, located on the south-eastern side of the memorial grounds.

The Information Centre complements the abstraction of the memorial with personal documentation about individuals and families. This includes biographical details, recordings and information about memorial sites throughout Germany and Europe. Documenting the universal issue of genocide, the centre represents a central focus on the diverse memorial sites across Germany which stress the living memory aspect of remembrance.

It took 17 years for the Memorial to be completed. Its foundation stone was a Bundestag resolution passed in 1999 to erect a Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. This was followed by years of discussion and deliberation, until the Monument was completed in 2005. US architect Peter Eisenmann conceived the winning design consisting of 2711 rectangular blocks of concrete laid out in grid formation, recalling tombstones. An Audio Guided Tour (approximately 75 minutes) provides a general overview of the historical background and the European dimension of the Holocaust. Through historical documents, testimonies and the voices of contemporary witnesses, the fate of individuals and entire families is presented. The historians involved in the exhibition talk about their research, the exhibition designer provides an introduction to the architecture of the Information Centre.

Jewish Museum

A timeless monument to Jewish history and life in Germany, Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum is one of the world’s most respected museums. The museum is a stunning achievement in the architecture of cultural identity, a lasting expression of Jewish presence and dislocation and above all the attempt at reconciling, physically and spiritually, the meaning of the Holocaust into the memory and consciousness of the city of Berlin.

For Libeskind, whose family was decimated during the Holocaust, the project presented to the Berlin Senate in 1988 – one year before the fall of the Berlin Wall – was a mission to acknowledge and incorporate the fractured course of German-Jewish history and the void of Jewish life in Berlin. The permanent exhibition inaugurated in 2001 comprises over 2000 years of Jewish history, from Roman times to the present day, arranged in 14 sections documenting the development of Jewish life in Germany – its artistic, cultural and scientific contribution throughout the centuries.

Guided tours for groups can be arranged which last approximately 1 hour. Following a short introduction into the architecture your tour can be focused on different themes. You can choose 3 of the following topics:

  • Historical Themes – The Jewish World in the Middle Ages, Town, Country, Court (16th-18th century), Moses Mendelssohn (late 18th century), Emancipation and Reform (19th century), Start of the Modern Age (Late Imperial Germany and Weimar Republic), The Jewish Response to National Socialism (1933-1945), Women in Judaism – a 17th Century Women’s Life
  • Contemporary Themes - Jewish Life and Traditions, What do Judaism and Islam have in common.

House of Wannsee Conference

The House of the Wannsee Conferences is located approximately 25km south west of Berlin. At noon on 20th January 1942 a fateful meeting of high officials from the Nazi Ministries and the SS was held in the Minoux Villa by the Wannsee waterside. High-ranking members of the SS, the NSDAP and various Reich ministries attended this meeting, which was convened by Reinhard Heydrich, Head of the Security Police and SD. The subject of the meeting was the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question

Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, located approximately 35km north of Berlin, was the first camp built on the orders of the Nazis regime in 1936, and served as a model for all the other camps. Over 50,000 victims of the Nazis perished in Sachsenhausen in conditions of appalling brutality. The camp became a training ground for the execution of the Holocaust and ultimately the centre of the whole concentration camp system. After the Nazis were defeated, the Soviets turned the camp into a gulag for their own political enemies. Thousands more were to perish over the next five years. The camp is now part of the Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum. Its design is based on a decentralised concept, which aims to communicate history to visitors in the very places where it happened. The original buildings and remaining structures of the camp are ‘guarantors of memory’. It also remains a place of mourning and remembrance.


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.

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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