Cold War History School Trip to Berlin
Visiting Berlin will afford your students a far greater understanding of the history of the city in which so many of the 20th century’s key events were played out. Walk along a remaining section of the Berlin Wall or visit Checkpoint Charlie and the Stasi Museum. The award-winning DDR Museum offers a hands-on experience of history - the visitor has to take part, to handle the exhibits and to look behind drawers and doors. The museum shows the crimes of the State Security, the border defences at the Berlin Wall and displays the life of the people under communist dictatorship. At the Hohenschönhausen Stasi Memorial, guided tours are conducted by freelance members of the team, most of whom are former inmates who relate the tour to their own experience in the remand prison. They provide an insight into a broad spectrum of political persecution in the GDR.
Study Themes: Cold War crises, life under communism, the collapse of communism, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the origins of the Cold War, why did the Cold War end?
Specifications & Topics Supported
KS3: Twentieth Century World
GCSE: All AQA, OCR and Edexcel specifications featuring: International Relations 1900 –1991
AS/A2: All AQA, OCR and Edexcel specifications featuring International Relations, Berlin 1879 –1900
|Day 1||Flight to Berlin||Checkpoint Charlie and Stasi Museum||Evening meal|
|Day 2||Guided tour conducted by inmate of Hohenschonhausen Stasi Prison||DDR Museum and TV Tower||Evening meal|
|Day 3||Story of Berlin and nuclear bomb shelter||Flight back to UK|
This price includes:
- Return flights from UK
- 2 nights' half-board accommodation
- 3 day U-bahn and S-bahn pass
- Free staff place ratio 1:10
- Travel & medical insurance
- Detailed information pack & workbooks
- Experienced Itinerary Manager
Welcome to one of Europe´s most interactive museums! Experience history in a vivid, interactive and playful way: The DDR Museum offers you a hands-on experience of the everyday life of a state long gone, the life in socialism. Visitors are welcome to broaden their knowledge in different thematic areas, to reconsider existing clichés and to have a hands-on experience of history. Exhibits are there ...
Between 1945 and 1989 thousands of political prisoners were interned here by the Communist regime. Today, the prison is preserved almost untouched as a reminder of political persecution in East Germany. Guided tours are conducted by freelance members of the team and most of them are former inmates who relate the tour to their own experience in the remand prison. As they were imprisoned for a varie...
During the lifetime of the Berlin Wall, this was the only way for non-Germans to cross from one half of the city to the other. Today, Checkpoint Charlie Museum preserves some of the original structure of the border crossing, including the famous sign reading 'You are leaving the American sector'. The museum tells the story of the division of Germany and concludes with an exhibition on the developm...
Retrace the often ghost-like trail of the Berlin Wall taking in guard towers and tank traps. Walk along Bernauer Strasse, site of many remarkable escape attempts. Discover the methods of the Stasi and learn about the systems, devices and people that kept the entire East German population under surveillance for over 40 years. Learn about the key figures in the GDR leadership and get an insight into...
Under the GDR, the Ministry of State Security, or Stasi, spied more meticulously on the East German population than any other Eastern bloc secret police. This museum preserves Stasi headquarters as it was when the Stasi were dissolved in 1990
The Story of Berlin is a multimedia exhibition with over 20 themed rooms that are designed to give visitors the opportunity to experience 800 years of the German capital's development; from its status as a major trading centre during the Middle Ages, to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The modern exhibition features, combined with original models, allow visitors to&nb...
Visible from almost any point in the city, the television tower was a flagship of East German architecture. From its base in Alexanderplatz, the heart of what used to be East Berlin, it's possible to take a lift 200m to the top in seconds. A great way to look down to see how Berlin was divided!
The Documentation Center on the history of the Berlin Wall provides historical information and educates the public. It makes information and in-depth programs available to the interested public. Beginning with the historical, political events that occurred at Bernauer Strasse, an area situated at the border between East and West and hence a focal point of German postwar history, the center researc...
Students will generally be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms and staff in twins. All rooms are en-suite. Rooms are equipped with individually adjustable air-conditioning, Flatscreen TV with satellite television and radio stations, WiFi Internet access, shower-bath with WC, hairdryer and under-floor heating.
Other facilities include a pool table, table football and other games. Weather permitting, there is a basketball court, 5-a-side football pitch, table tennis tables and boules area.
The combination of a modern design, high quality facilities and excellent location make this an ideal hostel for school groups. View on map
AO Hostel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Students will generally be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms and staff in twins. All rooms are en-suite and have modern furnishings/ TV.
Hostel facilities include a roof-top bar, games room and conference rooms.
Acama Hotel and Hostel Kreuzberg
Students will be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms and staff in twins. The hostel offers a spacious lounge with games and Internet access and best of all, two rooms with widescreen TV and an extensive collection of DVDs!
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AO Hostel Mitte
Students will usually be accommodated in 4-6 bedded rooms and staff in twins, all of which are en-suite and include a TV. There is also a 'Teachers Lounge', where you can enjoy a quiet moment - this room has a PC, printer, Internet access and telephone.
Other amenities include a billiard table, video games, table football, Wii-Lounge with free game play, and a TV room. View on map
What our teachers had to say about this destination
The trip ran very smoothly and I am very grateful to all the help from Halsbury as both staff and students had a fantastic time. Thank you.
From my very first contact with Halsbury Travel through to receipt of the extremely detailed and helpful information pack, every e-mail/phone call was handled swiftly and with friendly efficiency. I could not fault the service I had from you and I only wish I had come across you years ago - as a leader of coutless school visits to Germany, Halsbury Travel has not only been easily the best company to deal with by far but is also very competitive on price. I would not hesitate to book with you again - in fact I am so confident that you can provide exactly what I want at the right price, I would not even bother looking at any other school travel company for comparison
I take a residential trip to Berlin every year and it is always an extremely positive and enjoyable experience for the staff, as well as the students. Halsbury make this a very simple and manageable task!
An absolutely fantastic city to take secondary school students to. Our students loved visiting all of the historical landmarks and found it to be a moving experience, as well as an enjoyable one.
Berlin is an amazingly rich destination for a school trip. With excellent public transport, inexpensive museums and a very welcoming general population, I would highly recommend it.
It was a fantastic trip and it ran like clockwork. All students and staff really enjoyed it and should this trip be given permission to run again, we would definitely organise it through Halsbury.
Thank you so much for all your help.
An excellent programme of events, carefully planned and considered and the sequential build up of information was very good. It enabled the students to gain a real insight to the complex city of Berlin, expecially if you are taking a cross-curricular group. The linguists, historians, RE students and travel and tourism students were all able to extract a wealth of information and experience. Travel was easy, the sights fantastic and the Berlin 'experience' memorable. The information pack supplied by Halsbury was great. Would recommend the trip to anyone wishing to see and do as much as is possible in a long weekend. I think the experience has captivated the students' imagination. They cannot stop talking about it.