In 2014, Berlin will be remembering the most significant event in its history; the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
The Berlin Wall fell on the 9th November 1989 making next November the 25th anniversary of this historical event. To honour this, a series of special events and museum exhibitions will be held in Berlin next year. Perhaps the most symbolic and certainly the most spectacular event is planned to take place on the weekend around the 9th November; a temporary Berlin Wall will be built using thousands of illuminated white balloons. What was once a dark symbol of segregation; a concrete shadow guarded by armed border guards will next year become temporarily rebuilt with light. Weather depending, this magical sight could even be seen from space.
To experience such events in Berlin will be a once in a lifetime opportunity so there could be no better time to take your students on a cold war history trip to Berlin. Students will be able to experience a guided walking tour of the Berlin wall and a tour of a Stasi Prison with a former inmate as a guide as well as visit the interactive DDR Museum, the East Side Gallery and the Stasi Museum.
Berlin Wall is a fascinating and significant piece of 20th century history and a history trip to Berlin could greatly improve your students’ understanding of why it existed and what it meant to the people.
Find out more about our Cold War tours to Berlin and how they can be of benefit to your students' history studies.