James Wylie is one of our experienced Itinerary Coordinators and organises many of our school history trips to Berlin. Having visited the city many times himself, here are his five top tips for groups going on a school trip to Berlin.
Berlin is one of our most popular destinations for school trips, as it works well for so many subjects.
Art students can enjoy the street art at the East Side Gallery, or the many fantastic museums and galleries, such as those on Museum Island.
And German language students can take lessons at a language school and then practise their skills around the cultural sights of the city.
As a regular visitor to Berlin, here are five of my top tips for your school trip to Berlin:
See the sunset over Berlin
You can do this by asking your Itinerary Coordinator to book an evening slot at the TV Tower. The 360° views are incredible.
Visit a chocolate shop
There are a couple of fantastic chocolate shops near the Gendarmenmarkt – Ritter Sport and Rausch. At Rausch, their chocolatiers have made chocolate models of all the big landmarks of Berlin – it’s a must-see! Also, if you’re visiting around Christmas time, the market at the Gendarmenmarkt is fantastic.
Berlin by bike
Instead of a walking tour of Berlin, why not try a bike tour? This is a great fun alternative way to see the sights of the city.
Sample the local cuisine
Berlin’s favourite street food is currywurst. It’s so popular it even used to have its own museum, although this has sadly closed down. It's definitely worth trying this delicious snack at least once while you're in the city though, as it's a really authentic Berlin experience!
Watch a Berlin TV show
There are some great German language movies and TV shows set in Berlin that you could encourage your students to watch before your trip. ‘Downfall’ (Der Untergang) is set during the final ten days of Hitler’s rule over Nazi Germany. And ‘Deutschland 83’ is a political drama set during the Cold War, which highlights the tensions between East and West Germany.