A veritable metropole
Berlin is one of the largest cultural, political and scientific centres in Europe, but at the same time also enjoys a great reputation as a bustling hotspot where everything is young and hip. Its crucial role in a number of major historical events also makes Berlin a strong choice on the educational front/for educational purposes.
We leave early in the morning for Berlin. On arrival we check-in and enjoy dinner at the youth hostel.
In the morning we embark for a cruise from the western part of the city, heading via the centre to the east to get a first impression of the German capital. In the afternoon, we explore East Berlin further on foot, along the Museum Island, the Hackesche Höfe courtyard, Alexanderplatz, the Saint Nicholas quarter and so on.
After breakfast, we start our day at Bernauer Straße, the best commemoration location for the Berlin Wall. We then cross the river Spree and visit the impressive Russian Treptow memorial. Travelling via the ‘Turkenviertel’, we drive to the Jewish Museum, Checkpoint Charlie and the Topography of Terror museum. After that, we stop at the Gendarmenmarkt, where the students have some free time for shopping.
At the Berliner Unterwelten Museum we explore the enormous bunker complex. The many stories remind us of the life under the bombing raids and the staying in the air-raid shelters below ground. We also get to know the ‘other’ underground Berlin: the history of the pneumatic tube system, the beer cellars and the sewers. In the afternoon we leave for Potsdam, venue of the Potsdam conference in 1945. We visit the beautiful baroque inner city, Frederick the Great’s Schloss Sancoussi and the Cecilienhof palace. Back in Berlin, we set out after dinner for the Reichstag where we enjoy the wonderful sights of Berlin by night.
We load the bags back on the coach and start our journey back home.