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History School Trips to Berlin, Germany & Krakow, Poland

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For the ultimate History Trip why not combine Berlin and Krakow? A two-centre tour to these two cities will give students the opportunity to see how and why important political decisions were made as well as seeing the devastating consequences these decisions had for the people.

In Berlin, students will learn how and why the Final Solution was put into place and will see in Krakow the outcome of this decision in a truly heart-rending and thought-provoking visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

How does a two-centre tour work?

Your bespoke itinerary will include the appropriate balance of educational visits and leisure excursions to fill your chosen duration and meet your aims and objectives. Your dedicated School Tour Coordinator will offer advice and recommendations with the sole aim of creating the perfect itinerary for your group, but just to get you inspired, we have outlined the itineraries created for two of our clients.

“The walking tour of Berlin...friendly and knowledgeable guides.”

Bishop Walsh Roman Catholic School, Mr P Foley and Mr B Neilan - Berlin

“Historically superb, spiritually and socially important.”

The John Fisher School, Mr Dominic Fell - Berlin

“This was a jam-packed, educational tour of Berlin which offered good value for money for the students, and brought their GCSE studies to life.”

Joe Pepper, Notting Hill and Ealing High School, October 2014 - Berlin

“Excellent and immediate response to all our needs. Plus, great guides and the tour went like clockwork!”

Mr Joe Whelan, July 2015 - Berlin

“Planned and executed to perfection.”

Bishop Walsh Roman Catholic School, Mr P Foley and Mr B Neilan - Berlin

Did you know?

The East Side Gallery is the longest open air gallery in the world and also has the longest surviving stretch of the Berlin Wall at 1,316m? The section was painted by 118 artists from 21 countries with 101 works.

Berlin formerly used to end at the Brandenburg Gate. This historic city limits can still be recognised in a number of places, from street names such as Wallstraße, Mauerstraße, Linienstraße or Palisadenstraße. The former city gates are mainly preserved in U-Bahn station names.

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Our quick, online quote form allows our specialists to provide you with a bespoke quotation for a trip tailor-made to your group’s individual requirements.

Berlin Fact File

Perfect for:
KS3, KS4 and KS5 (or equivalent)

Transport options:
Flight or coach

Nearest Airport:
Schönefeld Airport and Tegel Airport

Curricular Links:

  • The formation of Germany
  • Imperial German history
  • The First World War
  • The Weimar Republic
  • Nazism
  • The Second World War
  • The Holocaust
  • The Cold War
  • The EU and modern Europe

Krakow Fact File

Perfect for:
KS4 and KS5 (or equivalent)

Transport options:
Flight or coach

Nearest Airport:
John Paul II International Airport Krakow – Balice

Curricular Links:

  • The formation of Germany
  • Imperial German history
  • The First World War
  • The Weimar Republic
  • Nazism
  • The Second World War
  • The Holocaust
  • The Cold War
  • The EU and modern Europe
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Study Visits

Berlin and Krakow Study Visits

Information about our history study visits for Berlin and Krakow can be found on their dedicated destination pages.

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Itineraries

Berlin and Krakow Sample Itineraries

Your bespoke itinerary will include the appropriate balance of educational visits and leisure excursions to fill your chosen duration and meet your aims and objectives. Your dedicated School Tour Coordinator will offer advice and recommendations with the sole aim of creating the perfect itinerary for your group, but just to get you inspired, we have outlined the itineraries created for two of our clients below.

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5 days,
4 nights

Dates: 15th – 19th February 

Departure airport: Bristol Airport

Passengers: 52 students and 5 teachers

Accommodation: Generator Hostel Berlin East, Berlin on a half board basis. Hotel Petrus, Krakow on a half board basis

Overview of visits: Checkpoint Charlie, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews, Brandenburg Gate, Topography of Terror exhibition, the Reichstag, Sachsenhausen Memorial and Concentration Camp, Saint Hedwig's Catholic Cathedral, Auschwitz Concentration Camp Memorial and the Jewish Quarter.

Day 1:

Full of anticipation, the two schools flew in on a perfectly timed mid afternoon flight from Bristol into Berlin Schönefeld Airport.

The group collected their bags before being transferred by coach to their hostel in Berlin and a feast of pizzas and ice-cream. The remainder of the evening was spent at leisure.

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Day 2:

The group ate breakfast and got off to an early start.  Travelling on the S-Bahn into the centre of Berlin the group were met by their English speaking guide for a walking tour of Berlin. The tour gave students a detailed insight into the history of the city and the events that took place here. The group visited sites including Checkpoint Charlie, Hitler's Bunker and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews, with the tour coming to a close under the impressive structure of the Brandenburg Gate.

There was just enough time to eat lunch before moving onto visit Checkpoint Charlie, the most well known border crossing point between East and West Berlin. Exploring the museum they learned of the wall's history, and the numerous escape attempts that took place here.

A short scenic walk and the group arrived at the Topography of Terror exhibition. This highly informative and interactive exhibit depicts the horrific terror and crimes of the Nazi era; an emotional learning experience for all involved.

Returning to the hotel, the group quickly freshened up before dining together and heading back out to view Berlin by night. On a guided tour of the Reichstag, students were able to take in stunning views of the city from the buildings much talked about glass dome and roof terrace.

The group spent the remainder of the evening at leisure before returning to their hostel for a much needed nights rest.

Day 3:

After a hearty breakfast students packed and deposited their bags in the hostels luggage room before travelling on the S-Bahn to the Sachsenhausen Memorial and Concentration Camp. Learning of the tens of thousands of prisoners that died here made it an extremely thought provoking visit, and students experienced many poignant moments of reflection.

This was followed by lunch at the Brandenburg Gate, before visiting the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe; Berlin's central holocaust memorial site. Here the group was able to fully appreciate the scale of the loss. Pausing to view the 2711 concrete stelae, the reality of what they were witnessing hung heavy in the air. The names of all known Jewish victims of the Holocaust were then seen in the underground information centre.

After an emotional day, the group attended evening Mass at Saint Hedwig's Catholic Cathedral, followed by an evening meal in Alexanderplatz.

With stomachs full and emotions running high they made their way back to the hostel to collect their luggage for their overnight journey into Krakow. Many conversed about the day's events, with others choosing to get their heads down early.
The group was extremely happy when they woke to find themselves at Hotel Petrus - just in time to eat breakfast!  

Day 4:

The group ate breakfast before jumping back on the coach to visit the Auschwitz Concentration Camp Memorial for a fully comprehensive guided tour – an emotional visit for any student. Here the group purchased a spot of lunch before travelling by coach for a tour of the Jewish Quarter.

With time now getting on, the group returned to the hotel for their evening meal and the remainder of the evening spent at leisure.

Day 5:

The group enjoyed breakfast before starting their return journey home.


Bespoke Quotation
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4 days,
3 nights

Dates: 17th - 20th March 2012

Departure airport: London Luton Airport

Passengers: 40 students and 4 teachers

Accommodation: The A&O Hostel Friedrichshain, Berlin on a half board basis. The Wilga Hotel, Krakow on a bed and breakfast basis

Overview of visits: Hackescher Markt, Guided Walking Tour of Berlin, Topography of Terror exhibition, Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag Building, the Brandenburg Gate, Story of Berlin Museum, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, House of the Wannsee Conference, Auschwitz Concentration Camp Memorial

Day 1:

Full of anticipation, the group flew in on a perfectly timed early morning flight from Luton into Berlin Schönefeld Airport.

The group collected their bags before sampling the cities excellent public transport links. Travelling on the S-Bahn, the group arrived at their hostel, left their bags in storage for safe keeping before jumping back on the S-Bahn to explore the Hackescher Markt, with its many cafes and restaurants. This provided a welcome opportunity for the group to enjoy a quick lunch stop.

The students went on to meet their English speaking guide for a walking tour of Berlin. The tour provided the group with a detailed insight into the history of the city and the events that took place here. After re-living a heady mix of history, the groups' tour came to a close under the impressive structure of the Brandenburg Gate.

Back on the S-bahn, and after a short scenic walk the group arrived back at their hostel, with just enough time to freshen up before dining together and heading back out to view Berlin by night. On a guided tour of the Reichstag, students were able to take in stunning views of the city from the buildings much talked about glass dome and roof terrace.

After much excitement the group returned to their hostel for a much needed nights rest.

View the full day-by-day itinerary

Day 2:

After a hearty breakfast students were split into smaller groups to visit the Topography of Terror exhibition. This highly informative and interactive exhibit depicts the horrific terror and crimes of the Nazi era; an emotional learning experience for all involved.

The groups' next stop was at Checkpoint Charlie, the most well known border crossing point between East and West Berlin. The group ate lunch here before visiting the museum where they learned of the walls history, and the numerous escape attempts that took place here.

Still wishing to gain the most from their stay the group scheduled a visit to the Story of Berlin Museum, a highly interactive visit that boasts the philosophy "please touch everything!" Here the mood was lifted as students were able to see, hear and smell 800 years of history in less than two hours! The visit also encouraged students to venture into its underground nuclear bunker.

Upon leaving the museum the group opted for a little light hearted exploration of their surroundings before heading back for their evening meal, and spending the remainder of their evening at leisure.

Day 3:

After breakfast the group checked out before moving on to the centre of Berlin and a visit to the memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe; Berlin's central holocaust memorial site. Here the group was able to fully appreciate the scale of the loss. Pausing for moments of reflection as they viewed the 2711 concrete stelae, the reality of what they were witnessing hung heavy in the air. The names of all known Jewish victims of the Holocaust were then viewed in the underground information centre.

The group then ate lunch en route to the House of the Wannsee Conference. Here students gained an insight into life in concentration camps and the implementation of what Nazis called "The Final Solution." 

The group then made their way back to the hostel, grabbing a fast food meal en route, before checking out and boarding their coach for their overnight journey into Krakow. Many conversed about the day's events, with others choosing to get their heads down early.
The group was extremely happy when they woke to find themselves at Hotel Wilga - just in time for breakfast!  
The group then moved on to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp Memorial for a fully guided tour. A memorial to the dead, the museum depicts the pain and suffering of the innocents in World War II.  After this emotional and thought provoking visit, the group purchased a spot of lunch before travelling back to Krakow to enjoy the delights of a folklore show and meal at the Restaurant Miod I Wino! This was a great way for the whole group to wind down and share an evening of fun and good food together!

Day 4:

The group enjoyed breakfast before starting their return journey home. The group had been on an unforgettable learning experience.


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Accommodation

Berlin and Krakow Accommodation

Information about our accommodation for Berlin and Krakow can be found on their dedicated destination pages.

Batory BIS Hotel

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