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History School Trips to Berlin, Germany

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The city that is modern Germany, where the street still bear the marks of history.

Originating in the 13th century, Berlin became firstly the capital of Prussia and, with the formation of the Germanic Empire in 1871, the capital of Germany. It is now a major world city, recognised as the leader in the promtion of humanities, science, music and finance. It is also a city which is full of history, with iconic sites dating from Martin Luther to the reunification of a divided country.

You’ll uncover a piece of the past with every corner turned. The streets and palaces tell the story of Berlin and Germany’s rise to importance; the public buildings lead students through the First World War and the poignant museums and memorials address the horrors and persecusions of the Nazi era.

Bring history to life

A helping hand from a History Tour Guide.
Expert knowledge, an understanding of your students’ educational and social needs and in-the-field assistance are just three of the benefits of opting for a History Tour Guide. We have carefully selected a handful of guides who specialise in various areas of history including WWI, WWII and the Holocaust.

Find out how a guide can enhance your school’s History Trip.

“Historically superb, spiritually and socially important.”

The John Fisher School, Mr Dominic Fell - Berlin

“I have worked with Rayburn several times and found them utterly efficient, reliable and approachable - this was the case yet again, thank you!”

Mrs Whyatt, October 2016 - Berlin

“A fantastic educational experience that brought to life German history.”

Mr Abrahams, Northwood School, March 2017 - Berlin

“Planned and executed to perfection.”

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

What other history teachers thought of Berlin…

100% of our clients said they would recommend a Berlin History Trip with Rayburn Tours to another history teacher, rating their overall touring experience at 4.9 out of 5. Terri Hull from The Bishops High School described Berlin as “the perfect study visit for any student of History.” She went on to say, “whichever way you turn there are legacies to German history everywhere.”

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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Berlin Fact File

Perfect for:
All secondary school students

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
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Study Visits

Berlin History Study Visits

Berlin is brimming with visits for students looking to deepen their understanding of WWII, the Holocaust and the Cold War, so much so that it is hard to choose which visits to build in to your tailor-made itinerary. Here you can discover just some of our most highly recommended visits.

Guided Walking Tour Topography of Terror Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe / The Underground Information Centre Jewish Museum House of the Wannsee Conference Checkpoint Charlie Hohenschönhausen Memorial and former Stasi Prison The Reichstag Story of Berlin Museum Berlin Bunker Tour The Berlin Wall Memorial and Documentation Centre DDR Museum
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Berlin 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.


5 days,
4 nights

Dates: 14th – 18th February 

Departure airport: Manchester Airport

Passengers: 22 students and 3 teachers

Accommodation: The City Lights Hotel

Board Basis: Bed and Breakfast

Overview of visits: The Sachsenhausen Memorial, Soviet Memorial, Frank Meisler Memorial, Platform 17 Memorial, Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt, the Flak Tower, the Berlin Bunker tour, the Victory Column, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, the Olympic Stadium, the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall Memorial, the Ghost Stations Exhibition at Nordbahnhof Station, and the House of the Wannsee Conference.

Day 1:

The group travelled by air, on an early morning flight from Manchester into Berlin Schonefeld Airport. This was the start of a much anticipated historical journey for all 25 members of the travelling party. Upon arrival the group travelled by coach to check in at the modern three stars City Lights Hotel, ideally located close to Gesundbrunnen Station. This somewhat more luxurious base, would prove to be a welcome retreat for their planned four night stay. Despite their early start, the group was determined to make the most of their first day, and opted to spend the afternoon at leisure, while taking in the sights and the surroundings of the Brandenburg Gate. The group completed their day with an early evening meal in the vibrant surroundings of the Hard Rock Café!

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Day 2:

After a hearty breakfast the group visited the thought provoking Sachsenhausen Memorial; this was accompanied by an audio guided tour. Lunch was enjoyed en-route as their coach travelled onto Treptower Park and the Soviet Memorial, followed by visits to the Frank Meisler and Platform 17 Memorials. The day came to a close with an early evening visit to the small museum Blindenwerkstatt, where students explored the fascinating story of Otto Weidt. With so much to reflect on, and emotions running high, it was apt that the group chose to wind down together by enjoying a three course evening meal at the Hackescher Hof Restaurant, a popular meeting place in this vibrant and bustling city. Arrangements had been made prior to the group arriving for a celebration birthday cake to be presented to a member of the party. This was the perfect end to what had been a jam packed, educational and enlightening day.

Day 3:

The day started with a leisurely walk to the Flak Tower, and a quick stop en-route to take part in the ‘Dark Worlds’ Bunker Tour. Next the group travelled on public transport to the Victory Column, followed by lunch around the Brandenburg Gate and an emotional visit to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. A light hearted end to the day was planned as they stepped back in time to dine at the Route 66, 50’s Diner! The remainder of the evening was spent at leisure, discovering the sites, souvenir shopping and of course soaking up the unique atmosphere of this bustling and vibrant capital city.

Day 4:

The last full day for the group and first on the agenda was a visit to the Olympic Stadium, followed by time visiting the Berlin War Memorial and the Ghosts Stations exhibition. There was just enough time for the all important hot chocolate and cake stop, before an evening meal and time at leisure.

Day 5:

After breakfast the group checked out of their hotel and stored their luggage before visiting The House of Wannsee Conference. Their itinerary came to an end, but a journey had been experienced and memories created that would stay with them for a lifetime. The group returned on a mid-afternoon flight to the UK.

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4 days,
3 nights

Dates: 21st – 24th March 

Departure airport: London Heathrow Airport

Passengers: 39 students and 3 teachers

Accommodation: A&O Hostel Mitte

Board Basis: Bed and Breakfast

Overview of visits: Walking Tour of Berlin, Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, Sachsenhausen Memorial, Olympic Stadium, House of the Wannsee Conference, Topography of Terror Exhibition, Berlin Zoo, Reichstag building and the Gedenkstätte Hohenschönhausen Memorial.

Day 1:

Starting with a 7am flight the group set off on what would be a busy 4 day itinerary! Upon arrival at their hostel luggage was put into storage before embarking on an engaging and informative Insider Walking Tour of Berlin; the perfect introduction to the city’s main historical sites. The tour was brought to a close under the backdrop of the Brandenburg Gate and a welcome opportunity for the group to discover the surrounding area. The group experienced the efficiency of the Berlin public transport system as they travelled on the S-Bahn. Students split off into smaller groups in search of their chosen eatery, and to discover the area at leisure, before returning to their hostel for a much needed nights rest!

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Day 2:

After breakfast the group visited the Sachsenhausen Memorial, where they learned of the some 40,000-90,000 prisoners that were thought to have died here.
This was followed by a much less intense experience as they visited the Olympic Stadium, followed by a lunch at the Stadion-Terrassen restaurant located adjacent to the stadium. Eager to pack as much as possible into their itinerary, the group moved on to board their coach for the House of the Wannsee Conference. Here their knowledge and understanding of the final solution to exterminate the Jews of Europe was explored.
There was just enough time at the end of the day for the group to stop back at the hostel, freshen up, before heading out together for an evening meal and time to wind down over a somewhat competitive game of bowling!

Day 3:

The group started their day with the much anticipated visit to the newly refurbished Topography of Terror Exhibition. Here the students were able to engage in what is now a highly informative and interactive exhibit depicting the horrific terror and crimes of the Nazi era. After lunch the group planned a perfectly timed visit to the Berlin Zoo, where they were able to wind down and come close to a host of animals including tigers, pandas and gorillas; a welcome opportunity to relax and reflect after their time at the exhibit only that morning. Next the group took a guided tour of the Reichstag building, where from its glass dome rooftop terrace, breathtaking panoramic views of the city were enjoyed; Berlin by night light, perfect.
Not wanting the day to end here, the group made a quick stop at the hotel to freshen up, before heading back out for an evening meal in the bustling Alexanderplatz area, against a backdrop of its world clock and the second largest structure in Europe – the ‘Fernsehturm’ (TV Tower).

Day 4:

The group rose early to check out of their hotel, in anticipation of the experiences that lay ahead on this the final morning of their tour. The group visited the Gedenkstätte Hohenschönhausen Memorial for a two hour guided tour. This was the main remand prison for the detention of political prisoners in the Soviet occupation zone, authentically presented, many tour guides actually being former prisoners. The prison attracts some 330,000 visitors annually, over half of which are students. This was the final visit of their tour, all that remained was for the group to collect their luggage and head back to the UK on the 14.30 hrs Berlin to London Heathrow flight.

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Berlin Accommodation

We have a number of hotels and hostels in and around Berlin which are perfectly suited to school groups. Here are just a few of our favourites:

A&O Hostel Mitte

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The largest of the A&O hostels in Berlin, the Mitte has 371 rooms and is centrally located to allow easy access to public transport links and all Berlins major attractions. The hostel has a large lounge and TV room as well as karaoke facilities, wi-fi and table football.

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  • Private facilities in each room
  • TV room
  • WiFi lounge

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A&O Hostel Friedrichshain

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This excellently located hostel is situated close to the central inter-city Ostkreuz train station in the popular student district of the city; this provides easy transport links to all of Berlin’s key sites.

“Clean, friendly and helpful. Good variety and quantity of food”

Stratford upon Avon Grammar School, Dominic Giles

Recently refurbished, this modern hostel has 233 rooms along with a TV lounge, Wi-fi lounge, table football, karaoke facilities as well as a playing field and lawn with volleyball and basketball courts.

  • Private facilities in each room
  • TV room
  • WiFi room
  • Outdoor areas – volleyball and basketball

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Generator Hostel Berlin – Berlin East

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The Berlin East has over 890 beds and is located in the centre-east of Berlin. It is ideal for school groups with free wi-fi available in chill-out zones across the hostel as well as a main chill-out area where students can relax and watch TV. Students can be housed in either private triple or quad rooms, twin rooms or communal dorm rooms with shared bathrooms or twins/triple/quads with private bathrooms. All have modern private showers on each floor and there are private rooms for group leaders.

Generator Hostel Berlin – Berlin East
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  • Students in triple or quad rooms, twin rooms or dorm rooms
  • Bathroom facilities on each floor
  • TV room
  • WiFi zones

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