German School Trips to Berlin, Germany
- Art and architecture
- Cultural heritage
- Food and drink
- Political life
- Travel and tourism
- Youth culture
Explore a city with two sides. Whilst the first is a hip and fashionable city – a cultural trendsetter brimming with cutting-edge architecture and a lively, youthful atmosphere – the second is a city steeped in history, where centuries of past events radiate from every street.
Students will be captivated by the stories of the Second World War and the Cold War that are still so evident in the many buildings and memorials. Without a doubt, a deeper insight into Germany’s past and present will only drive their desire to develop their language skills.
Packed with a host of leisure activities for students to practise their German – think vibrant markets, relaxing river cruises and majestic palaces – as well as hidden gems to discover, Berlin is perfect for older students who want a taste of big city life.Get in Touch
Berlin Language Recommended Visits
Berlin is one of Europe’s most appealing cities and makes a superb destination for any German Language Trip. With plenty of historical landmarks, sporting venues and world-renowned museums to visit there are plenty of language learning opportunities. Here are just a few of our favourites.
Guided walking tour
Rayburn Tours works closely with a local company called ‘Insider Tours’ who provide excellent walking tours with local English speaking guides. These guides offer a thorough, humorous and informative tour which provides a great introduction to the city. A general walking tour will show you all of the most famous sights in just three hours including Museum Island, the cathedral, the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and Hitler’s bunker.
The tour guide may be able to conduct elements of the tour in German to help students not only gain an introduction to the historical sites and culture of the city but also to strengthen their skills.
Story of Berlin Museum
The interactive multimedia format of this museum allows visitors to see, hear and smell 800 years of history under one roof. 23 themed rooms span 6,000 square meters offering students the chance to delve into the lives of Berlin people throughout history.
The highlight of this museum is a guided tour through the authentic nuclear bomb shelter, which was built in the 1970s to protect residents against the effects of a nuclear attack. The bunker is situated next to the museum on the Kurfürstendamm and could still be used at any given time if needed.
Whilst the museum can be explored independently, a guided tour can be a great way to encourage your students to practice their German by asking them to pose their questions to the guide in German only. For groups who do wish to go it alone, the museum website offers some questionnaires that can be downloaded in German or English, depending on the level of your students, to be handed out prior to their visit.
Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam
Sanssouci Palace was the former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, built between 1745 and 1747 to give him a place to relax away from the spectacle of the Berlin court. The King became known as a modest man which can be seen in the Rococo style building, much smaller and less grand than the French Baroque style building often seen around that time. In addition, the name ‘Sanssouci’ came from the French phrase ‘sans souci’ meaning ‘without concerns’ or ‘carefree’ symbolising the King’s need for relaxation.
The interior of the palace has been preserved in its original condition with all of the furniture, objects and artwork remaining in place. The audio guided tour of the palace is available in both German and English and allows students to hear stories and interesting facts about the life of Frederick the Great.
One of the most spectacular things about the palace however is the magnificent grounds which house other palaces including the New Palace, New Chambers Palace, Chinese House, orangery and Charlottenhof Palace. Why not build a little time into your itinerary to take a walk through the magnificent gardens?
This spectacular building was constructed between 1884 and 1894 but was badly damaged by fire in 1933 before being completely destroyed during World War II. It was rebuilt between 1957 and 1971 but without the dome top. The building became the focal point of reunification celebrations and the German parliament took seat here again from 4th November 1990.
The London architect Sir Norman Foster has since rebuilt the glass dome which has become an iconic tourist attraction. Groups can book a guided tour through the building and finish with a trip up the dome or simply take a leisurely visit straight to the rooftop terrace and dome with spectacular views of the city in the day or by night.
Der Berliner Dom as it is called in German is the largest church in the city and attracts thousands of visitors every year. Did you know that this is not the original Berlin Cathedral? Originally found on Berlin’s Spree Island, the original cathedral was torn down in the late 18th Century after the current cathedral was built under the orders of Frederick the Great.
To get the most out of your visit to the cathedral we would recommend an audio or guided tour. The audio tour is available in German and English and uses music and voice to guide visitors through the cathedral, the crypt and the museum. A guided tour, also available in German or English, can be tailored to meet your requirements, both in length and content. In addition, groups can opt for a tour of the crypt, the organ or even the magnificent 70 metre high dome.
The cathedral experienced severe damage in an air raid in 1940 which blew out the altar windows and by a bomb in 1944 which caused a fire that completely destroyed the dome, spreading to the church floor and even the crypt. Restoration of the cathedral did not begin until 1975 and was not completed fully until 2002. The tales of the destruction and reconstruction of the cathedral make for an interesting tour of this splendid structure.
Checkpoint Charlie was the most well-known border crossing point between East and West Berlin and was the scene of many demonstrations and escape attempts.
Nearby is Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, a museum which documents the history of a divided Germany, the wall and the numerous escape attempts The museum also contains many original objects such as the original checkpoint sign as well as items used in successful escapes, including converted cars, hot air balloons and kites. Students will no doubt find the stories on display here extremely fascinating as they learn more about what has formed such a big part of this city’s history.
As the tallest building in Germany and the only city TV tower in Europe, the Berlin TV Tower is one of the city’s must-visit landmarks. The TV Tower was built near Alexanderplatz between 1965 and 1969 to broadcast TV across the GDR and to demonstrate the technical brilliance of the East German technology. At 368 metres, it’s the highest structure in Germany and the second highest in Europe.
Its futuristic design is now one of the most recognisable symbols of Berlin, where visitors can go up the tower for breathtaking views across the city. In particular, it provides students with a focal point to explore the rivalry between East and West Germany.
Cruise along the River Spree
Admire the surroundings of Berlin from its beautiful waters with a relaxing boat trip on the River Spree. Cruise along the scenic river as it winds its way through the heart of the capital and get to know the city in a whole new way. There are a number of tours on offer, including a historical focused tour and a guided tour of the sights by night. Whatever you choose, you’re certain to learn lots about this fascinating city.
One of our favourite tours departs from the Schloßbrücke, taking in many of Berlin’s most famous sights, including the Parliament, Castle Bellevue, the Cathedral and the famous ‘Nikolai’ quarter. The tour lasts three hours, but is a great and slightly more leisurely alternative to the popular walking tour of the city. Live commentary is available from an expert guide in German only, which is an ideal way for your students to practice their aural skills. However, for groups who require English commentary, this is available through a handset for a small extra charge.
East Side Gallery
More than a kilometre long, the East Side Gallery is an international memorial for freedom created in 1990 along a stretch of the former Berlin Wall. It’s made up of a series of paintings that tell the story of Berlin, the movement towards freedom and freedom itself.
The wall features images of political leaders of the time and provides an interesting way in which the fight against political restrictions can be conveyed through artists. With over 100 works of art painted by 118 artists from 21 different countries, students are introduced to a cultural response to events of history.
Language tuition in Berlin
We have partnered with a leading language school in Berlin to offer flexible language classes for all students studying German. This centrally located school suggests three 45 minute classes per day on three week day mornings at the school with a maximum of 16 students per class.
Favoured for their great set up and welcoming nature, they’ll tailor interactive activities to your group’s language level for the best experience possible. We always receive such good feedback from our groups and the school will be happy to cater to the specific language needs of your group.
Our chosen school has been offering language instruction to school groups, adults and businesses since 1970. The institute was awarded the Language Travel Magazine Star Award in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012 having been voted for by thousands of travel agencies worldwide.
Today, they have 4 schools across Germany and we work closely with those located in Berlin and Munich. The teachers, who are all native speakers, will plan the programme around your specific wishes, allowing for a combination of lessons in and outside the classroom suitable for the varying abilities of your students.
Location – 10 minutes to the nearest U-Bahn station and 25 minute walk to the Brandenburg Gate.
Lesson duration – typically 45 minute sessions.
Maximum class size – 16 students.
- Tour of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews with pre and post-visit discussion.
- Trip to Checkpoint Charlie.
- Guided visit to the Pergamon Art Museum.
- Boat trip along the River Spree with German commentary
Get in touch with our expert team on 01332 347 828 for more information about adding language tuition to your trip to Berlin.
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.
Dates: 16th – 19th June
Passengers: 19 students and 2 teachers
Accommodation: A&O Hostel Hauptbahnhof
Board Basis: Half Board
Overview of visits: Tiergarten Park, sightseeing bus trip, Topography of Terror Exhibition, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Reichstag, Berlin Wall Memorial, Stasi Museum, Hackescher Markt, DDR Museum, Story of Berlin Museum.
The group woke for a bright and breezy start and early morning check in for their flight to Berlin. After touching down the group headed straight to their hostel, dropped of their bags, before heading out on foot to Tiergarten Park to buy lunch, and to sit back and relax while watching the world go by.
The group then boarded a sightseeing bus which took them around the most notable Berlin sites, followed by some free time and further exploration of the city. After this they made their way on to the Topography of Terror Exhibition which illustrates the true history and horror of this frightening Nazi era on a guided tour of the exhibition. To enjoy their first taste of German cuisine the group made their way back to the hostel before settling down for a much needed nights’ sleep.View the full day-by-day itinerary
After breakfast, the group headed to the Reichstag parliament building. Here students were able to ascend to the rooftop terrace and dome, taking in spectacular views of the city. Taking advantage of the grass outside the Reichstag, the group ate lunch in the sunshine before departing for the Berlin Wall Memorial. Here they took part in a tour viewing the last remains of the wall, visitor centre and memorial. After what was a busy and at times emotional day, the group then returned to the hostel to reflect on their day over dinner and spent the rest of the evening at leisure.
The morning was spent on a guided tour of the Stasi Museum where the group witnessed the home of the former Stasi headquarters, which is now a research and memorial centre for the political system of the former East Germany. After the tour, the group made their way to the Hackescher Markt where they had time to practise their German buying lunch. It was then just a short walk to the DDR Museum where the students gained hands on experience of the socialist past, rummaging through cupboards and taking a seat in an original Trabi! The remainder of the afternoon was spent at leisure around the Alexanderplatz area, its many shops and cafes before making their way back to the hostel for their evening meal.
After a hearty breakfast, the group checked out of the hostel, leaving their luggage in storage at reception before heading out for their visit to the Story of Berlin Museum. Here the group enjoyed an exciting experience that documents 800 years of the city’s history. With their return flight not due to depart for a few hours, there was time to relax, enjoy lunch and partake in a spot of souvenir shopping before the group made their way to the airport.
Dates: 6th – 9th October
Passengers: 14 students and 2 Teachers
Accommodation: A&O Hostel Hauptbahnhof
Board Basis: Bed and Breakfast
Overview of visits: DID language school, Walking Tour, Boat Tour
The group arrived at the airport nice and early for check in with their early morning flight touching down in Berlin at lunchtime. After transferring to the hostel, eating and checking in, the group headed to the DID language school for their first lesson of the trip. The 3 hour lesson led by experienced native speakers focused primarily on travel and tourism vocabulary and the sights they might see on their trip. At the end of the lesson, the group were able to enjoy some free time to relax, get an evening meal and make their way back to the hostel for a well deserved nights’ sleep.View the full day-by-day itinerary
After breakfast at the hostel, the group navigated their way on the underground to Hackescher Markt where they met their Insider Tour Guide for a 3 hour walking tour of Berlin. The group took in all the famous sights and landmarks of the city including the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate and the site of Hitler’s bunker. The group had just enough time for lunch, before boarding the River Spree boat tour to view Berlin from an entirely different perspective. Once back on dry land the group had the remainder of the afternoon and evening at leisure to hang out with friends or take part in some planned quiz games.
“The tour guide was funny, down to earth and inspiring.”
It was a leisurely start to the day with the morning spent relaxing, doing a spot of shopping, taking in any sights that had been missed, revisiting favourites and having lunch. The group then moved on to the DID language school for another 3 hours of language tuition; this time practising their past tense while discussing when and what they had experienced and seen the previous day. The rest of the afternoon and evening was left free for the group to have their evening meal and return to the hostel.
After breakfast the group checked out of the hostel and made their way by coach to the airport for their return flight home.
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 Friedrichshain
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.
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.
A&O Berlin Hauptbahnhof
As the newest and most central A&O Hostel we offer, it’s a great base for school groups. Within walking distance of the main station and set in a quiet yet central location, you’re never far from the sights of Berlin.
Its spacious lobby and entrance create an inviting atmosphere with an international charm, while its TV lounge room, bar, karaoke and billiards and football tables and Wi-Fi are great for keeping students entertained.
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