History Study trips to Berlin

Curriculum Themes

The formation of Germany

Imperial Germany

World War I

World War II

The Weimar Republic


The Holocaust

The Cold War

Why Berlin?

Berlin is a must on any History Curriculum. The beating heart of the Nazi movement, it allows a unique insight into the events and timeline surrounding the two great wars of the 20th Century. The city has come to terms with its turbulent and troubled past and this frank acknowledgement is reflected in the quality of its museums and well-preserved architecture. Delve into some of modern history’s most troubling times, studying the rise of the Nazis, the Holocaust and the vast propaganda machinery that made it all possible.

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What to do on a history study trip to Berlin?

There are so many activities for students to explore in Berlin. Here we have just a few excursions we can include in a bespoke itinerary.

It is one of the most frequently visited museums and memorials in Berlin.
A very moving and informative exhibition located on the previous site of Nazi persecution and Gestapo Headquarters It is now a place of remembrance and a warning from history.
It is also known as the Holocaust Memorial which commemorates Jewish victims of the Holocaust period. It consists of a 19,000-square-metre site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs.
Very moving and well-preserved site, giving visitors an authentic impression of the prison conditions during its operating time. Knowledgeable guides take you on a tour of the prison and bring back to life 44 years of political persecution.
Very informative exhibition on Germans’ suffering during the time when Berlin was divided by the Wall. Moving testimonials of separated families, letters, videos and photos.
Located in the middle of the city at the historic site on Bernauer Strasse and it extends along 1.4km of the former border. Preserved remaining of the wall together with traces of border obstacles help visitors to understand and visualise the history of Germany’s division.
Current home of German parliament, Reichstag has become internationally recognised symbol of democracy. The large glass dome at the very top of the Reichstag has a 360-degree stunning view of the city.
Former Nazi concentration camp used mostly for political prisoners. Under Soviet occupation it was used as an NKVD special camp. Today the camp’s ground and remaining buildings serve as a museum.
Home to the conference which had earth-shattering consequences. Nazi Government and SS met here to discuss the Final Solution about Jewish nation. It is very informative exhibition giving an insight to the details of the meeting, agreed plan and how it was put into practice.
One of the most popular museums in Berlin offering a unique and interactive experience which helps to gain a better understanding of the past in an approachable way. The exhibition covers a range of different topics from everyday life in East Germany, Berlin Wall to the Stasi and Cold War.

In addition, you can also fill your days with the following

      • Brandenburg Gate
      • Berlin TV Tower
      • East Side Gallery
      • Museum Island
      • Stasi Museum
      • Checkpoint Charlie
      • Treptower Park with Soviet Memorials
      • Berlin River Cruise
      • Spy Museum
      • Berlin Underground Tour

Example Itineraries

Our educational travel experts have spent considerable time crafting a selection of ready-made itineraries for your History Study trip to Berlin which you will find below. However, we can also create a tailored itinerary to meet the educational needs of your group.

Arrive to Berlin and check in to your accommodation. Once you’re settled and set up, depart by public transport for visits to the Topography of Terror, Checkpoint Charlie and Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The days can be intense in Berlin and the history difficult to come to terms with so in the evening, take time to reflect with a meal in a local restaurant.

Breakfast at the accommodation. Today you’ll look in detail at the Holocaust by visiting Sachsenhausen Memorial & Museum. Follow your guide as you learn the horrors that occurred here and the mechanisms through which it was possible. After lunch take a guided tour of the Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz to see the site where the Final Solution was discussed and agreed upon. After a difficult day, head into Berlin for a meal in a local restaurant.

Breakfast at the accommodation. This morning visit the Berlin Wall Memorial and Documentation Centre to learn about the divide between East and West and the impact of this separation. Increase your knowledge on the subject with an audio guided visit to the Palace of Tears. After lunch take public transport to the DDR Museum for a guided tour. Enjoy some free time in the city before a meal in a local restaurant.

Breakfast at the accommodation. This morning visit the headquarters of the Nazi government at the Reichstag Dome, followed by photo stop at Brandenburg Gate. After lunch, take public transport to the Stasi Prison for a guided visit to a place still shrouded in mystery given the Nazi’s destruction of many important documents. Group to enjoy some free time at Alexanderplatz before an evening meal in a local restaurant.

Breakfast at the accommodation, check out and store the luggage at the hotel. Depart by public transport for a guided visit of a Cold War Bunker. After lunch, it’s time to reflect on a brilliantly educational and informative trip. Berlin can be an emotionally tough place to visit but the value to students is immense. Board your coach and transfer for your return flight home.

Getting there

Direct flights from various airports in the UK to Tegel or Schönefeld Airport in Berlin take approx. 2hrs


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