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FHT visit Berlin

Here at FHT, we regularly carry out inspection visits to familiarise ourselves with the destinations we operate worldwide. This is why various members of the team recently visited Berlin, to experience the city sites and ensure that the visits and hotels we promote continue to meet our high standards of quality and conduct.

Day 1

We landed in Berlin around 9am, but the morning passed quickly and before we knew it, our stomachs were rumbling! We decided to stop off at Alexanderplatz for lunch, which is a lovely area to sit, relax and people watch. Plus, there are a plethora of cafes and restaurants to eat in, or grab a takeaway fast-food order for those in a hurry.

As Germany’s largest square, Alexanderplatz is a lively central hub filled with shops, cinemas and attractions that will keep your students entertained for hours. Despite being a modern area, the square also holds key historical significance. It was and continues to be a main transport junction, alongside once being the location of peaceful demonstrations against the East German regime in 1989, before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Once we had explored the square and tucked into some delicious food, we embarked on our boat trip along the River Rhine. In the warm sunshine, it was a fantastic opportunity to take in the beautiful views of the city from the unique vantage point of the water. This experience is also perfect for groups welcoming a break from the bustle of the city, before continuing on to visit the famous Reichstag Building nearby.

It was 5pm by the time we finished our boat trip and ventured back into the centre, where we were to embark on our tour of the Reichstag Building and Dome. The hour and a half guided tour was fascinating, delving into various subjects around the functions, methods and composition of Parliament, as well as the history and architecture of the Reichstag Building. After the tour, you will also have an opportunity to visit the iconic dome, where you can take in breathtaking views of the city from above. The tour was fascinating and appropriate for all kinds of visitors, but is particularly relevant for students of Politics and History.

By mid-evening, we had once again worked up an appetite! We headed to our meal at Hard Rock Café, where we tucked into our delicious plates of comfort-food after a long day of exploring the capital city. The restaurant-chain is always a firm favourite among travelling student groups, offering a great environment for them to relax, have fun and enjoy some delicious American-inspired classics!

Day 2

The day was spent in majority at the hostels and with our supplier Ueberland, followed by a visit to their offices.

In the evening, we dined at Hofbräu Berlin, which we all agreed is fantastic for groups. Hosting authentic Bavarian styled seating with long wooden benches, live music and traditional food, it was a great atmosphere and perfect for young students hoping to get a taste for German dining!

Day 3

On our last day, we visited the iconic TV Tower in the centre of Berlin. Arriving at 9am, the morning was a great time to get clear views over the city below. There was plenty to look at, in addition to the wonderful panoramic cityscape! Informative signage and interactive activities give you the chance to learn more about this historic landmark, regarding its position in history and the modern day.

As you wander around the tower at your own pace, you can learn more about its fascinating history. Starting in the early 1950’s, discover how the German Democratic Republic planned to build a structure intended for the broadcast of GDR television programming. Then how later in the 1960’s, the GDR government arranged to build the TV Tower. With the aim of demonstrating the strength and efficiency of the socialist system, the tower today symbolises the reunification of Germany.

The informative resources go beyond just the tower itself though, providing colourful stories and historical accounts from all areas across the city.

On our last day, the team departed Berlin in the afternoon before arriving back in London that evening.

At FHT, we arrange a wide range of educational trips to Berlin, specifically designed to encompass the very best of Berlin including; Art & Design, History, Psychology and Sociology, Religious Studies and many more.

Visit our website to find out more or enquire with our team today by calling 01279 658 221.