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Berlin offers endless opportunities to bring History studies to life for students at Foundation and Degree level. With Germany's pivotal role in 20th Century History, a visit to Berlin will cover numerous study themes for students specialising in Modern History.

As a city that has opened up its turbulent past, History Degree and Foundation students will find a wealth of museums, monuments and memorable sites that are all easily accessible, meaning you can cover a lot in a short space of time. Many museums are often free or low cost for students meaning you can keep the cost down on your visit. 

Guided tours with local historians are often a great way to orientate yourself around the city whilst seeing the location on many significant events in German and World History. 

When it comes to Nazi Germany the Jewish Museum or a visit to Sachsenhausen will provide poignant memorials that will encourage empathy and emotion. Should you focus on more recent times there are some major museums dedicated to life in East Germany, such as the DDR Museum, Palace of Tears or the former Stasi Prison where you can develop an understanding the life of ordinary people. 

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Itineraries

Berlin 1870 - 1990

Day 1

Morning

Morning flight and transfer to your accommodation.

Afternoon

Guided walking tour of Berlin with a focus on the development of Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany. Visits include: the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Memorials to the various victim groups of National Socialism and Site of the Fuhrer Bunker

Evening

Evening meal at your accommodation followed by a visit to the Reichstag Dome

Day 2

Morning

Visit Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, site of the 1936 summer Olympics

Afternoon

Sachsenhausen Memorial & Museum: visit the site of the concentration camp for political prisoners and Anti-Social elements established in Oranienburg in the summer of 1936

Evening

Evening meal at your accommodation then option ot go bowling or free time around Potsdamer Platz

Day 3

Morning

Visit the site of the Nazi book burning of May 1933 at Bebelplatz before exploring the broad spread of German history at the Deutsches-Historisches-Museum

Afternoon

Explore everyday life in East Germany at the DDR Museum. An opportunity to see the Berlin Wall at Bernauerstrasse, including a reserved section of the ‘Death Strip’, with a visit to the Documentation Centre and Museum

Evening

Visit Berlin’s famous TV Tower, commissioned by the German Democratic Republic in the 1960's, with the aim of demonstrating the strength and efficiency of the socialist system. See magnificent views over Berlin's city skyline, along with fantastic opportunities to learn more about the structure’s history and design

Day 4

Morning

Visit the site of Checkpoint Charlie to explore how border crossings worked and how close the world came to disaster in October 1961. See the best-preserved section of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery, a kilometre-long display of amazing murals

Afternoon

Free time for last minute sightseeing and shopping Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK

Nazi Germany

Day 1

Morning

Morning flight and transfer to your accommodation.

Afternoon

Guided walking tour of Berlin with a focus on the development of Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany. Visits include: the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Memorials to the various victim groups of National Socialism and Site of the Fuhrer Bunker

Evening

Evening meal at your accommodation followed by a visit to the Reichstag Dome

Day 2

Morning

Visit Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, site of the 1936 summer Olympics

Afternoon

Sachsenhausen Memorial & Museum: visit the site of the concentration camp for political prisoners and Anti-Social elements established in Oranienburg in the summer of 1936

Evening

Experience the best views of Berlin from the observation deck of the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz

Day 3

Morning

Examine opposition and resistance in Nazi Germany at the German Resistance Museum at Bendlerblock Learn how the Nazis established and maintained control at the Topography of Terror – site of the former headquarters of the Gestapo, SS and RHSA

Afternoon

Visit the site of the Nazi book burning of May 1933 at Bebelplatz before exploring the broad spread of German history at the Deutsches-Historisches-Museum

Evening

Free time for last minute sightseeing and shopping Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK

Cold War Berlin

Day 1

Morning

Morning flight and transfer to your accommodation.

Afternoon

Introduction to the Cold War, visiting the German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst (former Soviet Headquarters) Guided walking tour of Berlin with a focus on the end of the Second World War and the development of rivalry between the victorious Allies. Visits include; Soviet Memorial, Tiergarten, Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Site of the Fuhrer Bunker

Evening

Evening meal at your accommodation followed by a visit to the Reichstag Dome

Day 2

Morning

Examine the role of the Western Allies in Berlin at the Allied Museum, focussing on the Blockade and Airlift of 1948-1949

Afternoon

Opportunity to see the Berlin Wall at Bernauerstrasse, including a reserved section of the ‘Death Strip’, with a visit to the Documentation Centre and Museum Explore everyday life in East Germany at the DDR Museum

Evening

Visit Berlin’s famous TV Tower, commissioned by the German Democratic Republic in the 1960's, with the aim of demonstrating the strength and efficiency of the socialist system. See magnificent views over Berlin's city skyline, along with fantastic opportunities to learn more about the structure’s history and design

Day 3

Morning

Guided tour around Hohenschönhausen Memorial (former Stasi Prison) or Normanenstrasse Memorial (former Stasi Headquarters)

Afternoon

Visit the site of Checkpoint Charlie to explore how border crossings worked and how close the world came to disaster in October 1961. See the best-preserved section of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery, a kilometre-long display of amazing murals

Evening

Free time for last minute sightseeing and shopping Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK

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