Berlin Travel Guide

A city for the 21st century with a huge variety of interests from the previous hundred years and beyond, Berlin is a modern metropolis that is perfectly geared for school tours.

Berlin school trip travel guide

An introduction to Berlin

The German capital is a wonderful city to visit with a school group. A truly cosmopolitan, modern and intellectual atmosphere pervades across the city…which can sometimes feel a little strange, particularly if your group are immersed in a World War History tour.

The truly stupendous story of Berlin is commemorated in many landmarks, memorials and museums very few of which are older than 50. The Allies dropped 67,607 tons of bombs on the city during World War II meaning 90% of the buildings are post-war.

The fantastic and reliable transport system of trains, trams and buses whisks you around in perfect efficiency but in actual fact the majority of attractions are easily explored on foot.

Youth culture is 'uber' hip here, so groups wishing to focus on fashion, music or modern art, for example, can craft a really in-depth, bespoke tour, depending on interests.

All visits are covered by our externally verified Safety Management System and are pre-paid when applicable. Prices and opening times are accurate as of May 2018 and are subject to change and availability. Booking fees may apply to services provided by Voyager School Travel when paid on site.

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History

House of the Wannsee Conference

You could easily spend half a day at this villa and its gardens on the outskirts of Berlin, where the Nazis came up with the ‘Final Solution to the Jewish Question’ - the death sentence for the 6 million Jews that were exterminated in WWII. When the war ended in May 1945, the Allied Powers began the search for crucial documents that would be needed as evidence against the Nazis at the Nuremburg Trials.

The most important document, which approved the genocide of the Jewish people signed by Adolf Hitler was not found. However, in 1947 the minutes of a conference held at Villa Wannsee during which the Jewish Question was discussed were found.

The Villa is now a Holocaust Museum in which visitors can stand and imagine the terrible scene that took place on the day that those minutes were taken.
ghwk.de/en

Price Free
Opening times 10.00 to 18.00 daily


Jewish Museum

This museum is made up of two buildings, one of which is an old 18th century courthouse, the other a purpose-built structure designed by the world famous architect Daniel Libeskind. The museum’s very structure alone would be reason enough to visit such a historically important museum. You’ll need the map to follow the route through the museum but it’s well worth it. There is an extensive collection of artefacts, including an exhibition of personal belongings to Jews from WWII, interactive sites, videos and a learning centre.
jmberlin.de

Price

Students 3€

Adults 8€

Guided Tours: 30€ per 15 students + chaperones

Opening times  10.00 to 20.00 daily

Topography of Terror

Since 1987, a permanent exhibition featuring information on the brutal regime run by Nazi officials is held at the site where the Gestapo and SS were located from 1933 to 1945. Although the site has been a place of memorial for a long time, the final construction work was not completed until 2010, making this one of the most up-to-date museums of its kind. The exhibition is interesting and emotional, so allow plenty of time to absorb it all.
topographie.de/en

Price Free
Opening times 10.00 to 20.00 daily

Sachsenhausen

An excursion to this former Nazi concentration camp is an emotional and moving experience for anyone. A visit during the winter months will give your students a glimpse of the stark conditions of this ‘model’, first of its kind, concentration camp. From 1936 to 1945 more than 200,000 people were imprisoned, most of whom were political opponents to the Nazis, but increasingly they were also people who were defined by the Nazis as biologically or racially inferior. Huge numbers of prisoners died from starvation, disease, forced labour, mistreatment and systemic executions, whilst many others died during the death marches that followed their evacuation from the camp in April 1945.

It is an important historical site for anyone studying 20th century European history and the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis and the Soviet Union.
stiftung-bg.de/gums/en

Price

12€/14

Guided tours in English: 130€ per 30 people

Opening times 15 March to 14 October 08.30 to 18.00

15 October to 14 March 08.30 to 16.30

Closed on Mondays during the winter season.

The Story of Berlin

A multi-media time tunnel presenting 800 years of Berlin’s history in an interactive and fun environment. Explore a real nuclear bomb shelter from the 1970's that can still be used by up to 3,600 people in the case of an emergency.
story-of-berlin.de

Price 5€
Opening times 10.00 to 20.00 daily

Berlin Wall Memorial

This is the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall, built in 1961 by the Soviet Government to prevent residents of East Berlin migrating to the more prosperous West Berlin. Today you can still see the remnants of the wall, which was finally torn down in 1989, a watchtower and “Death strip”, where many attempted escapes ended fatally.
berliner-mauer-gedenkstaette.de/en

Price Free
Opening times

Exhibition and Memorial Grounds: 08.00 to 22.00 daily

Visitor Centre 10.00 to 18.00 Tuesday to Sunday

Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial

The former STASI prison will give you a real insight into life in the former East Germany so it is highly recommended. Much of the building is just as it was when it functioned as a prison with gun towers and barbed wire around the perimeter. Inside there are interrogation rooms, some of which have the same wallpaper and furniture, and cells. Many of the guides are former inmates so there is a real feeling of history coming alive. All in all, a grim but essential experience for students of the Cold War.
stiftung-hsh.de/en 

Price A guided tour in English is 25€ for 25 people
Opening times 09.00 to 18.00 (tours til 16.00)

Stasi Museum

Students of the Cold War will get a real insight into life in the former East Berlin at the Stasi Museum. This is the centre of the archives from the former East German Security Services. The centrepiece of the exhibition is the office and working quarters of the former Minister of State Security, the head of Stasi, Erich Mielke. The corridors and rooms are as they were in the 1970s and offer an atmospheric backdrop for anyone learning more about the activities of the Stasi.
stasimuseum.de/en/enindex.htm

Price 2.50€
Opening times

Monday to Friday: 10.00 to 18.00 Saturday, Sunday, Holidays: 11.00 to 18.00

Mauermuseum - Checkpoint Charlie

The Museum Haus at Checkpoint Charlie is dedicated to the history of the Berlin Wall. The museum has artefacts, storyboards, film clips, documents and even a car used to smuggle people across the border. It also has information about when the wall came down. Other permanent exhibitions focus on the challenges facing us today as we struggle for worldwide recognition of human rights and freedom.
mauermuseum.de

Price

Under 18: 7.50€

Students: 9.50€

Adults: 14.50€

Opening times 09.00 to 22.00 daily

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

The ruin of this church and its modern additions are probably one of the most important symbols of World War II and peacetime recovery. The original church on the site was built in the 1890's. It was badly damaged in a bombing raid in 1943. The damaged spire of the old church has been retained and its ground floor has been made into a memorial hall.
gedaechtniskirche-berlin.de

Price Free
Opening times 09.00 to 19.00 daily

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Also known as the Holocaust Memorial, it is located between the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz. The memorial consists of 2,711 concrete blocks, arranged to appear like graves, commemorating the genocide of 6 million Jewish people. There is an underground information centre with an exhibition about the Holocaust. In one dimly lit room visitors can listen to a continuous tape that gives the names and short biography of every known victim – it would take 7 years to listen to the tape from start to finish. For many visitors this is an emotional and heartbreaking experience!
stiftung-denkmal.de/startseite.html

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

German Resistance Memorial Centre

The memorial centre is a site of remembrance, political studies, active learning, documentation and research. In July 2014 the centre opened  its new permanent exhibition called ‘Resistance against National Socialism’ which shows how people from all social groups and ideological background resisted the Nazi dictatorship between 1933 and 1945. Students can discover more about resistance from groups such as the workers, artists and intellectuals, Jews, Sinti and Roma. There is also a section on the failed plot to assassinate Hitler in 1944. Much of the information is in German but there are English translations and English tours are available.
gdw-berlin.de/en/home

Price Free
Opening times

Monday- Wednesday and Friday: 09.00 to 18.00

Thursday: 09.00 to 20.00

Saturday, Sunday, and holidays: 10.00 to 18.00

Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is probably one of the most famous monuments in Berlin and although it was built in 1791 to testify to the might of the Prussian Empire and as a gateway to the city, it is now widely thought of as a symbol of the division and then reunification of the two sides of Berlin in 1989. Built in the classic Greek style, the gate consists of 12 Doric columns and a chariot drawn by four horses driven by Victoria, the Roman Goddess of Victory (known as the Quadriga).

Old and New Reichstag

The Old Reichstag building opened in 1894 and was the political seat until 1933, when it suffered under the blazes of a destructive fire. After WWII, the building fell into disuse. The now partially restored structure contrasts beautifully with the new Reichstag, designed by the world famous Sir Norman Foster (known for other remarkable structures such as London’s Gherkin); its striking glass dome symbolises the transparency of the democratic process in Germany and how far it has come since its darker days throughout much of the 20th Century.
bundestag.de/besuche/architektur/reichstag

Price Free
Opening times 08.00 to 00.00 daily

Charlottenburg Castle

Inaugurated in 1699, this enormous palace is similar in style and also ego to the Palace of Versailles. It was built for Sophie Charlotte, wife of Friedrich I of Brandenburg and over the years it has been expanded with an Orangery, Amber Room and extensive gardens and outbuildings creating the site you see today.Look out for works by Picasso and the Egyptian museum.
spsg.de

Price Group tour: 91€ for up to 30 people
Opening times

April to October Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 – 17:30

November to March Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 16:30

Closed Mondays.

Berlin Cathedral Church

A neo-baroque cathedral built in 1905 for Kaiser Wilhelm II to rival St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The cathedral served as the family’s church and mausoleum and the bright interior today serves as the venue for theatre performances, as well as concerts and church services.
berlinerdom.de

Price 50€ for a group up to 30 people
Opening times Monday to Saturday 09.00 to 20.00
Sundays and Holidays 12.00 to 20.00
From October 1 to March 31 close at 19.00
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Art

Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design

For anyone with an interest in architecture, design or art, the Bauhaus archive will tell you a story that will fascinate and inspire. The Bauhaus movement was possibly the most important in the school of architecture over the whole of the 20th Century. From furniture and ceramics to photography, stage pieces and everything in between, you’ll be given an insight into the origins of the movement and its ongoing legacy.
bauhaus.de/en/

Price Free
Opening times The museum will be closed from 30 April 2018 to summer 2018

Berlinische Galerie

Founded in 1975 this gallery is dedicated to art primarily made in Berlin. With over 4,600 metres of exhibition space, you can see fine art, painting, graphic work, and photography among many other art forms.
berlinischegalerie.de/en

Price

Under 18: Free

Adult: 8€

Opening times Wednesday to Monday 10.00 to 18.00
Closed on Tuesday. 

Bröhan-Museum

The Bröhan-Museum is one of the most prominent museums specialised in Art Nouveau, Art Deco and the Berlin Secession. There are extensive permanent collections and special exhibitions.
broehan-museum.de/en

Price

Free

Guide: 65€ or 80€

Opening times Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 to 18.00
Closed Mondays

East Side Gallery

Throughout the city you will see a wide range of street art but the Berlin Wall East Side Gallery is where to go if you are a fan. A 1.3 km-long section of the wall is dedicated to art with approximately 106 paintings to see making it the largest open air gallery in the world.
eastsidegallery-berlin.com

Hackesche Höfe

Get your cameras ready....this enclosed series of squares is stunning, designed in the Jugendstil (or Art Nouveau) style by August Endel. The facades of polychrome glazed brick reflect the light and create a warm atmosphere.
hackesche-hoefe.com

Pergamon Museum

Named after the Pergamon Altar, an Ancient Greek masterpiece a reconstruction of which can be found inside, The Pergamon Museum is dedicated to classical antiquities.
smb.museum/en/museums-institutions/pergamonmuseum

Price Free
Opening times 10:00 to 18:00 daily (til 20.00 on Thursday)

Bode Museum

Old Masters, sculpture and Byzantine art. Includes children’s gallery with workshops on mosaic.
smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/bode-museum

Price Free
Opening times

10:00 to 18:00 daily (til 20.00 on Thursday)

Closed Monday.

Altes Museum

Originally built to house all of Berlin’s art collections, the Altes Museum has been home to the Collection of Classical Antiquities since 1904. Egyptian, Roman, Etruscan and Greek civilisations are all featured amongst the exhibitions.
smb.museum/en/museums-institutions/altes-museum

Price Free
Opening times

10:00 to 18:00 daily (til 20.00 on Thursday)

Closed Monday.

Old National Gallery

The Old National Gallery is a striking building, reminiscent of the Parthenon or a Roman temple, which is a little deceptive as to what hides within -  a comprehensive collection of art including works by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cézanne and sculptures by Auguste Rodin.
smb.museum/en/museums-institutions/alte-nationalgalerie

Price Free
Opening times

10:00 to 18:00 daily (til 20.00 on Thursday)

Closed Monday.

New National Gallery

The New National Gallery is dedicated to modern art.

New National Gallery

The focus of the collection is on works by representatives of cubism, expressionists, of the Bauhaus, surrealism of the Group Zero and of American color-field painting as well as artists like Pablo Picasso, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Max Beckmann,Otto Dix and from the era after 1945 Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana, Barnett Newman, Morris Louis, etc.
smb.museum/en/museums-institutions/neue-nationalgalerie

Price Free
Opening times Currently closed until further notice

Museum of Photography

The Museum of Photography was established in 2004 and is regarded as a leading curator of photography worldwide. In the last few years alone, over 700,000 visitors have flocked to see exhibitions organised by the Helmut Newton Foundation, ranging from ‘Sex and Landscapes’ to ‘Newton, Nachtwey, Lachapelle: Men, War & Peace’ and ‘Pigozzi and the Paparazzi’.
smb.museum/en/museums-institutions/museum-fuer-fotografie

Price Free
Opening times

11:00 to 19:00 daily (til 20.00 on Thursday)

Closed Monday.

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Recreation

Olympic Stadium

The Olympic Stadium was originally built by Hitler in 1936 for the Berlin Olympics and 100,000 spectators. The stadium became British Army post-war headquarters and until 1990 was home to Queen Elizabeth birthday parades. Now home of the Hertha Berlin football club, the oval stadium was handsomely renovated to host the 2006 World Cup.
olympiastadion.berlin/en/home

Price 60 minute tour for up to 30 people: 160€
Opening times November to March from 10.00 to 16.00
April to October from 09.00 to 19.00
August from 09.00 to 20.00

The Fernsehturm

Ascend this 365 metre tall television tower positioned in the centre of Berlin for fantastic views of the city.

Fernsehturm

And why not take a moment out in the revolving café at the top?
tv-turm.de/en/homepage

 

Price Adults: 15.50€
Children (4-14 yrs.): 9.50€
Students: 20% discount on the Adult ticket price
Opening times March to October: Daily from 09.00 to 00.00
November to February: Daily from 10.00 to 00.00

Panorama Point

Panorama Point at the Kallhoff building provides the best views of Berlin, Europe’s fastest elevator, a multimedia outdoor exhibition, a café and a fantastic panoramic terrace.
panoramapunkt.de/en

Price €6
Opening times Summer 10.00 to 20.00
Winter 10.00 to 18.00

LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre

For younger groups some time out at Legoland might be a nice educational way to wind down - the discovery centre focuses on building amazing things and creating a story around them.
legolanddiscoverycentre.de/berlin-en

Price

Groups 10+ : 10.50€

Opening times 10.00 to 19.00 daily

CinemaxX Potsdamer Platz

Enjoy a movie at the biggest multi-screen cinema in Berlin, located in the Potsdamer Platz public square.
cinemaxx.de/berlin

Opening times 10.30 to 23.30 daily

CineStar CUBIX

A cinema within the Alexanderplatz square, showing English films as well as German dialect with English subtitles.
visitberlin.de/en/cinemaxx-potsdamer-platz

Berlin City Boat Trips

Believe it or not, Berlin has more bridges than the city most famous for its canals: Venice! Have a closer look at Berlin seen from the Spree river, the Havel lakes or the channels, it’s worth it. Discovering Berlin and Potsdam doesn’t get more relaxing than this.

Berlin City Walking Tours

There are a number of guided city tours available on the ground throughout the city, each with different themes and sights to see relating to subjects such as music and architecture.

Berlin city sightseeing tour

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

The yellow route lets you discover Berlin’s most famous sights. You can join or leave the tour at 18 stops along the way, or stay on for the duration of the 2 hour non-stop tour! The purple route takes you into Berlin’s trendy,historic and lively districts beyond the city centre. Explore exciting places and trace the course of the former Berlin Wall along 12 stops.
city-circle.de

Prices Yellow tour: £13.50 per student
Purple tour: £10.00 per student
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