History tour to Berlin by coach: 6 days, 5 nights

Steeped with historical significance, Berlin is a superb choice to aid students’ historical understanding. Visits to the memorials and museums of Berlin will be sure to give the students memorable and moving experiences that they will bring back with them, and reflect in their continuing studies.

Suggested itinerary

Day one
Depart from school by coach

Day two
Connect with an early morning channel crossing
Arrive at accommodation

Day three
Holocaust Memorial
The Reichstag

Day four

Day five
Depart accommodation
Topography of Terror
Jewish Museum
Depart Berlin to return back to the UK on coach

Day six
Ferry/Eurotunnel crossing
Arrive back in the UK

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Excursion locator map

Excursion Ideas

  • Brandenburg Gate

    Subject range: Cultural, History

    What you’ll experience: The only remaining city gate of Berlin, it formerly represented the separation of the city between East and West. Since the Wall came down in 1989, the Brandenburg Gate has come to symbolise German unity.

    Select says: The gate is made of sandstone and is one of the finest examples of German classicism.

  • Topography of Terror

    Subject range: History

    What you’ll experience: This is an exhibition centre on the site where, between 1933 and 1945, the centres of national-socialist terror, namely the Gestapo, the SS headquarters, the SS Security Service (SD) and the Reichssicherheitshauptamt (Main Office for State Security), were located.
    Select says: Two tour types are possible – the main indoor exhibition and the open air historic site.

  • Jewish Museum

    Subject range: History

    What you’ll experience: Permanent exhibitions at the museum are dedicated to the history and life of German Jews. A variety of artefacts from both past and more recent history can be viewed, and students will get a sense of how Jews in Germany have reacted to their history through art. In addition the interior features a windowless Holocaust Tower. It is possible for school groups to take themed tours.
    Select says: Outside there is a Garden of Exile, designed to reflect the isolation and disorientation of life in exile.

  • Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum

    Subject range: History

    What you’ll experience: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp was one of the most notorious labour camps of the Nazi regime. It is located just north of Berlin and contains a museum, open air exhibition, Station Z memorial and a visitor’s information centre.
    Select says: Guided tours are available.

  • Holocaust Memorial

    Subject range: Art, History

    What you’ll experience: Situated just south of the Brandenburg Gate the evocative Holocaust Memorial, has 2711 grey concrete slabs, or stelae. They are identical in their horizontal dimensions, differing vertically from 8 eight inches to more than 15 feet tall.
    Select says: The information centre is at the site’s eastern edge and is divided into rooms dedicated to personal aspects of the tragedy, for example the letters thrown from the trains that transported people to the death camps.

  • The Reichstag

    Subject range: History

    What you’ll experience: The Reichstag is the most famous landmark in Berlin and seat of the German Parliament. Between 1994 and 1999 it was redesigned and expanded by the British architect Sir Norman Foster as a modern Parliament building while retaining its historical dimensions. Guided tours suitable for children are available on request. The glass dome has spectacular views of the parliamentary district and Berlin’s sights.
    Select says: The dome and the roof terrace are only open and free for registered visitors (min 2 days in advance).

  • Obozow Jenieckich Museum - Stalag Luft 3

    Subject range: History

    The site of the former POW camp is now the ‘Stalag Luft III Prisoner Camp Museum’. Famously known as the site where ‘The Great Escape’ happened back in 1944, a fictionalised version of the escape was depicted in the film The Great Escape (1963), which was based on a book by former prisoner Paul Brickhill. The camp was liberated by Soviet forces in January 1945.

    Please note, Museum is located approx. 2.5 hours drive from Berlin.

History trip to Berlin by coach: 6 days, 5 nights Accommodation

Meininger Hotel Berlin Mitte Humboldthaus

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Location: Berlin City Centre

Capacity: 242

This superb and modern accommodation in Berlin Mitte is on the doorstep of the main sightseeing hotspots. Hackescher Markt, the Museum Island, and Brandenburger Tor can all be reached by foot within a few minutes.

Rooms: En-suite bathroom, Bed linen & towels, Heating, Toiletries & Lockers

Facilities: Free WiFi

aletto Hotel Kudamm

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Location: Berlin

Capacity: 850

Located a 2 minute walk from Berlin Zoological Garden, and 4km from the Brandenburg Gate. This contemporary hotel has great facilities and is well recommended.

Rooms: All rooms have en-suite facilities and Wi-Fi.

Facilities: Restaurant, communal areas, rooftop terrace, 24 hour reception.

Acama Kreuzberg Youth Hotel

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Location: Berlin

Capacity: 599

Located in the popular Kreuzberg District, this youth hotel is 4km from both Alexanderplatz central square and the Berlin Zoological Garden.

Rooms: All rooms have en-suite facilities.

Facilities: Restaurant, communal areas, 24 hour reception, Wi-Fi.

A&O Friedrichshain

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Location: Berlin

Capacity: 851

Situated in Friedrichshain on the edge of the city centre, and close to public transport links.

Rooms: All rooms have en-suite facilities.

Facilities: Buffet breakfast, lounge area, Internet access, games room.

A&O Berlin Mitte

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Location: Berlin

Capacity: 1600

Located centrally in the Mitte district of Berlin, a great base from which to discover the city!

Rooms: All rooms have en-suite facilities.

Facilities: Buffet breakfast, lounge area, Internet access, games room.

Steps Hotel

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Location: Berlin

Capacity: 39

In a convenient location in the district of Mitte in Berlin, situated in central yet quiet area. A 6 minute walk from Nauener Platz U-Bahn station, 3km from the Berlin Wall memorial and 5km from the Brandenburg Gate.

Rooms: Mixture of shared facilities and en-suite.

Facilities: Restaurant, free Wi-Fi, 24 hour reception, outdoor terrace area.

Hotel Transit Loft

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Location: Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

Capacity: 313

The Transit Loft is a modern hotel situated in a converted old factory building in the Prenzlauer Berg area of Berlin, just a few minutes away from Alexanderplatz, Hackescher Markt, the Museums Island and Kollwitzplatz. This hotel offers bright, friendly and functionally furnished accommodation for your school trip to Berlin.

Rooms: Multi-bedded with en-suite bathrooms.

Facilities: Buffet breakfast, Wi-Fi, 24 hour reception.