The events of the past have left their mark on Berlin's cityscape - and the city is still changing today - making it one of Europe's most vibrant, exciting and colourful capitals. Although renowned for its vast array of historical sites, such as the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and the Olympic Stadium, students will find so much more to experience and enjoy, not least of which are the city's fantastic Christmas Markets in December, and there are a spectacular range throughout the city, such as the fun-filled ‘Winterwelt’ on Potsdamer Platz and the Alexanderplatz market with its enchanted fairytale forest and ice rink.
Berlin is home to world famous landmarks and an unprecedented number of significant historical sites such as the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie, Berliner Dom, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Tiergarten, Schloss Charlottenburg, Olympic Stadium, remains of the Berlin Wall, to name but a few. With so much to see and do our included city travel card will enable you to make journeys across the length and breadth of the city. We then recommend you don your walking shoes so you make the most of your visits to each of the attractions.
You may well choose to begin your exploration of the city at Potsdamer Platz, the most striking example of the urban renewal that turned Berlin into the ‘New Berlin’ in the 1990s. The area today consists of the three developments known as Daimler City, the Sony Centre and the Beisheim Centre, which literally transformed the dormant wasteland where the Berlin Wall stood between east and west Berlin until 1989. The challenge of rebuilding the heart of post Cold War Berlin was no trifling matter – how to transform a desolate sandy wasteland into the new German capital’s city centre - and what can be seen today is rightly regarded as a successful compromise.
In December, Berlin shines in a festive blaze of lights every year in the period before Christmas and the Charlottenburg Castle Christmas Market is host to one of the most famous markets in the capital. Alongside attractive temporary and permanent exhibitions inside the castle, the Christmas market presents carefully selected arts and crafts, ancient handicrafts, and gastronomy inside of festively decorated cabins and exclusive glass pagodas.
The fun-filled ‘Winterwelt’ on Potsdamer Platz is a Tyrolean wonderland, complete with its own ‘mountain’ restaurant, an ice rink and ski and sledging slope, and on the other side of the Tiergarten, over a hundred stalls are gathered in the shadow of the towering shell of the landmark Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. One of the city’s most traditional markets, the smell of roasted almonds, hot chocolate and mulled wine fill the air as you make your way around the stalls.
More lively, and popular with youngsters and the young at heart, is the colourful market at Alexanderplatz. Here there’s all the fun of a fair, another ice-rink and a ‘fairytale forest’ to enjoy.
Everyday, practical situations such as visiting and purchasing items from a local market or shop offer the opportunity to practice speaking the language through conversing with native speakers, helping to re-enforce what students have been taught in the classroom. Immersing your students in the culture contributes towards their learning objectives and helps to improve a student’s confidence and develop their language skills.
What the price includes
- Return flights to Berlin
- Return airport to accommodation coach transfers
- 2, 3 or 4 nights’ accommodation
- Continental breakfast daily
- U-bahn & S-bahn pass for the duration of your stay
- Meet & Greet Tour Manager Service in Berlin
- Individually tailored itinerary
- Educational Visits and Attractions Guide
- 1 Free Staff Place for every 10 students
- All Government Taxes, City Taxes, Service Charges & VAT
- 24 hour emergency cover and support