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Berlin Christmas Markets

3, 4 & 5 Day Study Experience Tours from £299 per student
Departing: November & December 2017 & 2018

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

Tour Highlights

Berlin is the ideal destination to introduce students to German life, culture and language. It is home to a vast array of renowned sights and attractions and you will need to consider carefully how to spend your time away, as there is so much to see and do! In addition to exploring the Christmas Markets Study Experiences can arrange a wide range of other visits and excursions, such as:

The Reichstag

Following German reunification in 1990, the Bundestag (German Federal Parliament) decided to make the Reichstag building the seat of Parliament in Berlin. A visit to the Reichstag is a must, a highlight includes the lift ride to the top of the building to a large viewing terrace for the breathtaking views of Tiergarten, the dome and the mirror cylinder at the centre.

The East Side Gallery

The East Side Gallery is a 1.3 km-long painted stretch of the former Berlin Wall along the Mühlenstrasse in former East Berlin. It is the largest open-air gallery in the world with over one hundred original mural paintings - a colourful tribute to what was once a divided city.

The Story of Berlin

This exhibition uses state-of-the-art multimedia technology and walk-through scenes that take visitors on a fascinating journey through 800 years of the city's history.

Checkpoint Charlie Museum

The premier museum in Germany about the Berlin Wall and the Cold War, located just a few metres from where the famous checkpoint once stood. The museum explains the dramatic events of the Cold War and the heroic efforts of East Berlin citizens to escape to the West.

Olympic Stadium

The stadium as it is today was built by the Nazis in preparation for the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The design is unusual in that it is only just over 16 meters high. However, the final seating capacity of 90,000 is reached because the inside of the stadium is dug over 10 meters into the ground. On the west side of the stadium is the structure's highest point, the bell tower, from where it is possible to enjoy a great view over the stadium.

Berlin Fernsehturm (Television Tower)

Dominating the city’s skyline at 368m in height, the TV Tower is the tallest building in Germany. An ideal way to look out over the entire city and gain a 360° perspective, the observation deck is at a height of 203m and the Telecafé at 207m. The Telecafé has an outer ring of tables that revolve every 30 minutes.

Further Information

Travel Arrangements

We use the services of airlines such as Easyjet and Jet2. Please see approximate timings below for flights from London (please note that these times are purely for guidance). Flights are also available from a wide range of UK regional airports for a supplement.

Outbound: Depart London 1115hrs, Arrive Barcelona 1420hrs
Inbound: Depart Barcelona 1455hrs, Arrive London 1610hrs

Your Accommodation

Your group will stay in one of our carefully selected properties. Our range includes properties such as the Hotel Ronda House, Hotel Barcelona and the Hotel Rialto.

Your Meals

Your package price includes continental breakfast each morning. For lunches and dinners you can choose to make your own arrangements, alternatively your Study Experiences Tours Specialist can pre-book packed lunches or arrange affordable, value for money meals from a selected number of restaurants in and around Barcelona.

Your Study Experiences Tour Manager

A Study Experiences Tour Manager will meet your group at the airport, transfer with you to your accommodation for check-in and provide a half day's service/guidance. Additional Tour Manager services can be added to your quote depending on your group's requirements.

Group Size

Our prices are based on a minimum group size of 20 students.

Your Choice of Travel Dates

As our Barcelona trips are available throughout the year, you are able to select travel dates that suit you and your students. Please note that certain dates may carry a supplement to the prices shown. In particular, tours during the Easter Holidays can be prohibitively expensive.

Your Educational Visits and Attractions

To ensure that you make the most of your trip to Barcelona your Tours Specialist is able to arrange a wide choice of educational visits, activities and dining options. Full details of everything you might wish to see and do are available in our Barcelona ‘Educational Visits and Attractions Guide’.

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