Over the course of three days a group of GCSE historians visited Berlin taking in the many historical and cultural sites. On the first day students visited many famous sites in Berlin such as the Brandenburg Tor and then spent some time learning and reflecting on the persecution and terror suffered by many under the Nazi dictatorship at the Holocaust Memorial centre and the Topography of Terror and students finished the day with a shopping break.
The next day involved a trip to Sachsenhausen concentration camp, now a memorial site, which was considered to be the most memorable and thought-provoking part of the trip for many of the students. After lunch and shopping break, students visited the Story of Berlin museum to see how Berlin has changed over its long and interesting history. The visit concluded with a tour of a nuclear bunker which still survives from the Cold War. Students grappled with the difficulties of surviving in this bunker and whether it would be possible for any length of time. That evening, students had the opportunity to go up to the glass dome on top of the Bundestag building for incredible views all over Berlin at night.
For the final day students travelled to the Hohenschönhausen Memorial in the former site of a Stasi Prison which operated during the DDR. Students were able to walk through the old cells and interrogation rooms of the prison and learn what life was like for prisoners in this secret prison. Later on, students took in the views of Berlin again but this time at the top of the TV Tower to see what Berlin looks like during the day. Overall, the students greatly enjoyed the trip and the opportunity to visit the sites where the history they study in the classroom actually took place.