Historians Visit Berlin

Historians Visit Berlin

March 20th 2017

Over the course of three days, a group of GCSE and A-Level historians visited Berlin, taking in the many historical and cultural sites in the city. Despite the 2am departure, students were excited to visit the Deutsche Demokratische Republik museum on the first day to learn about life in what was previously East Germany from 1945 to 1989, through lots of interactive exhibitions. The group then took in some of the sights of Berlin including the Brandenburg Gate and a tour of the Bundestag Dome, where views over all of Berlin can be seen. To end the day, the group spent some time reflecting at the Holocaust Memorial Site.

The next day involved a trip to see Checkpoint Charlie and a walk around the connected museum which showcases lots of inventive ways the East Germans tried to escape to West Germany. Students also visited the Topography of Terror built on the site of the SS Headquarters during the Nazi regime. After a lunch and shopping break, students travelled to the Hohenschönhausen Memorial in the former site of a Stasi Prison which operated during the years of the DDR rule. Students were able to walk through the old cells and interrogation rooms of the prison and learn what life was like for inmates 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 at night.

On the final day, students visited the Story of Berlin museum to see how Berlin has changed over its long and interesting history. The visit was completed with a tour of a nuclear bunker which still survives from the cold war, a truly chilling experience. Overall the students were great ambassadors for the school, all commenting how much they enjoyed the trip and how it brought their history studies to life.