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Klassenreise nach Berlin
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10 good reasons for a class trip to Berlin

Bring your subject matter to real life in the capital!

Culture is particularly important in Berlin: There are plenty of concert halls and theatres and even around 170 museums, including the world-famous Museum Island. By the way, young people up to the age of 18 are admitted free of charge.

So it's not easy to decide which one to visit with your pupils. Fortunately, some exhibitions are aimed specifically at young people. Interactive concepts on many exciting topics encourage participation and ensure lots of fun.

The new Samurai Museum Berlin in the new cultural centre of the capital displays around 1,000 artefacts of Japan's legendary warrior elite and invites you to multimedia and interactive experiences.

In the Computer Games Museum, for example, you can trace the evolution of gaming with your class. With the Berlin Welcome Card you also get a discount on the entrance fee and travel free of charge by bus and train through the city.

1. Exciting cultural highlights for young Berlin visitors 

Bode Museum at the northern end of the Museum Island
Bode Museum at the northern end of the Museum Island © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Culture is a particularly big thing in Berlin: there's plenty here, such as concert halls, theatres and even some 170 museums, making it tough to decide which one to visit with your pupils. Fortunately, some of the exhibitions are geared especially towards young people. Interactive concepts on many exciting topics encourage participation and ensure lots of fun. In the Museum of Computer Games you can, for example, track the evolution of gaming with your class. 

With the Berlin WelcomeCard you will also receive a discount on the standard ticket price and get free-of-charge bus and train travel around the city. A visit to the famous Museum Island is also particularly worthwhile with your school class. Here, young people up to the age of 18 have free admission. 

More information about museums for young people

2. History recounted first-hand 

© visitBerlin, Foto: Tanja Koch

What is special about Berlin is that the city is always changing. Berlin has been the scene of German history for several centuries and also the scene of world history. Show your class places where great things have happened. The fact that the metropolis was divided by the Wall for almost 30 years during the East-West conflict, for example, can still be shown in many places today. A walk along the East Side Gallery or a ride on the famous Wall Cycle Path are just two of the countless activities where you can experience German-German history together with your students.

More information about historic sights in Berlin

3. New Highlights

There is always something new to discover in Berlin. In 2021, the Humboldt Forum, a new urban experience space for art and culture, opened directly opposite the Museum Island. The magnificent building encloses two new city squares and offers huge modern exhibition spaces behind the reconstructed facades of the former Berlin City Palace. The interactive exhibition Berlin Global shows the German capital as part of a networked world; in After Nature, students are welcomed by Swarm Intelligence, a digital school of fish. Or visit the world-famous collections of the Museum of Asian Art and the Ethnological Museum on the upper floors.

Humboldt Forum Berlin, north facade of the Schlüterhof
Humboldt Forum Berlin, north facade of the Schlüterhof © Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss/ Foto: Alexander Schippel

But you can also visit the Futurium and experience the world of tomorrow. In addition to a future exhibition, the house also has the Futurium Lab to offer: In the hands-on lab you will find 3D printers, various robots and microcontrollers, laser cutters and soldering irons. Workshops for pupils take place regularly.

© Futurium

More information  on Berlin as a city for the Future

4. A jam-packed calendar of events

Berlinale: Roter Teppich vor dem Berlinale Palast in Berlin
Roter Teppich vor dem Berlinale Palast i © KARSTEN THIELKER

Exciting events take place in the metropolis all year round. Whether festivals like the Classic Open Air, sporting events such as the Berlin Marathon or cultural highlights such as the Berlinale: there is something going on every weekend. Events in Berlin not only attract many visitors, but also artists and stars to the German capital from January to December. 

More information about events in Berlin

5. Youth hostels, hostels und hotels

Kids on a school trip in Berlin getting information at the reception
School trip to Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dirk Mathesius

A successful class trip also requires the right accommodation. And here Berlin has a multitude of youth hostels, hostels and hotels to offer. The accommodation is convenient and centrally located, enabling you to easily reach many of the city's sights by bus and train. Many youth hostels and hostels in Berlin also offer a tasty lunch package to take with you as part of their catering programme, so you and your class will enjoy a relaxed and healthy lunch on the move. 

Tip: Did you know that visitBerlin can help you book your accommodation free of charge? Simply send us your inquiry here

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6. Berlin as school subject

Klassenreise nach Berlin
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Of course, you also want to impart knowledge to your pupils. That's why we have put together a selection of recommendations for you, suitable for the respective school subjects. With our tips for Berlin, you can take your lessons out of the classroom and into real life. The main subjects are politics and history, German and literature, art and culture, music, languages, religion and ethics, natural sciences and sports.

School subject: Berlin

7. Fun in the evening: theatre, experience shows, Black Light Mini Golf and planetarium 

Grips Theatre Berlin, Evening Programme
Grips Theatre Berlin, Evening Programme © David Baltzer/

You don’t have to sit around in the hostel in the evening in Berlin as the city simply has too many exciting activities after sunset to offer. Many theatres are specially geared towards younger audiences. For example, in GRIPS Theatre you can see contemporary pieces on current themes for different age groups. With older pupils you can also watch literary productions from classical to modern on the many other stages of the city. 

Blue Man Group in Berlin
Blue Man Group in Berlin © Stage Entertainment Germany

The BLUE MAN GROUP is an extraordinary experience show that has a long tradition in the capital. In the heart of Berlin, directly at Potsdamer Platz, the innovatively breathtaking long-run show has already thrilled over 35 million Berliners and their guests. It's clear that the shows, which are always a little surprising and crazy, are particularly fascinating for young audiences! Offers for school trips are available.

Speaking of entertainment:In Kreuzberg you can play Black Light Mini Golf with your class and the Club Matrix regularly hosts the pupils' disco D light. One of Berlin's special highlights is the Zeiss Planetarium with its 14-metre-high high-tech dome which reopened a few years ago. Here your pupils not only learn all about the starry sky, but can also lean back in the comfortable seats of the planetarium while listening to a radio play or concert.

With the Berlin WelcomeCard you will also receive a discount here on the standard ticket price and, as usual, enjoy free-of-charge travel by public transport throughout Berlin. 

More information about the evening program for pupils in Berlin

8. Great offers for many attractions

Madame Tussauds, House of #berlincolours
House of #berlincolours',NULL,1920,1440 © visitBerlin, Foto: Maxi-Lena Schuleit

Admittedly, planning a class trip can be a lot of work. Fortunately, you're not alone here. As Berlin experts, we have all the information on many great offers for larger groups. Whether you want reduced admission to attractions, to book a workshop in the museum or buy tickets for events and sightseeing tours, just get in touch with us. With our offer for class trips we support you free of charge with all travel arrangements from booking accommodation to group tours of the Berlin Cathedral. 

More information about offers for class trips

9. Unusual guided city walks and fascinating tours

Class trip at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Class trip at the Brandenburg Gate © visitBerlin, Foto: Dirk Mathesius

Have the city shown to you and your class by people who know the busy streets like the back of their hand. A guided city tour in Berlin is a good way to discover something new. In addition to the classic sightseeing tours, there are also guided walks on many other themes. On a food tour, for example, you will discover the capital’s culinary specialities. Or how about a puzzlehunt where your pupils can discover the historical sights in an entertaining way? If you've been walking all day and your legs are getting heavy, simply take a boat or bus. Enjoy the view and and relax and listen to your city guide, who will navigate you safely to all the important points of the city. 

More information about guided city tours

10. Accomodation, tickets and info at a glance

Service Center at  visitBerlin
Service Center at visitBerlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dirk Mathesius

We will be happy to plan your class trip with you. As Berlin experts, we will provide you with everything you and your pupils need for a successful trip to the capital. We have many tips and partners for school trips for all age groups. From booking accommodation and coaches to buying tickets with group discounts, we are happy to assist you. And even if you are looking for current events in Berlin, you have come to the right place.

Do you have any other questions? We’re more than happy to help you organise your class trip to Berlin, and will provide you with free assistance with planning and booking your group trip to the capital.

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