A class trip to Berlin means immersing yourself in the colourful hustle and bustle of this versatile metropolis. Show your pupils not only important places of German history, but also modern culture. We reveal to you which museums and theatres have exciting offers in their programme especially aimed at young people. In addition, in Berlin you and your class will have the opportunity to experience the future today! We explain how this works in our ten reasons for a class trip to the capital in 2020.
1. Exciting cultural highlights for young Berlin visitors
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.
2. History recounted first-hand
The special thing about Berlin is that it is always changing. The city has been the scene of German history for several centuries. Therefore, it is best to use your trip to show your class the places where major events have taken place. For example, the fact that the metropolis was split down the middle by the the Wall for almost 30 years during the East-West conflict is still visible in many places today. A walk along the East Side Gallery or a bicycle ride on the famous Mauerradweg are just two of countless activities where you can discover the history of divided Germany together with your pupils.
And in 2020 Berlin will also be celebrating a special anniversary with numerous events and exhibitions: 100 years of Greater Berlin, the creation of the new municipality of Greater Berlin.
3. New Highlights
Have your lessons taken you to the capital many times before? No problem, because there is always something new to discover here. Berliners are currently full of expectation about the Humboldtforum in the Berlin Palace. Various permanent exhibitions will be housed in the magnificent building: the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art, the Berlin Exhibition and the Humboldt Laboratory.
Already today you can visit the Futurium and experience the world of tomorrow. In addition to an exhibition of the future, the building also houses the Futurium Lab: your pupils will discover exciting prototypes and learn programming in the interactive lab.
4. A jam-packed calendar of events
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.
5. Youth hostels, hostels und hotels
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.
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6. Berlin as school subject
On top of all the fun, you also want to impart knowledge on your class trip. The best way to do this is to plan your programme with exciting activities in Berlin. That's why we’ve put together a selection of recommendations for each school subject for you. With our tips on sights, places and events, you can bring your lessons from the classroom to real life. The major topics are politics, history, German and literature, art and culture, music, language learning, religion and ethics, natural sciences and sports.
7. Fun in the evening: theatre, Black Light Mini Golf and planetarium
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. Not only does culture await you in Berlin, but entertainment too. 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.
8. Great offers for many attractions
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.
9. Unusual guided city walks and fascinating tours
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.
10. Accomodation, tickets and info at a glance
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.