Are you planning a class trip to Berlin with students aged 16 and over? We have put together a programme that not only shows you and your class the history and culture of the capital, but is also full of fun activities!
So what can you do in Berlin? Visit sights such as the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag, for example. Or experience the future of the metropolitan city first-hand on an exciting urban gardening tour.
Monday: Arrival, exploratory tour and dinner
Afternoon: Explore the neighbourhood with the app as your guide
elcome to Berlin! An exciting class trip week in Berlin lies ahead of you. After you have arrived and checked into your accommodation, there will still be some time free before dinner.
So you can therefore plan a relaxed exploratory tour through the neighbourhood in the afternoon. Thanks to our two free apps, you can easily find your way around the city. The apps have tour suggestions and lots of information about the different neighbourhoods. They are also available offline.
- With the ABOUT BERLIN app you can still feel Berlin’s history today at over 200 selected locations.
- And the Going Local app shows you the most exciting insider tips off the beaten track.
Evening: Restaurant visit with the whole class
In the evening the whole group will have dinner together. Fortunately, Berlin has a lot of restaurants that are very suitable for larger groups. Nevertheless, you should still reserve a table in advance so that you can relax and ensure you have enough space for everyone.
Tuesday: Between history and the modern age
Morning: From the Brandenburg Gate to the government district
Start the second day of your class trip programme with a tour through the centre of Berlin. Stroll through the famous Brandenburg Gate in the direction of Tiergarten. From here you will have a clear view of the Victory Column with its golden figure of Victoria.
On the right-hand side you will find the Reichstag with its walk-up dome. Please register your visit in advance on the German Bundestag website. You can also book a guided tour of the whole building on this page. In the dome you will experience the first real highlight of your Berlin trip: the fascinating panoramic view over the whole city.
Tip: The Reichstag is completely wheelchair-accessible!
Lunch: Break with a packed lunch
The many impressions of the city will make you hungry, so why not enjoy your lunch on the go? Many of Berlin’s youth hostels and hotels offer delicious packed lunches in addition to their inexpensive accommodation, which is very practical.
- For example, the Jugendgästehaus Hauptbahnhof (youth hostel at the main train station) includes seasonal fruit in its packed lunches.
- The Jugendherberge Berlin Ostkreuz(youth hostel at Ostkreuz) also offers packed lunches to go in addition to its full-board and half-board options.
- The Citylight Hotel at Gesundbrunnen offers homemade jam on its bread rolls.
- The Citystay Hostel Berlin Mitte also caters to special dietary requirements.
Afternoon: Discover East-West German history
Head south past the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe to Potsdamer Platz and from here on to Friedrichstraße. Here you will find the former border crossing known as Checkpoint Charlie. The Mauermuseum (Wall museum) is right next door. Also the brand new Time Ride Berlin is now open to the public. Thanks to modern virtual reality technology, your students can experience the history of divided Berlin as if they had been there themselves. Finish your journey through East-West German history at the Palace of Tears.
If you and your class get tired of walking, just take the bus! The 100 bus line stops at all important sights in Berlin. All you need for this is a day ticket or the Berlin Welcome Card which allows you to use all public transport free of charge.
Evening: Immerse yourself in Berlin’s cultural scene
The city is known for its colourful cultural landscape. The GRIPS Theater can be reached via the wheelchair-accessible Hansaplatz underground station. You can watch creative theatre works for teenagers here and the performances also address current events. As space in the venue is limited, you should notify the theatre of your visit in advance, if necessary.
In many theatres there are also performances suitable for non German-speaking classes.
Wednesday: Off to Alex!
Morning: From the East Side Gallery to the TV Tower
Start Wednesday in the district of Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain and walk along the East Side Gallery with your class. The longest open-air gallery in the world was once part of the Berlin Wall. After its fall, more than 100 artists set about embellishing the 1.3 km-long concrete wall with their works of art.
From there the tour continues on to Alexanderplatz. Visit the World Clock, which displays the time of day at 146 different cities around the world. Then visit the city’s landmark: the Berlin TV Tower. If you want to show your class the breathtaking 360-degree panorama from the viewing platform, you can buy tickets here. With the Berlin WelcomeCard you’ll save an additional 25 % on the regular admission price.
Afternoon: Shopping, Rotes Rathaus and a journey through time
After that, leisure is the order of the day: Students can go shopping at the ALEXA shopping centre nearby, which has over 180 shops. Afterwards, you’ll continue on to the Rotes Rathaus (Red Town Hall). The Berlin Mayor and the Senate work in the red brick building.
If the weather is fine, you can plan an open-air tour of the Berlin Wall Memorial. As a piece of the Berlin Wall has been reconstructed here complete with a border strip and watchtower, you can experience how the division of Germany felt right next to the Wall. Alternatively, you can go on a Berliner Unterwelten guided tour of the city’s subterranean world.
Tip: When it’s time for a little breather, you can visit one of the most beautiful ice cream parlours in Berlin.
Evening: Minigolf – the late-night version
After dinner you can head to the black light minigolf course at the Dockx leisure centre. All of the 18 holes have been designed by artists and shine resplendent in neon colours under the glow of the black light.
Thursday: Germany’s sustainable capital
Morning: Urban gardening and green fashion
After having devoted the last few days to the past, now it’s time to jump into the here and now. Learn everything you need to know about sustainability in Berlin during a guided tour. How about an Urban Gardening Tour or the Green Fashion Tour, for example?
Midday: Boat trip and lunch
The day continues with a boat trip along the River Spree and the Landwehr Canal. You can view the many bridges of Berlin comfortably from the water on the bridge tour, while a guide explains the cityscape to you in real time.
Or you can book bicycles and discover the city with your class on a guided bicycle tour. In addition to tours to the famous sights, there are also interesting rides on special themes.
Tip: There are delicious lunch specials on offer at the many organic restaurants and environmentally-friendly cafés in Berlin. You will find an overview of themhere .
Afternoon: Free time
The afternoon is dedicated to relaxation. Let the students discover the city’s colourful neighbourhoods on their own. With a list of sustainable stores you will have some exciting destinations at your fingertips.
Evening: Now it’s time to celebrate!
You’re almost at the end of your class trip and a club night is the perfect way to bring the week to a close! The Matrix, for example, has special parties for school classes aged 16 and over on offer: the Disco D light parties. Or you can skate with your students at the Rollerdisko night at the legendary SO36 club in Kreuzberg.
Bye-bye Berlin, see you next time!
And what else can you do in Berlin?
- Berlin Dungeon
- The Story of Berlin
- Jüdisches Museum
- Madame Tussauds Berlin
- Deutsches Spionagemuseum
- SEA LIFE Center & AquaDom
- Musical Blue Man Group
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.