A school trip to Germany's capital will be memorable for everyone. Just like the city, its nightlife and evening entertainment are colourful and varied.Many things are also suitable for students under 18 years of age. Plan a cultural outing for your group: many theatres have special offers for school classes. Activities such as trampoline jumping, bowling, or mini golf played in black light are other options that don't require German language skills. Dinner in a group, discos for teenagers, or a visit to the planetarium are other options.
Theatre and shows for all ages
Inspire your students for theatre. Many stages are especially aimed at children and young people, such as the Grips-Theater am Hansaplatz. The Atze Musiktheater, the Berliner Kindertheater, and the Astrid-Lindgren-Bühne are also suitable for younger students. Many of the city's renowned theatres also have options for younger audiences. The Schaubühne, for example, has a programme for schoolchildren and the Volksbühne has its own youth theatre. For older students, there are many exciting productions of famous classics and modern plays on Berlin's renowned stages. [Note: most productions will, of course, be in German only without translations.]
Musicals and shows with elaborate productions also enjoy great popularity with locals and visitors alike. The Blue Man Group has long been a hit here in Berlin. The spectacle at the Bluemax Theater am Potsdamer Platz offers special discounts for school groups from Tuesday to Thursday each week. Musicals are also regularly performed at Theater am Potsdamer Platz, Theater des Westens, and Admiralspalast. [Many are often German translations of West End/Broadway productions, so check before booking.] The popular musical Mamma Mia! is a good choice for teenagers. Do purchase your tickets well in advance as many performances sell out quickly.
Typical Berlin: everything but ordinary
Sport such as a visit to the swimming pool, a high ropes course, or a surfing school are not just for the daytime. Your kids can get active in the evenings, too. Leisure centres such as Dockx at Tempelhofer Hafen and Laserstar are sometimes open until midnight and provide active entertainment such as laser tag and blacklight mini golf. Dockx features an 18-hole mini-golf course designed by various artists that becomes an impressive, surreal world when seen in black light.
Of course, bowling is a fun way to spend a couple hours. Places like Bowlplay and the Berolina Bowling Lounge offer good discounts for young people. Berolina Bowling Lounge also offers Nightlife Bowling on Saturdays and Sundays, where they can try to get a strike on the 28 lanes accompanied with an exciting sound and light show. The kids can bounce around at JUMP House or climb walls at Magic Mountain until late at night.
Karaoke is always an amusing way to spend time among friends. During the day, check out Kinder-Karaoke in Schöneberg; at night, head to SingCity, where you can book a private karaoke party with dance, DJs, fog, and laser shows. Of course, the kids might want to hang out with other teenagers, too. The trendy Club Matrix near Warschauer Brücke regularly holds teenager discos and the legendary SO36 on Kreuzberg's Oranienstraße hosts roller disco nights.
If you need a bit of down time together, how about heading to the cinema? Some cinemas such as the Yorck Cinema Group have special offers for school classes or discounts for children.
Start your night off right with a great dinner. Burger and other American classics are served up with live music at the famous Hard Rock Café on Kurfürstendamm. A T-shirt from the restaurant shop has been a popular holiday souvenir for decades. Brauhaus Lemke on Alexanderplatz is also suitable for large groups and is known for its down-to-earth German food. If the weather's good, you can also end an eventful day with a refreshing drink in a beer garden. The Kantini food court at Bikini Berlin not only features 13 different international cuisines but also fantastic views of Berlin Zoo.
Offers in the planetariums
You can also plan a special learning event with an evening at the Planetarium am Insulaner. Take an exciting walk under the night sky or listen to Antoine Saint-Exupery's touching story of the Little Prince under the twinkling stars. Just as varied are the offers at the Zeiss Planetarium. The three amateur detectives Justus, Bob, and Peter have long since achieved cult status and are beloved by visitors of all ages. The radio plays are a popular tip for school trips to Berlin.
Further tips for evenings with your class
Of course, there are many possibilities for age-appropriate evening activities for children and young people in the German capital. Maybe you'll be lucky and be able to book one of the coveted night climbing dates at the Jungfernheide high ropes course. With atmospheric lighting in the otherwise pitch dark forest, climbing becomes an even more thrilling experience. Instead of a party at Matrix, you can organise a private party with your students on a rented boat, for example the Hauptstadtfloß, and discover the city from the water. An evening cruise on a Reederei Riedel boat is another affordable option. For a different dining option, how about one of Berlin's hopping beach bars, which, despite the name, may not necessarily be anywhere near water. For example, you could head to Deck5, or Holzmarkt Strandbar Pampa.
Our tips for a successful school trip
- Many events in Berlin are very popular and sell out quickly. That is why we recommend that you decide and purchase tickets in advance.
- You do not necessarily have to worry about how far various events are from your accommodation as the sights and activities are all easily accessible by public transport.