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Half Term Trip to Berlin

At 4am on Friday 25th May, twenty Year 10 students arrived, half asleep, at the school gates. The flight (for some it was their first) was to Berlin Tegel Airport, and took just over an hour. After dropping off luggage etc. at the hostel, we took a 3 hour walking tour around some of the city’s main sights, and had a trek around the Reichstag (German Parliament Building) as well. There were some great photo opportunities, including one at a statue of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. 

Day 2 consisted of visits to Sachsenhausen concentration camp, Potsdam and the Olympic Stadium. The visit to Sachsenhausen was a real eye opener to us all as to the brutal reality of Nazi rule. Highlights of the third day were a visit to the Berlin Wall, which separated Berliners for nearly 30 years and the ‘Topography of Terror’, on the site of the former Gestapo Headquarters. We finished the day with a scare in the Berlin Dungeon and a calming walk through Berlin’s Sea Life Aquarium. On the final day, we visited the former Stasi (East German Secret Police) remand prison and saw Berlin from a height of 1100 feet from the Alexanderplatz TV tower. 

Our return home saw many tired faces, as we got back to school at about 11pm. I really recommend future years going on this trip if is offered again, especially to history students as it offers a real insight into the GCSE course.

 Thomas - 10O

Students in front of the Brandenburg Gate