13th May 19
After a challenging start to the trip with the cancellation of our flight on Thursday, a night spent in a local Alicante hotel and the rebooking of flights for the next day, we eventually arrived in sunny Berlin on Friday afternoon, one day later than planned.
However, we were determined to make the most of the time that remained and we headed straight into the centre of Berlin and enjoyed a number of the historic sights Berlin has to offer – the Reichstag, Brandenburg Tor and the Holocaust Memorial.
We were up bright and early the next morning for a train ride north out of Berlin to spend the morning at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. After a sombre and reflective morning, we were in need of a change of scene and after enjoying lunch in Alexanderplatz, we sped to the Pergamon Museum just in time for our scheduled 16:00 school booking. This world famous museum of antiquities from the Middle East did not disappoint.
Sunday morning, we walked 5 minutes to our local S-Bahn station, Savigny Platz, and travelled by train east to visit the iconic East Side Gallery. This open-air gallery consists of a series of murals painted directly on a 1,316 m long remnant of the Berlin Wall and is a visual testimony of the joy and spirit of liberation which erupted immediately after the fall of the wall.
After a productive morning selecting our favourite works of art we headed directly to Schonefeld Airport for what was thankfully a drama free flight back to Alicante Airport.
Mrs. McClaren and Frau Brown would like to thank all the students for being such excellent company and for displaying at all times a genuine interest in the historic delights of Berlin.
Mrs S McClaren