Sixth Form Trip to Berlin

On the 14th of February, King Solomon Sixth Formers embarked on a journey to Berlin for 3 nights to have a first-hand experience of the history and culture the German capital had to offer.

 

Staying at a hostel in East Berlin, we engaged in tours stretching across the city to have a better understanding of Berlin post WWII and the Cold War and how it continues to shape today’s world politics. At the same time, the experience of staying in a hostel and managing our own itinerary at times allowed us to get the experience of what international travel has to offer after we finish Sixth Form.

The trip included visits to many moving memorials including the humbling Holocaust memorial and other monuments like the Brandenburg Gate, Check Point Charlie and a night tour of the Reichstag to learn the history of the capital which changed the world. Our visit was led by our very own history teacher Mr Ghaffari, who gave us deep insights into the SS museum and the square where the 1933 book burning took place as Hitler rose to power.

 

However, Berlin is not just about the past, it is also a vibrant, modern European metropolis and we enjoyed experiencing the multicultural side of the city including Alexanderplatz which is similar to our own Leicester Square, the graffiti of the East Side Gallery set against the Berlin Wall and the heavily populated immigrant Turkish area of Kreuzberg with excellent Turkish food!

During our free time to wander around the city we were able to soak up the atmosphere of the city with our friends, eat traditional German food  and hit the shops. The experience at the same time allowed us to learn how to visit a different city learning to become independent young adults in preparation for university or for when we decide to go travelling in the future.