We met in a snowy Whalley at 4am and travelled to Manchester Airport for our early flight and, despite the weather, took off with only a 30 minute delay.
Berlin was cold and sunny on our arrival and and we transferred to the hotel to drop our bags. We then ventured out visiting the interesting Hamburger Bahnhof with Keith Haring and Andy Warhol exhibits. We then walked to the Berlin Wall memorial and met our excellent guide, Lisa.
She told us how the division and suspicion of the Cold War was embodied in the building of this wall on August 13th 1961 and how families and communities became separated. Many people risked and lost their lives to cross this border and we heard their stories, tragic and moving.
We ended our day in a local restaurant.
More adventures to come!
Another beautiful morning met us in Berlin. A sumptuous breakfast set us up for the day and we toured the history of the city. First we went to Museum Island where Berlin started and saw St Hedwig’s Cathedral and the Berliner Dom. We had a fantastic view of the city from the top of the Dom gallery.
Outside St. Hedwig’s is Bebelplatz where in 1933 the Nazi SA burnt books from the university library. After a leisurely lunch we travelled to the East Side gallery and saw the fantastic art on the remaining Berlin Wall.
We then enjoyed a brilliant visit to the Computer Museum going retro and playing computer games from the 1960s to the present day.
Even the staff had a go with Mr Peel convincingly beating Mrs Pugh at Street Fighter.
Finally we visited the largest department store in East Germany for a little shopping. Schnitzel for tea tonight.
The Year 10 students have been absolutely brilliant today.
They have fully engaged with the political history of Berlin visiting the Bundestag and looking at some of the darkest aspects of the city under war, communist rule and the Third Reich. A very thought provoking day but one which reflects a capital which seeks to never forget the past and yet achieve a future of democracy with the hope of a better Germany and Europe for all.
Well done, Year 10.