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Year 11-13 History Students take study tour of Berlin, Germany

Back in October, 31 students and 3 staff set off very early in the morning for a three day study tour to Berlin.

After negotiating Gatwick airport, the flight left on time with 34 very excited faces amongst the passengers. Upon landing we were met by our fantastic guide from Rayburn Tours and our coach after which we headed off to Treptower Park, a large Soviet war memorial.

By the time we checked in to the hostel we were all a little tired but in good spirits. A little refreshment later and we headed back in Berlin centre with the hope of walking through the Brandenburg Gate on our way to the Reichstag, only to be thwarted by Vladimir Putin being in town! We did make it up the Reichstag dome to spectacular views of Berlin at night – a great end to a very busy day!

The next two days were just as busy – plenty more sights to see including the Wansee Konference house, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, the Berlin Wall Memorial, the Brandenburg Gate (finally) and some shopping in Alexanderplatz. We successfully navigated the underground and train systems and even squeezed in a McDonalds and an evening Bowling!

Coming home was inevitable, but none of us wanted to leave. We had had such an amazing time! Thank you to all the students who made it such a fantastic trip and to Mr Swash for organising it!