The Berlin Experience for OBA Sixth Formers

A Level History students from Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy recently visited Berlin where they enjoyed some very thought-provoking but emotional experiences.

A trip to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, on the outskirts of the city enabled the students to reflect on the horrors that the Nazis and the Soviets inflicted on their opponents. The harsh reality of war and human sacrifice was prevalent amongst the vast, stark and bleak expanse and all present were deeply moved by what they saw as well as the appalling stories of what had taken place there.

A visit to the Reichstag, the German Parliament, enabled students to learn more about German politics as well as the historical significance of the building in German history. Many of Berlin’s other attractions, such as the Jewish memorial, Hitler’s Bunker, the large public square Alexanderplatz, and of course the remnants of the Berlin Wall were also on the busy itinerary. The tour of Berlin wouldn’t have been complete, however, without sampling sights such as the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the Topography of Terror Museum and the Stasi Museum.

OBA Students in front of a sign reading 'Pariser Platz'

The final day began with a trip to see more of the remnants of the Berlin Wall and it also gave students the opportunity to explore the districts of Kurfurstendamm and Fredrickstrasse in one of the most historically fascinating cities in Europe.

As well as historical experiences, the students also visited some of the famous markets in Berlin, located in idyllic settings with backdrops of the historical Royal Opera and the Public Library. They were able to sample a range of German culinary delights such as bratwurst, sauerkraut and other typically German dishes.