Design & Technology Students’ Trip to Berlin

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During the half term break, 23 GCSE and A level Design and Technology students visited the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Berlin. Below is a short account of the trip written by Mr Seth.

In the early hours of Saturday 19th October, two mini buses laden with excited students and staff set off for Luton Airport.  Having set off in darkness, by 10am we had arrived in Berlin and were welcomed with some warm autumn sunshine.

Our first port of call was the hotel, which was ideally situated to explore Berlin. After dropping our bags off it was time to ride the U Bahn. After Miss Spencer was nearly thrown off the tube we quickly mastered the German underground system and managed to grab a bite to eat in the thriving Kurfurstendamn shopping district before visiting the famous Bauhaus museum. Here students saw many beautiful examples of architecture, furniture and artwork from the Bauhaus movement that ran between 1919-1933. After a long day, everyone was pretty exhausted, although the hotels games room provided an excellent area to relax and chat in the evening.

After a good night’s sleep and an impressive buffet breakfast, the second day saw us visit the cavernous Technik Design Museum. The museum was brilliant and had numerous interactive exhibits relating to transport, television and industrial technology. Having stopped for lunch in Alexanderplatz, we took a guided walking tour around the centre of Berlin. Students saw the famous TV tower, which stands above the whole of Berlin, the historic Brandenburg Gate, the poignant Jewish Memorial and Checkpoint Charlie. That evening we ventured out and ate pizza at a small Italian restaurant. After, we visited the Festival of Lights, which was being projected at Potsdamer Platz.  This is an annual festival that projects famous artwork onto the façade of important buildings around the city.

The third and final day saw us take the S-Bahn to Hauptbahnhof, Berlin’s central train station.  From here we took a boat cruise along the River Spree, seeing many of the sights we had seen on our walking tour from a different perspective.  After a spot of lunch and some more shopping it was time to get picked up to return home after a thoroughly enjoyable trip. A good time was had by all and whilst the three-day visit had a busy itinerary it has undoubtedly educated and will definitely inspire the students.

Mr Seth