Student and School Groups
School excursions or student outings should not only be fun, they should also be educational. Our bike tours are a hands-on brush with history and the social sciences, but almost more valuably, they stimulate interest and curiosity in a fun and entertaining context. The combination of stops and information at particularly interesting places with movement on the bike is ideal for young people.
Our guides take lots of school groups on tours so they’re used to adapting to groups with different levels of knowledge and to involving the students in leading the tour.
The Berlin Wall Tour (2.5 to 3 hours, 12 km)
For most students nowadays the Berlin Wall and the history of East Germany are not foremost in their historical knowledge. Our Berlin Wall tour begins with the capitulation of Germany in 1945:
Why was the country divided up and how did the two German states develop? When was the Wall finally built? We show where people tried to escape, where the “death strip” was extended further and further. How, in 1989, did East German citizens managed to overcome the Wall, the barbed wire and the whole East German system without the use of violence?
The Berlin Wall Tour with Beach Volleyball (3 to 3.5 hours, 12 km)
On the former Berlin Wall strip near Nordbahnhof station there is a large beach volleyball area -including a chill-out beach bar. From here you get a full view of the remnants of the original Wall. After students have heard about the history of the Wall, East Germany and Reunification, they can burn off any excess energy with a beach volleyball match.
Berlin’s Best Tour (approx. 3 hours, 15 km)
The “Berlin’s Best” tour provides students with a very entertaining overview of German history. One of the first spots is Prenzlauer Berg, which was a workers’ area during the industrial revolution. How did people live during the industrial era? How did Berlin get as big as it is now? Through various sights in Berlin Mitte we work through the individual stations of German history. What was Prussia and how did it turn into Germany? How did the Nazis come to power and what traces did they leave in the city? What were the consequences of the Second World War? How do Germans nowadays deal with the weight of this heavy past? How will Berlin develop in the future?
Berlin’s Funky Areas (approx. 3 hours, 17 km)
Berlin has a lot more to offer than Unter den Linden, Potsdamer Platz and the Government buildings. On this tour, students can get an impression of the Berlin lifestyle. Prenzlauer Berg with its young families, many cafes and fashionable shops; the student district of Friedrichshain and right next to it, across the Spree river, multi-cultural Kreuzberg. Other stations on the tour are the East Side Gallery – an outdoor gallery of the mural art on the Berlin Wall and the socialist opulence of Karl Marx Allee. And we ask the question Berliners are also currently asking themselves: Who do the banks of the Spree belong to – investors and office block projects – or to the people of Berlin who want to let their legs dangle and their spirits roam on the banks of the city’s river?
Evening and Night tours:
To find suitable activities for students during the day is no problem in Berlin. But what about the nights? Why not book one of our bike tours for the evening hours? In May, June and July it’s light until around 10pm and the city has a particularly impressive atmosphere at dusk.
Safety and Responsibility during School Trips
A very important issue when planning a school outing is safety and responsibility. Our routes are carefully chosen and keep well away from heavy traffic using bike paths and alternative routes on side streets with little or no traffic all the way to the most central of sights.
Larger school groups are split up into groups of no more than 12 to 18 students. An accompanying teacher travels at the back of each group to make sure that no one gets lost or left behind. Tour participants can be provided with helmets at no extra cost.
What happens if there is bad weather?
Firstly, it doesn’t rain very often in Berlin. If it does, we generally just take the rain capes with us. Sometimes it’s enough just to take shelter for a few moments. If the weather is really bad at the time you most want to take a tour, we can try and work out an alternative time with you. We can also do the tour on foot and go a couple of stops on the train where possible. If the weather is so bad that no outside activities are thinkable, we can easily delay everything at no extra cost. So making a booking is absolutely no risk to your budget.
Special Prices for School Groups
We have special prices for youth, school and student groups and are always happy to give you an obligation free quote. Just tell us how many students might be coming, how many accompanying adults will be present, what your ideal dates are, and which tours are particularly interesting for your group.
You can generally expect a written offer from us within 24 hours, email being the easiest way.
Accommodation for School Groups
There are many hostels and accommodation possibilities for youth groups in Berlin. The following just lists the possibilities directly in our area:
- Citylight Hostel
- A & O Hostels (Berlin Mitte, Friedrichshain, Charlottenburg am Zoo)
- Meininger Hostels (different buildings, the one onSenefelderPlatz is only 500 m away from where we are)
- Pfefferbett Hostel
- East Seven Hostel
- Aurora Hostel
- Transit Loft Immanuelkirchstraße
Activities for school groups
- Stasi Museum – Berlin Hohenschönhausen Memorial Story of Berlin
- Story of Berlin
- Stadtlust Berlin – Society for the exploration and documentation of subterranean architecture
- Berliner Unterwelten
- Gruselkabinett (horror house) in the former bomb shelter at Anhalter Bahnhof
- Theatersport – Improvistional theatre
- Olympiastadion Sightseeing
- Ramba Zamba Theatre with People with Disabilities
- Adventure Night Walks
Complete program for student and youth groups
- WelcomeTours – organises complete Berlin programs for school groups
- Berlin unlimited – here you can also have a complete Berlin program put together for your group.