Berlin, Wannsee & Amsterdam History School Trips (7 Days)

Examine the reasons behind the Nazi rise to power and how Adolf Hitler maintained his authority through a mixture of oppression and propaganda on a History school trip to Berlin, Wannsee & Amsterdam. We will also consider how Nazi racial beliefs led first to the persecution and then, following the Wannsee Conference, the extermination of minorities, especially the Jews. Our educational trips to Berlin can also be adapted to include locations and topics relating to post-1945 Germany and the Cold War.

The trip also visits Amsterdam and Kamp Vught to look at the Final Solution in practice following the extension of the Third Reich during the early years of World War Two. The fate of Anne Frank and her family provides a human dimension to a tragedy that engulfed Europe. The study tour can be tailored to cover your students' specific learning objectives. Please ask to speak to one of our team to discuss your requirements.




Days One & Two:  Outward Journey


  Brandenburg Gate

  • School pick-up (06.00 hours approx) to Dover
  • Ferry to Calais /Dunkirk & onward travel
  • Check-in at accommodation & evening meal
  • Full-board accommodation for one night
  • Depart after breakfast
  • Visit to Bergen-Belsen
  • Half-board accommodation     in Berlin for three nights

Holocaust Memorial


Days Three & Four:  Berlin & Wannsee

  • The Reichstag
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • The Soviet War Memorial
  • Pariserplatz
  • Wilhelmstrasse
  • Propaganda Ministry
  • Goering's Air Ministry
  • Unter den Linden
  • Humboldt Library
  • Berlin Wall 
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • Site of SS & Gestapo HQs
  • Topography of Terror
  • Site of the New Chancellory
  • Site of the Führerbunker
  • Alexanderplatz
  • Karl Marx Allee
  • Holocaust Memorial
  • Wannsee Villa
  • Sachsenhausen
  • 1936 Olympic Stadium

Days Five to Seven:  The Holocaust in Amsterdam

  • Travel to Amsterdam (Day 5)
  • Full-board for two nights
  • Anne Frank House
  • Homomonument
  • No 9 Plantage Parklaan
  • Hollandsche Schouwburg Theatre
  • Eternal Flame
  • Auschwitz Memorial
  • Free Time in Amsterdam
  • Return travel to school
  • Evening drop-off
You may also be interested in visits linked to the Cold War......

  • Hohenschöenhausen Remand Centre • Cecilienhof Palace, venue for the Potsdam Conference
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Berlin, Wannsee & Amsterdam


         Main Themes   Berlin Olympic Stadium

Soviet Memorial

  • Weimar, the rise of Hitler & the Nazi Party
  • Third Reich Berlin & Nazi government
  • SS, Gestapo, concentration camps & propaganda
  • Racial beliefs & the Nuremberg Laws
  • Impact of WWII: Wannsee, the Final Solution
  • Extension of the Reich, its fall & aftermath of defeat

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Outward Journey / Pre-Tour

      Sachsenhausen Gatehouse
  • The Treaty of Versailles
  • The Weimar Republic
  • Hitler & the Rise of Nazism
  • Munich Putsch & Mein Kampf
  • Wall Street Crash
  • Nazi Electoral Success

Berlin & Wannsee

  • Nazi Control of Germany
  • Elimination of Opposition
  • The Totalitarian State
  • Role of Propaganda
  • Rearmament & Economy
  • Opposition to Nazism
  • Hitler's Role as Führer
  • Anti-Semitism
  • The Nuremberg Laws
  • Kristallnacht
  • Impact of WWII
  • The Final Solution


  • Lebensraum
  • Suppression of Freedoms
  • Extension of Anti-Jewish Laws
  • Jews in Hiding, 1942
  • Persecution of Minorities
  • The Holocaust
  • Identification of Jews
  • Ghettoisation
  • Registration of Dutch Jews
  • Industrial Genocide
  • Deportations & Selections
  • The Death Camps

Return Journey / Post-Tour

  • Soviet Role in the Defeat of Nazism
  • The Nuremberg Trials
  • Division of Germany
  • The "Iron Curtain"
  • The Cold War
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Study Materials Relevant to Your GCSE/National Curriculum KS3   Topography of Terror

Our study materials are designed by teachers with GCSE examining experience.  When you book with us, you will receive a copy of both our student study packs & teachers' notes, free of charge. You can:

  • use our study materials exclusively
  • use your own study materials
  • use a combination of both your own & our study materials
The Student Pack Includes  

The Teacher Pack Additionally Includes

  • Factual detail on each location visited as well as background information about the war 
  • Maps, illustrations & a time line of main events
  • Eye-witness accounts
  • Tasks, activities & discussion points to provide a focus for each location visited
  • Further guidance notes giving a broader context to each visit
  • A curriculum matrix linking each location to assessments objectives
  • Differentiated mark schemes for written tasks

Integrate with Your Scheme of Work

  Study Materials:  Skills & Concepts  
  • Introductory materials can be used on tour or as part of your pre-tour preparation
  • Study materials are also suitable for post-tour follow-up
  • Knowledge, recall & comprehension 
  • Historical concepts
  • Understanding, analysis & evaluation of evidence
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Our Guides


  Wannsee Villa







We believe a study tour is an educational experience best delivered by people with a knowledge and understanding of the educational system & culture. You can discuss learning aims & objectives with your guide so that the tour meets your requirements.

  • Our guides are former teachers, excellent communicators & have examining experience.
  • They have organised tours themselves so understand the demands placed on accompanying staff.
  • They have an enthusiasm for imparting knowledge & ideas & engaging with young minds.


Ian Matthews, BA (Hons) Oxon., MA, PGCE



Ian was a former Head of History in a Liverpool Comprehensive & a GCSE examiner before he joined Galina in 1992. He has developed a number of our most popular tours including several to the battlefields of the First & Second World Wars, Germany & the Netherlands.

After more than 23 years’ leading tours to the Western Front, Normandy, Dunkirk as well as to Berlin & Amsterdam, he is one of Galina’s most experienced guides.

“Ian was excellent again as our tour guide: he certainly knows how to pitch his explanations at the right level for the students.”

Finchley Roman Catholic High School, London

  Ian Matthews  


Selected & Trained by Galina 

  • We have our own training programme to ensure consistently high standards.
  • Our guides up-to-date with current examination specifications & amendments to Key Stage 3.
  • All guides are DBS-checked.

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    Anne Frank Statue
  • All the accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum and incorporated into our Safety Management System.

Our Most Popular Accommodation 

  •  Stayokay hostels
  • Grand City Hotel
  • Holiday Inns


  • Operating Certificate
  • Fire Certificate
  • Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Pest Control Certificate
  • Public Liability Insurance

Safety Audit (Main Headings)

  • Building Design
  • Fire Alarms
  • Escape Routes
  • Signage
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Fire Equipment
  • Fire Prevention
  • Electrics
  • Security
  • Flooring
  • Glass
  • Gas & Water
  • Lifts
  • Balconies & Balustrades
  • Bedrooms & Beds
  • Pool (where applicable)
  • Food Delivery Areas
  • Storage
  • Stock Rotation
  • Food Handling
  • Pest Control
  • Cleanliness
  • Temperature Control
  • Staff Training
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Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, Cheshire

"Terry, the driver, is one of the most helpful and knowledgeable drivers I have travelled with. Please can we travel with him next year? Bruce, the guide, was very knowledgeable and built up a good relationship with the students."


Merchant Taylors' Boys' School, Liverpool

"It was an excellent tour, with superb support and advice from Galina. Thank you."


Cokethorpe School, Witney, Oxfordshire

"Excellent. The tour was extremely successful due to good accommodation and transport. The pre-planning was great and really helped us achieve all the aims we had."


St Bedes RC High School, Blackburn

"Our Tour Administrator was efficient, friendly and helpful. Martin (the driver) is perfect for pupils, friendly with them and fits in great with staff. He's a pleasure to work with. After 25 years of school trips he is the best!"

  Cecilienhof Palace Courtyard
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