Art & Design school trips to Berlin

Edgy, cosmopolitan and bursting with creativity, Germany’s capital is an excellent choice for art and design school trips. From the early 20th-century Bauhaus movement that shaped the city to political influences on modern graffiti and photography, Berlin’s art scene is a journey through time, and one that is bound to fascinate and inspire any creative student.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES


Day 1
  • Depart the UK and travel to Berlin
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Guided walking Tour
  • Evening meal at accommodation
  • Reichstag

Day 2
  • Berlinische
  • Street art walking tour
  • East Side Gallery
  • Evening meal at accommodation
  • TV Tower Berlin

Day 3
  • Alte Nationalgalerie
  • Pergamonmuseum
  • Museum of Photography
  • Evening meal at accommodation
  • Bowling

Day 4
  • Kathe Kollwitz Museum
  • Kurfürstendamm & Tauentzienstraße
  • Depart Berlin for return to the UK

Features

ACCOMMODATION

A&O Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Situated in an excellent location a mere stone's throw from Berlin's central railway station, the a&o Berlin Hauptbahnhof is ideally located for any school trip. Nearby, you'll find several of Berlin's major attractions, including the Reichstag and Victory Column.

  • 24-hour reception
  • Games room
  • Sun terrace
  • Library

Meininger Hotel Berlin Tiergarten

Set overlooking Berlin's Kleiner Tiergarten park, Meininger Hotel Berlin Tiergarten is in an excellent location to the city's west. With the city's U- and S-bahn metro stops just a 10-minute walk away, the city centre and its attractions can be reached in under half an hour.

  • Common room
  • Luggage storage
  • TV in room
  • Breakfast buffet

Aletto Hotel Potsdamer Platz

Home to a fascinating history that spans from the Second World War all the way to the fall of the Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz is an ideal hub for your school trip. The Aletto Hotel Potsdamer Platz puts you right in the area's centre, located close to the Gleisdreieck underground station.

  • 24-hour reception
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Roof terrace with city views
  • Foosball

A&O Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Situated in an excellent location a mere stone's throw from Berlin's central railway station, the a&o Berlin Hauptbahnhof is ideally located for any school trip. Nearby, you'll find several of Berlin's major attractions, including the Reichstag and Victory Column.

  • 24-hour reception
  • Games room
  • Sun terrace
  • Library

Meininger Hotel Berlin Tiergarten

Set overlooking Berlin's Kleiner Tiergarten park, Meininger Hotel Berlin Tiergarten is in an excellent location to the city's west. With the city's U- and S-bahn metro stops just a 10-minute walk away, the city centre and its attractions can be reached in under half an hour.

  • Common room
  • Luggage storage
  • TV in room
  • Breakfast buffet

Aletto Hotel Potsdamer Platz

Home to a fascinating history that spans from the Second World War all the way to the fall of the Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz is an ideal hub for your school trip. The Aletto Hotel Potsdamer Platz puts you right in the area's centre, located close to the Gleisdreieck underground station.

  • 24-hour reception
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Roof terrace with city views
  • Foosball

Excursions

TV Tower Berlin

We can’t wait to show you Berlin from the top of the city’s TV Tower, which soars 368 metres above ground level to show you unparalleled views of Germany’s capital. Built during the DDR era, the TV Tower is also an excellent place to teach students about the reunification of the city after the fall of the Berlin Wall – the tower undergoing a significant symbolic transformation to reflect this change.

Pergamonmuseum

Located in the city’s Museum Island in Berlin’s historic centre, the Pergamon Museum is a listed building that’s famous for the incredible Pergamon Altar, which dates back to the 2nd Century BC. Elsewhere in the museum, students can also find other well-preserved sites from around the world such as the Market Gate of Miletus and the Ishtar Gate – the most impressive of the hundred gates into the ancient city of Babylon.

Berlinische Gallery

The Berlinische Galerie houses one of the city’s largest modern art collections, featuring works by Otto Dix, Max Liebermann and George Grosz. Located in the creative Kreuzberg district, this is a must-visit gallery for art students. Don’t miss the opportunity for a group photo on the gallery’s giant yellow letter grid –– a favourite photo spot of the Equity team’s for years.

Brandenburg Gate

One of Berlin’s most iconic sites, the Brandenburg Gate is a neoclassical monument built during the 18th century which holds a wealth of history as a site for major historical events. Now considered as a symbol of unity and peace, the gate is an essential stop on any tour of Berlin – offering an excellent opportunity for students to contemplate the country’s tumultuous history within Europe.

East Side Gallery

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, over 100 artists from 21 countries gathered to paint a series of murals on the remains of the wall – depicting former times of pain, struggle and restriction. A popular excursion for history and art students, we’ve seen students inspired as they walk along the East Side Gallery – the longest open-air gallery in the world.

Hamburger Bahnhof

Explore Berlin’s contemporary art scene in this decommissioned railway station, which serves as a fantastic backdrop for an elaborate collection of paintings, sculptures and digital art. Students will be able to see how artistic movements have adapted over the last 70-plus years, taking influence from conceptual art and pop art to minimalist designs as they view works from the likes of Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly and more.

Käthe Kollwitz Museum

Regarded as one of the most important German artists of the 20th century for her expression of poverty, hunger and war, Käthe Kollwitz is immortalised in this museum through the largest collection of her works in Berlin. Students can explore an overview of the artist’s work while walking through the museum, which combines her life and her art in their historical context.

Museum of Photography

An excellent museum for budding artists and photography enthusiasts, the Museum of Photography houses a vast collection of works from the prolific photographer Helmut Newton, as well as rotating special exhibits which explore the medium of photography in its changing forms.

Reichstag

One of the most frequently visited sights in Berlin, the Reichstag is the current home of the German parliament and a global symbol of democracy. An excellent excursion for students to learn about German politics both present and past, the Reichstag also houses a walkway inside its glass dome, which spirals to the top of the Reichstag and boasts spectacular panoramic views of Berlin.

Alte Nationalgalerie

Instantly recognisable from its Greek-temple style exterior, the Alte Nationalgalerie presents a three-storey collection of 19th-century European art – one of the largest in all of Germany. Home to around 2,000 paintings and just as many sculptures, the gallery is a sight to behold for art students, who can be inspired by the variety of Neoclassical, Romantic, Impressionist and Modernist works on display.

KaDeWe (Kaufhaus Des Westens) Department store

Kaufhaus des Westens (Department Store of the West), or KaDeWe, is an excellent option for some retail therapy during your school trip to Berlin, featuring eight floors of merchandise to appeal to every shopping need. The second largest department store in Europe, the retail giant attracts 40,000 to 50,000 visitors daily, and is easily found on the famous shopping street of Tauentzienstraße.

Kurfürstendamm & Tauentzienstraße (shopping streets)

Treat your group to a couple of hours on Berlin’s most famous and elegant shopping boulevard, where students can search for souvenirs, explore fashion trends and people-watch in cafes. Marked by KaDeWe department store on its eastern end, and luxury boutiques throughout, the street comprises almost five kilometres of retail paradise – the perfect winding-down activity for students after a day of learning.

TV Tower Berlin

We can’t wait to show you Berlin from the top of the city’s TV Tower, which soars 368 metres above ground level to show you unparalleled views of Germany’s capital. Built during the DDR era, the TV Tower is also an excellent place to teach students about the reunification of the city after the fall of the Berlin Wall – the tower undergoing a significant symbolic transformation to reflect this change.

Pergamonmuseum

Located in the city’s Museum Island in Berlin’s historic centre, the Pergamon Museum is a listed building that’s famous for the incredible Pergamon Altar, which dates back to the 2nd Century BC. Elsewhere in the museum, students can also find other well-preserved sites from around the world such as the Market Gate of Miletus and the Ishtar Gate – the most impressive of the hundred gates into the ancient city of Babylon.

Berlinische Gallery

The Berlinische Galerie houses one of the city’s largest modern art collections, featuring works by Otto Dix, Max Liebermann and George Grosz. Located in the creative Kreuzberg district, this is a must-visit gallery for art students. Don’t miss the opportunity for a group photo on the gallery’s giant yellow letter grid –– a favourite photo spot of the Equity team’s for years.

Brandenburg Gate

One of Berlin’s most iconic sites, the Brandenburg Gate is a neoclassical monument built during the 18th century which holds a wealth of history as a site for major historical events. Now considered as a symbol of unity and peace, the gate is an essential stop on any tour of Berlin – offering an excellent opportunity for students to contemplate the country’s tumultuous history within Europe.

East Side Gallery

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, over 100 artists from 21 countries gathered to paint a series of murals on the remains of the wall – depicting former times of pain, struggle and restriction. A popular excursion for history and art students, we’ve seen students inspired as they walk along the East Side Gallery – the longest open-air gallery in the world.

Hamburger Bahnhof

Explore Berlin’s contemporary art scene in this decommissioned railway station, which serves as a fantastic backdrop for an elaborate collection of paintings, sculptures and digital art. Students will be able to see how artistic movements have adapted over the last 70-plus years, taking influence from conceptual art and pop art to minimalist designs as they view works from the likes of Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly and more.

Käthe Kollwitz Museum

Regarded as one of the most important German artists of the 20th century for her expression of poverty, hunger and war, Käthe Kollwitz is immortalised in this museum through the largest collection of her works in Berlin. Students can explore an overview of the artist’s work while walking through the museum, which combines her life and her art in their historical context.

Museum of Photography

An excellent museum for budding artists and photography enthusiasts, the Museum of Photography houses a vast collection of works from the prolific photographer Helmut Newton, as well as rotating special exhibits which explore the medium of photography in its changing forms.

Reichstag

One of the most frequently visited sights in Berlin, the Reichstag is the current home of the German parliament and a global symbol of democracy. An excellent excursion for students to learn about German politics both present and past, the Reichstag also houses a walkway inside its glass dome, which spirals to the top of the Reichstag and boasts spectacular panoramic views of Berlin.

Alte Nationalgalerie

Instantly recognisable from its Greek-temple style exterior, the Alte Nationalgalerie presents a three-storey collection of 19th-century European art – one of the largest in all of Germany. Home to around 2,000 paintings and just as many sculptures, the gallery is a sight to behold for art students, who can be inspired by the variety of Neoclassical, Romantic, Impressionist and Modernist works on display.

KaDeWe (Kaufhaus Des Westens) Department store

Kaufhaus des Westens (Department Store of the West), or KaDeWe, is an excellent option for some retail therapy during your school trip to Berlin, featuring eight floors of merchandise to appeal to every shopping need. The second largest department store in Europe, the retail giant attracts 40,000 to 50,000 visitors daily, and is easily found on the famous shopping street of Tauentzienstraße.

Kurfürstendamm & Tauentzienstraße (shopping streets)

Treat your group to a couple of hours on Berlin’s most famous and elegant shopping boulevard, where students can search for souvenirs, explore fashion trends and people-watch in cafes. Marked by KaDeWe department store on its eastern end, and luxury boutiques throughout, the street comprises almost five kilometres of retail paradise – the perfect winding-down activity for students after a day of learning.

Trip details

All Equity packages are tailor-made to suit the needs of our groups. Here are our standard package inclusions:

  • Return travel by air or coach (air packages include overseas airport transfer. Coach to UK airport from school is available as an optional extra)
  • All security charges, airport and local taxes
  • 1 free staff place for every 10 full paying passengers by air OR 1 free staff place for every 8 full paying passengers by coach
  • Half-board accommodation
  • Excursions
  • Full use of your coach in resort (this applies to coach groups only and is subject to EU drivers hours regulations)
  • 24-hour emergency service support
  • All travel documentation, luggage labels and resort information
  • Lunches 
  • Meals en-route. While travelling to and from your destination you need to consider meals. These are not included in the package prices
  • Air passenger duty. Any paying passengers over the age of 16 at time of travel will be charged a small tax fee
  • Tourist tax 
  • Damage deposit

Prices are subject to change based on intended dates of travel and final numbers, the Equity team are here to offer you advice and guidance from start to finish, ensuring your school trip runs smoothly and is a great success.

Travel by: Air

Nearest airport: Berlin Brandenburg (BER)

Transfer time from airport: 45mins - 1hr

Best times to travel: Year round

Suggested tour length: 4 days, 3 nights