Programme of afternoon cultural studies
(approx. 30 hours)
All activities in the afternoon are part of the course concept and are therefore free of charge respectively included in the course fee.
BERLIN is the overall topic for afternoon activities! We provide projects on the different boroughs in Berlin, on milestones of German and Berlins specific history, projects on art & culture, migration & integration, leisure time, recreation and sports.
Guided city walks will be conducted by experts on appropriate subjects. Individual walks, ventures and trips based on specific topics are often part of class-related projects and are therefore combined with precise language instructions, particular assignments or research challenges.
We guarantee that you will really get to know Berlin during these four weeks.
Sightseeing bus tour
On this sightseeing bus tour you will get to know the most important and the most beautiful places of interest in Berlin.
Orienteering trips throughout the city centre: „Stadtrallye“
For these orienteering trips we have planned specific routes through the city of Berlin. In small groups you will follow a certain route with the help of our directions and along the way you will have to answer questions and cope with (language) challenges. Thus, it is not only a simple walk through the city, but also a very interactive way of learning the language right in the centre of Berlin. If all the tasks are solved properly, there are also small prices to be won.
A guided tour of Friedrichshain
On this guided tour through Friedrichshain you will discover the characteristic features of that district. In the 1950’s modern buildings were erected according to the Russian archetype architecture along Karl-Marx-Allee (once Stalinallee). Nowadays this area is a very popular, hip and trendy neighbourhood specially amongst students and artists.
Individual tours through interesting parts of Berlin
On those individual ventures you will get to know the characteristics of various districts (e.g. Prenzlauer Berg: the traditional working class quarter, Mitte: the cradle of Berlin, etc.) In small groups you will have to follow directions and along your way you will have to cope with particular language assignments or “research challenges”, and you will also have to make specific observations. You will present the results of your individual discoveries to the fellow students during class.
A guided walking tour to the historic heart of Berlin
Each place and every street in the centre of Berlin has its own history. On this walk you will get to know different historical periods of Berlin: You will get a glance of Prussian history with their palaces and will encounter architectural traces of East German socialism. You will discover a great many representative buildings and streets with their own story to tell.
Visit to the parliament: Reichstag
You will experience the seat of the German government. In the Plenary hall of the Bundestag (Lower House of German Parliament) you will learn something about the political structures and afterwards you will visit the dome of the Reichstag building. From there you can enjoy the amazing panoramic view over the surrounding parliament and government district of Berlin (called “Spreebogen”).
A guided tour of multicultural Kreuzberg
Kreuzberg is the best known and probably the most famous district of Berlin. It is a synonym for multicultural and alternative forms of life. On this tour you will encounter a colourful and dynamic mixture of nationalities and religions.
A visit of the Sehitlik-Mosque on Columbiadamm in Neukölln
The Sehitlik-Mosque opened in 2005 and has since been one of the most spectacular and well-established mosques in Berlin. During your visit at the mosque you will not only hear about religion and architecture by an expert, but also learn a lot about integration, as Berlin always has been a home for migrants especially from Turkey during the past decades. Enjoy a nice cup of tea along with special Turkish sweets that will be served in the yard of the mosque.
A visit of the Turkish market in Neukölln
Welcome to the Turkish part of Berlin – also called “Istanbul of the North”! Discover all sorts of Turkish specialities and enjoy the lively atmosphere at this oriental bazaar.
Discover fine arts – visits to the Alte or Neue Nationalgalerie (Old / New National Gallery)
A visit to one of the two galleries will be prepared during the class. You will learn more about the various eras of fine arts as well as ways of describing and analysing a painting (colours, forms and compositions). In the gallery you can choose a painting that you find particularly appealing and prepare a description of this for a presentation.
A visit to the museum of technology (Deutsches Technikmuseum)
This museum presents a broad spectrum of old and new technology and demonstrates the various historical connections to culture and everyday life. Visitor activities and demonstrations make this museum an interactive learning experience. In support of your discovery tour through the museum you will be supplied with questions and tasks!
A visit to the museum of natural history and sciences: Evolution on earth
Established in 1810, it is the largest museum of natural history in Germany. The museum houses more than 30 million zoological, paleontological, and mineralogical specimens. It is famous for the largest mounted dinosaur in the world. The exhibition galleries on the theme of "Evolution in Action" have been attracting 500,000 visitors every year. They comprise the World of Dinosaurs, Evolution in Action, System Earth and Cosmos and Solar System.
Berlin Story Museum
The Historiale creates a vivid overview of Berlin’s turbulent history. You will be lead chronologically through the major events of this city and each historic scene is complimented with films and exhibition pieces. Two films, “The making of Berlin” and a film about the Berlin wall round up the experience.
Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe
This memorial is the Holocaust memorial for Germany. It is a place of remembrance and commemoration of the six million Jewish victims. The memorial consists of a Field of Steles and an Information Centre. The exhibition in the Information Centre reconstructs the persecution and extermination of the European Jews and the historical crime sites. You can explore this exhibition individually with an audio guide, which offers a deep insight into the history and European dimension of the Holocaust.
Tracing the steps of the period of National Socialism (1933 – 1945)
We have chosen different places in Berlin, which will make clear what a tremendous impact the darkest chapter of the German history had. If you follow the traces in small groups, you will learn more about the period of National Socialism in Berlin.
Jewish Museum in Kreuzberg
The Jewish Museum is unique worldwide Its permanent exhibition “Two millennia of German Jewish History” chooses an unusual perspective on the history of Germany as it lets the visitor see the past and the present through the eyes of the Jewish minority. On a guided tour through the museum you will gain deep insights into Jewish life in Germany and in Berlin.
Berlin Wall Memorial (Open air exhibition)
The Berlin Wall Memorial, situated at the historic site on Bernauer Strasse, commemorates the division of Berlin and of Germany during 1961 and 1989. The memorial contains the last piece of Berlin Wall with the preserved grounds behind it and is thus able to convey an impression of how the border fortifications developed until the end of the 1980s. The events that took place here together with the preserved historical remnants and traces of border obstacles on display help to make the history of Germany’s division comprehensible to you.
Experience history in a vivid, interactive and playful way: The DDR Museum offers you a hands-on experience of the everyday life of a state long gone, the life of East German socialism. You can broaden your knowledge in different thematic areas and reconsider existing clichés. With the help of guided questions and tasks you will experience the GDR everyday life yourself and you will find out what it really meant to live in this particular socialist society.
(The programme may be subject to alterations.)