A trip to Berlin
Cathkin group enjoyed historical visit
Berlin was a city I had always wanted to visit - I always thought of it as a beautiful city with a rich history behind it.
So when both the history and art departments organised a trip for us to go I was so excited and instantly decided to go. The time that I spent there with the school was amazing and still fresh in my mind.
While this may be pointing out the obvious, the city was stunning.
Whether it was the elegant architecture of the buildings along the bustling streets or the viewing the city glow at night from the top of the Fernsehturm -over 300 metres in the air- the city always felt alive. The people were also were kind and considerate. I didn’t meet anyone that I would describe as rude.
Our tour guide who showed us around Berlin was not only very intelligent but also had a good sense of humour. He had managed to make his talk about all the city’s most important landmarks both engaging and entertaining.
On that note, the tour has helped me develop my understanding of the complex and detailed history that the city has experienced over the last 100 years.
Whether it’s the infamous wall that once split the city in two between the east and west or visiting the Holocaust memorial which filled me with a feeling of sadness and woe. It was also great to see all the important buildings that we only saw pictures of in class such as the Reichstag.
We also went on to visit the Topography of Terror, a museum where we learned more about the treatment of “outsiders” during the Nazi regime in Germany and the horrors that they caused before and during the Second World War. It was one of the most interesting and unique places we visited in Berlin. It helped us all both simultaneously reinforce what we already learned in history and the Nazi regime and also helped us learn more about how we view history through sources and evidence, one of the key skills you need to succeed in learning history.
The other half of the trip was with the art department where we visited many different art galleries that all presented different techniques and styles of art.
The most important part of the art side of the trip was our visit to the Bauhaus gallery. It was great to learn more about the impact the Bauhaus has had on the art world and also the history about how it began. The gallery held a huge range of different art pieces. They all struck a perfect balance between function and aesthetics, in my opinion.
One of my favourites was that we got to see an original model of the Bauhaus art school which is one of the simplest yet magnificent examples of architecture I have ever seen.
Another thing that sticks out in my mind was the east side gallery. It was the remains of a sec- tion of the Berlin wall that has some of the most splendid paintings that are all different yet blend harmoniously together. It again showed some of the best artwork that Berlin had to offer.
A part of the trip that I love when thinking back on it was that it allowed me to socialise with people who I normally wouldn’t have talked to at school. It made the trip all the more fun when the people you are with are fun, confident and some of nicest people I have met.
Overall the trip has helped not only confirm that I definitely need to visit Berlin again in the future but has also helped my education and understanding of topics that we are currently doing in both history and art.
The information that I learned in Berlin I feel has helped provide context and detail to the work I am already doing in school.
The Berlin trip was a fantastic experience that is not going to escape from my mind anytime soon and I loved every moment of it.