A trip to Ber­lin

Cathkin group en­joyed his­tor­i­cal visit

Rutherglen Reformer - - Cathkin Reformer - Cal­lum Harper

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.

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