Field Trip to Berlin
On the 11th of April we departed from the Zagreb airport to the Germany's capital Berlin by the Lufthansa airline. On our way there we stopped at the Munich airport where we had some rest. After the second flight we arrived to our final destination Berlin and checked into the hotel where we had dinner and some rest in order to get ready for the next day.
Second day started with a sightseeing bus city tour. We got overwhelmed with many cultural-historical sights - Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin's most famous landmark; Unter den Linden; Reichstag, the seat of the German Parliament; Berlin Wall and East Side Gallery, a long stretch of the Berlin wall covered in graffiti; Potsdamer Platz; TV Tower; Berlin Cathedral; Alexanderplatz, Museum Island etc. After the sightseeing bus city tour and lunch at a traditional German restaurant Hofbräu Berlin we admired the beautiful view of the whole city from the top of the TV Tower (Fernsehturm). Afterwards we had some free time at a shopping mall where we, MYP3 students, were buddies to younger students. The sightseeing ended with a boat cruise down the Spree River where we were discovering the historic centre of Berlin from a different point of view. We were surprised to learn that Berlin city actually has more bridges than Venice!
On the third day we visited the world-class museums – Berlin Wall Museum and Checkpoint Charlie, Holocaust Memorial and Anne Frank Museum. Berlin Wall Museum tells the story of the Wall through the eyes of the people whose lives were directly affected by it. The tour was so interesting because our guide witnessed and helped numerous escape attempts from East Berlin to West. Next was the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also called the Holocaust Memorial. 2 711 concrete slabs of various heights comprise the memorial, which is a tribute to victims of the Holocaust. We took a short walking tour and felt the disorientation and confusion as we lose ourselves in the maze. Then we had a quick look at the museum underneath the stone blocks. After lunch we visited the Anne Frank Museum with many photographs, audio materials and computer workstations that illustrated Anne Frank's life story.
My favourite part of this trip is the climb to the TV Tower and visiting the Berlin Wall Museum. We got to learn so much about the history and culture of the city itself and how it evolved through time. Berlin has a very fascinating history and we could find many traces and scars from these historic events where East meets West. I never want to forget this experience and I want it to stay as a memory for the rest of my life.