Weekend trip to Berlin amid 30th anniversary of fall of the Wall gives history pupils fascinating insight into the city

Last weekend Germans celebrated the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which coincided with Bolingbroke's year 10 visit to the city

Last weekend 30 year 10 Bolingbroke history pupils headed to Berlin to explore the German city as it celebrated the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Wall, and to help enhance their understanding of the role it played in the Second World War, post-war Europe and the  Cold War.

Checkpoint Charlie, the name give by the Western Allies to the most well known Berlin Wall crossing point between east and West Berlin during the Cold War

No trip to Berlin would be complete without a visit to the iconic wall, so the pupils made a beeline to Checkpoint Charlie to see the historic monument including areas where it has been destroyed,and viewpoints above and the East side Gallery housing some interesting modern art.

Bolingbroke pupils soaking up the atmosphere of Berlin

One of the highlights of the weekend for the group was a fascinating visit to the DDR Museum and the Stasi prison where their tour guide was an ex-prisoner who was able to give his own very moving personal perspective on life under East Germany’s secret police. He spoke of his unfair incarceration, and eventual release and freedom.

One of the best known landmarks in Germany, the Brandenburg Gate

The pupils also visited Saschenhausen Concentration Camp 20km north of the city and used primarily for political prisoners from 1936 to the end of the Third Reich in May 1945, where the pupils were profoundly moved by the extent of the destruction, pain and suffering they heard about.

The pupils visited the Stasi prison, now a museum, and viewed the cramped cell blocks

A trip to the Führerbunker - Hitler’s Bunker where the German dictator allegedly took his own life when he realised he had lost the war was another aspect of the trip which brought the story of the Second World War to life.