Computer Science Trips to Berlin
Berlin is a fascinating city and encapsulates all that is modern about Europe whilst not forgetting its turbulent past. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Berlin has undergone a building boom and has truly shed the ills of the past to establish itself as a funky, dynamic and creative city.
As well as some of the iconic sites for your students to experience, there are some ideal computer science attractions.
At the Computer Spiele Museum the evolution of computer games exhibition contains over 300 exhibits including rare originals and playable classics. The Game Science Center is an interactive future museum showcasing a line-up of innovative technologies and playful game projects.
A visit to the BMW Motorcycle Plant will show your students how computers take their part in a modern manufacturing production line and finally the German Museum of Technology presents a broad spectrum of old and new technology including many computer science topics.
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Places to Visit
Berlin TV Tower
Do you want to discover Berlin 360°? Then you’re in just the right place at the TV tower. From 203 and 207 metres high you can look out over the entire city with its large number of tourist attractions: you can see the Reichstag (Parliament building), the Brandenburg Gate and the Main Railway Station from here, as well as the Olympic Stadium, the Museum Island (Museumsinsel) and the Potsdam Square (Potsdamer Platz).
BMW Motorcycle Plant
Visit BMW’s motorcycle plant for a tour of this modern production facility which builds premium brand motorbikes. As well as seeing the production process, there will be the opportunity to ask questions from the experts. The production areas that can be visited vary depending on the internal production requirements.
German Museum of Technology
The Deutsches Technikmuseum is a museum of science and technology and is the place to find out about the history and science behind the appliances and things we use every day. The museum presents a broad spectrum of old and new technology including computer science topics; information and communication networks, telecommunications and the world’s first computers built in Berlin.
The Game Science Center
The Game Science Center is a small, interactive future museum, run by a team of game developers showcasing a line-up of innovative technologies and playful projects. You will learn about and try out futuristic ways to interact with computers.
Computer Spiele Museum
The exhibition "Computer Games. Evolution of a Medium" contains over 300 exhibits, including rare originals and playable classics.
The Funkturm, known colloquially as "langer Lulatsch" ("lanky lad"), offers a wonderful panorama over Berlin. The total height of the filigreed construction is 150 m; there is a restaurant at 55 m, and a viewing platform at 126 m. By day, it offers a panoramic view over the city's houses, the Grunewald forest and the surrounding lakes; by night, visitors can marvel at a city awash in a glittering sea of lights.
Reichstag & German Parliament
The home of the German Parliament the Reichstag building is a must see. Even from its conception, the Reichstag has had a turbulent history. Kaiser Wilhelm I in 1884 needed three attempts to lay the foundation stone, the Kaiser did not like the Reichstag. Not only would the Reichstag in its completion stand higher than the City Castle it would represent a new political wave in the country.
Even after 10 years of construction in 1894, the Kaiser Wilhelm II who had not taken power raged that the building was the ‘pinnacle of bad taste’. The Parliament building has reflected the turbulence of German history. The Parliament building has been destroyed and rebuilt many times throughout its history.
Between 1994 and 1999, the Reichstag was redesigned and expanded by the British architect Sir Norman Foster. The accessible glass dome and roof terrace making the new structure an iconic piece of architecture in the city. Since 1999, the German Bundestag has been conveying in the Reichstag building.
They do a range of tours for children that give a real insight into the long and exciting history of the building.
Spree River Cruise
A cruise along the River Spree flows through old and new Berlin. The Historical tour: a one hour round trip, highlights include Palace of Republic, Berlin Cathedral, Museum Island and the Reichstag.
The fastest elevator in Europe takes you to the Panoramapunkt viewing platform at Potsdamer Platz 1. From a height of 100 metres, there is an excellent view over the east and west of Berlin. No other viewing point in Berlin offers such as a fascinating view over the entire city, as well as a view of German history. The Panoramapunkt on the top of the Kollhoff-Tower is located directly on the line of the former Berlin Wall at Potsdamer Platz.
The Berlin Zoological Garden is the oldest and internationally most well-known zoo in Germany. Opened in 1844 it comprises an area of 35 hectares and is located in Tiergarten, Berlin centre. With almost 1400 different species and around 14,000 animals the zoo presents the most comprehensive collection of species in the world.
The Cathedral of Berlin is the largest church in the city, and it serves as a vital centre for the Protestant church of Germany. Reaching out well beyond the borders of the parish and of Berlin, the cathedral attracts thousands of visitors, year after year, from Germany and abroad.
Charlottenburg Palace is the largest palace in Berlin, and the only surviving royal residence in the city dating back to the time of the Hohenzollern family. The palace was badly damaged during the second world war but has since been reconstructed. The palace and its gardens are a major tourist attraction.
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