Film & Media Studies School Trips to Berlin
Berlin, with its filmatic history stretching from "Nosferatu" and Fritz Lang’s "Metropolis" to current Hollywood big budget films such as "V for Vendetta," "Black Book" and Tom Cruise’s "Valkyrie," provides the perfect location for a Film and Media Studies tour. With many media corporations based here it has grown a reputation as a leading media centre and the Sony Centre is a shining representation of Germany's progress since reunification.
The German Cinematheque Museum of Film and Television in the Filmhaus on Potsdamer Platz is dedicated to the fascinating world of moving images and illuminates the history of film and television, from the silent film pioneers to the legendary Marlene Dietrich to current digital productions. The Deutsche Kinemathek gives a consistent account of the story of German cinema with thirteen rooms exhibiting over 1,000 films, scripts, documentation, props, costumes and other memorabilia
Generous access is granted to visitors to see a current soap opera or TV film being recorded at the Babelsburg Studios. Also the Berlin Film Museum has an excellent documentation of the history of German cinema from 1895 to 1980. Contained in the elegant former Marstall (royal stables) it has rooms full of famous props, costumes, set-designs and projection screens. All this, plus more, makes Berlin a great city to take students on a school trip for Film & Media Studies.
Curriculum Topics Key Stage 4 & 5
- Media Representations: the ways in which the media re-present (rather than simply present) the world
- Media Industries: the impact of production processes, personnel and technologies on the final product
- Media Audiences: how media organisations categorise audiences
- European Film Movements: German Expressionism
Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.
|1||Check in to UK airport for flight to Berlin||Arrive and transfer to your accommodation||Visit to Reichstag Dome|
|2||Visit to Babelsberg Film Studios||Visit to the Berlin Film Museum||Bowling and evening meal|
|3||Visit to the ARD TV Studio Tour||Visit to the Museum of Communication||Evening meal|
|4||Visit to the TV Tower||Transfer to Berlin airport for return flight||Arrive UK, onward travel to school|
|Morning||Check in to UK airport for flight to Berlin|
|Afternoon||Arrive and transfer to your accommodation|
|Evening||Visit to Reichstag Dome|
|Morning||Visit to Babelsberg Film Studios|
|Afternoon||Visit to the Berlin Film Museum|
|Evening||Bowling and evening meal|
|Morning||Visit to the ARD TV Studio Tour|
|Afternoon||Visit to the Museum of Communication|
|Morning||Visit to the TV Tower|
|Afternoon||Transfer to Berlin airport for return flight|
|Evening||Arrive UK, onward travel to school|
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Reasons to Visit
Babelsberg Film Studios
Berlin's film studios are older than Hollywood. Visitors are given generous access to film sets and to watch current soap opera or TV films being recorded. The guided tour offers an insight into film making and special effects and includes a shuttle drive through Media City Babelsberg, a screening at the Action Cinema and a tour of one of the Filmpark exhibitions.
Museum of Communication
Discover storage media past and present, secret and manipulated messages or revolutionary inventions from Berlin and the rest of the world. Interactive workshops and tours for young people are available to explore the many diverse and exciting facets of communication.
Berlin Film Museum
This museum has an excellent documentation of the history of German cinema from 1895 to 1980. Contained in the elegant former Marstall (royal stables) it has rooms full of famous props, costumes, set-designs and projection screens.
Berlin TV Tower
The tallest structure in Germany, the Berlin TV Tower was constructed as a symbol for Berlin by the administration of the German Democratic Republic. There is a visitor platform and a revolving restaurant as well as an exhibition about the tower.
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 film & media topics; Film Technology, Photo Technology, Writing & Printing.
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).
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 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.
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.
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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