Tourism students visit BerlinWednesday 16 December 2015
Level I (5) Tourism students from the Department of Geography and Environmental Science experienced Berlin’s unique tourism offerings on a four-day visit to the German capital.
Tutors Janet Speake and Steve Fowler described the experience.
The main focus of the field visit was on the varied facets of Berlin as a major city and tourist destination, particularly looking into its often unique tourism products within culture and heritage, political and dark tourism. The group encountered all of these during their visit. In walking a city trail along the iconic Unter den Linden, from Alexander Platz to the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag, some of the city’s finest architectural heritage and cultural sites were explored. The group visited the Holocaust Memorial, the Berlin Wall Memorial (at Bernauer Strasse), and the now highly commodified and commercialised Checkpoint Charlie. Other visits included the Topography of Terror Museum (former Gestapo/SS headquarters 1933-1945) and the Jewish Museum, designed in part to evoke disorientation and reflections of diaspora.
The group stayed in Mitte - central Berlin - an excellent location for easy access to the city’s main visitor attractions, and a great place from which to become more familiar with the rich and varied attractions of Europe’s third most-visited and fastest-growing tourist city.