16952
Germany

Berlin: Two Pasts, One Present

Immerse yourself in Cold War history in Berlin while learning about the Bundestag, speaking with Berliners about reunification and discovering cultural monuments like the Berlin Wall.
Rating (4.9)
Program No. 16952RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
2,849
Flights start at
1,050

At a Glance

In November of 1989 the Cold War tensions were beginning to thaw. With the Tiananmen Square protest and the democratic elections of Eastern Europe fresh in their minds, the leaders of East Berlin’s Communist Party announced it was finally time to put an end of the Berlin Wall. Almost instantly, thousands of German citizens flooded the streets, shouting “Tor auf!” (“Open the gate!”) until the wall tumbled down and loved ones were reunited for the first time since 1945. Alongside experts, experience the living memory of a divided city that is once again united as a cultural and political power of Europe. Delve deep into the political life and mentality of modern Germany with political and historical experts as you remember and reflect on this important time in world history.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles per day on mostly flat city sidewalks. Standing for up to 1.5 hours a day. Stairs in historic buildings. Use of public transportation. Some program days may require walking up to three miles in a day.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Venture behind the scenes of German politics during a field trip to the Reichstag building - the seat of German Bundestag – followed by a discussion round with a political expert.
  • Meet with an expert on German-American relations at the Allied Museum and discover how enemies became friends.
  • Experience an excursion to Sanssouci Gardens and the New Palace — the representational Baroque palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia.

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
Featured Expert
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André Meral
André is a political scientist who received his university degree from the Freie Universität Berlin. For many years he has been working as a group leader in Berlin and other places in Germany and Europe with a special focus on political history and the culture of remembrance. In Berlin, he works as a group leader for the German Federal Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) and the Museum of Film and Cinema. He speaks German as a mother tongue as well as English, French and Italian.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Helen Frölich
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André Meral
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Burkhard Heyl
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Andrea Mehrländer
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Ulrich Brückner
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Maggie Deckenbrock
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Wolf Refardt
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Gabriele Elfgen
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Janet Kempf
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Andrea Janssen
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Tobias Neubelt
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Helga Zaddach
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