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The Best Way to Teach Germany’s Heartbreaking History

The Best Way to Teach Germany's Heartbreaking History

There are certain countries with an unimaginable history. Germany certainly falls into this category.

History students learn about World War I, II and the Cold War, as best they can through textbooks, searches and teachers. But topics like this are both dense and difficult to comprehend (yet, timeless in curriculums). Understanding world history benefits hugely from a practical approach.

How to teach Germany’s history in high school

So, how can teachers help the youth of today understand the most defining regime of the 20thcentury? There’s no doubt the best way to study history is by supporting lessons with a trip to Germany, to visit the places that Hitler (and the Third Reich) changed forever.

It’s a challenging history to recall. But with the help of local guides and a consciously-planned tour designed to educate, your students will have a better understanding of the world wars that shaped humanity.

By seeing the effects of the Holocaust first-hand, your class will be able to process what this meant for the victims, their families and the entire world… in the comfort of a supportive group.

The memorial site of Sachsenhausen is a short 30-minute drive from Berlin. Dachau, the camp where Hitler rose to power, is easily accessible from Munich. There are other camps in smaller towns that are open to visitors, including Bergen-Belsen and Buchenwald Memorials.

Your students can even visit the home of Hitler, near Salzburg. It’s important for every young person to learn what happened before their time, and there’s no better way than seeing it with their own two eyes.

Berlin, a city of great contrasts

Today, Berlin is best known for its eccentric culture, art and bohemian lifestyle. For students who visit, they’ll be able to see both ‘new Berlin’, as they soak up its fragmented history. Berlin has a booming creative community, from music to art to theatre. Cathedrals, bandstands and town squares command its city – a welcomed ‘break’ in-between historically-dense sights.

The most common attractions that teach students about Germany’s past include Checkpoint Charlie, the Holocaust Museum, and the East Side Gallery. The Brandenburg Gate dates back to the Batavian Revolution and the Reichstag Dome, from the German Empire. Tie these attractions into your lesson plans, pre-trip, to help prepare your students and strengthen their understanding.

Educational tours build empathy

German students can also improve their fluency, with local interactions and local classroom experiences. If you’re a German, History or Art teacher, an educational tour to Germany this part of Europe will propel students forward, intellectually and socially. We’ll show you the best cities in Germany for students.

Munich, Frankfurt and smaller towns offer great learning opportunities, too. Our trip planners are sensitive to the content of itineraries in countries like Germany. We’ll work with you to create a trip that fulfils your learning requirements, without overwhelming your class.

Fill in your details in this contact form and we’ll begin planning your tailor-made educational trip itinerary, together. TravelBound collaborates with Australian schools, just like yours.

So, tell us, what’s on your Germany to-teach list?