In July, 64 students and 8 members of staff travelled to Germany and Poland by coach and ferry, for an unforgettable trip, filled with fantastic experiences and culture. On arrival in Berlin, we were greeted by heavy rain, but the mood was soon lifted by visiting local sights, including the Reichstag building, the Brandenburg Gate and also the Berlin Wall. Following this, we visited the Holocaust memorial and also the TV Tower which provided a brilliant 360° view of the city. Later that day, we enjoyed a tasty meal at the American-themed Route 66 diner which provided a fun, retro atmosphere.
The next day, we travelled to Sachsenhausen concentration camp, which was a harrowing experience for all, however many students agreed that it was an experience that they will never forget. After a tour around the Olympic Stadium, later that day, we returned to the hotel for our evening meal, and then joined in the festivities surrounding the World Cup. With Germany in the final, we painted our faces and bought flags to celebrate. When Germany won, the atmosphere was electric and the celebrations carried on through the night.
The next day, we departed from Berlin and arrived later that day in Krakow, Poland. After eating our evening meal at the hotel, we then took a short walk to the city centre to explore the sights. We visited Auschwitz and Auschwitz II- Birkenau the next day, which was an unforgettable experience for everyone on the trip. Student Charlotte Brown describes her experience of visiting the concentration camps- 'I feel like the concentration camps confirmed everything that I've studied, and it was educational and really heart breaking at the same time. It was well worth the visit.'
When we arrived back at the hotel, we took another walk into Krakow city centre, and had time to shop for souvenirs and admire the beautiful architecture. Student Ecem Hasan describes how she found the city- 'The city centre was so picturesque, you could walk around all night and never get bored.' After we had explored the city centre, including the Cloth Hall, we enjoyed a delicious meal at the Hard Rock Café.
The following day, we departed for Calais, France where we then arrived back in England by ferry. Overall, the trip was thoroughly enjoyable, and all the students were grateful to have the chance to visit such fascinating places. Student Ella Mcleod describes how she felt about the experience- 'There were so many experiences packed into one trip, from being in Berlin for the World Cup Final to exploring the city of Krakow. It was fantastic.'
Lyndsay Townsend, Year 13
Posted on Tue, January 6, 2015
by Darwen Academy