Berlin tour transcends history

USAC Lüneburg toured the capitol city of Germany.

Given the chance, how could you not visit the renowned city of Berlin, Germany? That’s what students studying abroad in Lüneburg thought, too. Nearly a dozen students signed up for the optional tour offered through University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), where Resident Director David Gilland walked students through some of the best parts of one of the oldest, most historically significant cities in Europe.

The U-Bahn
Students used the underground train to explore Berlin.

Using the Berlin underground train, referred to as the U-Bahn, students explored the city. At one stop, they saw the majesty of the monumental Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) — and shocking remnants of bullet holes from World War II. They also swung by the infamous Checkpoint Charlie, the most well-known Berlin Wall border crossing point that separated East and West Berlin during the Cold War.

Alte Nationalgalerie
The Berliner Dom is riddled with bullet holes from WWII.

“What I liked best about Berlin was how you could see so many different periods of time in the same place,” Califorinai State Polytechnic University, Humboldt, student Malachi A. said.

The shadows of war continued along the exterior of the Alte Nationalgalerie, the national gallery of Berlin. It would take days to view the more than 2,000 paintings and sculptures inside.

“My favorite part about Berlin was the National Gallery,” Mason M., student from the University of Nevada, Reno said. “It had a bunch of artwork. It was really cool being in there, it is a really big museum. I loved it.”

Standing at 368 meters high (1,207 feet), there is the Fernsehturm (Television Tower) that has stunning views of the city from is observation deck. It’s a fantastic location to see other sites, including the city center public square, Potsdamer Platz.

View from Fernsehturm

“Mein Lieblingsmoment der Berlin Tour war das Laufen über den Potsdamer Platz in meiner Freizeit – das hat sehr viel Spaß germacht,” Jackson B., Transylvania University student, said. It translates to “My favorite moment of the Berlin tour was running across Potsdamer Platz in my free time – that was a lot of fun.”

Watch the students share their favorite moments from the Berlin tour on Instagram, including Rorey M. from Earlham College, who said “My favorite part of Berlin was probably when we had free time to walk around town and explore museums and the local markets nearby.”