A GROUP of Cookstown High School pupils visited Berlin during their Easter holidays with the Department of Modern Languages.
The 17 pupils were accompanied by C. Allen and C. Irvine (trip leader). With temperatures plunging as low as -10˚C, the group managed to brave the freezing weather conditions to visit many places of interest including Berlin Zoo, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, The Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the town of Potsdam and Sanssouci Palace. They also enjoyed a bunker tour which included visiting civilian shelters, the bombing campaign, the bunker complexes and remnants from WWII.
Highlights of the trip included visiting a sweet making shop to watch traditional German sweets being made, an evening of disco bowling, a boat trip on the River Spree, and they indulged in coffee, cake and doughnuts in the rotating restaurant in Berlin’s 368m high TV Tower.
Despite the busy schedule, pupils still managed to find some time to shop in Berlin’s largest department store, KaDeWe. Although pupils were sad to say ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to Berlin, they still have vivid memories of a fantastic trip that enabled them to practise their linguistic skills in German, enjoy local culture and history, as well as visit world-famous places of interest.