Here's what you get when you study abroad with CEA in Berlin:
One of the benefits of studying abroad is the ability to venture outside your host city and explore the surrounding area. You’ll receive a calendar of excursions for your program during orientation. The following excursions have been offered in the past:
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, is known as the "city of a hundred spires" and "the golden city". It is said that everyone who sets foot in Prague falls in love with it. A city of museums and galleries, churches and synagogues, palaces and gardens, Prague boasts an amazing mixture of architectural styles and periods, from the Middle Ages to the present. Our excursion takes you to Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square, Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge, the National Theater, and the Old Jewish Cemetery. You’ll also visit Prague's main churches and synagogues, including the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Tyn, the Baroque Church of St. Nicholas, and the Old-New synagogue in Prague's 13th-century Jewish quarter, one of the oldest and best-preserved in Europe. You’ll also have free time to visit the Dvorak Museum, the Museum of Decorative Arts, and the National Museum. There’s no shortage of dance clubs, cafés, tea houses, restaurants, and beer halls to help you unwind when the museums and galleries have closed.
Potsdam, a World Heritage site with beautifully restored architecture and old-world charm, is just 10 miles southwest of Berlin. This picturesque town offers parks, lakes, outdoor cafés, and its own Brandenburg Gate. A half-day city tour will show you Potsdam’s main sights, including the 18th century Sanssouci Palace and its magnificent 600-acre park; Cecilienhof, the historic country house where Truman, Churchill, and Stalin met at the famous Potsdam Conference following WWII; and the city’s three main historical areas, the Russian colony of Alexandrowka, the Holländisches Viertel (the Dutch quarter) and the Bohemian Weaver's quarter. Renting a bike is a fun way to spend the afternoon exploring Potsdams’ many parks and lakes, or visiting the Babelsberg Filmpark, exploring the world of nature at the Biosphaere, or playing tennis and swimming at the Volkspark.
Sachsenhausen was a Nazi concentration camp in the North of Berlin, used mainly for political prisoners from 1936 to the end of the Third Reich in 1945. After WWII, the structure was used by the Soviets as a special camp until 1950. The remaining buildings and grounds are now open to the public as a museum.
Built by Augustus the Strong in the 18th century, Dresden was known for its culture, art, and sophistication, as well as its fabulous riverside setting on the Elbe. During WWII, the city was annihilated by Allied bombing on the night of February 13/14, 1945. After Germany’s reunification in 1990, reconstruction efforts resulted in one of Europe’s most striking baroque cities. We’ll start our visit with the most ambitious of all the reconstruction projects, The Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), located in the heart of Old Town. We’ll also explore Zwinger Palace, an important late baroque building; the Renaissance-style Semper Opera House; Katholische Hofkirche, the largest church in Saxony; Brühl's Terrace on the Elbe river; and the Old Masters Gallery, home to many great works of art. You’ll have ample time to sample Dresden’s outdoor café life and drink a toast to the reconstruction of Augustus the Strong’s beautiful baroque city with a glass of sekt (sparkling wine).
Take advantage of the unique flavors of Berlin! Whether you enjoy concerts, clubs, sports, cooking classes, language exchanges or something entirely different, our staff helps you engage with local culture. Since Berlin is a sprawling city with so much to experience, you’ll receive a monthly transportation pass, good for the duration of your program. This will allow you to access public transportation throughout Berlin, helping you make the most of your time abroad.
Walking the Wall
Where exactly was the Berlin Wall? Most visitors still want to see what little remains of the Wall, yet it has been so completely erased that even Berliners hesitate when describing its course through the city. Starting from the Allied Checkpoint Charlie to the Brandenburg Gate, follow the Wall’s route as you learn the history of Germany’s 28-year separation. You’ll gain understanding of why the Wall was erected, how it fell, and how Berlin deals with the scars of its past. Entrance to the Checkpoint Charlie Museum is included.
Berlin has a great number of eateries to choose from, both ethnic and German, with new restaurants opening up every week. CEA staff will show you interesting places to eat and help you decide which local delicacies to try, like spanferkel (suckling pig), Berliner schüsselsülze (potted meat in aspic), hackepeter (ground beef,) and currywurst, (sausage served with tomato sauce, curry, and pepper.) Discover where to find the best eats and how they’re prepared. Guten Appetit!
Jewish Life in Berlin
Stroll through three centuries of Berlin's Jewish history on a tour of the city's traditional Jewish quarter. The triangle between the new Synagogue, Oranienburger Straße, and Große Hamburger Straße was once the center of Jewish life in the city. Traces of the old Jewish community can be found at New Synagogue, the galleries of the Jewish Renaissance, the Old Cemetery, and the Rosenstraße, site of the only demonstration against the deportation of the Jews during the Nazi period. The tour will end with a visit to the controversial Holocaust Memorial.
Berlin by Bike
Berliners like to bike—in fact, half of Berlin’s households don’t own a car! Since Berlin is flat, green, and highly accessible thanks to bike lanes and quiet streets, biking is certainly the way to go. You can see Berlin’s main attractions and delve into the city‘s amazing history on a half-day guided bike tour. Highlights include the Berliner Dom, Opera House, Kronprinzenpalais, Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, Lustgarten, and the Fernsehturm (TV tower) at Alexanderplatz, the tallest building in the city. Get pedaling and immerse in Germany's liveliest city!
It was an amazing experience, an amazing city, and I had all the means to flourish through CEA!