Learn German – make friends – experience Berlin
In addition to your German course at the DeutschAkademie in Berlin am Alexanderplatz, you should take advantage of the opportunities Berlin offers in the area of art and culture to consolidate and build on your vocabulary and knowledge from your German course. Museums and exhibitions can help you to train and build up a certain vocabulary. A lot of variety is guaranteed. Plan your excursions together with other participants from your German course! Our cultural programme in combination with the German course will also help you learn German better and make friends!
Experience the political heart of Germany
40 minutes walk from your language school Berlin Alexanderplatz
Do you want to visit the political centre of Germany after your German course in Berlin?
The Reichstag on Platz der Republik in Berlin Mitte has been the seat of the German Bundestag since 1999. However, not only the country’s rulers meet here, but the Reichstag is also a popular meeting place for Berliners, tourists and participants from the German course in Berlin at Alexanderplatz.
If you would like to visit the Reichstag after your German course, you should make sure to book in advance. At the visitor’s entrance to the West Portal, you first go through the security checks and then take the lift up to a height of 24 metres. This is the viewing platform around the large glass dome of the Bundestag. The television tower (where your language school is located on Alexanderplatz), the Red City Hall and the Brandenburg Gate can all be seen at a glance from up here.
The tour continues inside the glass dome and inside the building itself. If you come at the right time, you may even be able to watch a meeting of the members of parliament in the so-called plenary hall, directly from the visitors’ gallery above: This way you can deepen and test your knowledge from the German course right away!
The Cultural Forum at Potsdamer Platz
For participants interested in art from the German course at Alexanderplatz
50 minutes walk from your language school Berlin Alexanderplatz
Plunge straight into Berlin’s cultural life from the language school at Alexanderplatz – nothing could be easier. The central location of the DeutschAkademie at Alexanderplatz allows you to plan interesting excursions after your German course. The Kulturforum at Potsdamer Platz is easy to reach by public transport from Alexanderplatz. A wide variety of cultural institutions have found their place here and offer cultural diversity in an incomparable way.
The Forum has become a central venue for concerts and exhibitions, reflects a piece of German history and unites buildings by famous architects, such as Hilmer Sattler or Bauhaus architect Mies van der Rohe. A visit to the Kulturforum broadens the horizon and helps participants from the German course in Berlin to expand and perfect their German skills: reading, listening and speaking German.
Many of our participants from the German course are enthusiastic about music: the foundation stone of the Forum was laid as early as 1959 with the construction of the Philharmonie. Today, the tent-like concrete building is one of Berlin’s most important concert halls and seats more than 2,000 people. Adjacent to the home of the Berlin Philharmonic is the new Chamber Music Hall. To the west of these concert halls, participants from the German course reach the Musical Instrument Museum. 500 years of music history are documented. CD columns and demonstration models make the visit entertaining. Lectures and concert series enrich the exhibition. At weekends, the famous Wurlitzer organ can be heard. Best of all, you can immerse yourself in the German language, learn German words and connect them with the cultural visits.
Mies van der Rohe was responsible for the Neue Nationalgalerie, which opened in 1968. The glass low-rise building was the first museum of the Cultural Forum. The museum shows 20th century painting and sculpture in a permanent exhibition. Participants in a German course will gain insights into the work of Edward Munch, Paul Klee or Otto Dix. The changing special exhibitions also meet with broad interest. Another new building, constructed at the end of the 1990s, houses the Picture Gallery. The exhibition combines collections from several museums and gives participants from our German courses a comprehensive overview of European painting from the 13th to the 18th century. Names like Albrecht Dürer, Peter Paul Rubens or Albrecht Altdorfer will no longer be unknown to language students.
The Museum of Decorative Arts is one of the first buildings in the Forum. The collection itself has existed since 1867 and is considered the oldest of its kind in Germany. A high concrete staircase connects the three exhibition levels, which offer a tour of arts and crafts from the early Middle Ages to the present. The holdings of the Kupferstichkabinett have also been united in a new building at the Kulturforum since 1994. The Kupferstichkabinett collects European and American drawings and prints from the Middle Ages to the present, as well as manuscripts from the Middle Ages and historical illustrated books. The works, which are very sensitive to light, cannot be shown in a permanent exhibition. They are kept in magazines and presented to the public in changing special exhibitions. In the study room, language students can have works of their choice presented to them.
There is plenty of reading material in the New State Library. Immersing yourself in a book in addition to your German course can be very helpful in learning German. Access to culture is a valuable key to mastering the German language. Guided tours of the library are offered every third Saturday of the month. The Kulturforum is within easy reach of the language school at Alexanderplatz.
Tip: If you don’t want to walk after your German course at the DeutschAkademie at Alexanderplatz, you can reach these and many other important Berlin sights by bus lines 100 and 200.
Museum of Technology – what moves Germany
Experience technology after the German course at Alexanderplatz
50 minutes walk from your language school Berlin Alexanderplatz
Many participants from our German courses in Berlin are enthusiastic about technology. Some learn German at the DeutschAkademie Berlin in order to later find a job in a technical field. The Museum of Technology offers the opportunity to expand one’s German vocabulary in the field of technology with the help of illustrative material!
Germany is a country of tinkerers and thinkers. Numerous innovations in the field of technology have come from their clever minds and have changed the world permanently. Participants in the German course at the DeutschAkademie at Alexanderplatz can find out what technical masterpieces the Germans have achieved on a trip to the Museum of Technology.
The museum was founded in 1982 and opened a year later on a 25,000 square metre area on a former factory site at the Anhalter Güter- und Postbahnhof, a few stops away from the DeutschAkademie language school at Alexanderplatz. The exhibition brings together more than 100 technical collections from the holdings of the Museum of Transport and Construction, the Reichspostmuseum or the Museum of Oceanography.
The exhibition focuses on German waterway and rail transport, as well as beer and jewellery production, which are also typically German. The Museum of Technology was completed in 2000 with a new building for aviation and shipping exhibits and is now one of the largest comparable collections in the world.
Interesting exhibits await participants in a German course, the names of which have become an integral part of the German vocabulary. These include the Ju 52 airliner, better known to Germans as Tante Ju. Some 1,500 exhibits document 10,000 years of shipping history. Numerous rail vehicles can be seen in a historic locomotive shed. Participants from the German course will discover the saloon car of the last German emperor and learn about a sad chapter of German history with the permanent exhibition “Deportation of the Jews”.
The Germans have achieved many a stroke of genius in automobile construction. The Museum of Technology’s collection of automobiles and two-wheelers is correspondingly extensive. In addition to about 400 bicycles, the complete range of Zündapp motorbikes is on display. Berlin public buses are just as much a part of the collection as numerous models of renowned car brands such as Opel, Ford or VW.
Germans are passionate beer drinkers, this will not have escaped any language students from the German course in Berlin. In the Museum Park, a historic brewery opens its doors and shows what is important in the production of barley juice. A historical archive and library are attached to the exhibition, a good opportunity for language students to test their German skills.
The museum is located in Trebbiner Straße in Berlin-Kreuzberg and can be reached via the Möckernbrücke U-Bahn stop or the Anhalter Bahnhof S-Bahn stop. The museum is open Tuesdays to Fridays between 9 am and 5.30 pm. On weekends, the exhibition can be visited between 10 am and 6 pm. Admission costs six euros.
Enjoy a breathtaking view after the German course
60 minutes walk from your language school Berlin Alexanderplatz
Want to enjoy the view over the zoo? A relaxing walk after your German course.
The Berlin Victory Column stands in the middle of Berlin’s large Tiergarten. It was erected here as a national monument back in 1873 to commemorate the German-Prussian victories of its time.
In the meantime, a lot has happened: US President Barack Obama has already held speeches here and the world-famous Love Parade also found its annual climax at the foot of the Victory Column, the “Großer Stern” square.
The Victory Column is unmistakable because of the bronze figure “Viktoria”, the winged goddess of victory. She looks down on the city from the top pedestal of the Victory Column. Language students from the German course in Berlin who also want to enjoy the sweeping view from up here should be good on their feet: without a lift, 285 steps lead up to the viewing platform of the Victory Column. The view from a height of about 60 metres is definitely worth it.
Get closer to nature after your German course at DeutschAkademie Berlin
The DeutschAkademie in Berlin on Alexanderplatz is right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. Although the course rooms at your language school are designed in a very relaxing way with lots of space, high ceilings, large windows for plenty of daylight and encourage learning German, as soon as you leave your German course, things get hectic again in Berlin-Mitte…
The Botanical Garden covers an area of 43 hectares and, with around 22,000 different plant species, is not only by far the largest botanical garden in Germany, but also one of the most important botanical gardens in the world. The botanical museum is also directly connected to the garden.
In Berlin’s Dahlem district, the botanical garden is somewhat out of the way, but despite this – or perhaps because of it – it is a popular place to visit to get away from the hustle and bustle of Berlin-Mitte.
There is a lot to discover, both in the idyllic open-air garden itself and in one of the 15 greenhouses and the large tropical house. A worthwhile excursion to combine your German course in Berlin Mitte at Alexanderplatz with some nature-based relaxation!
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