What better way to introduce students to European history and culture than by exploring Germany’s most vibrant cities? On this trip to Berlin, Potsdam, and Munich, students will walk in the footsteps of history while gaining an appreciation for modern German life. Begin in the vibrant capital of Berlin, where we’ll see how this city has transformed from being two divided countries to one of the world’s most thriving metropolises. Then we’ll head south to Munich, the lively capital of Bavaria, to soak up the best of German culture as we bike through the city like locals and enjoy dinner in a traditional beer hall.
Language students will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in German and practice what they have learned in the classroom. Students can order their own food at meals, chitchat with shopkeepers, and haggle with street vendors. Our staff members will help students discover that foreign languages are an exciting tool they can use wherever their travels might take them.
Our mission is to provide an authentic experience rooted in “teaching teens to be travelers, not tourists.” Our guides will help students step outside their comfort zone, appreciate other cultures, and discover the joys of traveling. Thanks to our years of experience in leading young travelers around Europe, Travel For Teens are experts in engaging and inspiring student travelers. Join us on this one-of-a-kind cultural experience and leave them with memories to last a lifetime!
During this trip, you and your students will…
- Get to know Berlin like a local as you stroll through the Tiergarten, visit the mighty Brandenburg Gate, and check out the historical Unter den Linden
- Climb up the dome of the Reichstag Building to observe Germany’s Parliament in action
- Do as the Germans do and get around by bike
- Explore the underground bunkers designed to keep Germans safe during the turmoil of the 20th Century
- Walk in the footsteps of history at Cecilienhof Palace and Dachau Concentration Camp
- Marvel at the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, nestled in the Bavarian Alps
- Savor the freshest foods from local farmers at the Viktualienmarkt
- Make new friends while dining at the long tables of a traditional Bavarian beer hall
DAY 1: Hello Germany!
Flight from your preferred airport to Berlin.
DAY 2: Arrive in Berlin
Welcome to Germany! You’ll be met at the airport by your TFT guides, who will accompany you for the duration of your journey. After getting settled into our centrally-located hotel, we’ll have lunch in the beautiful Tiergarten before getting acquainted with downtown Berlin on a walking tour. Climb to the dome of the Reichstag Building, where the German Parliament meets before enjoying your first German dinner.
DAY 3: Biking Berlin
Begin the day with a visit to a UNESCO World Heritage site, Museum Island. Students will have the choice of visiting either the Neues Museum or the Pergamon Museum. After lunch, we’ll have a guided bike tour of some of Berlin’s most famous sights, like Checkpoint Charlie, the Fuhrer Bunker, the East Side Gallery, and Tempelhof Airport. (As always, an alternative will be available for those not comfortable on a bike.) Along the way, we’ll stop for a snack at one of Berlin’s hip eateries, such as the Markthalle Neun. For dinner, we’ll enjoy traditional, authentic cuisine at one of our favorite local restaurants.
DAY 4: Berlin & WWII
This morning, students will experience what life in war-torn Germany was like as we head underground to the bunkers that were built to shelter citizens during both World War II and the Cold War. After lunch, pay a visit to the Jewish Museum to learn about the devastating effects of the Third Reich and how the Jewish community has influenced life in Berlin. This afternoon, take some free time for souvenir shopping in the trendy boutiques of Mitte.
DAY 5: Potsdam
Today we venture outside of Berlin to the nearby city of Potsdam, home to dozens of opulent palaces and lush gardens. Students will have the choice of exploring the city by bike or on foot. No matter which they choose, they’ll be able to visit Cecilienhof Palace, where the Potsdam Agreement was signed to put an end to World War II. We’ll return to Berlin and pack our bags, as tomorrow we depart for Munich!
DAY 6: Munich
Board the high-speed train from Berlin to Munich and cross the eastern half of the country in just under five hours. Upon our arrival, we’ll head out to explore the area around Marienplatz, Munich’s central square. Climb to the top of the belltower at Alter Peter Church for incredible views of the city and snack on a fresh pretzel from a street vendor. For dinner, try Bavarian specialties at one of our favorite local restaurants.
Day 7: Dachau Concentration Camp
We’ll spend the morning engaging with one of the darkest moments in German history as we visit the Dachau Concentration Camp, led by a local guide. Although it’s a difficult subject to talk about, students find this to be one of the most worthwhile experiences of the whole trip. After we return to downtown Munich, we’ll have lunch and take a bike tour of the city. The tour will include a stop at the Chinese Tower in the English Garden for a snack at one of the city’s trendiest beer gardens. We’ll learn more about Bavarian beer culture tonight at dinner in a cozy, traditional beer hall–complete with long tables perfect for making friends.
Day 8: Neuschwanstein Castle
Leave the hustle and bustle of Munich for a relaxing day in the Bavarian countryside! Today, we’ll take a day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle in the Bavarian Alps. Always a student favorite, this day offers something for everyone. Students will explore the fairytale castle that inspired Walt Disney. Weather permitting, they will also have the chance to bike through the castle grounds and even go swimming in an alpine lake.
Day 9: Bavarian Palaces and Markets
On our last day in Germany, students will see any last-minute sights we’ve missed so far. Begin the day with a visit to the Nymphenburg Palace gardens, one of the true gems of Munich. We’ll have lunch in the Viktualienmarkt, Munich’s incredible farmer’s market featuring products fresh from local farms. In the afternoon, students can relax in the English Garden or visit the BMW Museum. We’ll have time for last-minute souvenir shopping before enjoying an upscale final dinner to celebrate the end of an incredible trip.
DAY 10: Auf Wiedersehen Germany
Your TFT guides will accompany you to the airport and assist you with check-in for your flight. Wave goodbye as you head through security and sit back and relax on your flight home.
The TFT Difference
We Never Combine Groups
Your tour should be special and just for you and your students! We will never combine two or more groups on the same bus or tour. We will lead a trip with as few as six people and a teacher. Your Trip Director travels with you for the duration of your program.
Stress-Free Planning and 24/7 Support
We are there for you every step of the way, and our support begins the moment you decide to do a TFT trip! We will provide you with a team member who will help bring your tour to life, along with everything you need to help get students to sign up for the adventure! On the tour you will have 24/7 dedicated staff with you to ensure everything runs smoothly and because we know travel is full of surprises, solve anything that may pop up along the way.
Photos and Email Updates
Your trip is special and you and your students should have those memories captured forever! Expect frequent personal email updates and hundreds of photos from your TFT staff shared with you and your students’ families so everyone can follow along on the journey. We are the only teen travel program to offer this in-depth trip communication and it truly makes all the difference!
Central Accommodation and Local Meals
Authenticity is engrained in everything we do. We stay at locally owned accommodation in the city center so you don’t waste your valuable time commuting. We dine at charming authentic restaurants to get a real flavor (literally!) for the local culture. The best way to travel is like a local. So ditch the tour bus and have a real traveler’s experience with us!
Authenticity is engrained in everything we do. Eat, stay, and travel like a local.
Check out what past travelers have to say about TFT and discover why we are consistently winning awards for Top Youth Travel Organization.
"For my graduation present last year, I was grateful enough to travel to Italy with TFT! I was a bit nervous about traveling across the world without knowing anyone beforehand, but the staff and my peers were all so friendly and welcoming! Everything about this trip was so FUN, exciting, and very well organized. From the airport designations to the travel itinerary, everything was smooth sailing. There was always something new for us to do/see which was my favorite part of the trip. Although relaxing, it was fulfilling to be kept busy with a new culture to explore. I highly recommend not only the Amalfi trip, but any trip with TFT! They are an extremely trust worthy company and my parents were confident that I was being left in good hands. This trip was hands down one of the best trips I have been on and am excited to be traveling with TFT again soon!"
"When I decided I wanted to travel last summer, I looked at quite a few websites before I finally found TFT. I knew immediately that they were the company I wanted to spend my summer with because they had such a variety of intriguing options. The trip that really piqued my interest was the Europe for Older Teens: Prague, Austria, Slovenia & Croatia, and my experience with TFT ended up being two of the best weeks of my life! The activities were a perfect mix of history, culture, and free time to get to know all of the amazing people this tour allowed me to meet. Whether it was the locals, counselors, or other campers, I so enjoyed spending time with and interacting with them all! From wandering around the magical streets of Prague, gorging on pastries (and just food in general) in Vienna, indulging in the splendor of nature in Bled, and having my breath taken away by the charm of the Adriatic, every day was a treat. My summer with Travel for Teens was unforgettable, and I look forward to seeing even more of the world with them in the future!"
"Traveling with TFT was a life-changing experience for me. I was a very shy person and not very outgoing before I went on my trip to Europe. I was very nervous that I wouldn't fit in and the next month was going to be hard. In the end, it was the exact opposite. I made so many friends that I was sad to leave. The counselors made it easy to communicate with everyone so we were all really great friends. I would recommend TFT to anyone who is looking to step out of their comfort zone and travel. The activities we did were amazing. Although there was a tight schedule to make sure we got the most out of our trip, there was always free time at night where we could just wander and explore. Overall it was a life-changing experience that I will never forget!"