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.
"I had never done an overnight camp before and I decided to go big and go to Scotland and Ireland with TFT! It was the best experience I ever had and I made so many memories. First off, the staff is incredible and they always take care of safety first, they are very fun and very supportive. One of the best adventures I remember was when we went rock climbing on the cliffs and rocks on the coast of Ireland, we got to jump off from the cliffs and into the ocean and that was such a blast. We also got to visit a castle and learn about falcons and even hold them as they would fly back and forth off our arms. The food was also incredible, as we got to try typical meals like a full English breakfast and haggis. The accommodations were very good too. For two of the three places we stayed at, we stayed at a hostel. They were quite small, but with all the new friends you meet there, it does not feel weird to be within such close proximity with others. The third place we stayed at was at an outdoor activity center on Achill Island and that was the most fun since every day there was a new activity such as surfing, canoeing, coasteering (climbing the rocks by the ocean), archery, and so many more. I have traveled a lot before, but with TFT, they are always on the move and you are trying new activities and trying new food while taking in the breathtaking scenery."
"I was given the opportunity of a lifetime: to travel across Europe with amazing kids my age and outstanding counsellors. This trip showed me beautiful parts of the world I longed to see since I was a little girl. Not only were the people, accommodations and food incredible, but also the activities. Like canyoning down a mountainside in the middle of the Swiss Alps, paddle boating in the canals of Amsterdam and riding my bike on a beautiful trail just at the foot of Neuschwanstein Castle to a lake where we could swim to the middle and face the German hillside with two beautiful castles as the backdrop. After going on this trip, I can now tell my friends that I’ve travelled across Europe and I’m not even finished with high school yet. It was truly an incredible experience and I would totally recommend it to any teenagers aspiring to travel."
"I have traveled with TFT for four summers now, exploring Costa Rica, Croatia, Fiji and Greece. These trips have been the highlight of my summers. They have broadened my horizons and strengthened my confidence. Going on these trips and meeting new people changed how I view the world. I love having conversations with locals and people I meet along the way. The small TFT groups and the knowledgeable and enthusiastic group leaders make for a fun and eye-opening experience. What sets TFT apart is that we immerse ourselves in the culture and we are not just tourists. We meet locals, hear stories about their lives, and it is truly invigorating. Travel For Teens has given me so much more than fun memories over the summer. They have given me the ability to be comfortable talking to anyone, being in new places, having a widened perspective on other cultures, and to be independent. On my Costa Rica and Fiji trips, we volunteered with school children. In a very short time we made deep connections that I will always cherish. I feel so fortunate to have had my eyes opened through TFT to so many beautiful places and memorable people."