Learning History on School Trips to Hamburg

 The second largest city in Germany, Hamburg is a city-state in the northern part of the country that serves as a major transportation hub for the world. School trips to Hamburg, however, will show you that it is not just another city that is growing with industrialisation, but one that has a rich background of history and art and is a destination worth visiting in its own right.

The city takes its current name from the first building on the site, a large castle ordered to be built by the emperor Charlemagne in 801 AD. As you go into Germany's "Gateway to the world" there is no shortage of things to do or see. While you are there, you should take time to visit St Michael's Church, learn a bit more about the current government at the Rathaus, and then have a peep at some of the city's artworks at the impressive Hamburg Kunsthalle.

St Michael's Church - St Michael's Church is one of the five main Protestant churches and arguably the most famous church in the city. School trips including this church on the itinerary will take you to Englische Planke 1, to explore this landmark that was built between 1647 and 1669. [It has since had several re-builds due to fires and various damages over the years.] The church in its current form was completed in 1786 and its copper covered, 132 metre, Baroque spire is a prominent feature of Hamburg's skyline. The church itself is so famous that it has been replicated in no less than nine other cities in the world.

Rathaus - The Rathaus, or Town Hall, is the seat of the city's government. School trips including the Altstadt area of the city will take you to the impressive-looking building that was built between 1886 and 1897. You can go inside the Rathaus, into the public area of the lobby where there are occasional concerts and exhibitions. The left wing of the Rathaus is the home of Hamburg's Parliament, which is off-limits to the public. The building also houses the office of the Mayor and the meeting place of the Senate.

Hamburg Kunsthalle - Located on Glockengießerwall, the Hamburg Kunsthalle is one of the largest and most important museums of art in all of Germany. School trips focused on art and history will include this on their itinerary as a must-see. There are three buildings that make up the museum: one built in traditional brick (1869), the extension in a Neo-classical style (1919), and the third, by architect Oswald Mathias Ungers which was opened in 1997. The museum has important collections of Dutch paintings from the 17th century, including art by Rembrandt, German works from the Romantic Period such as Philipp Otto Runge, and an excellent array of art from the classical modernist style including works by Max Beckmann and Edvard Munch.

Angela Bowden works for EST (Equity School Travel), the UK's largest educational travel company, providing school trips for secondary schools, primary schools and colleges. School trips with EST can encompass a wide range of learning and more in worldwide destinations.

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