When: Morning of Day 2 for All Middle School Students and all Students Competing in International Geography Bee World Championships; Morning of Day 3 for Varsity and Junior Varsity Students not competing in IGB World Championships.

Sights to see in Mitte include (clockwise from Upper Left) Brandenburg Gate, Fernsehturm, Reichstag, Museum Island

Many of Berlin’s most historic sites are clustered in, Mitte (meaning “Middle” in German), the historic heart of the city. During the Cold War, much of this area was part of East Berlin, but bordered on West Berlin, so for part of the tour, we’ll retrace the route of the Berlin Wall (some of the last remaining remnants of the Wall will also be seen). On this walking tour, we’ll see in close succession all of the following:

Brandenburg Gate
Bundeskanzleramt (Federal Chancellery – Merkel’s Office)
Berlin Wall remains
Checkpoint Charlie (including a stop at the museum there, detailing the Berlin Wall, and successful escapes)
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Unter den Linden
Pariser Platz (site of new US Embassy)
Potsdamer Platz
Bebelplatz (site of Nazi book burning)
Humboldt University
Museum Island
Berliner Dom (city cathedral)

Regardless of age division, all students competing in the IGB World Championships will take the tour on Day 2, so that they can compete in the International Geography Quiz on Day 3. IGB students will also get a chance to play the International Geography Showdown Finals and the International Geography Bee Scramble Finals during the tour in a historic setting.