From the Berlinale to the RBB Studios and the Axel Springer Publishing House, Berlin is in every regard a Media City.
There is no doubt that for students of media studies Berlin is an obvious destination. The venues and locations it offers are both highly educational and thoroughly entertaining, and make for an excellent introduction to how the media works.
If you’re planning ahead to next February there is, of course, the Berlin International Film Festival (the Berlinale), the largest publicly attended film festival in the world. Of course, that may seem a while away but the Festival and the hotels get booked up very early.
Around 400 films are shown during the Berlinale, and the Berlinale Talent Campus, a week-long series of lectures and workshops for young filmmakers from around the globe, is held at the same time.
There is also Generation 14+ which shows short and feature-length films aimed at that age group.
But, of course, Berlin is not just the Berlinale, and throughout the year you can visit a whole host of media locations, including taking a behind-the-scenes tour of the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg Studios (RBB). Here students can visit TV and radio studios once used as a transmitting station by the Russians and which now create national programmes.
Tours offer a fascinating insight into the daily workings of the studios. Recent visits have included a tour of the filming of a popular German soap opera and a quiz show – but please note that for this venue under-16’s are not allowed.
The Berlin Film Museum is another must-see venue for media students, offering exhibitions on film-making in Germany from silent movies to modern times. This museum also has rooms full of famous props, costumes, set-designs and projection screens.
Babelsberg film studios is another prime attraction as they were formed before Hollywood and have been used to make everything from Marlene Dietrich films to Nazi propaganda. Students can see TV programmes being made and visit film sets, see a screening at the Action Cinema and tour one of the Filmpark exhibitions.
Away from the movies there is the Axel Springer Publishing House tour which takes students to the state-of-the-art newspaper printing press and the offices where over 12,000 media staff work and where students can learn about how such a vast news empire operates.
The Berlin Tower Viewing Platform makes an excellent break from the tours, as the 200 metre high tower allows students to look out over the city from the Reichstag to the Olympic Stadium.
Of course, this is not all that Berlin offers, and many school parties also opt to take in an evening visit to an IMAX cinema, a meal at the Hard Rock Café, a visit to Check Point Charlie, etc. The choice is, of course, yours.
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