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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Sep 1 — Sep 17, 2015

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Day One: Tuesday, September 01 - In Transit to Program
In Transit: Overnight flight to Germany

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Built in 1861 with classical façade the hotel is modern, friendly and very personally run establishment. Situated in the heart of the new Berlin, the Allegra is the ideal starting point to explore the vibrant city on foot.

Contact info:
Albrechtstr. 17
Berlin, 10117 Germany
phone: +49 (0)30 308 86 0
web: www.albrechtshof-hotels.com/de/hotel-allegra/hotel

Room amenities: shower/toilet or bath/toilet, TV, telephone and mini bar, internet access

Facility amenities: bar and restaurant at the partner hotel Albrechtshof vis-à-vis

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Upon request
Subject to availability. Advanced reservations required.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, September 02 - Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Afternoon: Our airport greeters will meet you at the airport and arrange for your transfer to the hotel. Check-in to your rooms is possible after 2 p.m. If you arrive before you can store your luggage at the hotel and use the time to take a first walk around the neighbourhood or have a light lunch at one of the many restaurants nearby. At 4:30 p.m. we will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Dinner: At a neighborhood restaurant, enjoy a plated meal featuring a starter, main course of meat, fish, or vegetarian options, and dessert, plus water and a welcome drink; other beverages available for purchase.

Lodging: Hotel Allegra

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Built in 1861 with classical façade the hotel is modern, friendly and very personally run establishment. Situated in the heart of the new Berlin, the Allegra is the ideal starting point to explore the vibrant city on foot.

Contact info:
Albrechtstr. 17
Berlin, 10117 Germany
phone: +49 (0)30 308 86 0
web: www.albrechtshof-hotels.com/de/hotel-allegra/hotel

Room amenities: shower/toilet or bath/toilet, TV, telephone and mini bar, internet access

Facility amenities: bar and restaurant at the partner hotel Albrechtshof vis-à-vis

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Upon request
Subject to availability. Advanced reservations required.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, September 03 - Lecture on Berlin & Germany
Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet offering breakfast meats, hot egg dishes, fruit, cheese, yogurt, bread, and croissants, plus water, coffee, tea, milk, and juice.

Morning: Introduction to the program by the group leader followed a lecture on Berlin's troublesome past, its present as well as its future by a local expert and historian. Afterwards, a local expert takes you on an excursion through Berlin by bus including Berlin Wall, Topography of Terror, Checkpoint Charlie, Gendarmenmarkt, Paris Square and Brandenburg Gate as historical symbols, Reichstag, Holocaust Memorial, Potsdamer Square (the new and old), Memorial Church and the new architecture of today (embassies etc.). Please note that the schedule is time depending and may be subjected to change.

Lunch: Take a break during the city excursion and enjoy a packed lunch including amongst other things a sandwich, fruit, yoghurt and something to drink.

Afternoon: The excursion by bus with our local expert continues in the afternoon.

Dinner: At a local restaurant enjoy a plated, two course meal plus water; other beverages available for purchase.

Lodging: Hotel Allegra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Built in 1861 with classical façade the hotel is modern, friendly and very personally run establishment. Situated in the heart of the new Berlin, the Allegra is the ideal starting point to explore the vibrant city on foot.

Contact info:
Albrechtstr. 17
Berlin, 10117 Germany
phone: +49 (0)30 308 86 0
web: www.albrechtshof-hotels.com/de/hotel-allegra/hotel

Room amenities: shower/toilet or bath/toilet, TV, telephone and mini bar, internet access

Facility amenities: bar and restaurant at the partner hotel Albrechtshof vis-à-vis

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Upon request
Subject to availability. Advanced reservations required.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Friday, September 04 - German Federal Parliament (Bundestag) and Museum ...
Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet offering breakfast meats, hot egg dishes, fruit, cheese, yogurt, bread, and croissants, plus water, coffee, tea, milk, and juice.

Morning: This morning we will take a walk along the Spree to one of the most famous landmarks in Berlin: the Reichstag building which is the seat of the German Federal Parliament! Enjoy the magnificent architecture and learn more about Germany’s turbulent political past (and that mysterious 1933 fire) before ascending to the recently rebuilt glass cupola. From here, you can enjoy spectacular views of the parliamentary and government district and Berlin’s sights. Afterwards you have the chance to venture behind the scenes of German politics while discussing current issues with an assistant of a member of parliament.

Lunch: At the beautiful Bodemuseum enjoy a plated, two course meal plus water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free time to visit the famous Museum Island. The exhibits in the five museums on Museum Island span the whole of Western Civilization from the pre-historic to the 19th Century. Museum Island is a UNESCO Heritage listed site. Explore different exhibitions with a day pass on your own. Please note that the hall containing the Pergamon Altar is closed since 29 September 2014 and is due to remain closed to the public until 2019. The north wing and the gallery of Hellenistic art are also affected by the closure. The South Wing of the Pergamonmuseum, featuring the Market Gate of Miletus, the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way from Babylon, and the Museum of Islamic Art, remains unaffected and will be open to the public during this time.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. There is a variety of restaurants around the hotel: German cuisine as well as Arabian, Indian, Italian or Japanese.

Lodging: Hotel Allegra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Built in 1861 with classical façade the hotel is modern, friendly and very personally run establishment. Situated in the heart of the new Berlin, the Allegra is the ideal starting point to explore the vibrant city on foot.

Contact info:
Albrechtstr. 17
Berlin, 10117 Germany
phone: +49 (0)30 308 86 0
web: www.albrechtshof-hotels.com/de/hotel-allegra/hotel

Room amenities: shower/toilet or bath/toilet, TV, telephone and mini bar, internet access

Facility amenities: bar and restaurant at the partner hotel Albrechtshof vis-à-vis

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Upon request
Subject to availability. Advanced reservations required.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Saturday, September 05 - Potsdam, Sanssouci Palace
Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet offering breakfast meats, hot egg dishes, fruit, cheese, yogurt, bread, and croissants, plus water, coffee, tea, milk, and juice.

Morning: Excursion to Potsdam. Guided visit of Sanssouci Palace, the summer residence of Frederick the Great. It was built above the terraced vineyard from 1745 to 1747 following the King's ideas and sketches. The palace is considered the major work of Rococo architecture in Germany.

Lunch: At a local restaurant enjoy a plated, two course meal plus water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon: Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities at the end of the daily schedule. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Boarding the motorcoach, we will ride to a local restaurant near Charlottenburg Palace. Enjoy a plated, two course meal plus water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: From the restaurant, we will walk to Charlottenburg Palace where we will enjoy a performance of 17th and 18th century classics. The Berlin Residence Orchestra interprets the works from composers such as Bach, Handel, and Mozart with a special flair for the era which makes for an unforgettable cultural experience. This large, baroque palace is the only surviving royal residence in Berlin of the Hohenzollern family – a dynasty that controlled much of central Europe until the World Wars of the 20th century. The largest palace in Berlin constructed at the turn of the 18th century, the intricate palace includes a belvedere, a mausoleum, a theater, and a pavilion.

Lodging: Hotel Allegra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is situated near the historic part of the town in the inner city of Dresden. From the Bruehlsche Terrace near the hotel you can get a view of the "Florence on the Elbe" with its "White Fleet" and the famous skyline. All famous sights as well as the commercial center and the government sector can be reached on foot in a few minutes.

Contact info:
Terrassenufer 12
Dresden, 01069 Germany
phone: +49 (0) 351 4409-50
web: www.hotel-terrassenufer.de/10.html

Room amenities: All rooms are modern and functionally equipped and offer a beautiful view over the river Elbe and the old town as well as the "Sächsische Schweiz". There is wireless internet available.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lobby bar and public internet point in the lobby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Sunday, September 06 - Visit the famous museums of Dresden
Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet offering breakfast meats, hot egg dishes, fruit, cheese, yogurt, bread, and croissants, plus water, coffee, tea, milk, and juice.

Morning: Transfer to Dresden by coach.

Lunch: At the hotel enjoy a plated, two course meal plus water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel. Afterwards you will have free time to visit the famous museums of Dresden.

Dinner: At a local restaurant enjoy a plated, two course meal plus water; other beverages available for purchase.

Lodging: Hotel am Terrassenufer

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is situated near the historic part of the town in the inner city of Dresden. From the Bruehlsche Terrace near the hotel you can get a view of the "Florence on the Elbe" with its "White Fleet" and the famous skyline. All famous sights as well as the commercial center and the government sector can be reached on foot in a few minutes.

Contact info:
Terrassenufer 12
Dresden, 01069 Germany
phone: +49 (0) 351 4409-50
web: www.hotel-terrassenufer.de/10.html

Room amenities: All rooms are modern and functionally equipped and offer a beautiful view over the river Elbe and the old town as well as the "Sächsische Schweiz". There is wireless internet available.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lobby bar and public internet point in the lobby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Monday, September 07 - Explore Dresden, Visit of the Church of Our Lady
Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet offering breakfast meats, hot egg dishes, fruit, cheese, yogurt, bread, and croissants, plus water, coffee, tea, milk, and juice.

Morning: Guided city tour of Dresden on foot including a visit of the Church of Our Lady: The Church can look back on a 1000-year history. In the 18th century, the famous dome structure was built and dominated Dresden’s cityscape for 200 years. The church was destroyed shortly before the end of World War II. Its ruin remained as a memorial at the heart of the city. Since February 13, 1982, when young people first gathered in front of the ruins with candles, it has become a symbol for the peace movement in Eastern Germany and a place for non-violent protest. Over a period of 11 years and more, the church was rebuilt piece by piece. Reconstruction work finished in 2005.

Lunch: At a local restaurant enjoy a plated, two course meal plus water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Visit of the Historic Green Vault (Grünes Gewölbe) which is the oldest museum in the world (founded 1723) and contains the largest collection of treasures in Europe.

Dinner: At the hotel enjoy a plated, two course meal plus water; other beverages available for purchase.

Lodging: Hotel am Terrassenufer

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Dürer Hotel is consequently run by the proprietors themselves in person, according to the motto "Coming home". The central feature is the hotel's own Mediterranean garden, an oasis at the heart of the Old Town. Each room has a personal character of its own.

Contact info:
Neutormauer 32
Nürnberg, 90403 Germany
phone: +49 (0) 911 / 21 46 65 - 0
web: www.duerer-hotel.de

Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with bathroom/shower, WC, hairdryer, vanity mirror, large desk, telephone, LCD television, W-Lan (one hour a day free of charge) and minibar

Facility amenities: The hotel has a small wellness area with sauna, steam bath, treadmill, ergometer and rowing machine is also available to you at no additional cost. Round off the day with a drink in our hotel bar. A small library there contains all you need to know about Albrecht Dürer and Nuremberg.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Tuesday, September 08 - Imperial Castle of Nuremberg
Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet offering breakfast meats, hot egg dishes, fruit, cheese, yogurt, bread, and croissants, plus water, coffee, tea, milk, and juice.

Morning: Transfer to Nuremberg by coach.

Lunch: At a local restaurant enjoy a plated, two course meal plus water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free time to visit the near-by Dürer House. Afterwards, there will be a guided city tour on foot including the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg.

Dinner: At a local restaurant enjoy the typical bratwurst of Nuremberg followed by a desert. Vegetarian alternatives are also available. Water is included and other beverages available for purchase.

Lodging: Dürer Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: You can look forward to a central hotel in Munich that offers 102 well-appointed guest rooms and genuine Four Points comfort for your overnight stay, an air-conditioned fitness room and many other amenities such as free internet access in the lobby and in the rooms. The hotel in Munich is located right at the heart of the beautiful town: it is not only directly next to the "Theresienwiese", also the central station is only a few minutes' walk away.

Contact info:
Schwanthalerstrasse. 111
Munich, 80339 Germany
phone: +49 89 51083 0
web: www.fourpointsmunichcentral.com/en

Room amenities: All of our hotel rooms in Munich are equipped with the following basic amenities: - Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed® - 32" Flat screen TV - Safe - Air condition - Telephone with international direct dialling and voicemail - Iron & ironing board - Refrigerator (drinks can be purchased at the hotel bar) You can access your room via an electronic key card. From your hotel room in Munich, you can reach the centre in just a few minutes. You can enjoy this great city without travelling long distances.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Wednesday, September 09 - Documentation Centre: Nazi Party Rally Grounds
Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet offering breakfast meats, hot egg dishes, fruit, cheese, yogurt, bread, and croissants, plus water, coffee, tea, milk, and juice.

Morning: Visit to the Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds where from 1933 to 1938 the "Nuremberg Rallies" took place. Thematic talk and accompanied walk through the exhibition. Afterwards free time to explore the grounds on your own

Lunch: At a local restaurant enjoy a plated, two course meal plus water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Transfer to Munich by coach. Check-in at the hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant enjoy a plated, two course meal plus water; other beverages available for purchase.

Lodging: Four Points by Sheraton Munich Central

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: You can look forward to a central hotel in Munich that offers 102 well-appointed guest rooms and genuine Four Points comfort for your overnight stay, an air-conditioned fitness room and many other amenities such as free internet access in the lobby and in the rooms. The hotel in Munich is located right at the heart of the beautiful town: it is not only directly next to the "Theresienwiese", also the central station is only a few minutes' walk away.

Contact info:
Schwanthalerstrasse. 111
Munich, 80339 Germany
phone: +49 89 51083 0
web: www.fourpointsmunichcentral.com/en

Room amenities: All of our hotel rooms in Munich are equipped with the following basic amenities: - Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed® - 32" Flat screen TV - Safe - Air condition - Telephone with international direct dialling and voicemail - Iron & ironing board - Refrigerator (drinks can be purchased at the hotel bar) You can access your room via an electronic key card. From your hotel room in Munich, you can reach the centre in just a few minutes. You can enjoy this great city without travelling long distances.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Thursday, September 10 - City of Munich and Monastry Andechs
Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet offering breakfast meats, hot egg dishes, fruit, cheese, yogurt, bread, and croissants, plus water, coffee, tea, milk, and juice.

Morning: Enjoy a lecture about the historical development and sociocultural characteristics of Munich and Bavaria by a local expert followed by a guided city tour by bus.

Lunch: At a local restaurant enjoy a plated, two course meal plus water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Field trip to Andechs Abbey: Start your visit with a guided tour through the abbey's very own brewery. Afterwards your route will take you up to the pilgrimage church.

Dinner: At the beautiful restaurant in the Andechs Monastery enjoy a plated, two course meal plus water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Return to Munich by coach.

Lodging: Four Points by Sheraton Munich Central

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: You can look forward to a central hotel in Munich that offers 102 well-appointed guest rooms and genuine Four Points comfort for your overnight stay, an air-conditioned fitness room and many other amenities such as free internet access in the lobby and in the rooms. The hotel in Munich is located right at the heart of the beautiful town: it is not only directly next to the "Theresienwiese", also the central station is only a few minutes' walk away.

Contact info:
Schwanthalerstrasse. 111
Munich, 80339 Germany
phone: +49 89 51083 0
web: www.fourpointsmunichcentral.com/en

Room amenities: All of our hotel rooms in Munich are equipped with the following basic amenities: - Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed® - 32" Flat screen TV - Safe - Air condition - Telephone with international direct dialling and voicemail - Iron & ironing board - Refrigerator (drinks can be purchased at the hotel bar) You can access your room via an electronic key card. From your hotel room in Munich, you can reach the centre in just a few minutes. You can enjoy this great city without travelling long distances.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Friday, September 11 - Nymphenburg Palace
Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet offering breakfast meats, hot egg dishes, fruit, cheese, yogurt, bread, and croissants, plus water, coffee, tea, milk, and juice.

Morning: Excursion to Nymphenburg Palace: The baroque palace in the west part of Munich was the summer residence of the Bavarian monarchs. It is one of the largest royal palaces in Europe and is not to be missed on a sight-seeing tour through the Bavarian capital city. The often visited Baroque tourist attraction with it’s expansive landscaped garden and museum draws not only guests from around the world, but is also a beloved institution for Munich residents.

Lunch: At a local restaurant enjoy a plated, two course meal plus water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon: Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities at the end of the daily schedule. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like or to explore the local cuisine.

Lodging: Four Points by Sheraton Munich Central

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: You can look forward to a central hotel in Munich that offers 102 well-appointed guest rooms and genuine Four Points comfort for your overnight stay, an air-conditioned fitness room and many other amenities such as free internet access in the lobby and in the rooms. The hotel in Munich is located right at the heart of the beautiful town: it is not only directly next to the "Theresienwiese", also the central station is only a few minutes' walk away.

Contact info:
Schwanthalerstrasse. 111
Munich, 80339 Germany
phone: +49 89 51083 0
web: www.fourpointsmunichcentral.com/en

Room amenities: All of our hotel rooms in Munich are equipped with the following basic amenities: - Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed® - 32" Flat screen TV - Safe - Air condition - Telephone with international direct dialling and voicemail - Iron & ironing board - Refrigerator (drinks can be purchased at the hotel bar) You can access your room via an electronic key card. From your hotel room in Munich, you can reach the centre in just a few minutes. You can enjoy this great city without travelling long distances.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Saturday, September 12 - The Pinakothek Museums in the art district of Mun...
Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet offering breakfast meats, hot egg dishes, fruit, cheese, yogurt, bread, and croissants, plus water, coffee, tea, milk, and juice.

Morning: Field trip to the Alte Pinakothek and Neue Pinakothek, two of the oldest and most important galleries in the world.

Lunch: At a local restaurant enjoy a plated, two course meal plus water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: At Leisure: Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like or to explore the local cuisine.

Lodging: Four Points by Sheraton Munich Central

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel Bayrischer Hof in Heidelberg lies right at the heart of the beautiful university city of Heidelberg and is an ideal starting point for visits to the many sights, such as Heidelberg castle, Germany’s oldest university, the romantic banks of the river Neckar, the Congress House, renowned Heidelberg companies, several university institutes and clinics, the ATOS clinic and much more. Founded in 1856, the hotel was completely rebuilt and renovated in 2007/2008. Therefore, wethe hotel offers you rooms that are both cosily furnished and contemporary in design, available in a range of sizes and with a variety of facilities. Directly situated on Bismarckplatz, the 1.6 kilometre-long pedestrian zone (one of the longest in Europe) invites you to take a stroll through the Old Town. Just one kilometre from Heidelberg’s main railway station, the hotel is always easily and quickly accessible. The pleasant atmosphere, the young and highly dedicated staff and the central location are always particularly popular with our guests. Also close by the hotel there is a fitness centre, as well as an open air and indoor swimming pool.

Contact info:
Rohrbacher Straße 2
Heidelberg, 69115 Germany
phone: +0049 6221 872880
web: bayrischer-hof-heidelberg.com/

Room amenities: • Shower/WC with mirror, hairdryer • Telephone, cable TV, free W-LAN/LAN Internet connection • Mini bar • Anti-allergy bed linen

Facility amenities: Service: • Lifts to all floors • Email & Internet service • Concierge • Cleaning/laundry (chargeable) • Currency exchange up to € 100 • Porter/bell service • Room service • Hotel safe for valuables up to € 20,000 • Secretarial service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Sunday, September 13 - Old Town of Heidelberg
Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet offering breakfast meats, hot egg dishes, fruit, cheese, yogurt, bread, and croissants, plus water, coffee, tea, milk, and juice.

Morning: Transfer to Heidelberg by coach.

Lunch: At a local restaurant enjoy a plated, two course meal plus water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Heidelberg is a unique cultural landmark well worth discovering. This includes Heidelberg University, which was founded in 1386 and is thus the oldest university in Germany. We will stroll through the history of the university; you can immerse yourself in the world of professors, philistines, and scholars, visit the Old Aula, the historic student detention cell known as the Karzer, the University Library and St. Peter's Church.

Dinner: At a local restaurant enjoy a plated, two course meal plus water; other beverages available for purchase.

Lodging: Hotel Bayrischer Hof

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel Bayrischer Hof in Heidelberg lies right at the heart of the beautiful university city of Heidelberg and is an ideal starting point for visits to the many sights, such as Heidelberg castle, Germany’s oldest university, the romantic banks of the river Neckar, the Congress House, renowned Heidelberg companies, several university institutes and clinics, the ATOS clinic and much more. Founded in 1856, the hotel was completely rebuilt and renovated in 2007/2008. Therefore, wethe hotel offers you rooms that are both cosily furnished and contemporary in design, available in a range of sizes and with a variety of facilities. Directly situated on Bismarckplatz, the 1.6 kilometre-long pedestrian zone (one of the longest in Europe) invites you to take a stroll through the Old Town. Just one kilometre from Heidelberg’s main railway station, the hotel is always easily and quickly accessible. The pleasant atmosphere, the young and highly dedicated staff and the central location are always particularly popular with our guests. Also close by the hotel there is a fitness centre, as well as an open air and indoor swimming pool.

Contact info:
Rohrbacher Straße 2
Heidelberg, 69115 Germany
phone: +0049 6221 872880
web: bayrischer-hof-heidelberg.com/

Room amenities: • Shower/WC with mirror, hairdryer • Telephone, cable TV, free W-LAN/LAN Internet connection • Mini bar • Anti-allergy bed linen

Facility amenities: Service: • Lifts to all floors • Email & Internet service • Concierge • Cleaning/laundry (chargeable) • Currency exchange up to € 100 • Porter/bell service • Room service • Hotel safe for valuables up to € 20,000 • Secretarial service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Monday, September 14 - Heidelberg University and Heidelberg Castle
Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet offering breakfast meats, hot egg dishes, fruit, cheese, yogurt, bread, and croissants, plus water, coffee, tea, milk, and juice.

Morning: Experience the the magical flair of the picturesque Old Town on a guided walking tour with a local expert. Afterwards visit Heidelberg Castle – World-famous and a byword for German Romanticism! The castle ruins rise majestically over the roofs of the old town, but for five hundred years it was home to the Prince Electors of the Palatinate. We will explore the surrounding parks and have a look at the beautiful building on a guided tour.

Lunch: At a local restaurant enjoy a plated, two course meal plus water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: At Leisure: Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like or to explore the local cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel Bayrischer Hof

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel is located in the city centre of Cologne, in walking distance from the cathedral and old town. In the evening you will have the chance to relax in a cosy Hotel bar and enjoy life music.

Contact info:
Flandrische Straße 3-11
50674, Köln Germany
phone: +49 221 20 36 0
web: www.flandrischerhof.de/de/index.html

Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with telephone and satellite TV.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Upon request.
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fifteen: Tuesday, September 15 - Loreley Valley
Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet offering breakfast meats, hot egg dishes, fruit, cheese, yogurt, bread, and croissants, plus water, coffee, tea, milk, and juice.

Morning: Transfer to Bacharach at the river Rhine by coach.

Lunch: At a vineyard in Bacharach, including a wine tasting. Afterwards enjoy a walk through the village and the vineyards. We will also take a little walking tour around the village and the vineyards.

Afternoon: Boat trip on the river Rhine along the Loreley. We will go from Bacharach to St. Goar by boat and afterwards continue to Cologne by bus.

Dinner: At a local restaurant enjoy a plated, two course meal plus water; other beverages available for purchase.

Lodging: Hotel Flandrischer Hof

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel is located in the city centre of Cologne, in walking distance from the cathedral and old town. In the evening you will have the chance to relax in a cosy Hotel bar and enjoy life music.

Contact info:
Flandrische Straße 3-11
50674, Köln Germany
phone: +49 221 20 36 0
web: www.flandrischerhof.de/de/index.html

Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with telephone and satellite TV.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Upon request.
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Sixteen: Wednesday, September 16 - Cologne Cathedral
Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet offering breakfast meats, hot egg dishes, fruit, cheese, yogurt, bread, and croissants, plus water, coffee, tea, milk, and juice.

Morning: Lecture and guided walking tour: "Cologne from Roman times until today". Followed by a visit to the magnificent Kölner Dom: Cologne’s geographical and spiritual heart. The Cathedral is full with art and treasures. If you dare you can walk up on one of the towers. But be aware: there are lots of steps to take before you reach the top!

Lunch: On your own to enjoy local fare. The group leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Cologne on your own. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities at the end of the daily schedule. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Tonight, say ‘auf Wiedersehen’ to Germany at a popular restaurant in the vibrant center of Cologne featuring a plated, three course meal, plus water and a farewell drink; other beverages available for purchase. Share what you have learned in Germany and your favorite memories of your trip!

Lodging: Hotel Flandrischer Hof

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Seventeen: Thursday, September 17 - Program Concludes
Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet offering breakfast meats, hot egg dishes, fruit, cheese, yogurt, bread, and croissants, plus water, coffee, tea, milk, and juice.

Morning: Transfer to the airport for departure.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Nuremberg
Albrecht Dürer's House"Back to Dürer" – this is the motto of Albrecht Dürer's House, presenting the living and working quarters of the great artist, Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). The museum shows all facets of Dürer and his work. In the screening room, the multivision show "Albertus Durer Noricus" allows a unique novel view of Dürer's work. The house was Dürer's residence between 1509 and 1528. A particular attraction: the large painting and printing workshop from Dürer's time where artistic techniques are demonstrated. Address: Albrecht-Dürer-Straße 39. Opening hours: 10 am - 5 pm: Tue - Fri; 10 am - 8 pm: Thu; 0 am - 6 pm; Sat - Sun July until September and during the Christmas market in December also: Mon 10 am - 5 pm.
For additional information, visit: www.museen.nuernberg.de
City Museum FembohausA fresh look at history: Nuremberg's only remaining large late Renaissance merchant's house invites visitors to an eventful journey through Nuremberg's history. Just in time for the new millennium, the City Museum Fembohaus reopened its doors. In a modern museum atmosphere with ambitious exhibition projects and the major multivision show Noricama, it strives to present a novel comprehensive view of 950 years of the city's history. Address: Burgstraße 15. Opening hours: 10 am - 5 pm: Tue-Fri; 10 am - 6 pm: Sat, Sun.
For additional information, visit: www.museen.nuernberg.de
Museum for Industrial CultureAlong the so-called Museum Street, exhibits are grouped in ensembles in the historic factory building, focusing mainly on the history of industrialization, using Nuremberg as an example. Work and everyday life past and present come to life here. In 2000, numerous new exhibition units were added and the museum now comprises almost 6,000 square meters. New additions include a "Technology Revue", a fully functioning museum cinema and a turning stage centering on the history of household appliances. Address: Äußere Sulzbacher Straße 60-62. Opening hours: 9 am to 5 pm: Tue-Fri; 10 am to 6 pm: Sat, Sun, holidays.
For additional information, visit: www.museums.nuremberg.de
The Germanic National Museum The Germanic National Museum is one of Europe's largest and greatest museums. Its incomparable stores of exceptional art and artisan ship offer a panoramic overview of the cultural history of German-speaking central Europe. Experience for yourself, the remarkable range and diversity of German art and culture in the former imperial city of Nuremberg! Enjoy a fascinating voyage through history, from hand axes of Neolithic times to the arts and culture of the present day. Address: Kartäusergasse 1. Opening hours: 10 am - 6 pm: Tues-Sun; 10 am - 9 pm: Wed. Admission: Free on Wed from 6 pm to 9 pm.
For additional information, visit: www.gnm.de
Berlin
AlexanderplatzAlexanderplatz – “Alex” to Berliners – served as a cattle market in the Middle Ages, a military parade square and an exercise ground for nearby barracks until the mid-19th century. It is named to honor Alexander I, Tsar of Russia, on his visit to Berlin in 1805. It was here that Alfred Döblin took the pulse of the cosmopolitan metropolis portrayed in his 1929 novel “Berlin Alexanderplatz”. Fast forward to more recent times, one million people congregated here, on November 4, 1989 to demonstrate against the GDR regime shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall. This was the largest anti-government demonstration in its history. Layer upon layer of Berlin’s urban history is located in Alexanderplatz, interweaving centuries of social, political, and architectural history and repeatedly the subject of public debate and urban design competitions. The transformation of Alexanderplatz into a modern transit junction and shopping area came about during the second half of the 19th century with developments such as the construction of the S-Bahn. In the 1970s under Erich Honecker Alexanderplatz became an experiment in socialist urban aesthetics. Among the sights to look out for here are the 365 meter TV tower, Berlin’s highest construction topped by a globe with a rotating viewing platform. The Brunnen der Völkerfreundschaft (Fountain of Friendship amongst Peoples) and the landmark World Time Clock erected in 1969 serve as a popular meeting place.
Allied MuseumThe museum, located in the former U.S. Army "Outpost" movie theater, documents the role of the Western Allies (U.S., France, and Britain) in the post-war period and the life of allied troops in Berlin. Address: Clayallee 135. Admission: Free.
For additional information, visit: www.alliiertenmuseum.de
Anne Frank CenterThe Anne Frank Center is the German partner organization of the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam. A permanent exhibition shows the life of Anne Frank. In addition, the Center organizes various events especially for pupils and special exhibitions. Address: Rosenthaler Straße 39.
For additional information, visit: www.annefrank.de
Bauhaus-Archiv BerlinThe Bauhaus-Archiv displays works from all Bauhaus stages and workshops and from the trend-setting Gestaltungsschule (School of Design) from 1919 until 1933. It is the estate of Walter Gropius, Georg Muche and Herbert Bayer. Address: Klingelhöferstraße 14.
For additional information, visit: www.bauhaus.de
Berlin CathedralThe Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral), completed in 1905, is Berlin's largest and most important Protestant church as well as the sepulcher of the Prussian Hohenzollern dynasty. This outstanding high-renaissance baroque monument has linked the Hohenzollerns to German Protestantism for centuries and has undergone renewed phases of architectural renovation since the Middle Ages. First built in 1465 as a parish church on the Spree River it was only finally completed in 1905 under the last German Kaiser -Wilhelm II. Damaged during the Second World War it remained closed during the GDR years and reopened after restoration in 1993. Address: Lustgarten 1. Entrance fee: 4 - 7 Euro.
Berlin Wall MemorialBernauer Strasse was a focal point of Germany's division. The Berlin Wall Memorial commemorates this period in history. The memorial includes the monument, completed in 1998 and designed out of a largely preserved section of the border fortifications, the Berlin Wall Documentation Center that opened in 1999 and the Chapel of Reconciliation, dedicated in 2000 and built on the former death strip at the site of the Reconciliation Church that was blown up by East German border troops in 1985. Address: Bernauer Straße 111. Admission: Free.
For additional information, visit: www.berliner-mauer-dokumentationszentrum.de
Berlin ZooAffectionately known as the Zoo on the south-west corner of the Tiergarten, this is Berlin’s favorite family spot – a wonderfully kept urban Zoo with a huge playground, restaurants, and coffee shops, providing a whole day’s worth of family entertainment. The Zoo is home to 13,700 animals and 1,400 species. Its animals are part of local life and most Berliners will be aware of the news of a new arrival. Rare among city zoos, the Zoologischer Garten was founded in 1844 and was the first Zoo to be built in Germany. Under Friedrich Wilhelm IV it became a joint project by Martin Lichtenstein and Peter Joseph Lenné who redesigned the Tiergarten and allocated the southwestern tip of the Tiergarten as a zoological garden. Address: Hardenbergplatz 8.
For additional information, visit: www.zoo-berlin.de/zoo.html
Botanic GardenThe World in a Garden: Discover one of the most beautiful botanic gardens in the world. Take a stroll in woods and meadows, wander in only a few minutes from Alps to Caucasus, let Far-Eastern plants enchant you and feel the Tropical Rainforest with all your senses: Plunge in this green oasis and take off for a trip far away from the fuss of the city. As many people say, time will run slower here. After the garden, you can deepen your impressions at the botanical museum. Address: Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8.
For additional information, visit: http://www.botanischer-garten-berlin.de/en
Brandenburg GateThe Brandenburg Gate is one of Berlin's most important monuments – a landmark and symbol all in one with over two hundred years of history. A former symbol of the divided city, it drew visitors who used to climb an observation platform in order to get a glimpse of the world behind the Iron Curtain, on the other side of the barren “death-strip” which separated East from West Berlin, geographically and politically. It was here that on June 12, 1987, Ronald Regan issued his stern command to his cold war adversary admonishing him with the words: “Mr. Gorbachov – tear down this wall!”. The speech delivered to West Berliners was also audible on the east side of the Gate and echoed President von Weizsacker’s words which translate as: “The German question is open as long as the Brandenburg Gate is closed.” Address: Pariser Platz.
Centrum JudaicumThe Centrum Judaicum houses special exhibitions as well as a permanent exhibition about the history of the New Synagogue and Jewish life in its surroundings. Address:Oranienburgerstr 28/30.
For additional information, visit: www.cjudaicum.de
Charlottenburg PalaceSchloß Charlottenburg, the largest and most beautiful palace in Berlin, is a shining example of baroque architecture. Today, it is the largest residence of the Hohenzollern in Berlin. Originally built by Elector Frederick III as a summer residence for his wife Sophie Charlotte in 1699, the palace was later extended into a stately building with a cours d'honneur. The magnificent palace is surrounded by a baroque garden in which diverse architectures melt into a unique ensemble. The entire palace presents itself with majestically equipped rooms and saloons and with top-class art collections that offer outstanding masterpieces: For example, one of the largest collections of French paintings of the 18th century outside of France. The ensemble of rooms and saloons – artistically as well as historically impressive – is a living testimonial of courtly culture and life from baroque times until the early 20th century.
For additional information, visit: www.spsg.de
Checkpoint CharlieCheckpoint Charlie, along with Glienicker Brücke (Glienicker Bridge) was the best known border-crossing of Cold War days. The sign, which became a symbol of the division of Cold War Berlin and read like a dire warning to those about to venture beyond the Wall – YOU ARE NOW LEAVING THE AMERICAN SECTOR – in English, Russian, French and German - stood here. Today, it is an iconic marker of territorial boundary and political division. Until the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989 it signified the border between West and East, Capitalism and Communism, freedom and confinement. Address: Friedrichstraße 43-45.
DDR Museum BerlinThe DDR Museum is Berlin's interactive museum and one of the most-visited attractions in the German capital. History comes dynamically alive as the visitor is given a first-hand introduction to life in the first Socialist state on German soil. Address: Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 1.
For additional information, visit: www.ddr-museum.de
East-Side GalleryThe East Side Gallery is a 1.3 km-long painted stretch of the former Berlin Wall along the Mühlenstrasse in former East Berlin. It is the largest open-air gallery in the world with over one hundred original mural paintings. Galvanised by the extraordinary events which were changing the world, artists from all around the globe rushed to Berlin after the fall of the Wall, leaving a visual testimony of the joy and spirit of liberation which erupted at the time. Address: Mühlenstraße (near Oberbaumbrücke).
For additional information, visit: http://www.eastsidegallery-berlin.de/data/eng/index-eng.htm
German Historical MuseumIn June 2006 the Zeughaus reopened for the public with the newly designed permanent exhibition “German History in Images and Testimonials”. Covering 8,000 m² of exhibition space, the exhibits from the DHM’s own collections convey a vivid picture of the past. The Pei-Building behind the Zeughaus was opened on May 24, 2003. It houses special exhibitions of the German Historical Museum. Address: Unter den Linden 2.
For additional information, visit: www.dhm.de
Hackesche HöfeThe Hackesche Höfe (Hof here means courtyard) is quite famous and is comprised of a labyrinth of eight courtyards, accessible through Rosenthalerstrasse 40’s main arched entrance. Inside, one can stroll from one small specialized shop to another, just as in the neighboring Rosenhöfe and Rosenthaler Höfe. The little cafés, bars and restaurants are favorite places for relaxed shopping breaks.
Hamburg BahnhofThe Hamburger Bahnhof is the former rail station for trains running between the capital and the hanseatic city of Hamburg. Its station building houses the museum for contemporary art which belongs to the Nationalgalerie and counts as one of the world’s most successful exhibition spaces for contemporary art. Here, works can be found by artists such as Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, Keith Haring as well as many innovative contemporary artists. Address: Invalidenstraße 50-51.
For additional information, visit: www.hamburgerbahnhof.de
Holocaust MemorialThe memorial comprises 2711 concrete steles and was constructed between 2003 and 2005 close to the Brandenburg Gate on the basis of a design by architect Peter Eisenman. The subterranean information center situated in the south-eastern corner of the monument commemorates the victims and provides material on the historical sites of the destruction and on existing memorials. Address: Cora-Berliner-Straße 1. Admission: Free, donations are welcome.
For additional information, visit: www.stiftung-denkmal.de
Humboldt-BoxThe Berlin Palace-Humboldt Forum took on a visible shape when the foundation stone was laid in the summer of 2013. The Humboldt-Box is the information center of this project of the century. The past and future plans for the Berlin Palace are illustrated in interactive exhibitions. The terrace on the 5th floor offers a view of the palace construction site and the historical center of Berlin. Address: Schlossplatz 5 (Unter den Linden).
For additional information, visit: www.humboldt-box.com
Jewish MuseumThe museum’s permanent historical exhibition extends over 3,000 m² and invites visitors to journey through two millennia of German-Jewish history. Its depictions of 14 historical periods from the Middle Ages to the present paint a vivid portrait of German-Jewish life. Artistic and everyday objects, photos and letters, interactive displays and media stations together convey the history of Jewish culture in Germany and show how tightly Jewish life and German history are interwoven. Address: Lindenstraße 9-14.
For additional information, visit: www.jmberlin.de/
KaDeWeBerlin’s most famous trademark department store is KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens) – or department store of the West. It is Berlin’s shopping paradise, a favorite, easy to spot landmark on Wittenberg Platz. With 60,000 m², the equivalent of nine football fields, 380,000 articles and 40,000 visitors a day, this is the legendary, largest department store on the continent. Address: Tauentzienstr. 21-24.
For additional information, visit: http://www.kadewe.de/en
Kulturforum Potsdamer PlatzNeue Nationalgalerie / New National Gallery: 20th century art: Collection of expressionist works, Bauhaus works, new objectivity, art in the period after the war. Address: Potsdamer Straße 50. Gemäldegalerie / Picture Gallery: European paintings from the 13th - 18th century. Masterpieces from all epochs, including paintings by Eyck, Bruegel, Dürer, Raffael, Tizian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Rubens. Address: Matthäikirchplatz 4-6. Musikinstrumentenmuseum / Museum for Musical Instruments: Bach's harpsichord and its replica as well as the biggest cinema and theater organ in Europe (live demonstrations every Saturday). Address: Tiergartenstraße 1.
For additional information, visit: www.smb.museum.de
KurfürstendammThe shopping area known as Kurfürstendamm includes Tauentzien Straße, as its eastern extension. Together they comprise an almost five kilometer long boulevard where strolling, shopping and sitting in cafés have been a pleasure for decades. Tauentzien Straße begins at Wittenbergplatz (Underground station) where the famous KaDeWe department store is located. The street runs west towards Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church where the street name changes into Kurfürstendamm. Between KaDeWe and the church, one can find most of the medium-priced international fashion chains and sport brands as well as large shoe stores. Close to the church, the Europacenter hosts another 70 shops and restaurants. Also worth visiting are the elegant side streets that run north from Kurfürstendamm such as Fasanenstraße, Knesebeckstraße or Bleibtreustraße. Here, many chic boutiques and fancy stores can be found on the ground floors of elegant old apartment buildings. These streets also lead to Savignyplatz, an atmospheric square where during summer hundreds of people can be found sitting in front of bars and restaurants.
Martin-Gropius-BauUnusual insights into cultural history, often with spectacular findings and the latest research results, form the pillars in the Martin-Gropius-Bau program alongside contemporary art and photography. Monographs of outstanding artists are as much the focus as current artistic positions. Address: Niederkirchner Straße 7.
For additional information, visit: www.gropiusbau.de
Museum House at Checkpoint CharlieThe Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie is a museum like no other; from its humble beginnings in October 1962 as a two-and-a-half room display about the newly erected Berlin Wall, the museum has evolved into a more than 2000 m² exhibition that explores not only the history of the Berlin Wall and the stories of those affected by it, but also looks at the challenges facing society today as it struggles for worldwide recognition of human rights and freedom. Here one can discover objects used to escape over, under, and through the Berlin Wall, and read stories of those escapees who risked their lives to win their freedom. Address: Friedrichstraße 43-45.
For additional information, visit: www.mauermuseum.de
Museum IslandBerlin’s Museum Island is a unique ensemble of five museums, including the Pergamon Museum - built on a small island in Berlin’s Spree River between 1824 and 1930. A cultural and architectural monument of great significance it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1999. Berlin’s own Acropolis of the arts is considered unique because it illustrates the evolution of modern museum design over the course of the 20th century and its collections span six thousand years of human artistic endeavor. Museum Island is accessible on the left side of the German Historical Museum – opposite Berlin’s Staatsoper on Unter den Linden – only a short walk across Palace Bridge. Following Schinkel’s 1830s Altes Museum, Friedrich Wilhelm IV commissioned the Neues Museum in 1859 to house the Egyptian and prehistoric collections. It displays the Egyptian Papyrus collection and the Library of Antiquity and Nefertiti in much reduced circumstances in a reflecting glass box. The Alte Nationalgalerie followed in 1876 as an elevated temple of antiquity for 19th century German and European painting collections. It reopened in 2001, with works from Monet, Manet, Renoir and Caspar David Friedrich. The Baroque Bode Museum (1904), is known for its sculpture collection and Museum of Byzantine Art. The most well-known of the complex, Alfred Mussel’s Pergamon Museum (1930) was built following the need for additional exhibit space to house the artefacts from the 19th century excavations of German archeologists in Pergamon and Asia Minor at a time when Heinrich Schliemann found Priam’s treasure. The Pergamon museum continues to attract one million visitors a year from all over the world to marvel at the reconstructed Pergamon Altar, the Market Gate of Miletus and the Ishtar Gate. Addresses: Lustgarten and Bodestraße 1-3. Closed on Mondays!
For additional information, visit: www.smb.museum.de
Museum in the KulturbrauereiFrom idyllic countryside dacha to works canteen and Bautzen prison - the exhibition "Everyday Life in the GDR" in the Museum in the Kulturbrauerei opened in November 2013. The exhibition, spreading over 600 m², presents original objects, documents, films and audio recordings that explore the gap between ideals and reality in the GDR. The individual experiences showcased illustrate the diverse attitudes towards the communist dictatorship, from loyal support to attempted neutrality or resistance. Address: Kulturbrauerei complex at Knaackstraße 97 in Building 6.2, Staircase B.
For additional information, visit: http://www.hdg.de/fileadmin/static/english/berlin/museum-in-der-kulturbrauerei/
Nikolaiviertel775 years of Berlin history: The Nikolaiviertel, where Berlin was originally founded, is home to 5 museums, a history trail with 19 informative plaques, and 800 years’ worth of architecture. Anyone looking for culture and the historical origins of this city is in the right place here. And others too, as Berlin's first and oldest church is surrounded by 30 cafes and restaurants, and 50 shops – classic and often highly specialized retailers who make the Nikolaiviertel into a true treasure trove for those seeking something special. Address: The quarter is to be found between the Spree and the city hall.
Palace of TearsThe Palace of Tears was the processing center for people traveling from East to West Germany at the Friedrichstraße border crossing point. There is hardly any other place where people experienced so directly how severely the division of Germany affected their personal lives. The exhibition illustrates everyday life in the face of division and borders through biographical examples and nearly 600 artefacts. Address: Friedrichstraße station/ Reichstagufer 17.
For additional information, visit: http://www.hdg.de/fileadmin/static/english/berlin/traenenpalast-am-bahnhof-friedrichstr/
Potsdamer PlatzBerlin’s Potsdamer Platz is the most striking example of the urban renewal that turned Berlin into the ‘New Berlin’ in the 1990s although it is not, strictly-speaking, a square. The area today consists of the three developments known as Daimler City or the DaimlerChrysler Areal (1998), the Sony Centre (2000) and the Beisheim Centre (2004), which literally transformed the dormant wasteland where the Berlin Wall stood between East and West Berlin until 1989. Main attractions to be seen while walking around the Potsdamer Platz area include: Debis Tower (Renzo Piano) and the DaimlerChrysler Atrium with its public spaces, including changing art exhibitions and an auto showroom and the artificial water basin; The Sony Centre and Cinema Complex and Film Museum, the Arkaden Shopping Mall (Richard Rogers), a 3D IMAX cinema, Musical Theatre and Casino, and Weinhaus Huth wine merchants the oldest and only surviving original pre World War II building. Address: Potsdamer Platz 1.
The KennedysThe Kennedys Museum, situated opposite the Brandenburg Tour on Berlin’s Pariser Platz across the square from the new American Embassy building which was inaugurated on July 4, 2008, is a testament to the relationship between John F. Kennedy, the 35th US President, the Kennedy family and Berlin. Kennedy’s presidency at a time when the Cold War was intensifying was crucially bound up with Berlin’s history and the building of the Berlin Wall as well as the dramatic stand-off between US and Soviet tanks in October 1961 at Checkpoint Charlie when a Third World War became foreseeable. JFK was given an enthusiastic reception in Berlin on June 26, 1963 when he saw for himself the reality of the Berlin Wall, erected two years before. “Ich bin ein Berliner”, the words with which he addressed Berliners at Schoneberg Rathaus (City Hall) were possibly JFK’s most famous quotes and an inspiration to the world. The museum’s collection includes astonishing 300 photographs and objects. Much of the memorabilia were the President’s personal belongings, providing snapshots of his public and personal life as well as the turns of fortune of America’s most illustrious family. Address: Auguststraße 11-13.
For additional information, visit: www.thekennedys.de/
TiergartenTiergarten in Berlin refers to the parliamentary, government and diplomatic district as well as to Berlin’s largest and most popular inner-city park. The Tiergarten (animal park) and former hunting ground is Berlin’s best known park. Due to its centrality it’s a favorite with locals and visitors, it's wonderful for a stroll, a breath of fresh air, a picnic, cycling or a jog or just kicking a ball around. Today the area includes the Regierungsviertel, Potsdamer Platz and the Kulturforum as well as the Diplomatenviertel. Address: Straße des 17. Juni 100.
Victory ColumnBerlin’s Siegessäule – Victory Column – is another of Berlin’s monuments that has reinvented itself through the ages – from symbol of Prussian military victory in the 19th century to a favorite tourist spot today. As US Presidential candidate, Barack Obama chose the Siegessäule as the alternative spot to the Brandenburg Gate for his speech to 200,000 Berliners on July 24, 2008. The monument is reachable using a pedestrian underpass. Four neo-classical temples also built by Albert Speer indicate the entrance points. This is one of Berlin’s favorite sightseeing trips with children and youngsters who appreciate the view from the observation deck following the 270 steps required to reach it via a spiral staircase. The Café Victoria and Biergarten, just next to the monument, is ideal for refreshments and a break. Address: Straße des 17. Juni/ Großer Stern.
Munich
BMW MuseumThis museum, with its distinctive architecture in the shape of a futuristic silver bowl, is among the most attractive museums in Munich. The "Time horizons"-exhibition takes you on an exciting journey through technical feats of pioneering – from the historic BMW sports car through legendary prototypes, right up to a futuristic study of automobiles and motorcycles. The path also takes the visitor past topical subjects like alternative propulsion methods, recycling and cooperative traffic management. Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm. Address: Am Olympiapark 2.
For additional information, visit: www.bmw-welt.com
Beer- and Oktoberfest-MuseumThe building has been constructed after the great fire of 1327, where a third of the city has been destroyed, due to Emperor Luis's of Bavaria order of city expansion. The still intact Isartor can be traced back to the same time. The house in Sternecker Street 2 has been restored to its old form. The partly intact facade paintings with square patterns has been uncovered and replenished. Furthermore the "Heaven's Stairs", which are typical for Munich, are intact. They visibly reach the roof from the ground floor. Opening hours: 1 pm to 6 pm, closed on Monday and public vacations. Address: Sterneckerstrasse 2.
For additional information, visit: www.bier-und-oktoberfestmuseum.de
German MuseumThe German Museum is the first scientific-technological museum in the world. The laws of nature, instruments and technological methods are presented in this Mount Olympus of knowledge on a scientifically high level, yet in an enthralling and entertaining way. Learning by doing – this concept enthralls around 1.3 million people every year. The museum has been providing visitors with a comprehensive basic understanding of science and technology for one hundred years which is essential in order to get to grips with a world that is becoming more and more complex. Opening hours: daily 9 am- 5 pm. Address: Museumsinsel 1.
For additional information, visit: www.deutsches-museum.de
NS-Dokumentationszentrum MünchenThe Munich Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism opened to the public on May 1, 2015. It is a place of learning and remembrance addressing the origins, manifestations and consequences of Munich’s Nazi past. The site which was once occupied by the NSDAP headquarters houses a permanent exhibitions as well as a series of special ones. In addition, the Learning Center offers visitors the possibility to study Nazi history in greater depth. Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. Address: Brienner Straße 34, 80333 München. Admission: Adult 5€.
For additional information, visit: http://www.ns-dokumentationszentrum-muenchen.de/zentrum
Olympic ParkSite of the 1972 Olympics, this landscaped park contains sport facilities, lakes, bicycle paths, concert venues, restaurants and a football stadium, as well as its landmark "tent-style" roofs. Don't miss the fascinating BMW Museum across the street, right next to the company's headquaters which was constructed in the shape of a four-cylinder engine. Opening hours: The park is open round the clock. Olympic Tower: daily 9 am – midnight. Olympic Stadion: daily 9 am – 6 pm (except of events). Address: Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21.
For additional information, visit: www.olympiapark.de
PinakothekenAlte Pinakothek: One of the oldest and most important galleries in the world. More than 800 masterpieces by European artists bring to life the development of art from the Middle Ages to the end of the Rococo period. Neue Pinakothek: Outstanding works of European art and sculpture from the late 18th to the beginning of the 20th century. Pinakothek der Moderne: It is the biggest museum for modern art in Germany. In addition to art, sculpture, photography and video of the Staatsgalerie moderner Kunst, Die Neue Sammlung will present itself with first class examples of design and handicrafts, the Architekturmuseum of the University with architectural illustrations, photographs and models and the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung with printed graphics and precious master illustrations. Museum Brandhorst: It displays about 200 exhibits from collection of modern art of the heirs of the Henkel trust Udo and Anette Brandhorst. In 2009 the Brandhorst Collection comprised more than 700 works. Opening hours: daily except Mon 10 am – 6 pm. Neue Pinakothek: daily except Tue. Address: Barer Straße 27-29; Theresienstraße 35.
For additional information, visit: www.pinakothek.de/home
ResidenceOne of Europe's most significant interior decoration museums. For five hundred years the facility in the middle of the old city was the residence and center of power of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings, but also the expression of art intellect and passion for building.The 130 rooms of the Residence Munich have been filled with furniture and oil paintings, tapestries and porcelain from the best artists of their time. In addition to the resplendent showrooms, numerous special collections such as silver, porcelain or relic rooms can also be viewed. Opening hours: daily from 9 am to 6 pm (April 1st - October 17th) daily from 10 am to 5 pm (October 18th - March 31st). Address: Max-Joseph-Platz3
For additional information, visit: www.residenz-muenchen.de
Cologne
Chocolate MuseumThe Chocolate Museum opened on 31 December 1993 in the heart of Cologne. The first new building in the Rheinau harbor constructed to resemble a ship made of glass and metal. It is located at the northern tip of a new section of the city, a new urban planning highlight for this metropolis on the Rhine. This museum is the only chocolate museum in the world in which visitors can experience everything about this wonderful, favorite food product. Address: Am Schokoladenmuseum 1a, Köln.
For additional information, visit: www.chocolatemuseum-cologne.com/
Cologne CathedralThe Cologne Cathedral "Kölner Dom" is one of the architectural masterpieces of mankind. Declared a World Cultural Heritage Site as a perfect example of Gothic construction, the Cologne Cathedral is the symbol of the metropolis on the Rhine. With about six million visitors a year, Germany's largest Cathedral is also the country's most popular architectural monument. Its size is emphasized by a gigantic pair of towers that dominated the city panorama since their completion in 1880. Today, the Cathedral is still the highest building after the telecommunications tower.
For additional information, visit: www.koelner-dom.de
General OverviewRoman sites: Praetoritum, Roman tower, Roman north gate, Romanesque churches e.g. Groß St. Martin, St. Gereon, St. Andreas Zoological parc.
For additional information, visit: www.koeln.de/tourismus/koelntourismus/en/
Historic Town HallAmong natives of Cologne and art historians all over the world, the town hall in Cologne is famous for its loggia, the Renaissance façade built by the Kalkar master builder Wilhelm Vernukken. Erected between 1569 and 1573, it served to replace the run-down medieval entrance hall in front of the main hall. Today, almost every major art history encyclopaedia in the world pictures the loggia as one of the most typical buildings of the Renaissance era. Address: Rathausplatz 2, Köln.
Museum LudwigThe museum is devoted to modern art from the beginning of the 20th century. The highlight of the museum is the collection of Pop Art built up by Peter and Irene Ludwig – the largest outside the USA! In addition, the Ludwigs have bequeathed a considerable collection on the Russian avantgarde from the period from 1906 to 1930 and a collection of several hundred works by Pablo Picasso. The Expressionists are outstandingly represented in the collection of the Cologne advocate Joseph Haubrich. Under the directorship of Kasper König the museum continues to systematically collect contemporary art. Address: Bischofsgartenstr. 1, Köln.
For additional information, visit: www.museum-ludwig.de
Romano-Germanic MuseumBuilt above the Roman town villa with the world-famous Dionysus mosaic the Romano-Germanic Museum houses examples of art, culture and everyday life in Roman and early medieval Cologne. A highlight is the worldwide largest collection of Roman glass with the tri-coloured cage cup and the miniature portrait of Emperor Augustus in turquoise glass. The art of barbarian peoples in the early Middle Ages is shown in various types of precious jewellery for women and men – a form of capital in the Migration Period. These objects at the Romano-Germanic Museum form part of one of the richest early European collections. Address: Roncalliplatz 4, Köln.
For additional information, visit: www.museenkoeln.de/roemisch-germanisches-museum/
Wallraf-Richartz-MuseumThe Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud is one of the great traditional picture galleries in Germany. Here visitors may admire the most important collection of old Cologne paintings worldwide, art of the Baroque period including major works by Rubens and Rembrandt and, in the 19th century section, paintings from the Romantic period, Realism and Symbolism. In the Corboud collection the museum has in addition an outstanding collection of works of Impressionism and especially Post-Impressionism. Address: Obenmarspforten (at the city hall).
For additional information, visit: www.wallraf.museum
Dresden
Dresden Transport MuseumTrams and trains, automobiles, bicycles, aircraft, ships: Every means of transportation known to man is presented here in the original or as a model, e.g. Germany’s oldest steam locomotive, the Muldenthal of 1861, and a three-wheeled Phänomobil. The “Johanneum,” where the electors once “parked” their coaches and horses, provides a splendid setting. Address: Augustusstraße 1 (Old Town).
For additional information, visit: www.verkehrsmuseum-dresden.de
Dresden ZwingerThe Zwinger was built 1710-28 as an orangery and a setting for court festivities. It was later used for exhibitions and is the most perfect example of Late Baroque architecture in Germany. Construction of the Semper Gallery took place from 1847-55. Armory: The Rüstkammer is one of the world's most outstanding collections of parade arms, armor and costumes. The permanent exhibition comprises finely decorated weapons, images of tournaments, impressive jousting and tilting equipment from throughout Europe and the Orient, spanning the 16th through the 18th centuries. Old Masters Pictures Gallery: This museum owes its world renown to the outstanding quality of its paintings. Among the primary focus are Italian paintings of the Renaissance and works in Baroque style. Equally significant are the collections of Dutch and Flemish paintings and of paintings by Spanish, French and German artists of the 16th to 18th centuries. Porcelain Collection:The Porzellansammlung is one of the world's most important and largest collections. It owes its existence to August the Strong, who once referred to his passion for this material as a "maladie de porcelaine". Chinese and Japanese art works appear alongside a great wealth of Meissen porcelain. Address: Theaterplatz 1.
For additional information, visit: www.der-dresdner-zwinger.de
German Hygiene Museum"Marvel - Learn - Try out" is the motto at Europe's only science museum focusing on the human being and body within the context of the environment, society, culture and science. Beside the permanent show, the museum's temporary exhibitions look at current issues in science and society, and how they affect our everyday lives. The children's museum offers an interactive show on the human senses. Address: Lingnerplatz 1 (Altstadt).
For additional information, visit: www.dhmd.de
Military History MuseumThe Military History Museum is Dresden’s largest museum and presents over 800 years of German military history. The new museum concept shows the causes and consequences of war and violence. The focus is placed on the human component, on all the fears, hopes, passion, memories, aspiration, courage and reason. Address: Olbrichtplatz 2.
For additional information, visit: www.mhmbw.de
Municipal Gallery and Art CollectionThis gallery houses the city's art holdings: 1,700 paintings, 800 sculptures and more than 20,000 graphic works. The earliest holdings date from the 16th century, the majority of the works from the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection is to be continually expanded, primarily through the acquisition of contemporary art. Address: Wilsdruffer Straße 2 (Altstadt).
For additional information, visit: www.galerie-dresden.de
Municipal Museum DresdenA synthesis of the Classicist, Late Baroque and Rococo styles, the State House of 1770-1775 – near the Frauenkirche – is one of Dresden's greatest architectural treasures. The museum housed within its walls possesses the most extensive collection on the Saxon capital's art and cultural history and is also dedicated to researching that history. Address: Wilsdruffer Straße 2 (Altstadt)
For additional information, visit: www.museen-dresden.de
Museum of Technology and IndustryThe museum possesses more than 30,000 collector's items from Saxon, German and international industry and technology of the past 150 years, e.g. cameras, typewriters, radios, computers and mechanical musical instruments. The café in the 48-metre-high tower of the former Ernemann Camera Factory is the perfect place to rest and enjoy the view of Dresden. Address: Junghansstraße 1 (Striesen).
For additional information, visit: www.tsd.de
Royal PalaceCabinet of Prints, Drawings And Photographs: The Kupferstich-Kabinett is one of the world's most prominent art museums for drawings, prints and photographs. Its collection comprises over 500,000 works on paper by more than 11,000 artists of eight centuries. The study room offers all visitors the opportunity to examine the originals. Historic Green Vault: Extensive restoration work and partial reconstruction have regenerated the former splendor of the famous treasury museum – a unique Baroque ensemble in which the individual objects come second to the sheer abundance of works of art. New Green Vault: The spectacular tour through the treasury collection reveals major artworks from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The presentation of 1,000 pieces in non-reflecting glass showcases allows visitors to be captivated by their infinite richness of detail. Coin Cabinet: As one of the largest collections of its kind, the Münzkabinett is a museum of European significance. Today, the encyclopaedic collection comprises almost 300,000 objects – coins, medals, decorations, bank notes, historical bonds, coin and medal dies and coinage devices. Address: Taschenberg 2.
For additional information, visit: www.skd.museum/en/museums-institutions/residenzschloss/index.html
The Dresden FortressTestimonies to an age often outshone by the Baroque splendors lie concealed beneath the world-famous Brühl Terrace – for example the last surviving city gate of the former Saxon royal residence and the city's oldest surviving stone bridge, guard rooms and cannon yards, battlements, spiral staircases and old military chambers known as casemates. Address: Georg-Treu-Platz (Old Town).
For additional information, visit: www.festung-dresden.de
Heidelberg
Carl Bosch MuseumThe museum opened its doors in May 1998 in the original garage-house which served as the residence of Carl Bosch's driver, and, of course, as a garage for his automobiles – the vintage brands Horch and Maybach. Presented within a space of 300 m² and two outdoor courtyards, the museum displays the most interesting and exciting highlights of the life of Carl Bosch. Opening hours: daily, except Thu, 10 am to 5 pm. Address: Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 46. . Admission: The sculpture garden is free.
For additional information, visit: www.carl-bosch-museum.de
Kurpfälzisches MuseumThe Museum discusses items like archaeology, Heildelberg's urban history, paintings and sculptures, applied arts, graphic arts, educational facilities and public relations and services. Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm: Tue - Sun closed on Mondays. Address: Hauptstrasse 97.
For additional information, visit: www.museum-heidelberg.de
University MuseumThe University Museum comprises the University Museum itself, the University Prison and the Old Auditorium. Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10 am - 6 pm. Address: Grabengasse 1.
For additional information, visit: www.uni-heidelberg.de/institutions/museums/universitymuseum_about.html

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