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Program #19873RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
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. There’s 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 May 24 — Jun 8, 2013

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Day One: Friday, May 24 - Depart the US on overnight flight
Depart From: Depart the US on an overnight flight to Germany.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel is located in the building of the former ministry of foreign affairs, has a classical facade and is centrally located but quiet. The former German politician Walter Rathenau stayed at what today is the Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte and many important social political and industrial innovations were thought out here.

Contact info:
Hedemannstraße 11/12
Berlin, 10969 Germany
phone: +49 (0)30 319 86 18 - 0
web: www.winters.de/hotel-berlin-mitte/index.php?page=hotel

Room amenities: Television, telephone, safe, internet access, W-LAN, hairdryer

Facility amenities: There is a cosy hotel bar and internet is available in the lobby. Non smoking breakfast rooms, lounge, public business corner to check the internet.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: € 115 double, € 90 single
Subject to availability and price change. To make arrangements please contact the Program Provider at roadscholarprograms@experiment-ev.de.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, May 25 - Arrival in Berlin / Welcome Dinner
Morning: Arrival in Berlin, transfer to the hotel and check-in

Lunch: Snack at the hotel

Afternoon: Free time to relax or to explore the hotel's neighbourhood. Gather in the late afternoon for a welcome meeting in the hotel conference room

Evening: Welcome dinner at restaurant Entrecôte

Lodging: Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte

Meals Included: Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel is located in the building of the former ministry of foreign affairs, has a classical facade and is centrally located but quiet. The former German politician Walter Rathenau stayed at what today is the Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte and many important social political and industrial innovations were thought out here.

Contact info:
Hedemannstraße 11/12
Berlin, 10969 Germany
phone: +49 (0)30 319 86 18 - 0
web: www.winters.de/hotel-berlin-mitte/index.php?page=hotel

Room amenities: Television, telephone, safe, internet access, W-LAN, hairdryer

Facility amenities: There is a cosy hotel bar and internet is available in the lobby. Non smoking breakfast rooms, lounge, public business corner to check the internet.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: € 115 double, € 90 single
Subject to availability and price change. To make arrangements please contact the Program Provider at roadscholarprograms@experiment-ev.de.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, May 26 - Berlin City Exploration
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Introduction to the program by the group leader. Lecture: Historical development and sociocultural characteristics of the city of Berlin by Mr Wolf Refardt. Guided Berlin city excursion to get an overview of Berlin, by Burkhard Heyl.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Continuing guided excursion

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte

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

Description: The Hotel is located in the building of the former ministry of foreign affairs, has a classical facade and is centrally located but quiet. The former German politician Walter Rathenau stayed at what today is the Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte and many important social political and industrial innovations were thought out here.

Contact info:
Hedemannstraße 11/12
Berlin, 10969 Germany
phone: +49 (0)30 319 86 18 - 0
web: www.winters.de/hotel-berlin-mitte/index.php?page=hotel

Room amenities: Television, telephone, safe, internet access, W-LAN, hairdryer

Facility amenities: There is a cosy hotel bar and internet is available in the lobby. Non smoking breakfast rooms, lounge, public business corner to check the internet.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: € 115 double, € 90 single
Subject to availability and price change. To make arrangements please contact the Program Provider at roadscholarprograms@experiment-ev.de.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Monday, May 27 - Visit to the Bundestag
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to the German Bundestag: During a guided visit of the parliament you learn about the political system in Germany and discuss current political subjects with a member of parliament. The visit rounds off with the view from the cupola.

Lunch: Lunch on own

Afternoon: Field trip to the Memorial Center Hohensch?nhausen.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-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 Five: Tuesday, May 28 - Dresden City Exploration
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Dresden

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Guided sight-seeing of Dresden by bus, check in, free time

Dinner: Dinner on own

Lodging: Hotel am Terrassenufer

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-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: Wednesday, May 29 - Church of our Lady and picture gallery "Alte Meis...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Lecture at the hotel: The history of Dresden, Guided city tour including the Church of our Lady

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Guided visit to the Gruenes Gewoelbe. Enjoy the jewellery of The Grand Mogul Aureng-Zeb and the coffee service of August the Strong.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Hotel am Terrassenufer

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-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: Thursday, May 30 - Water castle Moritzburg
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to the water castle Moritzburg and guided tour through the castle

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Guided visit of the "Semperoper"

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Hotel am Terrassenufer

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

Description: Very traditional hotel, located in the historical city center next to the Goethehaus.

Contact info:
Amalienstr. 2
Weimar, 99423 Germany
phone: +49 03643-549110
web: www.amalienhof-weimar.de

Room amenities: television, telphone and hair dryer

Facility amenities: terrace with a panoramic view over the city

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Friday, May 31 - Guided tour through Weimar and Goethe House
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Weimar by coach. Guided walking tour through Weimar

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Goethe National Museum and Goethe House

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Hotel Amalienhof

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

Description: Very traditional hotel, located in the historical city center next to the Goethehaus.

Contact info:
Amalienstr. 2
Weimar, 99423 Germany
phone: +49 03643-549110
web: www.amalienhof-weimar.de

Room amenities: television, telphone and hair dryer

Facility amenities: terrace with a panoramic view over the city

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Saturday, June 01 - Schiller House and Anna Amalia Library
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dinning room

Morning: Lecture in the wine cellar: Weimar - the Cradle of the German Classic? and field trip to the Schiller House

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Visit of the Anna Amalia Library, free time

Dinner: Dinner on own.

Lodging: Hotel Amalienhof

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

Description: Very traditional hotel, located in the historical city center next to the Goethehaus.

Contact info:
Amalienstr. 2
Weimar, 99423 Germany
phone: +49 03643-549110
web: www.amalienhof-weimar.de

Room amenities: television, telphone and hair dryer

Facility amenities: terrace with a panoramic view over the city

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Sunday, June 02 - Wartburg, Luther House, Bach House
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Departure for Eisenach. Visit of the Wartburg

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Guided city tour including the Luther House and the Bach House

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Hotel Amalienhof

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

Description: This magnificent structure, first opened in Leipzig in 1913 as the Grand Hotel is one of the city’s oldest and most venerable hotels. In 1995, the Seaside Group opened its new 4-star, top-class hotel behind this splendid art nouveau facade.

Contact info:
Richard-Wagner-Str. 7
Leipzig, DE 04109 Germany
phone: +49 -341-98 52 0
web: www.seaside-hotels.de/index.php?page=2308

Room amenities: telephone, minibar, colour TV, desk, room safe, WLAN, security lock system, soundproof windows and individually adjustable heating

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Monday, June 03 - Lecture and city tour of Leipzig
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Leipzig by coach. Lecture: "Leipzig, the city of music"

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel. Guided city tour of Leipzig including the Mendelsohnhaus

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Park Hotel Leipzig

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

Description: This magnificent structure, first opened in Leipzig in 1913 as the Grand Hotel is one of the city’s oldest and most venerable hotels. In 1995, the Seaside Group opened its new 4-star, top-class hotel behind this splendid art nouveau facade.

Contact info:
Richard-Wagner-Str. 7
Leipzig, DE 04109 Germany
phone: +49 -341-98 52 0
web: www.seaside-hotels.de/index.php?page=2308

Room amenities: telephone, minibar, colour TV, desk, room safe, WLAN, security lock system, soundproof windows and individually adjustable heating

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Tuesday, June 04 - Excursion to Wittenberg, Woerlitz and Dessau
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Guided tour through Wittenberg following the tracks of Martin Luther and guided visit to the castle of Wörlitz

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Boat ride through the gardens of Wörlitz and visit to the "Bauhaus" and the "Meisterhäuser" (UNESCO World Heritage) in Dessau

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Park Hotel Leipzig

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

Description: This magnificent structure, first opened in Leipzig in 1913 as the Grand Hotel is one of the city’s oldest and most venerable hotels. In 1995, the Seaside Group opened its new 4-star, top-class hotel behind this splendid art nouveau facade.

Contact info:
Richard-Wagner-Str. 7
Leipzig, DE 04109 Germany
phone: +49 -341-98 52 0
web: www.seaside-hotels.de/index.php?page=2308

Room amenities: telephone, minibar, colour TV, desk, room safe, WLAN, security lock system, soundproof windows and individually adjustable heating

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Wednesday, June 05 - UNESCO World Heritage Quedlinburg
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Lecture and guided tour "The timbered city" of Quedlinburg

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Return to Leipzig. Free time.

Dinner: Dinner on own.

Lodging: Park Hotel Leipzig

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

Description: This magnificent structure, first opened in Leipzig in 1913 as the Grand Hotel is one of the city’s oldest and most venerable hotels. In 1995, the Seaside Group opened its new 4-star, top-class hotel behind this splendid art nouveau facade.

Contact info:
Richard-Wagner-Str. 7
Leipzig, DE 04109 Germany
phone: +49 -341-98 52 0
web: www.seaside-hotels.de/index.php?page=2308

Room amenities: telephone, minibar, colour TV, desk, room safe, WLAN, security lock system, soundproof windows and individually adjustable heating

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Thursday, June 06 - Music and musicians of Leipzig
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dinning room

Morning: Field trip to the St. Thomas Church and to the Bach museum. Guided visit at Auerbachs Keller

Lunch: Lunch at Auerbachs Keller

Afternoon: Free time

Dinner: Dinner on own

Lodging: Park Hotel Leipzig

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

Description: The Hotel is located in the building of the former ministry of foreign affairs, has a classical facade and is centrally located but quiet. The former German politician Walter Rathenau stayed at what today is the Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte and many important social political and industrial innovations were thought out here.

Contact info:
Hedemannstraße 11/12
Berlin, 10969 Germany
phone: +49 (0)30 319 86 18 - 0
web: www.winters.de/hotel-berlin-mitte/index.php?page=hotel

Room amenities: Television, telephone, safe, internet access, W-LAN, hairdryer

Facility amenities: There is a cosy hotel bar and internet is available in the lobby. Non smoking breakfast rooms, lounge, public business corner to check the internet.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: € 115 double, € 90 single
Subject to availability and price change. To make arrangements please contact the Program Provider at roadscholarprograms@experiment-ev.de.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Fifteen: Friday, June 07 - Pergamon Museum
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Berlin

Morning: Arrival at the Museumsinsel

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Guided visit to the "Pergamon Museum" and free time to explore museum on own

Dinner: Farewell Dinner in Berlin

Lodging: Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Sixteen: Saturday, June 08 - Transfer to the Airport for international departu...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the Airport for international departure

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


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. Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm. Place: Augustusstraße 1 (Altstadt)
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. Most perfect example of Late Baroque architecture in Germany. Construction of the Semper Gallery 1847-55. Armoury: The Rüstkammer is one of the world's most outstanding collections of parade arms, armour 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 focuses 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. Opening hours: Tue- Sun 10 am - 6 pm 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 to focus on the human being and body within the context of the environment and society, culture and science. Beside the permanent show, the museum's temporary exhibitions look at current issues in science and society, and how they effect our everyday lives. The children's museum offers an interactive show on the human senses. Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm. Place: 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. Opening hours: Thu – Tue 10-6pm, Mon 10-9pm, closed Wed. Place: 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. Opening hours: Tue – Thu, Sat – Sun 10 am – 6 pm, Fri 10 am – 7 pm. Place: 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. Opening hours: Tue – Thu, Sat – Sun 10 am – 6 pm, Fri 10 am – 7 pm. Place: 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. A 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. Opening hours: Tue – Fri 9 am – 5 pm, Sat – Sun 10 am – 6 pm. Place: 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 splendour 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. Opening hours: Wed – Mon 10 am – 6 pm. 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 splendours 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. Opening hours: Daily 10 am – 6 pm. Place: Georg-Treu-Platz (Altstadt)
For additional information, visit: www.festung-dresden.de
Berlin
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 Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm - Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun. Admission: Free
For additional information, visit: www.alliiertenmuseum.de
Anne Frank CenterThe Anne Frank Center is the German partner organisation 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 Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm - Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Admission: Free for Children up to 10 years
For additional information, visit: www.annefrank.de
Bauhaus-Archiv BerlinWorks from all Bauhaus stages and workshops and from the trend-setting Gestaltungsschule (School of Design) from 1919 until 1933. The estates of Walter Gropius, Georg Muche and Herbert Bayer. Address: Klingelhöferstraße 14. Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm - Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun,1st May, Ascension Day, Whitsunday, Whitmonday, German Unification Day
For additional information, visit: www.bauhaus.de
Berlin Wall MemorialThe documentary centre Berlin Wall is part of the memorial ensemble at the Bernauer Straße with memorial Berlin Wall, chapel of conciliation and the documentary center. Address: Bernauer Straße 111 Opening hours: 9.30 am to 7 pm - Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun ( from 04-01 to 10-31) 9.30 am to 6 pm - Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun ( from 11-01 to 03-31) Admission: Free, guided tour also free
For additional information, visit: www.berliner-mauer-dokumentationszentrum.de
Centrum JudaicumPermanent exhibition about the history of the New Synagogue and the Jewish life in its surroundings; special exhibitions. Opening hours: Jewish holidays closed up 10 am to 8 pm - Mon, Sun ( 04-01 to 09-30 ) 10 am to 6 pm- Tue, Wed, Thu 10 am to 5 pm - Fri 10 am to 8 pm - Mon, Sun Address:Oranienburgerstr 28/30
For additional information, visit: www.cjudaicum.de
Charlottenburg PalaceSchloß Charlottenburg, the largest and most beautiful palace in Berlin, it is a shining example of baroque architecture. It was built between 1695-99 as a summer residence for Sophie Charlotte, the consort of Elector Friedrich III. Knobelsdorff constructed the eastern wing from 1740-46. From 1787-91, Carl Langhans constructed the palace theater as an extension to the orangery wing. Opening hours: 9 am to 6 pm - Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun. 'Altes Schloss' 11 am to 6 pm-Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun . 'Neuer Flügel' (04-01 to 10-31) 11 am to 5 pm- Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun . 'Neuer Flügel' (11.01 to 03-31)
For additional information, visit: www.spsg.de
DDR Museum BerlinEverydaylife of a former state, multimedia-based and interactive: The GDR Address: Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 1. Opening hours: 10 am to 8 pm - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun 10 am to 10 pm - Sat
For additional information, visit: www.ddr-museum.de
German Historical MuseumIn June 2006 the Zeughaus has reopened for the public with the newly designed permanent exhibition "German History in Images and Testimonials". Covering 8,000 sq. metres 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 the special exhibitions of the German Historical Museum. Address: Unter den Linden 2. Opening hours: daily 10 am to 6 pm
For additional information, visit: www.dhm.de
Hamburg Main StationPainting, sculptures, graphics, photography, video, multimedia works, room, and light installations of the collections of the National Gallery, the Erich Marx Collection and the Friedrich Christian Flick collection with works by Andy Warhol Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Anselm Kiefer, Joseph Beuys, Duane Hanson, Paul McCarthy, Francis Picabia, Bruce Naumann, Jeff Koons, Martin Kippenberger, Pipilotti Rist. Address: Invalidenstraße 50-51. Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm - Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, 1st May, Ascension Day, Whitmonday, German Unification Day 11 am to 8 pm - Sat 11 am to 6 pm - Sun, Whitsunday Admission: Free for Children up to 16 years; every Thursday four hours before the closing of the museum for the permanent exhibition.
For additional information, visit: www.smb.museum.de
Holocaust MemorialThe memorial comprises 2711 concrete blocks 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 centre 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. Opening hours: always accessible: field with the concrete blocks. 04-01 to 09-30: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, 1st May, Whitmonday 10 to 8 pm information centre, also on mon, 17.04., 01.05., 05.06., 12.06., 19.06., 26.06., 03.07. Mon. Center of Information closed. 10-01 to 03-31: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun 10 am to 7 pm. information centre winter. Admission: Free, donations are welcome
For additional information, visit: www.stiftung-denkmal.de
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. Opening hours: Mon 10 am - 10 pm, Tue - Sun 10 am - 8 pm. Address:Lindenstraße 9-14
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. The permament exhibition usually isn't shown when temporary exhibitions take place. Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Thu 10 am - 10 pm, Sat & Sun 11 am- 6 pm. 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. Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Fri 10 am- 6 pm, Thu 10 am-10pm, Sat & Sun 11 am - 6 pm. Address:Matthäikirchplatz 4-6. Musikinstrumentenmuseum / Museum for Musical Instruments: Bach's harpsichord and its replicates as well as the biggest cinema and theatre organ in Europe (live demonstrations every Saturday). Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Thu 9 am- 5 pm, Thu 9 am - 10 pm, Sat & Sun 10 am - 5 pm Address: Tiergartenstraße 1. Admission:Thursdays from 6 pm free.
For additional information, visit: www.smb.museum.de
Martin-Gropius-BauAs important exhibition hall in Berlin, the Martin-Gropius-Bau shows temporary exhibitions of international rank. Address: Niederkirchner Straße 7. Opening hours: 10 am to 8 pm - Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Ascension Day, Whitsunday, Whitmonday, German Unification Day. Admission: Depends on exhibition
For additional information, visit: www.gropiusbau.de
MuseumsinselAltes Museum: Greek and Roman art and sculptures; Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, Pergamon Museum: Antiquity collection, Museum of Islamic Art, Museum of Anterior Asia, Bodemuseum: Collection of sculptures, Museum of Byzantine Art, the coin cabinet, works from the Gemäldegalerie. Old National Gallery: 19th century art. Addresses: Lustgarten and Bodestraße 1-3. Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm - Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun, 1st May, Whitsunday, Whitmonday, German Unification Day 10 am to 10 pm - Thu, Ascension Day The Old National Gallery is closed on Mondays! Admission: Free for Children up to 16 years; Each Thursday 4 hours before closing admission free for all visitors
For additional information, visit: www.smb.museum.de
Wall Museum House at Checkpoint CharlieFounded in 1962 beside the legendary Checkpoint Charlie border crossing, the history of the Berlin Wall, original objects from successful escapes under, over and above the ground. World-wide non-violent struggle for human rights. Opening hours: 9 am to 10 pm - daily
For additional information, visit: www.mauermuseum.de
Zoo and Aquarium BerlinAffectionately known as the Zoo on the south-west corner of the Tiergarten, this is Berlin’s favourite 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 Lennè who had redesigned the Tiergarten and allocated the southwestern tip of the Tiergarten as a zoological garden. Opening hours: March 21st - October 16th: 9am to 7 pm, October 17 th - March 20 th: 9 am to 5 pm. Address: Hardenbergplatz 8
For additional information, visit: www.zoo-berlin.de/zoo.html
Zoological Garden "Tierpark" BerlinThe "Tierpark Berlin" is the biggest landscape zoological garden in Europe. More than 7500 animals of 900 different species are represented in the enclosures. Opening hours: daily from 9 am to 5,6 or 7 pm (depends from month). Address: Am Tierpark 125
For additional information, visit: www.tierpark-berlin.de/tierpark.html
Leipzig
House of the History of the Republic of GermanyLeipzig's Forum of Contemporary History affords a broader look at events of the recent past. The Forum makes history palpable including an unforgettable presentation on the history of the Soviet Occupied Zone, the German Democratic Republic and the historic developments since 1989. Opening hours: Tue - Fri 9 am to 6 pm. Sat, Sun 10 am to 6 pm. Address: Grimmaische Straße 6. Admission: free
For additional information, visit: www.hdg.de/leipzig
Monument to the Battle of the NationsThe huge temple to death and freedom in Europe rises 91 metres into the sky on a site near where Napoleon’s command post stood during the Battle of Leipzig in 1813. 364 steps lead to a viewing platform which gives phenomenal views of Leipzig and the surrounding area. The monument with the integrated Forum 1813 museum covers four hectares and gives spectacular insights into the events of the Battle of Leipzig and its aftermath. Opening hours: April - October daily 10 am to 6 pm; November – March daily 10 am to 4 pm. Address: Straße des 18 Oktober 100.
For additional information, visit: www.stadtgeschichtliches-museum-leipzig.de/site_english/voelkerschlachtdenkmal/index.php
Museum of Fine ArtsLeipzig's Museum of Fine Arts was founded in 1837 by the arts association Leipziger Kunstverein. Donations by arts foundations and generous individuals facilitated the building of a collection of about 2,700 paintings, 750 sculptures and more than 55,000 drawings and graphic reproductions. Its extensive collection of Cranach paintings is unique in the world. The museum also places great importance on the presentation of contemporary arts. Opening hours: Tue, Thu - Sun, public holidays 10 am to 6 pm. Wed 12 to 8 pm. Closed on Mon. Address: Katharinenstraße 10.
For additional information, visit: www.mdbk.de
Schiller HouseUp close and intimate – the discreet charm of the indiscreet. Feel the master’s presence, be ignited by the Götterfunken, lose yourself in the Romantic atmosphere of the place where Schiller wrote his “Ode an die Freude” (Ode to Joy). Visit the house where Schiller stayed in 1785 and experience a remarkable memorial to the early 18th century. Opening hours: April - October: Tue - Sun 10 am to 6 pm. November - March: Wed - Sun 10 am to 4 pm. Address: Menckestraße 42.
For additional information, visit: www.leipzig-gohlis.de/schillerhaus/
Schumann HouseAnother important part of Leipzig's musical and city history can be experienced in Schumann House, where Robert and Clara Schumann spent their first four years of marriage. Opening hours: Mon - Fri 10 am to 2 pm. Address: Inselstraße 18
For additional information, visit: www.schumann-verein.de
Weimar
Bauhaus MuseumThe world-famous Bauhaus school of architecture and applied arts was originally founded in Weimar. The museum contains about 500 exhibits made by teachers and students of this avant-garde college. Opening hours: Mon – Sun 10 am – 6 pm. Address: Theaterplatz 3.
For additional information, visit: www.weimar.de/de/tourismus/startseite/sehenswuerdigkeiten/museen/
City Castle with Castle MuseumThe design of Weimar’s castle, built as a residence for the Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, has changed considerably in its 500-year history. Situated on the bank of the Ilm River, the castle was originally constructed on the site of a moated castle, first mentioned in documents dating back to the end of the 10th century. The castle museum is located in the north, east and west wings of the former Residence Castle. The core of the collection is the former grand ducal art collection with works dating from the Middle Ages to modern times (around 1900). It is organized according to the history of the collection and is integrated into the historic castle rooms which are partially furnished in original condition. Opening hours: April -October: Tue- Sun 10 am - 6 pm. October - March: Tue-Sun 10 am - 4 pm. Address: Burgplatz 4.
For additional information, visit: www.klassik-stiftung.de/en/institutions/palaces-and-gardens/city-castle-with-castle-museum/
Goethe’s SummerhouseBought for Goethe by the Duke, the poet lived here until moving to the house on Frauenplan. A place of refuge for Goethe, after his death it became a shrine for his admirers. Opening hours: Mon – Sun 10 am – 6 pm. Address: Im Park an der Ilm
For additional information, visit: www.weimar.de/en/tourism/homepage/sights/museums/
Liszt MuseumIn the summer months from 1869 until 1886, Franz Liszt stayed in the former Court Market Garden at the entrance to the park and gave piano lessons to his international students. The Museum was completely reconditioned in 2006 by students of the Music Conservatory "Franz Liszt" and students of the Bauhaus University. Beside the dwellings of Liszt is also a complete new exhibition in the ground floor. Opening hours: Tue - Sun 10 am – 6 pm. Address: Marienstrasse 17.
For additional information, visit: www.klassik-stiftung.de/einrichtungen/historische-wohnhaeuser/liszt-haus/
Nietzsche ArchivesA sick Friedrich Nietzsche spent the last seven years of his life at Villa Silberblick. The Nietzsche Archives were established here by his sister. The house became the shrine of the Nietzsche community. Opening hours: April - November: Tue – Sun: 1 pm to 6 pm. Address: Humboldtstrasse 36.
For additional information, visit: www.weimar.de/en/tourism/homepage/sights/museums/

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