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Intergenerational Berlin: A City Without a Wall

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Program #20438RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 Jul 9 — Jul 18, 2013

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Day One: Tuesday, July 09 - Depart the US on overnight flight
Day Two: Wednesday, July 10 - Arrival at Berlin and Welcome Dinner
Morning: Arrival at Berlin Airport. Transfer to the hotel by bus.

Lunch: Snack at the hotel

Afternoon: Check in at the hotel. Free time to relax and explore the surroundings.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at restaurant Entrecôte

Evening: Getting to know each other

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Day Three: Thursday, July 11 - Berlin city excursion
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Both: Introduction to the program by the group leader. Both: Lecture on "Berlin in Past, Present and Future", by Wolf Refardt. Both: Guided Berlin city excursion to get an overview of Berlin, by Burkhard Heyl.

Lunch: Lunch at restaurant Café Leon.

Afternoon: Both: Continuing guided excursion

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Evening: Group activities at the hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Friday, July 12 - Cold War
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Both: Survival German, learn basic vocabulary and phrases to communicate with the locals. Both: Field trip to the Allied Museum to delve into the history of the Cold War and get inside the famous "Hastings" airplane, which was used for the Airlift by the Royal Air Force.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Free time

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Saturday, July 13 - The Berlin Wall
Morning: Grandparents: Lecture on “The Berlin Wall” by Ronnie Golz. Kids: Workshop on “The Berlin Wall” Includes work with documentary material, writing own texts, Internet research and group discussions on three mayor subjects:" The Role of the Wall", "The Fall of the Wall" and "Reunification".

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Both: Field trip to the Berlin Wall Memorial, the central memorial site of German division. It contains the last piece of Berlin Wall with the preserved grounds behind it and is thus able to convey an impression of how the border fortifications developed until the end of the 1980s.

Dinner: Dinner on own

Evening: Classical concert.

Meals Included: Lunch
Day Six: Sunday, July 14 - Spreewald natural reserve
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Both: Full day excursion to the Spreewald, a delta landscape which is totally unique and recognized as UNESCO biosphere reserve. Explore the network of 1,550 km of waterways on a traditional Spreewald punt.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Field trip to the open-air Museum Lehde. Explore the daily life of the Sorbian and Wendish inhabitants of the Spreewald 100 years ago.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Evening: Group activities at the hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Monday, July 15 - Fine arts and daily life in the GDR
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Both: Survival German. Grandparents: Field trip to the “Museumsinsel”. Guided visit of the "Neues Museum" which includes famous works such as the bust of Queen Nefertiti and the Berlin Gold Hat. Kids: Field trip to the “DDR Museum" which offers a hands-on experience of history and everyday life in the GDR.

Lunch: Lunch on own

Afternoon: Free time to explore museums at the "Museumsinsel" on own.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Evening: Meeting Germans (youth and adults) to practice "Survival German" and learn about Germans daily life.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Eight: Tuesday, July 16 - Potsdam
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Both: Full day excursion to Potsdam. Enjoy the beautiful garden complexes and the summer residence of Frederick the Great during a guided visit of the Sanssouci Park.

Lunch: Lunch at Potsdam

Afternoon: Field trip to the Cecilienhof palace and learn about the history of Germany’s division (Allied Conference in 1945).

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Evening: Movie at the cinema

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Wednesday, July 17 - German Bundestag
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Both: 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 at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Free time

Dinner: Farewell Dinner

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Ten: Thursday, July 18 - Transfer to the Airport for international departu...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Transfer to the airport and departure

Meals Included: Breakfast


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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

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