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The History and Culture of Eastern Germany

Program Number: 19873RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/24/2013 - 6/8/2013;
Duration: 15 nights
Location: Germany
Price starting at: $4,097.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 36; 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

A region most famously known for its fascinating political journey, East Germany has also served as a hub of religious history, enlightenment and the arts. With local experts, explore the cities of Berlin, Dresden, Weimar and Leipzig, and immerse yourself in the robust culture of East Germany.




Highlights

• Meet an assistant to a member of the German Parliament during a visit at the Bundestag.
• Pay a visit to the homes of Johann Sebastian Bach, Martin Luther, Felix Mendelssohn and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
• Follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther during an expert-led walking exploration of Wittenberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to three miles on flat city sidewalks; some standing.




Date Specific Information

5-24-2013

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Berlin, 3 nights; coach to Dresden, 3 nights; coach to Weimar, 3 nights; coach to Leipzig, 4 nights; coach to Berlin, 1 night; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Berlin
3 nights

Via coach, explore the city of Berlin and learn about its culture during a lecture with a local expert. Meet a member of the German Parliament during a visit to the Bundestag and learn about the fascinating political history of East Germany. Pay a visit to the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial, the Stasi Prison Museum, and meet with a contemporary witness.



Coach to Dresden
3 nights

With a local expert, embark on an exploration of Dresden and learn how the city’s landscape has changed since WWII. Take in the collections of the Grünes Gewölbe — including the jewelleries of The Grand Mogul Aureng-Zeb and the coffee service of August the Strong — and explore the Semperoper opera house. Visit the castle of Moritzburg and make your way to the Church of Our Lady to learn about its reconstruction after WWII.



Coach to Weimar
3 nights

Delve into the life of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe during an excursion to his home. Peruse the more than one million books at the Anna Amalia Library — including a Bible attributed to Martin Luther — before paying a visit to the home of the writer Friedrich von Schiller. Journey to the town of Eisenach to see the birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as the home of Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther and Wartburg Castle.



Coach to Leipzig
4 nights

Make your way through the city of Leipzig and explore the medieval town of Quedlinburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Delve into the history of the Protestant Reformation in Wittenberg. In Dessau, explore the Bauhaus school of architecture and the Gardens of Wörlitz. Learn about the life of Johann Sebastian Bach during a visit to his home and St. Thomas Church where he served as cantor. Dine at Auerbachs Keller, the second oldest restaurant in Leipzig and setting of Goethe’s “Faust.”



Coach to Berlin
1 night
Departure

Delight in an excursion to Museums Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to five extraordinary museums: Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Bode-Museum, Pergamonmuseum and Alte Nationalgalerie. Explore Berlin on your own before enjoying a final dinner with your group.




Germany

From warring tribes who put an end to the declining Roman Empire to Charlemagne’s unified Holy Roman Empire; from religious divisions ignited by Martin Luther’s 95 theses in Wittenburg to the nation-making force of Otto von Bismarck -- alternating unity and division are the hallmarks of German history. In 1961, a concrete wall divided Germany from the world. With the Berlin Wall’s fall in 1989, Germany showed the way for the new, embracing Europe of today.



Accommodations
Berlin: Three-star hotel in former ministry of foreign affairs building. Dresden: Three-star hotel near Bruehlsche Terrace and its views of famous skyline. Weimar: Three-star hotel in historic city center. Leipzig: Historic hotel built in 1882 by master builder Kluge in the style of Eklektizismus.
Meals and Lodgings
   Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte
  Berlin, Germany 3 nights
   Hotel am Terrassenufer
  Dresden, Germany 3 nights
   Hotel Amalienhof
  Weimar, Germany 3 nights
   Park Hotel Leipzig
  Leipzig, Germany 4 nights
   Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte
  Berlin, Germany 1 night
 Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: € 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
  Additional nights after: € 115 double, € 90 single Subject to availability and price change. To make arrangements please contact the Program Provider at roadscholarprograms@experiment-ev.de.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

 Hotel am Terrassenufer
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Amalienhof
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Park Hotel Leipzig
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
2:00 pm Hotel check-in. 5:00 pm meet in hotel conference room for welcome meeting. You will be staying at Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte that night.
  End of Program:
9:00 am. Room check-out at 11:00 am. You will be staying at Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A passport is required.
  Parking availability:
There is no parking available.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: There are frequent train connections to Berlin form all parts of Germany.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Berlin
  Nearest highway: A 100
  Nearest airport:  Berlin-Tegel
  Transportation to site: From Berlin Brandenburg Airport take tram S45 from the railroad depot in the direction of "Bundesplatz”. Change at “Tempelhof” and take the metro "U6" in the direction of "U Alt-Tegel". Get out at "Kochstraße/Checkpoint Charlie". From there it is 450 m to the hotel. The journey takes around 55 minutes. If you want to avoid the tram you can take bus X7 in the direction of “Rudow” where you have to change to metro U7 in the direction of “Rathaus Spandau”. Change at “Mehringdamm” and take metro U6 in the direction of “Alt-Tegel”. Get out at "Kochstraße/Checkpoint Charlie". From there it is 450 m to the hotel. The journey takes around 45 minutes.
  From End of Program
  Location: Berlin
  Transportation from site: Walk to metro station "Kochstraße/Checkpoint Charlie". Take U6 in the direction of "Alt-Mariendorf". Change at "Tempelhof" and take tram S45 in the direction of “Berlin Brandenburg Airport”. Get out there and walk to your Gate. The journey takes around 55 minutes. You can also take the bus instead of the tram. Walk to metro station "Kochstraße/Checkpoint Charlie". Take U6 in the direction of "Alt-Mariendorf". Change at "Mehringdamm" and take U7 in the direction of “Rudow”. Get out at “Rudow” and take the bus X7 to the “Berlin Brandenburg Airport”. The journey takes around 45 minutes.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Depart the US on overnight flight
(Friday, May 24)
   
 Depart From: Depart the US on an overnight flight to Germany.

Day 2: Arrival in Berlin / Welcome Dinner
(Saturday, May 25)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 3: Berlin City Exploration
(Sunday, May 26)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Visit to the Bundestag
(Monday, May 27)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Dresden City Exploration
(Tuesday, May 28)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Hotel am Terrassenufer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Church of our Lady and picture gallery "Alte Meister"
(Wednesday, May 29)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Hotel am Terrassenufer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Water castle Moritzburg
(Thursday, May 30)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Hotel am Terrassenufer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Guided tour through Weimar and Goethe House
(Friday, May 31)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Hotel Amalienhof
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Schiller House and Anna Amalia Library
(Saturday, June 1)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Amalienhof
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Wartburg, Luther House, Bach House
(Sunday, June 2)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Hotel Amalienhof
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Lecture and city tour of Leipzig
(Monday, June 3)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Park Hotel Leipzig
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Excursion to Wittenberg, Woerlitz and Dessau
(Tuesday, June 4)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Park Hotel Leipzig
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: UNESCO World Heritage Quedlinburg
(Wednesday, June 5)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Park Hotel Leipzig
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14: Music and musicians of Leipzig
(Thursday, June 6)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Park Hotel Leipzig
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15: Pergamon Museum
(Friday, June 7)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Transfer to the Airport for international departure
(Saturday, June 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to the Airport for international departure
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Dresden Dresden Transport Museum
Trams 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 Zwinger
The 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 Museum
The 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 Collection
This 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 Dresden
A 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 Industry
The 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 Palace
Cabinet 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 Fortress
Testimonies 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 Museum
The 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 Center
The 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 Berlin
Works 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 Memorial
The 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 Judaicum
Permanent 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 Palace
Schloß 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 Berlin
Everydaylife 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 Museum
In 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 Station
Painting, 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 Memorial
The 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 Museum
The 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 Platz
Neue 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-Bau
As 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
  Museumsinsel
Altes 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 Charlie
Founded 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 Berlin
Affectionately 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" Berlin
The "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 Germany
Leipzig'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 Nations
The 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 Arts
Leipzig'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 House
Up 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 House
Another 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 Museum
The 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 Museum
The 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 Summerhouse
Bought 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 Museum
In 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 Archives
A 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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The Berlin Diaries


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The Blue Flower


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The German Way


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The Germans


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The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral


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The Magic Lantern, The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague


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The Rhine, Culture and Landscape at the Heart of Europe


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