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Intergenerational Berlin: A City Without a Wall

Program Number: 20438RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/9/2013 - 7/18/2013;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: Germany
Price starting at: $3,114.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Meals: 21; 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 12 - 15 years of age.

From the Berlin Wall to the beautiful summer home of Frederick the Great, Berlin holds a treasure trove of history within its borders — share this capital city’s dynamic culture and heritage with your grandchild during an adventure into the heart of Germany’s largest metropolis. Practice your conversational German with local adults and students, see Berlin’s finest artworks on Museum Island and learn about the city’s dynamic history during field trips to the Bundestag, Potsdam and more.




Highlights

• Meet a member of the German Parliament during a field trip to the Bundestag.
• Spend a day at the Spreewald nature reserves, a unique delta landscape designated as a UNESCO biosphere reserve.
• Journey to the Berlin Wall Memorial to learn about this iconic piece of world history.



Activity Particulars

Walking three miles on city sidewalks, some uneven surfaces, some stairs; standing up to two hours. Use of public transportation.




Date Specific Information

7-9-2013

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Berlin, 8 nights; departure.



Overnight flight
1 night
Arrival Berlin
8 nights
Departure

Begin your Berlin adventure with an expert-led exploration of the city, and learn some basic German, useful for your time in Germany during German language workshops. Delve into the history of the Cold War and get inside the famous "Hastings" airplane during a field trip to the Allied Museum. The fascinating history of East and West Germany unfolds during a visit to the Berlin Wall Memorial, while a day in Spreewald allows for an exploration of the UNESCO biosphere reserve and the Museum Lehde. Immerse yourself in the arts during a day at Museumsinsel — Museum Island — and admire the gardens and finery of Potsdam, the summer home of Frederick the Great. Learn about Germany’s political system and meet a member of Parliament during a field trip to the Bundestag.




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
Centrally located hotel in the building of the former ministry of foreign affairs.
Meals and Lodgings

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 that night.
  End of Program:
9:00 am. Room check-out at 11:00 am. You will be staying at the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Fee will be charged
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: There are frequent train connections to Berlin from 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: Arrival at Berlin and Welcome Dinner
(Tuesday, July 9)
   
 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 2: Berlin city excursion
(Wednesday, July 10)
   
 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 3: Cold War
(Thursday, July 11)
   
 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 4: The Berlin Wall
(Friday, July 12)
   
 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 5: Spreewald natural reserve
(Saturday, July 13)
   
 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 6: Fine arts and daily life in the GDR
(Sunday, July 14)
   
 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 7: Potsdam
(Monday, July 15)
   
 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 8: German Bundestag
(Tuesday, July 16)
   
 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 9: Transfer to the Airport for international departure
(Wednesday, July 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Transfer to the airport and departure
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  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
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Suggested Reading List


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Berlin Map


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Berlin and Its Culture: A Historical Portrait


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Eyewitness Guide Berlin


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The Berlin Diaries


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The Berlin Stories


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The German Way


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The Germans


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The Innocent


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


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The Tin Drum


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