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Germany: Grand Cities, Castles and Cathedrals

Program Number: 19454RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/23/2013 - 9/8/2013; 4/26/2016 - 5/12/2016; 6/7/2016 - 6/23/2016; 8/30/2016 - 9/15/2016; 10/11/2016 - 10/27/2016;
Duration: 16 nights
Location: Germany
Price starting at: $4,675.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 40; 15 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 12 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Connect East Germany with West on this comprehensive journey that begins in Berlin and ventures south to Munich to the heart of Bavaria, then west and north to the Rhine River and Cologne. Along the way learn about breathtaking architecture, quintessential Bavarian villages, Roman history and a nation still healing after decades of division.


• In Berlin, explore the German Bundestag with an expert and meet an assistant of a member of Parliament.
• Learn about the great German landmarks including the Romantic Road, the Rhine, Heidelberg Castle and the Cologne Cathedral.
• Join an expert to explore the elaborately styled opera house in Dresden, the Semperoper.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on uneven surfaces, climbing a few flights of stairs.

Date Specific Information

8-23-2013, 4-26-2016, 6-7-2016, 8-30-2016, 10-11-2016

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

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Berlin, 4 nights; coach to Dresden, 2 nights; coach to Nuremberg, 1 night; coach to Munich, 4 nights; coach to Heidelberg, 2 night; coach to Cologne, 2 nights; departure.

Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Berlin
4 nights
Coach to Dresden
2 nights

Through lectures and field trips discover Berlin — capital of reunified Germany and global hub of art, architecture and politics. Go behind the scenes of the Bundestag and meet a member of parliament. Enjoy the treasures of the Museumsinsel on your own. On a half-day field trip to Potsdam explore the palace of historic Sanssouci. In Dresden, learn about the Frauenkirche, the church that was destroyed in the WWII firebombing but was reconstructed and is now a symbol of reconciliation. Join an expert to explore the elaborately styled opera house in Dresden, the Semperoper.

Coach to Nuremberg
1 night
Coach to Munich
4 nights

Learn about Nuremberg’s dual history: with a walking lecture through the Nazi party rally grounds and through a discussion on German resistance during the Third Reich. Explore the great landmarks of Nuremberg, including its Imperial Castle — for 500 years home of all Kaisers and kings of the Holy Roman Empire. Explore Munich with a local expert and view the stunning art collections at Alte and Neue Pinakothek. Journey down the famous “Romantic Road” to experience quintessential German villages, the Nymphenburg Palace and Andechs Monastery.

Coach to Heidelberg
2 nights
Coach to Cologne
2 nights

Join a local expert to learn about the most important Renaissance structure north of the alps — Heidelberg Castle, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Cologne Cathedral. Uncover Roman history in Cologne, journey through the Mosel Valley and board a vessel for a boating voyage down the Rhine.


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.

Berlin: Three-star hotel with classical facade. Dresden: Hotel with beautiful view over river Elbe. Nuremberg: Hotel with own Mediterranean garden. Munich: Three-star hotel in city center. Heidelberg: Hotel minutes from Heidelberg castle. Cologne: Hotel in city center.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
John Sykes

A native “Liverpudlian,” John Sykes left the English port city for Oxford University where he graduated first class in modern history. He later relocated to Cologne (Köln), Germany, where he became fascinated with the numerous cathedrals and Romanesque churches. John has published nine travel guides about Great Britain, translated numerous writings about the North Rhine-Westphalia region specializes in mediaeval and Roman history of his adopted Cologne.
Sabine Rosenkranz

Sabine Rosenkranz was born in Dresden, East Germany, where she grew up to become an English teacher. In love with her beautiful home city, she decided she wanted to introduce it to visitors. Sabine became a licensed city excursion leader 25 years ago and has delighted in leading American visitors around Dresden since the German reunification of 1990. She particularly enjoys showing off the Saxon State Art Collections.
Meals and Lodgings
   Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte
  Berlin, Germany 4 nights
   Hotel am Terrassenufer
  Dresden, Germany 2 nights
   Dürer Hotel
  Nuremberg, Germany 1 night
   Hotel Conrad de Ville
  Munich, Germany 3 nights
   Heidelberg Marriott Hotel
  Heidelberg, Germany 2 nights
   Hotel Residenz
  Trier, Germany 1 night
   Hotel Flandrischer Hof
  Cologne, Germany 2 nights
 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
  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
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 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
  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

 Dürer Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The Dürer Hotel is consequently run by the proprietors themselves in person, according to the motto "Coming home". The central feature is the hotel's own Mediterranean garden, an oasis at the heart of the Old Town. Each room has a personal character of its own.
  Contact info: Neutormauer 32
Nürnberg,  90403 Germany
phone: +49 (0) 911 / 21 46 65 - 0
  Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with bathroom/shower, WC, hairdryer, vanity mirror, large desk, telephone, LCD television, W-Lan (one hour a day free of charge) and minibar
  Facility amenities: The hotel has a small wellness area with sauna, steam bath, treadmill, ergometer and rowing machine is also available to you at no additional cost. Round off the day with a drink in our hotel bar. A small library there contains all you need to know about Albrecht Dürer and Nuremberg.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Conrad de Ville
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The Hotel Conrad de Ville is a charming hotel in the city centre of Munich and has a mediteranean style. It is located in walking distance to the main attractions like the cathedral, the Hofbräuhaus, the Stachus, the Sendlinger Tor, the Viktualienmarket and the "Wiesn", where the Octoberfest takes place.
  Contact info: Schillerstraße 10
80336 München,   Germany
phone: +49 89 54 55 6-0
  Room amenities: All rooms are modernly furnished and are equipped with TV, telephone, internet access, radio and hair dryer. There are smoking and non smoking rooms available. During breakfast there is a non smoking policy.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, hotel safe
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Heidelberg Marriott Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Heidelberg Marriott Hotel is the only hotel with a terrace beside the Neckar River and a fantastic view to the castle of Heidelberg.
  Contact info: Vangerowstrasse 16
Heidelberg,  69115 Germany
phone: +4962219080
  Room amenities: Spacious rooms with mini-bar, individual air-conditioning, hair dryer. Wireless LAN Internet access, telephone with voice mail system, fax and modem connection. All guest rooms are equipped with flatscreens TV's
  Facility amenities: Spa wellness center Indoor pool Coffee in lobby Concierge Lounge Hours Concierge desk Foreign exchange Housekeeping service daily Laundry on-site Limousine service Newspaper delivered to room, on request Newspaper in lobby Room service, 24-hour Safe deposit boxes, front desk Shoeshine Shoeshine stand Valet dry-cleaning Virtual Concierge Available
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Residenz
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The hotel is located in the old city - very centrally but quiet.
  Contact info: Frauenstraße 7
Trier,   54290 Germany
phone: +49 -(0)651 / 9793-2060
  Room amenities: All rooms are suites and equipped with SAT-TV, telephone, kitchen, minibar, hair dryer and a balcony
  Facility amenities: Internet access at the library (free of charge).
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Flandrischer Hof
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The Hotel is located in the city centre of Cologne, in walking distance from the cathedral and old town. In the evening you will have the chance to relax in a cosy Hotel bar and enjoy life music.
  Contact info: Flandrische Straße 3-11
50674,  Köln Germany
phone: +49 221 20 36 0
  Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with telephone and satellite TV.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: 120 Euro double, 80 Euro singl Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Rates subject to change. To make arrangements please contact the Program Provider at
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

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 12:00 pm. You will be staying at Hotel Flandrischer Hof the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
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: Take the airport bus TXL to the city center and get off at "Brandenburger Tor" and change to Train "S1/S2" in the direction of "Blankenfelde". Get off at "Anhalter Bahnhof". From there it is 600 m to the hotel. The journey takes around 45 minutes. Alternatively you may wish to take a taxi directly from the airport to the hotel. This is a 25 minutes drive an will cost approx. 40 Euro.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Cologne
  Nearest city or town:  Cologne
  Nearest highway: Highways A1, A3, A4 and A59
  Nearest airport:  Cologne/Bonn
  Transportation from site: From the Hotel there is a 5 minutes walk to the "Rudolfplatz". From there, you take the metro number 1 or 7 and go to "Neumarkt". At "Neumarkt" you change to the metro number 16,17, 18 or 19 to the main station. From the main station you take the bus to Cologne Airport.
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, August 23)
 In Transit: Overnight flight to Germany

Day 2: Arrival in Berlin / Welcome Dinner
(Saturday, August 24)
 Morning: Arrival in Berlin, Transfer to the hotel, Check-in
 Lunch: Snack at the hotel
 Afternoon: Free time, Welcome meeting
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner at restaurant Entrec?te
 Evening: Getting to know each other
Accommodations: Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Guided Berlin city excursion
(Sunday, August 25)
 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. Guided Berlin city excursion to get an overview of Berlin
 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: German Bundestag
(Monday, August 26)
 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 at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Field trip to the Museumsinsel. Free time to visit the museums with a day pass on own
 Dinner: Dinner on own
Accommodations: Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Schloss Sanssouci
(Tuesday, August 27)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Excursion to Potsdam. Guided visit to the Sanssouci Castle
 Lunch: Lunch on own
 Afternoon: Free Time in Berlin
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
 Evening: Concert at the Berliner Dom: Romantische Nacht
Accommodations: Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Church of Our Lady
(Wednesday, August 28)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Transfer to Dresden by bus
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel. Guided city walk to get an overview of Dresden including a visit to the Frauenkirche
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodations: Hotel am Terrassenufer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Semperoper
(Thursday, August 29)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Guided visit to the Semperoper and free time
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Free Time
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
Accommodations: Hotel am Terrassenufer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Imperial Castle of Nuremberg
(Friday, August 30)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Transfer to Nuremberg by coach
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Free time (visit of the Dürer House). Guided walking tour of the city
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodations: Dürer Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Nazi party Rally Grounds
(Saturday, August 31)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Visit to the Documentation Centre Nazi party Rally Grounds. Thematic Talk: "Nuremberg - City of the Nazi Party Rallies and the German Resistance During the Third Reich" Accompanied walk through the exhibition.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Transfer to Munich by coach. Check-in at the hotel
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodations: Hotel Conrad de Ville
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Alte Pinakothek
(Sunday, September 1)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel dining room
 Morning: Guided city excursion by bus. Afterwards Lecture on the History of Munich and Bavaria
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Guided tour through the "Alte Pinakothek". Afterwards free time to explore the other museums on own
 Dinner: Dinner on own
Accommodations: Hotel Conrad de Ville
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Neuschwanstein Castle and Wieskirche
(Monday, September 2)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel dining room
 Morning: Guided visit to the Neuschwanstein Castle
 Lunch: Lunch on own
 Afternoon: Guided visit of the Wieskirche (UNESCO World Heritage)
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodations: Hotel Conrad de Ville
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Castle of Heidelberg
(Tuesday, September 3)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel dinning room
 Morning: Transfer to Heidelberg by coach
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Guided city tour of Heidelberg including a visit of the famous castle
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodations: Heidelberg Marriott Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Schwarzw?lder Kirschtorte at the Mummelsee
(Wednesday, September 4)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Day trip to the Black Forest
 Lunch: Lunch at the Mummelsee, including "Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte"
 Afternoon: Field trip to the Kloster Alpirsbach
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodations: Heidelberg Marriott Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Roman city of Trier
(Thursday, September 5)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel dining room
 Morning: Transfer to Trier by coach. Lecture: The Romans in Trier - the oldest city of Germany.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Guided city excursion of Trier
 Dinner: Dinner on own to enjoy the local fare
Accommodations: Hotel Residenz
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15: Loreley Valley
(Friday, September 6)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Drive through the Mosel Valley and reach Bacharach at the river Rhine
 Lunch: Lunch at Bacharach, including a wine tasting
 Afternoon: Boat trip on the river Rhine along the Loreley. Continue to Cologne by bus. Check in at the hotel
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodations: Hotel Flandrischer Hof
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Cologne Cathedral
(Saturday, September 7)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel dinning room
 Morning: Lecture and guided walking tour: "Cologne from Roman times until today". Followed by a visit to the cathedral
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Cologne on own
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner
Accommodations: Hotel Flandrischer Hof
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Transfer to the Airport for international departure
(Sunday, September 8)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Cologne Chocolate Museum
The Chocolate Museum was opened on 31 December 1993 in the heart of Cologne. The first new building in the Rheinau harbour constructed to resemble a ship made of glass and metal, it is located at the northern tip of a new section of the city, a new urban planning highlight for this metropolis on the Rhine. This museum is the only chocolate museum in the world in which visitors can experience everything about this wonderful, favourite food product. Address: Am Schokoladenmuseum 1a. Opening hours: Tue to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat, Sun, holidays 11 am - 7 pm closed on Mondays For additional information, visit
  General Overview
Roman sites: Praetoritum, Roman tower, Roman north gate Romanesque churches e.g. Groß St. Martin, St. Gereon, St. Andreas Zoological parc For additional information, visit
  Museum Ludwig
The museum is devoted to modern art from the beginning of the 20th century. The highlight of the museum is the collection of Pop Art built up by Peter and Irene Ludwig - the largest outside the USA! In addition, the Ludwigs have bequeathed a considerable collection on the Russian avantgarde from the period from 1906 to 1930 and a collection of several hundred works by Pablo Picasso. The Expressionists are outstandingly represented in the collection of the Cologne advocate Joseph Haubrich. Under the directorship of Kasper König the museum continues the collect contemporary art systematically. Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm, closed on Mondays. Address: Bischofsgartenstr. 1 For additional information, visit
  Romano-Germanic Museum
Built above the Roman town villa with the world-famous Dionysus mosaic the Romano-Germanic Museum houses examples of art, culture and everyday life in Roman and early medieval Cologne. A highlight is the worldwide largest collection of Roman glass with the tri-coloured cage cup and the miniature portrait of Emperor Augustus in turquoise glass. The art of barbarian peoples in the early Middle Ages is shown in various types of precious jewellery for women and men - a form of capital in the Migration Period. These objects at the Romano-Germanic Museum form part of one of the richest early European collections. Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 am to 5 pm, every first Thu of the month from 10 am to 10 pm. Address: Roncalliplatz 4 For additional information, visit
The Wallraf-Richartz-Museum - Foundation Corboud is one of the great traditional picture galleries in Germany. Here visitors may admire the most important collection of old Cologne paintings worldwide, art of the Baroque period including major works by Rubens and Rembrandt and, in the 19th century section, paintings from the Romantic period, Realism and Symbolism. In the Corboud collection the museum has in addition an outstanding collection of works of Impressionism and especially Post-Impressionism. Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm, Thu 10 am to 9 pm public holidays from 10 am to 6 pm Address: Obenmarspforten (at the city hall) For additional information, visit
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  Heidelberg Carl Bosch Museum
The museum opened its doors in May 1998 in the original garage-house which served as the residence of Carl Bosch's driver, and, of course, as a garage for his automobiles - the vintage brands Horch and Maybach. Presented within a space of 300m and two outdoor courtyards, the museum displays the most interesting and exciting highlights of the life of Carl Bosch. Opening hours: daily, except Thu, 10 am to 5 pm. Address: Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 46 . Admission: the sculpture garden is free For additional information, visit
  Kurpfaelzisches Museum
The Museum discusses items like archaeology, Heildelberg's urban history, paintings and sculptures, applied arts, graphic arts, educational facilities and public relations and services. Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm: Tue - Sun closed on Mondays. Address: Hauptstrasse 97 For additional information, visit
  University Museum
University Prison, University Museum, and Old Auditorium Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10 am - 6 pm Address:Grabengasse 1 For additional information, visit
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
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
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
  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
  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
  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
  Munich BMW Museum
This museum, with its distinctive architecture in the shape of a futuristic silver bowl, is among the most attractive museums in Munich. The "time horizons" exhibition takes you on an exciting journey through technical feats of pioneering - from the historic BMW sports car through legendary prototypes, right up to futuristic study of automobiles and motorcycles. The path also takes the visitor past topical subjects like alternative propulsion methods, recycling and cooperative traffic management. Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm. Address: Am Olympiapark 2 For additional information, visit
  Beer- and "Oktoberfest" Museum
The building has been constructed after the great fire of 1327, where a third of the city has been destroyed, due to Emperor Luis' of Bavaria order of city expansion. The still intact Isartor can be traced back to the same time. The house in Sternecker Street 2 has been restored in the old form. The partly intact facade paintings with square patterns has been uncovered and replenished. Furthermore the "Heaven's Stairs", which are typical for Munich, are intact. It visibly reaches the roof from the ground floor. Opening hours: 1 pm to 6 pm, closed on Monday and public vacations. Address: Sterneckerstrasse 2 For additional information, visit
  German Museum
It´s the first scientific-technological museums in the world. The laws of nature, instruments and technological methods are presented in this Mount Olympus of knowledge on a scientifically high level, yet in an enthralling and entertaining way. Learning by doing - this concept enthralls around 1.3 million people every year and has been providing visitors with a comprehensive basic understanding of science and technology for one hundred years. Understanding that is urgently needed to get to grips with a world that is becoming more and more complex. Opening hours: daily 9 am- 5 pm. Address: Museumsinsel 1 For additional information, visit
  Olympic Park
Site of the 1972 Olympics, this landscaped park contains sport facilities, lakes, bicycle paths, concert venues, restaurants and a football stadium, as well as its landmark "tent-style" roofs. Don´t miss the fascinating BMW Museum across the street, right next to the companies headquaters - which was constructed in the shape of a four-cylinder engine. Opening hours: The park is open round the clock. Olympic Tower: daily 9 am – midnight. Olympic Stadion: daily 9 am – 6 pm (except of events). Address: Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21 For additional information, visit
Alte Pinakothek: One of the oldest and most important galleries in the world. More than 800 masterpieces by European artists bring to life the development of art from the Middle Ages to the end of the Rococo period. Neue Pinakothek: Outstanding works of European art and sculpture from the late 18th to the beginning of the 20th century. Pinakothek der Moderne: The biggest museum for modern art in Germany. In addition to art, sculpture, photography and video of the Staatsgalerie moderner Kunst, Die Neue Sammlung will present itself with first class examples of design and handicrafts, the Architekturmuseum of the University with architectural illustrations, photographs and models and the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung with printed graphics and precious master illustrations. Museum Brandhorst It displays about 200 exhibits from collection of modern art of the heirs of the Henkel trust Udo and Anette Brandhorst. In 2009 the Brandhorst Collection comprises more than 700 works. Opening hours: daily except Mon 10 am – 6 pm. Neue Pinakothek: daily except Tue. Address: Barer Straße 27-29; Theresienstraße 35 For additional information, visit
One of Europe's most significant interior decoration museums. For five hundred years the facility in the middle of the old city was the residence and center of power of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings, but also the expression of art intellect and passion for building.The 130 rooms of the Residence Munich have been filled with furniture and oil paintings, tapestries and porcelain from the best artists of their time. In addition to the resplendent showrooms, numerous special collections such as silver, porcelain or relic rooms can also be viewed. Opening hours: daily from 9 am to 6 pm (April 1st - October 17th) daily from 10 am to 5 pm (October 18th - March 31st). Address: Max-Joseph-Platz3 For additional information, visit
  Trier Amphitheater
Beyond the medieval city wall lies the Roman Amphitheater. Cruel games with animal and gladiator combats were conducted here popular public entertainment. The arena, built in the 2nd century A.D. had a seating capacity of about 20,000. Address:Olewigerstraße Opening hours: April - September: daily 9 am - 6 pm October and March: daily 9 am - 5 pm
  Archaeological Museum
The largest and most certainly best-known Trier museum is the Archaeological Museum. No other museum in Germany informs so comprehensively about the civilization, economy, settlement, religion, and art of the first four hundred years of the common era. The oldest traces of humans, burial goods from Celtic chieftains’ graves, and the finds from excavations of the La Tène Culture (since 450 BC) are exhibited. Models and reconstructions offer the visitor a better concept of this period. Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm Tue - Sun closed on Mondays Address: Weimarer Allee 1 For additional information, visit
  Imperial Baths
Over 1600 years ago, the Romans built one of the grandest and most impressive baths in the world: the Imperial Baths. Today you can visit this gigantic bathing facility. Opening hours: April - September daily 9 am - 6 pm October & March daily 9 am - 7 pm. Address: Weimarer Allee 2
  Karl Marx House
The exhibition in the Museum-Karl-Marx-Haus will inform you: about the person Karl Marx, his life, his work, his allies and his adversaries. Account is also given, for the first time, of the history of his influence which extends from the end of the nineteenth century up to present, thus encompassing the entire panorama of the twentieth century. Opening hours: April-October: 10 am to 6 pm Mon - Sun; 1st Fri 10 am to 6 pm November-March: 11 am to 5 pm Tue-Sun; 2 am to 5 pm Mon Address: Brueckenstraße 10 For additional information, visit
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