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The History and Culture of Eastern Germany

Program Number: 19873RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/6/2013 - 9/21/2013;
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.


• 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


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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

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.


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 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
   Hotel Allegra
  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
  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

 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
  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
  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

 Hotel Allegra
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Built in 1861 with classical façade the hotel is modern, friendly and very personally run establishment. Situated in the heart of the new Berlin, the Allegra is the ideal starting point to explore the vibrant city on foot.
  Contact info: Albrechtstr. 17
Berlin,  10117 Germany
phone: +49 (0)30 308 86 0
  Room amenities: shower/toilet or bath/toilet, TV, telephone and mini bar, internet access
  Facility amenities: bar and restaurant at the partner hotel Albrechtshof vis-à-vis
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: €137 double room, €101 single Subject to availability. Advanced reservations required.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

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 Hotel Allegra the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information 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: 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: Berlin
  Transportation from site: Walk to train station "Anhalter Bahnhof". Take train S1/S2 in the direction of "Oranienburg". Change at "Brandenburger Tor" and take the Bus TXL to the airport. Get out there and walk to your Gate. The journey takes around 50minutes.
    (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, September 6)
 Depart From: Depart the US on overnight flight to Germany.

Day 2: Arrival in Berlin / Welcome Dinner
(Saturday, September 7)
 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, September 8)
 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 city tour to get an overview of Berlin
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Continuing guided city tour
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodations: Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Museumsinsel
(Monday, September 9)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to the Memorial Center Hohenschoenhausen.
 Lunch: Lunch on own
 Afternoon: Visit to the Museumsinsel
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodations: Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Dresden City Exploration
(Tuesday, September 10)
 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, September 11)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture at the hotel: The history of Dresden, Guided city tour including the Church of our Lady and including the Gruenes Gewoelbe. Enjoy the jewellery of The Grand Mogul Aureng-Zeb and the coffee service of August the Strong.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Free Time
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodations: Hotel am Terrassenufer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Water castle Moritzburg
(Thursday, September 12)
 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, September 13)
 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, September 14)
 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, September 15)
 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, September 16)
 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, September 17)
 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, September 18)
 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, September 19)
 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: Bundestag
(Friday, September 20)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Berlin
 Morning: arriving in Berlin
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Guided visit through the Bundestag including the cupula
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner in Berlin
Accommodations: Hotel Allegra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Transfer to the Airport for international departure
(Saturday, September 21)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to the Airport for international departure
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Dresden Archive of the German Democratic Republic's State Security Police
The information gathered by the "Stasi" on twelve kilometers of written documents and about three million index cards, as well as some highly unusual reminders of the security activities such as the scents of persons under surveillance, preserved in jars. Opening hours: Mon – Thu 8 pm – 5 pm, Fri 8 am – 2 pm Place: Riesaer Straße 7 (Pieschen) Admission: free entry For additional information, visit
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. Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm Place: Theaterplatz 1 (Altstadt) For additional information, visit
  Book Museum
Since 2003, the book museum has been housed in the outstanding new facilities of the Saxon State Library. Among its most famous exhibition objects are the Dresden Maya Manuscript and the sketchbook of Albrecht Dürer. Opening hours: Mon - Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Special exhibition also Sat 10 am - 5 pm Place: Zellescher Weg 18 (Südvorstadt) Admission: free entry For additional information, visit
  Botanical Garden
Located on the periphery of Dresden's largest public park, the "Grosser Garten," the Botanical Garden invites visitors on a miniature journey around the world. Arranged geographically, the exhibition features some 10,000 plant species in natural symbioses. Opening hours: Daily 10 am – 6 pm Place: Stübelallee 2 (Altstadt) Admission: free entry
  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. Opening hours: Wed – Mon 10 am – 6 pm Place: Taschenberg 2 (Altstadt) For additional information, visit
  Carl-Maria-von-Weber Museum
The museum is housed in Carl Maria von Weber's (1786-1826) erstwhile summer home. It was at this picturesque estate that he wrote many of his operas, among them "Der Freischütz," "Euryanthe" and "Oberon." Today, pictures, texts and other artefacts related to his achievements and works are on view in the former living and working rooms. Opening hours: Wed – Sun 1 – 6 pm Place: Dresdner Straße 44 (Hosterwitz) For additional information, visit
  Church of our Lady
Since October, 30th 2005 the steeple of the "Frauenkirche" over tops the Dresden skyline again. The reconstruction of the Frauenkirche is an impressive symbol of international reconciliation after World War II. The consecration attracted attention throughout the world. Millions of people have already visited the Church. The sacred building was erected between 1726 and 1743. Its characteristic dome, called the "stone bell" owing to its shape, collapsed on February 15th, 1945 under the rain of bombs. An anti-war monument during the GDR period, the rebuilding is finished now. The Frauenkirche is a symbol of conciliation, largely with donations from German and international foundations. The Neumarkt quarter around the church is also to regain its status as the historical heart of the city. Opening hours: Mon - Fri 10 am - 12 and 1 pm - 6 pm Sat, Sun shortened Place: Neumarkt For additional information, visit
  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 Place: Taschenberg 2 For additional information, visit
  Contemporary Art Exhibition Hall
Official exhibition space in the period of the German Democratic Republic, the Kunsthaus Dresden continues to focus on regional and international trends in art today. Changing every two months, the exhibitions present young as well as established contemporary artists, while addressing current developments in culture and society. Opening hours: Tue – Fri 2 – 7 pm, Sat – Sun 12 – 8 pm Place: Rähnitzgasse 8 (Neustadt) For additional information, visit
  Dresden Park Railway, Miniature Steam Train
The Park Railway is the biggest attraction in the "Grosser Garten." The gauge of this miniature railway measures just 15 inches! The 30-minute round trip stops at five stations and covers 5.6 kilometres. A must for historic railroad fans of all ages! Opening hours: Daily Place: Bahnhof Zoo (Altstadt) For additional information, visit
  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 by the architect Pöppelmann in cooperation with the sculptor Permoser, originally it was designed 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. In the Zwinger are located the Old Masters Picture Gallery, Armory, Porcelain Collection and the mathematician-physical saloon. Address: Theaterplatz 1 For additional information, visit
  Erich Kaestner Museum
This museum successfully implements a novel concept: the mobile interactive micro museum, which is a work of architecture, a work of art and a utilitarian object all in one. Architect Ruairí O'Brien designed this "walk-in treasure chest" in which visitors of all ages can immerse themselves in the world of the well-known writer Erich Kaestner. Opening hours: Sun - Fri 10 am - 6 pm Place: Antonstraße 1 (Neustadt) For additional information, visit
  Ethnological Museum
Founded in 1875, the museum highlights objects collected between 1870 and 1930, when the chief emphasis was on Oceania. The continents of Africa, the Americas and Asia are represented in these valuable collections as well. The curiosities include ivory spoons from Benin and bezoars found in the digestive organs of animals and used as aphrodisiacs. Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm Place: Palaisplatz 11 (Neustadt) For additional information, visit
  Exhibition Building at Brühlsche Terrasse, Lipsius-Bau
In ca. 1890, a magnificent edifice was built near the Frauenkirche to house the art academy and the Saxon Art Society's exhibitions. With its glass dome nicknamed the "lemon press," it occupies a prominent position in the city's silhouette. Partially destroyed in 1945, this impressive exhibition hall was not restored to Dresden until October 2005. Opening hours: Tue – Sun. 10 am – 6 pm Place: Brühlsche Terrasse (Altstadt) For additional information, visit
  Gallery of Contemporary Art
The late Romanticist Eduard Leonhardi used this house as a studio and museum until his death in 1905. During the 1970s and '80s, politically daring actions and expositions were carried out here by progressive artists of the GDR. The building now accommodates changing exhibitions of contemporary art and a permanent display of Leonhardi's works. Opening hours: Tue – Fri 2 – 6 pm, Sat – Sun 10 – 6 pm Place: Grundstraße 26 (Loschwitz) For additional information, visit
  General Overview
Museums, e.g. Kunstakademie,Albertinum; churches,e.g. cathedral, Kreuzkirche; Synagoge, Dreikönigskirche; castles, e.g. Residenzschloss, Japanese Palais; lookout towers, e.g. Rathausturm, Schlossturm 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
  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. Opening hours: Wed – Mon 10 am – 7 pm Place: Taschenberg 2 (Altstadt) For additional information, visit
The draftsman, graphic artist and painter Josef Hegenbarth (1884-1962) lived in his house in Loschwitz from 1923 on. Containing an archive and exhibition rooms, the house now belongs to the Dresden State Art Collections' Cabinet of Prints and Drawings. Opening hours: Only Thu 10 am – 12 pm, 2 – 4 pm Place: Calberlastraße 2 (Loschwitz) Admission: free entry For additional information, visit
Józef Ignacy Kraszewski (1812-1887), a Polish political emigrant, was one of 19th-century Dresden's most significant personalities. The museum offers extensive insight into this multi-talented author's life, while also housing a library of Polish publications, an exhibition on Saxon-Polish history and special exhibitions on life in Poland today. Opening hours: Wed – Sun 1 – 6 pm Place: Nordstraße 28 (Neustadt) 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 Hofmühle Dresden
Opening hours: Wed 4 – 6 pm, Sat – Sun 2 – 6 pm Place: Altplauen 19 (Plauen) For additional information, visit
  Museum of Decorative Arts
The Kunstgewerbemuseum presents virtuoso craftwork of the Dresden court, comprising splendid glasses from the court wine cellars and furni¬ture from the Dres¬den Resi¬denz¬schloss. Fur¬ther highlights are French furniture and bronzes, Italian majolica and precious textiles. Furni¬ture from the "Deutsche Werk¬stätten in Hellerau" form the link to contemporary design tendencies on view. Opening hours: Daily 10 am – 6 pm, Mon + Tue special parts closed Place: August-Böckstiegel-Straße 2 (Pillnitz) For additional information, visit
  Museum of Dresden Romanticism
Named after the artist Gerhard von uegelgen (1772 - 1820), who lived on its second floor, the uegelgenhaus has served as a museum since 1981. In each of nine thematically arranged rooms, a significant era of Dresden's cultural and intellectual history comes to life again. Von uegelgen's studio was reconstructed on the basis of a painting by Eduard Kesting. 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
  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. Opening hours: Wed – Mon 10 am – 6 pm Place: Residenzschloss, Entrance Sophienstraße (Altstadt) For additional information, visit
  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. Opening hours: Tue - Sun 10 am - 6 pm Place: Theaterplatz 1 (Altstadt) For additional information, visit
  Permoser Sculpture Exhibition
This exhibition presents fifty originals of the 17th and 18th centuries by Balthasar Permoser, Gottfried Knöffler and others. Most of the figures come from the Dresden Zwinger and were removed from their original setting for conservational reasons. Opening hours: Wed – Sat 2 – 6 pm, Sun 11 am – 6 pm Place: Hauptallee (Altstadt)
  Pillnitz Castle and Park
Comprising buildings of various architectural eras from the Baroque to the Modern and a park with more than 2,600 types of trees and plants, Pillnitz castle's scenic grounds offer a wide range of opportunities to experience the flair of landscaped gardens. The 230-year-old camellia, which blooms from mid February to mid April, is a botanical wonder. Opening hours: Park daily 6 am – nightfall, Museum Tue – Sun 10 am – 5 pm Place: August-Böckstiegel-Straße 2 (Pillnitz) Admission: Park free entry For additional information, visit
  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 Place: Theaterplatz 1 (Altstadt) For additional information, visit
  Power Station - Dresden Energy Museum
This exhibition sheds light on the provision of electricity and gas to the City of Dresden from 1895 to the present. Highlight: Multimedia show on the history of the gas supply. New from June 2006: Exhibition section on water and district heating. Opening hours: Only Wed 10 am – 5 pm Place: Wettiner Platz 7 (Altstadt) Admission: free entry For additional information, visit
  Saxon Folk Art Museum with Puppet Theatre Collection
A unique presentation of the folk art of Saxony is displayed within the charming setting of the Jägerhof, comprising enchanting carvings and candle pyramids, printed linen, splendid costumes and superb laces as well as painted furniture and historic toys. The Puppet Theatre Collection shows the world of historic puppetry on the upper floor. Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm Place: Köpckestraße 1 (Neustadt) For additional information, visit
  Schiller Pavilion
The garden house in a vineyard formerly belonging to the Körner Family reminds us of Schiller's sojourn in Dresden from September 1785 to July 1787. The poet is thought to have completed his "Dom Karlos" in this small pavilion. Opening hours: Sat and Sun 10 am – 5 pm Place: Schillerstraße 19 (Loschwitz) Admission: free entry For additional information, visit
  Semper Opera House
Dresden's Semper Opera House is the most famous opera house in Germany; it houses the Saxon State Orchestra, one of the world's oldest and best-known orchestras. Built by Gottfried Semper between 1838 and 1841, the Semper Opera House was closed in August 1944 and was destroyed six months later by the Allied air attacks. Its reconstruction was a long time coming. Until 1985, Dresden residents were forced to do without their famous edifice. The ceremonial rededication took place on February 13, 1985, exactly 40 years after its destruction. The first performance was »Der Freischütz« by Carl Maria von Weber. The »Dresdener Festtage« in February and March 2010 commemorated the opening of the Semper Opera House by establishing the Dresden Peace Prize; it was awarded to Mikhail Gorbachev. The Semper Opera Ball is also closely associated with the Opera House; the Ball takes place every January. Place: Theaterplatz 2 For additional information, visit
  Small Farmers' Museum
The Small Farmers' Museum is the only one of its kind in the region and offers an authentic impression of life and work on a typical small farmstead. Opening hours: Mon – Fri 9 am – 4 pm, Sat – Sun 1 – 5 pm Place: Schullwitzer Straße 3 (Schönfeld-Weißig) For additional information, visit
  State Museum of Prehistory
The Japanese Palace has accommodated the royal archaeological collection since 1786. Today archaeological finds from excavations all over Saxony are on display, spanning a period of 250,000 years and including the sensational "Adonis of Zschernitz." Changing exhibitions feature archeological and historical topics within the wider European context. Opening hours: Tue - Sun 10 am - 6 pm Place: Palaisplatz 11 (Neustadt)
  Steam Locomotive Museum
Famous steam locomotives are on display in the engine shed at Nossener Bridge. During special events, visitors can experience rides in the driver's cabin. The historical exhibition is further enhanced by the sale of refreshments and souvenirs. Opening hours: Every 1st and 3rd Sat 10 am – 4 pm Place: Zwickauer Straße 86 (Plauen) 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
  Tram Museum
In an original tram station built in 1900, visitors can view historical vehicles such as Motor Car 309 of 1902. Information boards provide insight into the everyday working life of drivers and conductors from 1900 to the present. Opening hours: Only for special events Place: Trachenberger Straße 38 (Pieschen) For additional information, visit
  University Art and Technology Collections
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Place: Helmholtzstraße 9 (Südvorstadt) For additional information, visit
  Zoological Museum
Its origins dating all the way back to the Cabinet of Curiosities founded in 1560 by Saxon elector August I, the Museum of Zoology has been in existence in Dresden as an independent natural history museum since 1728. Its 6.5 million specimens cover almost every known animal species and include valuable taxidermal specimens of extinct animals. Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm Place: Palaisplatz 11 (Neustadt) 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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
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