Walking up to 3 miles and standing; cobblestones, climbing stairs, standing at the museum.
A local expert will lead our walking field trip in Dresden that provides an overview of the Old Town and sites including the Frauenkirche — Church of Our Lady — the Zwinger, Brühl’s Terrasse, Procession of Princes, Dresden Castle, and the New Synagogue. The Frauenkirche has been one of Dresden’s spiritual landmarks since the 11th Century. The splendid Baroque church that replaced the old Gothic edifice in the 18th Century was one of city’s foremost architectural landmarks until 1945. Dresden was virtually destroyed by the massive Allied bombing campaign against Nazi Germany in the final stages of World War II. The Frauenkirche was among the casualties, its ruins standing for decades as a symbol of war’s destruction. Sentiment slowly grew for a restoration of the great church as a memorial to peace. It was restored piece by piece and reconsecrated in 2005 before an audience of 60,000 people with millions watching on television.
At a local restaurant enjoy a 2-course plated meal with water provided; other beverages available for purchase.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Royal Palace with a local expert. After this, you can visit the "Historic Green Vault" on our own, one of Europe's finest treasure collections, recently reopened after 68 years. It was amassed by Augustus the Strong, the 18th-century Prince of Saxony. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore on your own or just relax. We recommend visiting one or more of the city’s 30 museums, many of them world-class institutions. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
On your own to enjoy local fare. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
At leisure. Prepare for transfer to Berlin in the morning.