Germany

German Icons: Berlin, Dresden and Munich

Program No. 16877RJ
Dive deep into the culture of Germany as you explore three iconic cities, discovering politics in Berlin, architecture in Dresden and weisswurst, beer and a baroque palace in Munich.

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At a Glance

Join local experts to discover the shared history and unique identity behind Germany’s most important cultural metropolises — Berlin and Munich. While both cities boast rich history, traditions and arts, the cultures of each are strikingly different. Halfway between Berlin and Munich, visit the city of Dresden to marvel at the cultural treasures that lay hidden behind the Iron Curtain for a generation.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two hours/two miles at a time, sometimes twice per day. Some program days require walking up to five miles and standing for up to 2 hours. Some sights are only accessible by stairs and/or cobblestones. Public transportation and motor coaches used throughout the program.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • Examine Berlin’s artistic treasures on the famous Museumsinsel and the German Bundestag, redesigned by Sir Norman Foster.
  • Discover Dresden with its newly restored Frauenkirche and the highly regarded Semperoper.
  • Explore the collection of Old Masters from the 14th to the 18th centuries at one of the oldest art galleries in the world – the Alte Pinakothek.

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
Featured Expert
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Janet Kempf
Janet Kempt studied art history, Spanish and history in Berlin, Madrid and Munich. She has worked in both the curatorial and pedagogical fields of museums since 2006. One of her favorite works of art is Donatello's “Putto with Tambourine” in the Bode Museum, which presents the beginning of the Renaissance in Italy in an extraordinary way.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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An expert on the military history of the 19th and 20th centuries, Wolf Refardt enjoys sharing his knowledge during his lectures and classes on the events of the Cold War. Wolf has published papers on themes that range from Sepulchral culture in enlightened absolutism to the development of public welfare in Brandenburg, and to the history of battles that took place during World War II.
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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.
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Ulrich Brückner studied political science, German literature and history at the University of Würzburg and the Freie Universität Berlin. He specialized in European integration and his PhD thesis focused on the role of the European Commission in the policy-making of the EU. He has been a lecturer at the Freie Universität Berlin, Szczecin University and an active member of the European Union’s Jean Monnet Programme. His current fields of interests are institutional developments in the EU, external affairs and Eastward enlargement.
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Janet Kempt studied art history, Spanish and history in Berlin, Madrid and Munich. She has worked in both the curatorial and pedagogical fields of museums since 2006. One of her favorite works of art is Donatello's “Putto with Tambourine” in the Bode Museum, which presents the beginning of the Renaissance in Italy in an extraordinary way.
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Markus is a professional historian, author and lecturer specializing in European history of the 19th and 20th centuries. He studied modern history at the University of Erlangen in Germany and Kalamazoo College in Michigan. For his PhD thesis, he analyzed the function and perception of the Nazi rallies from 1933-41. He has published several books on Nuremberg, the latest being about the Nuremberg Trials.
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Gabor was born in Leipzig in 1970. After graduating from high school, he studied law in Hanover. About 20 years ago he founded his company with a partner. He has been self-employed as a group leader since this time. Gabor leads all exhibitions of the Dresden Residenzschloss, the Zwinger, the Opera, the city of Dresden etc. in German and English. He also accompanies groups around Dresden, such as Saxon Switzerland. His hobbies are playing the piano, astronomy and chess.
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Vera Blumenthal studied Egyptology and Classical Archeology at the Humboldt University of Berlin where she obtained her PhD degree with a thesis about the Egyptian Old Kingdom. For more than twenty years, she has worked as a freelancer for the Berlin State Museums, concentrating more and more on cultural education. She is an expert in the history and architecture of Museum Island at Berlin and one of the founders of the agency ARIADNE, specializing on organizing high quality group education in the museums of Berlin.
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As a licensed and official guide for Munich and Bavaria, Astrid also has a degree as an interpreter. She has been a travel leader for almost 20 years and believes that it is the most rewarding job to show the beautiful sights of her hometown to her guests. A passionate traveler herself, she loves to come back to Munich where her roots are and as a true “Münchener,” she enjoys telling her guests about how people live here and what their traditions and habits are.
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Meals
18 Meals
9 Breakfasts
4 Lunches
5 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Oct 16, 2024 - Oct 26, 2024
  • Oct 16, 2024 - Oct 26, 2024
  • Apr 17, 2024 - Apr 27, 2024 (Berlin to Munich)
  • May 29, 2024 - Jun 08, 2024 (Berlin to Munich)
  • Aug 28, 2024 - Sep 07, 2024 (Berlin to Munich)
  • Oct 16, 2024 - Oct 26, 2024 (Berlin to Munich)
  • May 16, 2025 - May 26, 2025 (Berlin to Munich)
  • Jun 20, 2025 - Jun 30, 2025 (Berlin to Munich)
  • Sep 05, 2025 - Sep 15, 2025 (Berlin to Munich)
  • Oct 10, 2025 - Oct 20, 2025 (Berlin to Munich)
4 nights
Berlin
This modern hotel is the perfect place to stay! Your bright room is tastefully furnished and equipped with everything you need. Enjoy a wide range of international dishes and drinks in the restaurant, at the bar or in the bistro-lounge. Facilities for private and official events are also part of the hotel. As the name suggests, the IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof boasts a prime location by the central station Berlin in Moabit, just a stone’s throw of some of the most famous sites of the German capital. Within walking distance, you find the German Chancellery (450m), the ‘House of the Cultures of the World’ and the Reichstag (1km).
2 nights
Dresden
The elegant hotel is situated right on the banks of the Elbe, between the Semperoper and the International Congress Centre Dresden. The Maritim Hotel Dresden is impressive, with its stylish rooms housed in a building that is a protected monument. The old city with the famous Frauenkirche ("Church of Our Lady") and the Zwinger are just 10 minutes away on foot.
3 nights
München
Located in the heart of Schwabing, you can reach the trendy district in just a few minutes' walk, where art, culture and exclusive shopping await you. Spend an unforgettable stay at our hotel in Munich in one of 292 stylishly furnished, partially barrier-free rooms or suites, including use of our 300 m² wellness landscape. The Valentinum Bar & Terrace restaurant with regional and international specialities, the bar with cigar lounge, "Cinemathek" and our spectacular beer crystal round off the offer perfectly.
4 nights
Berlin
This hotel is a traditional, friendly and very personally run establishment. It is a very charming hotel and has a over 100 years of experience as an accommodation. Situated in the heart of the new Berlin, the Hotel Albrechtshof is the ideal starting point to explore the vibrant city on foot.
2 nights
Dresden
The elegant hotel is situated right on the banks of the Elbe, between the Semperoper and the International Congress Centre Dresden. The Maritim Hotel Dresden is impressive, with its stylish rooms housed in a building that is a protected monument. The old city with the famous Frauenkirche ("Church of Our Lady") and the Zwinger are just 10 minutes away on foot.
3 nights
München
The Four Points by Sheraton Munich Arabellapark combines Bavarian charm and a timeless design with local elements. Our family friendly hotel is a few subway stops from the city center and only a short walk from the English Garden, Munich's famous city park, you will experience the special mixture of exciting city life and Bavarian coziness that makes Munich so unique. 446 contemporary guestrooms sized spaciously with 25m² and mostly with balcony, offer a high level of comfort. 35 studios with a fully equipped kitchenette and balcony are perfect for long stays. Our premium hotel features Munich's highest spa with pool, sauna and treatments is located on the 22nd floor. Enjoy a unique park view over the English Garden, the city center, up to the Alps
4 nights
Berlin
First class designer hotel with a large conference center in the heart of Berlin. Expressive art and exclusive design create a generous and harmonic ambience. In the vicinity are the German Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, the Potsdamer Platz, the Museumsinsel (Museum Island), the German State Opera, concert halls and theaters as well as Europe’s largest variety theater, the Friedrichstadtpalast.
2 nights
Dresden
Conquer our enchanting baroque city with an overnight stay in the 3 Star Superior Hotel Star G Hotel Premium Dresden Altmarkt. Directly located at the famous “Altmarkt” and Dresden´s historic center. World-renowned attractions like Semperoper, Zwinger Palace or Frauenkirche can be easily reached on foot. On five floors there 123 modern hotel rooms designed in warm colors and with 3+ comfort in mind. From single to double and family rooms up to suites, we offer both single travelers and couples as well as families a cozy residence away from home. With the opening of our hotel, the traditional coffee house culture returned to the Altmarkt arcades. In our coffee house, our guests enjoy delicious pastry, as well as various seasonal savory dishes. We also serve freshly brewed coffee specialties, regional wines and seasonal mixed drinks.
3 nights
München
The Four Points by Sheraton Munich Arabellapark combines Bavarian charm and a timeless design with local elements. Our family friendly hotel is a few subway stops from the city center and only a short walk from the English Garden, Munich's famous city park, you will experience the special mixture of exciting city life and Bavarian coziness that makes Munich so unique. 446 contemporary guestrooms sized spaciously with 25m² and mostly with balcony, offer a high level of comfort. 35 studios with a fully equipped kitchenette and balcony are perfect for long stays. Our premium hotel features Munich's highest spa with pool, sauna and treatments is located on the 22nd floor. Enjoy a unique park view over the English Garden, the city center, up to the Alps
4 nights
Berlin
This modern hotel is the perfect place to stay! Your bright room is tastefully furnished and equipped with everything you need. Enjoy a wide range of international dishes and drinks in the restaurant, at the bar or in the bistro-lounge. Facilities for private and official events are also part of the hotel. As the name suggests, the IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof boasts a prime location by the central station Berlin in Moabit, just a stone’s throw of some of the most famous sites of the German capital. Within walking distance, you find the German Chancellery (450m), the ‘House of the Cultures of the World’ and the Reichstag (1km).
2 nights
Dresden
The elegant hotel is situated right on the banks of the Elbe, between the Semperoper and the International Congress Centre Dresden. The Maritim Hotel Dresden is impressive, with its stylish rooms housed in a building that is a protected monument. The old city with the famous Frauenkirche ("Church of Our Lady") and the Zwinger are just 10 minutes away on foot.
3 nights
München
Located in the heart of Schwabing, you can reach the trendy district in just a few minutes' walk, where art, culture and exclusive shopping await you. Spend an unforgettable stay at our hotel in Munich in one of 292 stylishly furnished, partially barrier-free rooms or suites, including use of our 300 m² wellness landscape. The Valentinum Bar & Terrace restaurant with regional and international specialities, the bar with cigar lounge, "Cinemathek" and our spectacular beer crystal round off the offer perfectly.
4 nights
Berlin
First class designer hotel with a large conference center in the heart of Berlin. Expressive art and exclusive design create a generous and harmonic ambience. In the vicinity are the German Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, the Potsdamer Platz, the Museumsinsel (Museum Island), the German State Opera, concert halls and theaters as well as Europe’s largest variety theater, the Friedrichstadtpalast.
2 nights
Dresden
The NH Collection Dresden Altmarkt hotel , formerly known as NH Dresden Altmarkt, is right at the heart of Dresden on the market square. Tourists and business travelers will find everything they need in walking distance of our newly-built hotel. - quick stroll to the famous Frauenkirche - close to train station and Prager Strasse tram stop - easy walk to shops, bars and sightseeing hotspots like the Zwinger and the Royal Palace
3 nights
München
Located in the heart of Schwabing, you can reach the trendy district in just a few minutes' walk, where art, culture and exclusive shopping await you. Spend an unforgettable stay at our hotel in Munich in one of 292 stylishly furnished, partially barrier-free rooms or suites, including use of our 300 m² wellness landscape. The Valentinum Bar & Terrace restaurant with regional and international specialities, the bar with cigar lounge, "Cinemathek" and our spectacular beer crystal round off the offer perfectly.
4 nights
Berlin
First class designer hotel with a large conference center in the heart of Berlin. Expressive art and exclusive design create a generous and harmonic ambience. In the vicinity are the German Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, the Potsdamer Platz, the Museumsinsel (Museum Island), the German State Opera, concert halls and theaters as well as Europe’s largest variety theater, the Friedrichstadtpalast.
2 nights
Dresden
The NH Collection Dresden Altmarkt hotel , formerly known as NH Dresden Altmarkt, is right at the heart of Dresden on the market square. Tourists and business travelers will find everything they need in walking distance of our newly-built hotel. - quick stroll to the famous Frauenkirche - close to train station and Prager Strasse tram stop - easy walk to shops, bars and sightseeing hotspots like the Zwinger and the Royal Palace
3 nights
München
Located in the heart of Schwabing, you can reach the trendy district in just a few minutes' walk, where art, culture and exclusive shopping await you. Spend an unforgettable stay at our hotel in Munich in one of 292 stylishly furnished, partially barrier-free rooms or suites, including use of our 300 m² wellness landscape. The Valentinum Bar & Terrace restaurant with regional and international specialities, the bar with cigar lounge, "Cinemathek" and our spectacular beer crystal round off the offer perfectly.
4 nights
Berlin
First class designer hotel with a large conference center in the heart of Berlin. Expressive art and exclusive design create a generous and harmonic ambience. In the vicinity are the German Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, the Potsdamer Platz, the Museumsinsel (Museum Island), the German State Opera, concert halls and theaters as well as Europe’s largest variety theater, the Friedrichstadtpalast.
2 nights
Dresden
The NH Collection Dresden Altmarkt hotel , formerly known as NH Dresden Altmarkt, is right at the heart of Dresden on the market square. Tourists and business travelers will find everything they need in walking distance of our newly-built hotel. - quick stroll to the famous Frauenkirche - close to train station and Prager Strasse tram stop - easy walk to shops, bars and sightseeing hotspots like the Zwinger and the Royal Palace
3 nights
München
Located in the heart of Schwabing, you can reach the trendy district in just a few minutes' walk, where art, culture and exclusive shopping await you. Spend an unforgettable stay at our hotel in Munich in one of 292 stylishly furnished, partially barrier-free rooms or suites, including use of our 300 m² wellness landscape. The Valentinum Bar & Terrace restaurant with regional and international specialities, the bar with cigar lounge, "Cinemathek" and our spectacular beer crystal round off the offer perfectly.
4 nights
Berlin
First class designer hotel with a large conference center in the heart of Berlin. Expressive art and exclusive design create a generous and harmonic ambience. In the vicinity are the German Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, the Potsdamer Platz, the Museumsinsel (Museum Island), the German State Opera, concert halls and theaters as well as Europe’s largest variety theater, the Friedrichstadtpalast.
2 nights
Dresden
The NH Collection Dresden Altmarkt hotel , formerly known as NH Dresden Altmarkt, is right at the heart of Dresden on the market square. Tourists and business travelers will find everything they need in walking distance of our newly-built hotel. - quick stroll to the famous Frauenkirche - close to train station and Prager Strasse tram stop - easy walk to shops, bars and sightseeing hotspots like the Zwinger and the Royal Palace
3 nights
München
Located in the heart of Schwabing, you can reach the trendy district in just a few minutes' walk, where art, culture and exclusive shopping await you. Spend an unforgettable stay at our hotel in Munich in one of 292 stylishly furnished, partially barrier-free rooms or suites, including use of our 300 m² wellness landscape. The Valentinum Bar & Terrace restaurant with regional and international specialities, the bar with cigar lounge, "Cinemathek" and our spectacular beer crystal round off the offer perfectly.





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