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Germany, 12 Days

In the footsteps of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther in Berlin, Wroclaw, Krzyzowa, Dresden, Leipzig, Eisleben, Mansfeld, Grimma, Nimbschen, Torgau, Wittenberg and Potsdam

Tour-Code:
 GER - 10212


  • Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrival at Berlin International Airport. In a tour of the city pass and see Berlin's most iconic sights such as the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate. Check in to a hotel for 3 nights.

    Day 2: Berlin. Discover the old town of Berlin, called "Nikolaiviertel", with its historic architectural monuments in a walking tour to St. Nicholas' Church where hymn writer Paul Gerhardt worked as a deacon. Free time in the afternoon. Return to hotel.

    Day 3: Berlin. Visit to Bonhoeffer House and his study, arranged to look like the day he was arrested by the Gestapo. Go on to the military prison Berlin-Tegel where Bonhoeffer awaited his trial in 1943-45, then to Wedding district where he lead his groups of confirmands. Continue to Prenzlauer Berg, Zionskirche and the Bonhoeffer Memorial. Upon request visit to Dorotheenstadt cemetery with a memorial to German resistance fighters and Plotzensee prison. Return to hotel.

    Day 4: Berlin. Visit the "Topography of Terror" exhibition at the site of the Gestapo headquarters, then go on to the Holocaust Memorial. Continue to Wroclaw, Poland where Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in 1906. Check in to hotel for 2 nights.

    Day 5: Wroclaw. Start a guided tour in the footsteps of Bonhoeffer at his birthplace. Go on to Community Hall, the Court Church and the Bonhoeffer Memorial in front of St. Elisabeth's Church. Continue on a stroll through the city to the patrician houses with their striking steep roofs on the market square of Wroclaw's old town. See the 14th century town hall, one of the most impressive buildings of Gothic architecture. Go on to Cathedral Island Ostrow Turski to see the twin-towered Gothic Wroclaw Cathedral and the Church of the Holy Cross and St. Bartholomew. See UNESCO World Heritage Site Centennial Hall and end the tour at the Aula Leopoldina. Return to hotel.

    Day 6: Day trip to Krzyzowa. In 1942/43 the resistance group Kreisau Circle met at the manor house of Helmut James von Moltke. The Kreisau Circle planned a democratic new beginning in Germany after the removal of the Nazi regime and Hitler. Visit the Moltke Manor and the Memorial to the German resistance. Continue to Swidnica for a visit of the Church of Peace. Continue to Dresden. Overnight stay.

    Day 7: Dresden. A sightseeing tour leads past the golden equestrian statue of 'August the Strong', the historic center and continues to the Grand Garden of Dresden, crosses the Blue Miracle Bridge to Eckberg Castle of the picturesque castles along the Elbe River. Start a walking tour at the 'Theaterplatz' and the nearby famous Semper Opera House housing the Saxon State Orchestra. Go on to the Zwinger with its Old Masters Picture Gallery. Visit the rebuilt Church of Our Lady. Continue to Meissen. In a guided tour see the town hall, the Church of our Lady with the world's first porcelain carillon, Albrechtsburg Castle and Meissen Cathedral. Go on to the Bischofsschloss 'episcopal castle' and the factory of the famous Meissen china. Overnight stay in Meissen.

    Day 8: Continue to Leipzig, heartland of the Reformation. In a sightseeing tour see the Battle of the Nations Monument, the Schillerhaus and the Gohlis Palace. Visit St. Thomas Church where Luther introduced the Reformation in 1539 and J. S. Bach worked as a cantor. In a walking tour see Leipzig's historic buildings, the Goethe Monument and Auerbachs Keller, famous for its part in Faust's first encounter with Mephistopheles in Goethe's play. Visit St. Nicholas' Church and end the tour at Central Railway Station. Check in to hotel for 2 nights.

    Day 9: Continue to Eisleben. Visit Luther's Birth House, cross the market square to see the Luther Monument, the town hall, and St. Andrew's Church ending the tour at Luther's Death House. Continue to Mansfeld for a tour to the Luther Monument at the Luther Fountain, the Latin School, the house of Martin Luther's parents and finally St. George's Church. Continue to Grimma for a tour of the monastery church where hymn writer Paul Gerhardt attended school during the 30 Years War. Continue to Nimbschen, the remains of the convent "Marienthron" where Katharina von Bora lived as a nun before she fled to Wittenberg to marry Martin Luther in 1525. Return to hotel.

    Day 10: Continue to Torgau. In a walking tour see the historic market, the town hall and the patrician houses. Visit to the Church of St. Mary for Katharina Luther's tomb stone and the Nothelfer altar by Cranach the Elder, and Castle Chapel at Hartenfels Castle. Continue to Wittenberg. Walk to Castle Church where Luther posted his 95 theses at the "Thesentur", then to the Renaissance town hall, the Monuments of Luther and Melanchthon and Luther's House. Overnight stay.

    Day 11: Continue to Potsdam, residence of the Prussian kings and German Kaisers until 1918. Start in the Dutch Quarter, named for the Dutch style red brick buildings, then go on to the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul at Bassinplatz, Platz der Einheit, the Memorial dedicated to the Victims of Fascism and War and the Potsdam Museum. Continue to Sanssouci Palace with its picturesque scenery and surrounding parks and palaces: the Charlottenhof Palace, Church of Peace, Orangery, Sicilian Garden, Dragon House and Cecilienhof Palace, site of the Potsdam Declaration in 1945. Overnight stay in Potsdam or Berlin.

    Days 12: Departure from Berlin International Airport.

    (subject to alterations)

  • Tour includes

    Accompanying (English-speaking) tour host, coach rides and day trips in a modern long-distance coach, experienced driver, and accommodation in mid-price hotels, double rooms with ensuite bathroom; breakfast and dinner, guided tours by trained local tour guides, maps and informative material.

  • Not included

    Tips, admission fees, beverages, personal expenses, possible increases in fuel prices.