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Germany, 4 Days

In the footsteps of St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Marburg, Eisenach, Neuenburg, Naumburg and Gotha

Tour-Code:
 GER - 20104


  • Itinerary

    Day 1: After your arrival, board the long-distance coach and drive to Marburg. Go on a guided tour of Marburg and visit St. Elizabeth's Church, built by the Order of the Teutonic Knights with significant support of the Landgraves of Thuringia to honor St. Elizabeth of Hungary. The church became an important pilgrimage site in the Late Middle Ages, since it was built on the burial site of St. Elizabeth. The church is considered a masterpiece of Early Gothic architecture in Germany and, besides the Liebfrauenkirche 'Church of Our Dear Lady', it is the first pure Gothic hall church standing on German land. St. Elizabeth's Church was the model for Cologne Cathedral. Check in to hotel for 3 nights in a hotel in Thuringia.

    Day 2: Continue to Eisenach. In a guided tour of the historic old town, in its entirety landmarked and protected, see the Predigerkloster (preacher's monastery) and Predigerkirche (preacher's church) and its medieval carved statues and St. Ann's Church reminding of the hospital founded by Landgravess Elizabeth. Go on to the Bach House, Hellgrevenhof where 4-year-old Elizabeth first stayed during her journey, to the Neo-Gothic St. Elizabeth's Church dedicated to St. Elizabeth and to St. George's Church, the church where Louis and Elizabeth married, where Martin Luther sang in the boy choir and also where J. S. Bach was baptized. Continue to uphill Wartburg Castle, one of the Germany's most famous castles of the 11th century. Elizabeth was taken to the castle as a child and, for a short while, lived happily married to Louis IV bearing him three children. At the foot of the hill, Elizabeth had a hospital with 29 beds built and distributed goods and grains from the court's granaries to 900 paupers each day. Louis IV supported Elizabeth in everything. In 1227, after the death of her consort, Elizabeth left Wartburg Castle, urged by the new landgrave. Although living in poverty in the following years, Elizabeth was still benevolent and charitable towards the poor. Free time for you and your group to independently discover the historic chambers of the Wartburg Castle: the Palas 'Great Hall', Elizabeth Hallway, Kemenate Museum, as well as the Luther Room. Continue to Creuzburg Castle near Eisenach, a medieval castle built around the year 1170, residence of the Ludowingians and a favorite place of St. Elizabeth. Free time to explore the castle complex independently, for example the Kemenate (bower) of Elizabeth where she gave birth to her son Hermann II in 1222. Free time until you return to your hotel.

    Day 3: Day trip to Neuenburg near Freyburg where Elizabeth lived and worked in the years 1224/25. She supposedly nursed a sick beggar and let him recover in the landgrave's bed. The high nobility despised her for her charitable work and commitment. Visit the Romanesque shared chapel which was later on dedicated to St. Elizabeth, then continue to Naumburg. In a guided tour see the historic sights and architectural gems of the city: the Renaissance town hall at market square at the heart of the magnificent town houses of the 16th to 19th century, St. Wenceslas Church, built for Maurice, Duke of Saxony, with paintings of 1652/53. The main attraction in St. Wenceslas Church Is the Hildebrand organ, a gem of traditional Baroque organ building; go on to the Nietzsche house and Naumburg's only preserved Marientor town gate. Go for a stroll along Juedengasse lane before visiting Late Romanesque Naumburg Cathedral, dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, to see the oldest stone statue of St. Elizabeth. The cathedral with its characteristic four church spires is one of the most famous examples of German Medieval architecture, especially of Late Romanesque and Early Gothic architecture. The statues of the twelve founders of the Cathedral - notably the statue of Uta - are famous the world over. Return to hotel.

    Day 4: Continue to Gotha, another stage of Elizabeth's life. Walking across the elegantly rebuilt Hauptmarkt square and past town hall to the city's landmark: Friedenstein Palace, one of the greatest palace buildings of Early Baroque with a monumental three-wing architecture. St. Elizabeth founded today's Hospital Mariae Magdalenae in Bruhl.

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  • 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; halfboard (3x breakfast and 3x 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.