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Germany, 10 Days

In the footsteps of Philipp Melanchthon in Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Pforzheim, Bretten, Tuebingen, Augsburg, Eisenach, Erfurt, Eisleben, Wittenberg and Berlin

 GER - 10110

  • Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrival in Frankfurt. Continue to Heidelberg where Elector Palatine Otto Henry established the Reformation together with Philipp Melanchthon. In a walking tour through the old town see the statue of Madonna am Kornmarkt and the Late Gothic Church of the Holy Spirit. Cross the River Neckar on the Old Bridge to the University Square, St. Peter's Church and Town hall. Go on to the university with the Studentenkarzer (student detention cell) and Heidelberg Castle. Continue to Pforzheim. Check in to hotel for 2 nights in Pforzheim.

    Day 2: Day trip to Bretten where Melanchthon was born in 1497. Start a guided tour of the old town at market square: the old town hall with its front wall full of coats of arms, half-timbered houses and a fountain. Pass the impressive "Schweizer Hof" and go on to the "Brettener Hundle" fountain, the Piper's Tower, the Kreuzkirche church and the new town hall. End the tour at the Late Gothic Melanchthon House built on the site of the Reformer's original birth house which burned down in 1689. Continue to Maulbronn Monastery, a former Cistercian monastery and, since 1993, Unesco World Heritage. Return to hotel in Pforzheim.

    Day 3: Pforzheim. Go on a tour of the city starting with a visit to the city's landmark Collegiate Church of St. Michael with the mausoleum of the House of Baden. Go on to the Stadtkirche 'city church', the Municipal Theater at Waisenhausplatz square, visit the Reuchlin House, a cultural center in the Stadtgarten ending the tour at the City Museum. Take a short trip to the Waldensians Museum "Henri Arnaud House" in Otisheim-Schonenberg for a visit of the museum dedicated to the Waldensians who were displaced because of their Protestant faith. Continue to Tuebingen where Melanchthon was appointed professor of the Greek language at the age of 21. Check in to hotel for 2 nights in Tuebingen.

    Day 4: Tuebingen. Go on a tour of the city starting at the Borse, a former home and seminary for students. Go on to Holderlin Tower, market square, town hall and Neptune's Fountain, then to the Evangelischer Stift, a former Augustinian monastery which provided free education for students of Protestant theology after the Reformation. Continue on a trip to the Cistercian Bebenhausen Monastery. In a guided tour discover the medieval monastery situated at a medieval road leading from the Alps to the valley of the Rhine River. Return to hotel in Tuebingen.

    Day 5: Continue to Augsburg, birthplace of writer Berthold Brecht where Melanchthon wrote the "Confessio Augustana" in 1530. Start a walking tour of the tour at the Augsburg town hall, the most important secular building of the Renaissance. Go on to Perlach Tower, the Collegiate Church of St. Peter's and the Armory with its mannerist style façade. Continue to the Fuggerei, the world's oldest social housing complex founded by Jacob Fugger and his brothers in 1516, then to the Residence, Augsburg Cathedral, and St. Anna's Church, founded by Carmelite monks in 1321. End the tour at St. Ulrich's and Afra's Abbey. Overnight stay near/in Augsburg.

    Day 6: Continue to Eisenach. Walk through the Old town to St. George's Church where Luther sang as a choir boy and J. S. Bach was baptized. Visit Wartburg Castle where Luther translated the New Testament into German. Overnight stay in Eisenach.

    Day 7: Continue to Erfurt. A guided tour of the city takes you to Erfurt Cathedral, Severikirche church, Merchants' Bridge and the Augustinian monastery where Luther lived from 1505 to 1511. Continue to Eisleben. Visit Luther's Birth House, cross the market square to the Luther Monument, town hall and St. Andrew's Church ending the tour at Luther's Death House. Continue to "Lutheran city" Wittenberg. Check in to hotel for 2 nights in Wittenberg.

    Day 8: Wittenberg. Visit Melanchthon House, a Renaissance town house with the furnished study and death chamber of Philipp Melanchthon. In a walking tour of the city see All Saints' Castle Church with the famous "Thesentur" where Luther posted the 95 theses, walk along the historic Collegienstrasse to market square, the Renaissance town hall and the monuments of Luther and Melanchthon. Pass the Cranach Courtyards to the Parish Church of St. Mary, housing an altar by Lucas Cranach the Elder. Go on to Luther House, a former monastery and home of Martin Luther, and now the world's largest museum of the history of the Protestant Reformation. Return to hotel in Wittenberg.

    Day 9: Continue to Berlin. In a bus tour of the city see Berlin's most iconic sights such as the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate. 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 was a deacon. The church has been rebuilt as a museum after it was destroyed during WWII. Overnight stay in Berlin.

    Day 10: Departure.

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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; 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.