When you think of Germany, what comes to mind? Varied and beautiful countryside, medieval towns with their old world charm, a contrasting capital city where history has blended old and new styles together, or perhaps savoring German food with a nice cold beer. If so, all of this and more are included on this marvelous tour which takes you from Berlin to Munich.
Sightseeing in each city includes the must-see sights. In Berlin, you’ll visit Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, badly damaged during the war and today a symbol of reconciliation. During your walking tour in Dresden, visit the courtyard of Zwinger Palace, one of Germany’s best-known baroque buildings. In Munich, visit the lively Marienplatz. Here, observe the famous Glockenspiel, which re-creates a 16th-century wedding. You’ll also visit Weimar, where you’ll enjoy a pleasant walk through the town.
Nuremberg is famous for its gingerbread, don’t forget to taste some whilst exploring the charming old town district. Step back in history when you visit Augsburg. A typical farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Munich completes your German experience.
Throughout this tour, you’ll be accompanied by a Tour Director who knows the ins and outs of Germany—its history, secrets, culture, and language. So all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy this fantastic German Escape.
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Time to rest or to start exploring the German capital. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
Sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis includes the elegant Ku’damm, the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Palace, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, and the 64-metre (210-foot) Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten park. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH with its bomb-damaged tower, drive along Unter den Linden boulevard, and pass the State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie. (B)
Arrive in Dresden, former capital of Saxony. Badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945, the city has since been restored to its baroque splendour. During your guided walking tour, visit the Zwinger Palace COURTYARD to admire its impressive architecture; the magnificent baroque Semper Opera, originally built in 1841, once destroyed by fire, then destroyed by bombing, and finally restored in 1985; and the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche. (B)
In Weimar, follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk through this pretty town. See the houses where great poets like Goethe and Schiller lived and the theatre where the Weimar Constitution was drafted. Continue to Nuremberg, known for its children’s toys and gingerbread. Admire the impressive medieval ramparts as you walk through the pedestrian area of the charming Old Town and see St. Sebald Church, painstakingly reconstructed as a monument to peace from the rubble of near-total wartime destruction. Also admire the Schoner Brunnen, a 14th-century fountain dedicated to the Holy Roman Empire. It is said that it brings good luck to spin the two brass rings. (B)
Drive south through Bavaria to the city of Augsburg. The drive along the scenic Romantic Road with its small villages is enchanting. During your orientation in Augsburg see the Cathedral, the Rathausplatz, the Augustus Fountain and the Perlach Tower, the city’s most famous landmarks. The highlight is a visit to the TOWN HALL with its Baroque Golden Hall. Later, an interesting visit to the Fuggerei has been included. A city within the city, the Fuggerei was founded almost 500 years ago by Jakob Fugger the Rich as a housing complex for needy Augsburgers, and it has been in continuous operation fulfilling its mission since that time. Here, in the oldest social housing complex in the world, visitors experience a fascinating journey through history – and the normal everyday life of its current residents. Continue to the Bavarian capital Munich. (B)
Sightseeing with a Local Guide of Germany’s “Secret Capital” the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1972 Olympics and the 305-metre-high (1,000-foot-high) Olympic Tower. Drive along the Ludwigstrasse, and see the Bavarian Arch of Triumph and Field Marshall Hall. Also see the Konigsplatz, and visit MARIENPLATZ with its Old and the New Town Halls and the gothic Frauenkirche. In the evening, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant is the best way to celebrate the success of your German holiday. (B,D)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)