10-Nights The European Reformation with Oberammergau
Walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther on this Germany vacation highlighting the European Reformation and featuring the Oberammergau Passion Play. You'll overnight in Berlin, Wittenberg, Leipzig, Erfurt, Wiesbaden, Nuremberg, Oberammergau, and Munich, and
10 nights from $3939 per person
Berlin is without doubt the most fascinating city in Germany. Covering around 341 square miles Berlin is a unique landscape. With its numerous parks, lakes and wooded areas it is sometimes easy to forget that Berlin is the capital of Germany. The troubled history of this celebrated capital has for many years attracted tourists from around the world. It is estimated around 80% of Berlin was destroyed during the Second World War; landmarks like the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church stand as a lasting reminder of the mass destruction this city once endured. Perhaps one of Berlin's most famous landmarks is the Berlin Wall, the 'iron curtain' that divided this great city into two halves between 1961 and 1989. The East was governed by communism while the West was allowed to flourish under a democratic capitalist government. Even now, over a decade after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the differences between the former East and West are still very apparent. Berlin has an undeniable air of mystery that has always been and always will be a major draw for tourists from around the world.
Home of tworld-famous Oktoberfest, the Hofbrauhaus and beergarden-experience, Munich has become one of the most modern and prosperous cities in post-war Germany. Munich offers museums, art galleries, concert halls and historical buildings, beergarden athmosphere on a warm summer night and the hottest dance hall scene in Germany. The area around Munich has mountains, lakes, fairy-tale-castles, wintersport centers and treasures like the monastery-and-brewery of Andechs. Among "must-sees" in Munich, are a walk on the high-level-shopping mile of Maximilianstrasse, a visit of Monopterus building and the "Chinesischer Turm" beergarden on a warm summer day, a match of two main local soccer clubs in Olympic stadium, a visit to "Deutsche Museum", a beer in the students' pubs, and an afternight breakfast in the cafe "Schmalznudel" at Viktualienmarkt. For history, go to a museum, visit the castle of Nymphenburg or get confronted with the dark side of German history in Dachau concentration camp memorial site.
The second largest city in Bavaria, Nuremberg is a glowing testament to medieval culture as evidenced in its historic monuments, Gothic churches and elegant patrician houses. Take a walk around the 13th-century city walls, complete with moats, watchtowers and gateways. Then experience "shopping" as it was in the Middle Ages at the Handwerker Hof, a charming "mediaeval mall". Don't forget to sample the city's famous Bratwürste annd Lebkuchen.
If Oberammergau did not have the reputation it does, it would have been one of the quietest places among numerous others in the Alps. But its tradition made it that well-known. This tradition does apply to handicraft, to history up to the legends and stories of the village. Oberammergau and the surrounding countryside offer a variety of events and sites, such as hiking and biking tours, winter sports, and tours to the vicinity of Oberammergau. Oberammergau is famous for its wood carving tradition and tromp d'oeil paintings. Today there are about 120 wood sculptors in Oberammergau, actively carving and selling a large variety of wooden artefacts, from figures of saints to household goods. Carvers School offers courses providing specialist training for wood carvers.
In Goethe's Faust a character named Frosch calls Leipzig 'a little Paris.' He was wrong - Leipzig is more fun. Street-side cafes pour out onto the streets, and underground music clubs thud throughout the night; the town also has some of the finest classical music and opera in the country - it was once home to Bach, Wagner and Mendelssohn.
Wittenberg was central in the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. This little medieval town was where Martin Luther's 95 Theses were nailed to the doors of the Castle Church, where you can now visit his tomb. You can visit Luther's House, an old cloister, and Lucas Cranach's art studio. Cranach is known in art history for his portraiture and woodcuts. Every June and October, medieval fairs - the Luthers Hochzeit and the Reformations Fest - feature music and cultural events.
The city of Wiesbaden is located on the Rhine River and is often described as the "Nice of the North" with its beautiful parks and gardens. Its hot springs make it a popular health resort and place of tranquility.
There is plenty to do in Wiesbaden including many cultural events. The Laughter Museum, Women's Museum, and German Television Museum are among the many museums to visit and take in some German history.
There is also an elegant casino as well as spa assembly rooms built in 1907 that attract many vistors. Some places of interest in this unique and historical town are the neo-Gothic Market Church, the Hessian State Theatre, the historical old quarter with palace, and the baroque Biebrich Palace.
Erfurt, the Capital and spiritual center of Thuringia, is located in the center of Germany. This medieval city holds the only extensively preserved baroque town fortress in central Europe, and its old town is one of the most in tact medieval cities in Germany. Martin Luther studied at the University of Erfurt in the early 1500s and lived as a monk in St. Augustine's Monastery. Erfurt has many museums, churches, synagogues, monasteries and historical architecture to visit, such as the Kramerbrucke (Merchants' bridge), the-century bridge and one of the most famous attractions of Erfurt.
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