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In the footsteps of Goethe and Schiller



Itinerary (subject to change):

Day 1: Arrival at Munich Airport. Transfer to hotel to check in for 2 nights. 

Day 2: Munich. 2 hour bus tour of the city starting at Elisabethstrasse Street with a view of the Munich Cathedral of Our Dear Lady. Pass the Neptune Fountain at the botanical garden, the Neo-Baroque Justizpalast palace, and Munich's three most famous art museums: Pinakothek of Modern Art, as well as Old Pinakothek and New Pinakothek. The Propylaea gate at Konigsplatz square reminds of the entrance to the Acropolis of Athens. Continue to Nymphenburg Palace, Olympiaparkand the iconic "four-cylinder" tower of BMW. Leoppoldstrasse Avenue leads through Munich's uptown Schwabing borough past the Victory Gate and Ludwigskirche church, named for King Louis I of Bavaria, to the Feldherrnhalle and Theatine Church of St. Cajetan at Odeonsplatz square. Pass the National Theater and Ethnological Museum and drive along the Isar River past Prater Island and Museum Island before returning to the starting point of the tour at Karlsplatz square, also called 'Stachus'. After the tour, explore the town center in free time. We recommend a visit to Marienplatz square with a view of the magnificent new and old town halls as well as a stop at the Hofbrauhaus beer hall.

Day 3: After breakfast, continue to Stuttgart (223 km/138 mi). Discover the city in a tour including the Old Castle and Collegiate Church at Schillerplatz square, where the playwright and writer is commemorated in the Schiller Monument. Pass the New Castle at Schlossplatz square, the new and the old state gallery and museums along the 'Cultural Mile', Stuttgart's TV tower, Wilhelmina zoo and botanical garden as well as and Solitude Castle where Schiller attended a military academy. Free time after the tour for a lunch break. In the afternoon, go on a short trip to Marbach am Neckar (25 km/15 mi) with the possibility to visit Schiller's birthplace and the Schiller National Museum. Upon request, add a short walking tour of Marbach, a picturesque town of medieval fortifications, scenic lanes of half-timbered houses and the city gate's high tower. Return for an overnight stay in/near Stuttgart.

Day 4: After breakfast, continue to Frankfurt am Main (208 km/129 mi). Before seeing Goethe's birthplace in the city center, go on a bus tour of the financial center of Germany. Drive along the Museumsufer, the south banks of the Main River rimmed with numerous museums, for a magnificent view of the Frankfurt skyline. Cross Friedensbrucke Bridge to Frankfurt Central Station. Go on to Eschenheim Tower, Old Opera, St. Peter's Church and Alte Staufenmauer, the remaining 12th century fortifications. Continue on a walking tour to St. Bartholomew's Cathedral at Domplatz square, St. Nicholas' Church and the town hall at Romerberg square as well as St. Paul's Church and graveyard at Paulsplatz square before walking to Goethe House and Museum (outside viewing). Possibility to visit the Goethe Museum. Overnight stay in a hotel in Frankfurt.

Day 5: After breakfast, continue to Bauerbach. Original manuscripts are displayed in today's Schiller Museum of Bauerbach. Upon request have your lunch scheduled at the "zum braunen Ross" restaurant offering rural cuisine as in Schiller's times. Continue to Ilmenau (50 km/31 mi). Guided tour of the small historic center across the market square to see the town hall, City Church of St. James, Alte Forsterei, Hennebrunnen fountain, Amtshaus, Wenzel House and Zechenhaus. Overnight stay in Ilmenau.

Day 6: After breakfast, continue to Rudolstadt (39 km/24 mi). Outside viewing of the Heidecksburg Castle. Continue to Weimar (40 km/25 mi). First stop for an outside viewing of Belvedere Palace. Drive past Goethe's Garden House in the Ilm Park to the Tiefurt Mansion. Overnight stay in Weimar.

Day 7: Weimar. A guided tour leads past the city's castle to the Homes of Goethe and Schiller with the possibility to visit the Goethe National Museum. Go on to the protected historic town center to Theaterplatz square, town hall and Lucas-Cranach-House, House of the Lady von Stein, Liszt House, former Bauhaus, historic courtyard, Wittum Palace, German National Theater as well as City Church of Sts. Peter and Paul. Continue to Jena (24 km/15 mi). Visit to the Goethe Memorial Site, go on to the Romanticist House. Afterwards take a stroll through the town center of Jena, before driving to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 8: After breakfast, continue to Leipzig (99 km/61 mi). Start with a bus tour of the city: see St. Alexei's Russian Memorial Church and Schiller's House. Discover the town center in a stroll starting at St. Thomas' Church. From Barthels Hof go on to the old town hall at market square and to the old stock exchange, Goethe Monument at Naschmarkt and Auerbach's Cellar in the Madlerpassage arcades. Visit St. Nicholas' Church, then go on to Augustusplatz square with the Gewandhaus concert hall and Leipzig Opera. End the tour at the magnificent Leipzig Central Station. Before checking in to a hotel for one night you'll have time to explore the city.

Day 9: After breakfast, continue to Berlin (186 km/115 mi). In a first tour of the city drive past Berlin's most iconic sights: the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate as well as Gendarmenmarkt square, Bernau Strasse street, Alexanderplatz square, Church of St. Mary, Berlin Cathedral, St. Hedwig's Cathedral, Museum Island and "Unter den Linden" avenue. Afterwards, go on a stroll through the old town of Berlin, called "Nikolaiviertel", with its numerous historic buildings to St. Nicholas' Church. Overnight stay in Berlin.

Day 10: Departure from Berlin.

Tour includes: Coach rides and day trips in a modern long-distance bus, experienced driver, and accommodation in mid-price hotels, double rooms with ensuite bathroom or shower/WC; half-board (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.

All journeys are customizable to the needs of the group. On request we can send you an offer including your international flights.



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