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UNESCO heritage & Bavarian castles



Day 1: Arrival in Munich, the capital of Bavaria, welcome by your tour guide. Transfer to a hotel for an early check-in. Time to rest. In the afternoon explore the city on a walking and bus sightseeing tour. It was here that Josef Ratzinger was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising in 1977. See the Palais Holnstein - his residence as the Archbishop and the historic old city with its famous buildings and squares, such as Marienplatz square and the town hall, Frauenkirche Church with its distinctive onion-topped towers, and the Nymphenburg Palace, baroque residence of the Bavarian kings (outside viewing). Return to hotel.

Day 2: Day trip along the Romantic Road to the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle in the Schwangau region. This magical castle was built by King Ludwig II on the site of two former castles. Because of its unique beauty and fantastic furnishings, Neuschwanstein Castle is often referred to as a "fairytale castle". Tour of the richly furnished rooms of the castle, afterwards go on to Hohenschwangau Castle opposite Neuschwanstein Castle. Its main sight is the "Hall of the Heroes" or Banquet Hall, the Oriental Room of Queen Mary and Hohenstaufen Room where King Ludwig II and Richard Wagner played music together, the Tasso Room and Berchta Room with depictions of the legend of Charlemagne's birth. Continue to Wies Church, a magnificently furnished German pilgrimage church and perhaps the most famous church in Europe with indescribably splendid Baroque interior. This is why it is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage. Afterwards continue to Linderhof Castle, one of the most popular destinations in Bavaria. Visit to the castle gardens and the 22 m tall fountain, the Neptune Fountain, the Moorish Kiosk, the Music Pavillion as well as the Grotto and "Hermitage of Grunemanz" which inspired Richard Wagner. Linderhof Castle is the smallest of King Ludwig's castles, yet the only one that was completed. Walk through the beautiful gardens and woods and the artificial cascades. Guided tour of the magnificent interior of the castle. Return to hotel in Munich.

Day 3: Continue to Wuerzburg. Surrounded by premium vineyards and the Marienberg fortress towering over the former residence of the prince-bishops of Wuerzburg. Tour of the city's old town and visit to the former residence of the princes-bishop. Built in the early 18th century by Balthasar Neumann as one of the most significant Baroque castles in Europe, the residence was declared UNESCO world heritage in 1981. The stairwell, frescoes and Imperial Hall are particularly impressive. Free time for the rest of the day or possibility to a wine tasting. Check in to hotel for 2 nights.

Day 4: Continue to Bamberg, the former residential seat of emperors and bishop's see of Franconia. Bamberg's old town contains the largest historic town center remaining undamaged and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1993. Bamberg is known for the independent and versatile beer brewing tradition and its main product 'Rauchbier' (smoked beer) in the surrounding villages and cities. In a guided tour of "medieval Bamberg" see the Benediktinerweg, St. Michael's Church, Carmelite church and cloister as well as St. James' Church, a column basilica of the 11th/12th century and the only church built almost entirely in Romanesque style. Go on to Bamberg Cathedral, to the Alte Hofhaltung (former imperial palace and episcopal see), Maximiliansplatz square and the parish Church of St. Gangulphus, built in mid-11th century on the oldest church foundations in Bamberg. The church was later refurbished with Baroque elements. Continue to the New Residence, to the rosary, old town hall built in the middle of the River Regnitz and through 'Little Venice', a former fisher's settlement with half-timbered houses. Go on to the town palace Bottingerhaus and the Concordia. Return to hotel in Wuerzburg.

Day 5: Regensburg, on the northern-most part of the Danube. The first settlements on this part of the river date back to the Stone Age. In 2006 Celtic burial sites with partly valuable burial objects were found about 100 m east of the walls of the later legionary camp. The Collegiate Church and Basilica Minor of Our Dear Lady of the Old Chapel was built around the year 875. It was refurbished in the mid-18th century and since then ranks among the most splendid Rococo churches in Bavaria. Since 2006 Regensburg is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Tour of the old town and its narrow lanes and broad squares to Gothic St. Peter's Cathedral and the Stone Bridge, to the "Porta Praetoria", the north gate of the Roman fortress, to the old town, the patrician houses and dynasty towers, to the theater at Bismarck square and many more sights and places. Continue to the hotel in/near Regensburg and check in for 3 nights.

Day 6: Regensburg. Trip to St. Emmeram Palace or Thurn und Taxis Palace, a palace of the House of Thurn und Taxis in Regensburg. The House of Thurn und Taxis acquired the lands and buildings of the 8th century St. Emmeram monastery in 1810 and had it rebuilt into a residence by Jean Baptiste Métivier. The palace is still inhabited by members of the Thurn und Taxis dynasty. The state apartments of the palace and tapestries of Brussels and interior decoration of the palace of Thurn und Taxis in Frankfurt are open to the public. Parts of the cloister and nearby buildings of the oldest part of the monastery and is part of the guided tour of the museum. The Marstall Museum shows a number of historic carriages and coaches. Opportunity to a boat tour on the Danube in the afternoon.

Day 7: Departure and transfer to the airport via Munich.

Tour includes: Bus transfers 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: Accompanying English-speaking tour host, tips, admission fees, beverages, personal expenses, possible increases in fuel prices.

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