admin August 30th, 2011
?CASTLES, CATHEDRALS AND A CONCENTRATION CAMP
This beautiful 8 day itinerary is available for purchase as your own personal tour. Call for price and travel at your convenience.
On this trip, we will stop at various points along the fabled Romantic Road of Germany.? We will begin at the northern end of the road, in the medieval city of Wurzburg, which is situated along the Main River and was once an important stop along the Spice Road.? In fact, the name Wurzburg means ?Spice City?, and the influence of this mercantile history upon the region is felt in the quaint marketplaces and cobbled streets. We will visit the Wurzburg Residenz, a large and elaborate Rococo palace that is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and its accompanying gardens.? We will enjoy a white wine tasting at the city?s stately wine cellar (northern Bavaria, known as Franconia, boasts some of the world?s best white wines). Still in Wurzburg, we will go to a medieval fortress on a hill that overlooks the city and explore its grounds and the nearby monastery, staying at the beautiful Hotel Maritim on the Main River through rolling vineyard country.
Moving south, we will enjoy some time in Rothenburg, a world-famous medieval fortress town in northern Bavaria, renowned for its city walls (which can be traversed, and from which you can see the rolling hills for miles around), and for its quaint central square, historical artisan shops, and restaurants?this is a great place for picking up Bavarian souvenirs skillfully made from wood and glass.
Later we will visit Nurnberg, seeing the beautiful central square of the city.? We will explore the Toy Museum (Nurnberg is known for its toy manufacturing, ?particularly around Christmas time), and visiting the Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgel?nde (Germans aren?t known for linguistic brevity), a somber, but enlightening World War II museum at the site of the Nazi Party?s rallying grounds.
Moving south from Nurnberg, we will visit Munich?site of the world-famous Hofbrauhaus, and the Marienplatz?home of the dancing glockenspiel.? There will be an optional excursion from Munich to the nearby site of the Dachau concentration camp. While this excursion isn?t for everybody, a trip to the site gives unparalleled insight into the lives and deaths of the millions of prisoners who fell victim to the Nazi mentality, and provides a good way to come to terms with the contrasts between the Germany of then and of now.
Leaving Munich, we will visit Neuschwanstein Castle?the ?Cindarella Castle? that has come to be a symbol of Bavaria.? Nestled at the foot of the German Alps, a tour of this massive ?and iconic castle lets you learn about ?Mad King Ludwig? and soak up some regional history.
Our last stop will be in Garmisch Partenkirchen, a stunning mountain town on the Austrian border, and at the end of the Romantic Road.? GAP, as it?s
known by locals, is a high-end ski resort in the winter, and a quaint place for hiking and Bavarian-style outdoor activities in the summer.? The views in GAP alone make it perhaps the most beautiful part of the trip. ?The trip will end here, and direct trains to Munich run every hour from the GAP station, making airport access very convenient, or alternative transportation can easily be arranged.
This trip will give you an appreciation of the culture of Germany, and specifically of Bavaria.? We will eat delicious and hearty German cuisine, travel along the high-speed and world-famous autobahns, see the stunning countryside, and learn all about the culture of Germany in the middle ages, during the European Renaissance, and World War II…and, importantly, we will come to love and understand the Germany of today!