BEETHOVEN & OTHER GREAT GERMAN COMPOSERS
September 28 – October 10/14, 2020
with Optional Vienna Extension
October 10 - 14, 2020 (5 days)
A glorious concert series exploring the heart and homeland of the great classical composers hosted by Elizabeth & Marcel Bergmann.
Berlin – Leipzig – Dresden – Weimar – Cologne – Bonn
Mainz – Munich – Salzburg – Vienna
September 28 - October 10, 2020 (13 days)
We board our overnight flight to Berlin.
Upon arrival in Berlin, we transfer to our hotel and check-in. We’ll gather for a Welcome Drink and Introduction to our Classical Germany & Austria Concert Series by our hosts Elizabeth & Marcel Bergmann, and enjoy dinner. (D)
We’ll begin with a City Tour to see some of the great sites like the remains of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building, Potsdam Square and some of the great quarters of former East Berlin. We’ll then visit the incredible Pergamon Museum and enjoy a bit of time at leisure in the afternoon. (B, D)
Ishtar Gate Pergamon museum
We journey to Potsdam, where we’ll visit Sanssouci or the Grand Palais of Friedrich II. After time for lunch, we’ll return to Berlin and have a little more time at leisure before dinner. (B, D)
Visit the historic centre of Leipzig including Thomaskirche, the final resting place of Johann Sebastian Bach. Once one of Europe’s great centres of music and publishing, it’s sited at the crossroads of rivers and ancient trade routes.
After time for lunch, we proceed to Dresden. (B, D)
Dresden-Altstadt von der Marienbruecke
City Tour of historic Dresden and then time at leisure to enjoy the city. Capital of Saxony in WWII, it was the site of some extensive and controversial Allied bombing which destroyed 1,600 acres of the city centre and claimed the lives of approximately 25,000. Its great architectural and artistic heritage makes it one of the most appealing destinations in Germany. (B, D)
Dresden aerial view to Elbe river from Frauenkirche
We travel to Weimar, a centre for music and the Enlightenment, home to luminaries like Goethe and Liszt, and later the artists of the Bauhaus. Many places in the city centre are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Germany’s first democratic constitution was signed here after WWI, so the city gave its name to the interwar republic. (B, D)
We travel to Cologne, where we’ll have a Tour of the Old Town and the cathedral which is one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces.
The original Eau de Cologne has been produced at the site on Glockengasse for 220 years. Later we’ll drive to Beethoven’s city, Bonn. (B, D)
We’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a concert during our visit to the Beethoven-Haus Museum and see some of the historic centres of this town which was once the capital of West Germany.
Then we’ll enjoy a boat trip past the historic castles and vineyards of the Rhine. (B, D)
Travelling to Munich via Mainz we will visit the Gutenberg Museum, one of the oldest museums of printing in the world, located opposite the cathedral in Mainz. The invention of movable type democratized education and radically changed society and the dissemination of information.
Then we continue on to Munich, check in and have dinner. (B,D)
Mainz Gutenberg Museum
We’ll Tour this thriving centre of culture and innovation, seeing the central pedestrian core, and historic sites such as Marien Church.
We’ll then visit the Alte Pinakothek, one of the world’s finest collections of Old Masters. The rest of the day is at leisure, and maybe a good opportunity to stop by the Hofbrauhaus. (B, D)
This morning we visit Nymphenburg Palace, the summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria and the House of Wittelsbach. We’ll have a special behind-the-scenes music visit. The rest of the day and evening are at liberty, giving us a chance to enjoy the local cuisine and nightlife. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to Vienna! (B)