11 Days: Frankfurt – Cologne – Hamburg – Berlin – Dresden – Nuremberg – Munich
Arrival Frankfurt + City Tour
Arrival in Frankfurt, the metropolis with its famous skyline at the banks of the river Main and check-in. After hotel check-in, your guide will take you on a sightseeing tour through Frankfurt am Main: You will start with a visit of the Romerberg and the over 600-year old town hall Romer, which has been the city`s center since medieval times and the coronation place of 10 German emperors, and proceed to the nearby Cathedral St. Bartholomaeus, the largest sacral building of the city, before you visit St. Pauls church. This site of the first German National Assembly(1848) has been destroyed during World War II and has been reconstructed 1947/48 as a symbol of German Democracy. A visit of the old opera house and a glimpse of the birthplace of Germany`s famous poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe complete your tour. The evening is at your own disposal.
Frankfurt – Rudesheim – Cologne (approx. 270km)
After breakfast you will leave the metropolis of banking and finance for the wine-grower town Rudesheim am Rhein. The town is situated picturesquely on the slopes of the Rhine valley amidst the vineyards of the Rheingau region and at the gate to the Lorelei valley. You will visit the famous Drosselgasse, the historic old town with its scenic lanes, as well the monument Niederwalddenkmal, the region`s landmark which was built in 1871. In the afternoon, you will take a romantic Lorelei boat trip on the Mittelrhein, which takes you along steep vineyards, winding villages, rugged rocks and the legendary Lorelei to St. Goarshausen. Here, your driver is awaiting you for the transfer to Cologne. Your guide will take you on a sightseeing tour and start with a visit of the breathtaking Cologne Cathedral, which was built from 1248 to 1880. With a height of 157,38m, this masterpiece of Gothic architecture is the third highest sacral building in the world. Further sights include the historic town hall, the romanesque church Groß St. Martin with its prominent crossing towers, the old town with the historic market place as well as the Roncalliplatz. Following the city tour, you will have the opportunity to take a walk on one of the most frequented shopping streets in Germany, the Hohe Straße, or to visit the unique Chocolate Museum and enjoy a stroll through 3,000 years of chocolaty history. The evening is open for your own explorations.
Cologne – Bremen – Hamburg (approx. 450km)
After breakfast you will leave the cathedral city and head north to Bremen. Here, your guide is awaiting you for a sightseeing tour in the Free Hanseatic City: In the Old Town, you will see the ornate Renaissance town hall, part of the UNESCO world heritage since 2004; the Boettcherstraße, important communication road between the Old Town and the harbor; the Cathedral of St. Petri; the Bremen Ratskeller, as well as the world famous Town Musicians. After this visit, you will continue your tour to Hamburg. The evening is at your own disposal.
Stay in Hamburg
Today, you will discover the beautiful city Hamburg, place of the second largest harbor in Europe, offering 310 moorings in 60 port basins, some of which are over 800 years old. Other landmarks on your tour include the St. Pauli-Landungsbruecken, built in 1910; the heart of downtown Hamburg, the shopping street Jungfernstieg; Hamburg’s city hall, seat of the Senate and the citizenry. The city’s emblem, The Michel, can also be seen at this point of the tour. From there you will be able to get a great panorama of Hamburg. The tour will end at the most famous street in Hamburg, the Reeperbahn. Here you can visit homey bars, pubs, clubs, cafes and establishments where the Beatles used to perform.
Hamburg – Berlin (approx. 290km)
After breakfast you will leave the Hanseatic city and head to Germany`s capital Berlin, where your guide will take you on a sightseeing tour: Visit Alexanderplatz, Berlin`s most famous square with the World Time Clock and the Fernsehturm (TV tower) Alex, with a height of 368m the city`s highest building offering a tremendous view from its panoramic floor; Berlin Cathedral, former court church of Prussia`s royal family, the Hohenzollern; the medieval quarter Nikolaiviertel; the world heritage Museum Island, uniting five important museum buildings into a harmonic ensemble on the river Spree; Berlin Town Hall, official seat of the mayor which is colloquially known as the “Red Town Hall”; the Gendarmenmarkt, generally regarded as one of the most beautiful squares in Europe; as well as legendary Checkpoint Charlie, the former border crossing point between East and West Berlin. The evening is open for your own explorations.
Stay in Berlin
In the morning, your guide will take you to see the Federal Chancellery Bundeskanzleramt, one of the most impressive pieces of architecture in the new government precinct; the Reichstag, Berlin`s most popular sight and seat of the German federal government; Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of the once divided city; as well as the new center of Berlin, Potsdamer Platz. Here you will have some free time for lunch, for example at the close-by restaurant Mommseneck with its large selection of beers. The afternoon is open for your own explorations. How about a visit to Berlin`s green heart, the Tiergarten with the Siegessaeule, reflecting the city`s history in a remarkable way; or to the Memorial Church Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedaechtniskirche and the most popular boulevard Kurfurstendamm. Here, you will have the opportunity for a shopping excursion through the numerous stores along the Kurfurstendamm or to conclude this day in any of the near restaurants, clubs or pubs.
Berlin – Potsdam – Leipzig (approx. 200km)
After breakfast, you will leave Berlin for Potsdam, where you will visit the most famous sight of the town, Sanssouci Palace. This summer residence was built by Frederick the Great between 1745 and 1747 and is regarded as the main work of German rococo architecture. In 12 rooms, visitors can marvel at the original furniture and décor of the 18th century and feel set back into the times of Frederick the Great, who preferred this palace and its marvelous gardens to withdraw from the world with his dogs. Following this visit, you continue your tour to Leipzig, where your guide is awaiting you. Here, you will see the opera house, with its 300-year history; the Bach Archives, dedicated to the detailed study of the life of composer Johann Sebastian Bach; the old town hall, one of the oldest and most beautiful Renaissance town halls in Germany; the monument to the battle of the nations, a landmark of Leipzig which commemorates the first big battle of nations in human history in 1813, as well as the church of St. Nikolai, the most established church of the town and starting point for the famous Monday demonstrations in autumn 1989 which lead to the peaceful revolution on the GDR.
Leipzig – Dresden
Breakfast in your hotel. Afterwards you will leave Leipzig and drive into the direction of Dresden, where you will meet your guide for a city tour in so-called “Florence on the Elbe”. You will see the world-famous Frauenkirche Church, the symbol of Dresden, which is regarded as Germany`s most important protestant building in baroque style; the Zwinger, a most perfect example of late baroque architecture in Germany; the Semper Opera House, one of the most beautiful opera buildings in the world; the Royal Palace, which used to be the centre of power of Saxon sovereigns; the richly decorated Cathedral; the Procession of Princes, a mural painting on tiles from Meissen porcelain of over 100m length; the Brühl Terrace, a former rampart also known as “the balcony of Europe” and much more. The evening is at your free disposal.
Dresden – Nuremberg – Munich (approx. 480km)
After your breakfast you will head towards Nuremberg. On your rendezvous with Nuremberg`s history, your guide will help bringing the past to life tracing the medieval way of life by visiting the town hall, The Curch of Our Lady, built by Empereor Karl IV; St. Lawrence`s church; the White Tower; the Hospital of the Holy Spirit; the Albrecht-Dürer-House, a nice half-timbered building on the prettiest square of the town; as well as the State Theatre, built in 1905. In the afternoon, you continue your tour to Munich.
Munich + Palace of Neuschwanstein
After breakfast, you will get to know the capital of the Free State of Bavaria and third biggest city in Germany. You will see the Marienplatz with the column of St. Mary in the very heart of the city; the new town hall with its famous carillon and its elaborate facade, seat of the mayor and the city council; the old-established and very popular Viktualienmarkt; the medieval city gate Isartor; the Cathedral Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), the landmark of Munich; the grand and expensive commercial street Maximilianstraße; the Residence, former centre of power of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings; as well as the 3 Pinakothek-museums with outstanding collections. Around noon, you will drive to the medieval town of Fuessen. After a short walk through Fuessen you will visit the Palace of Neuschwanstein. The “fairytale castle” of King Ludwig II was built from 1868 onwards and nowadays belongs to the most popular castles and palaces in Europe with over 1 million visitors per year. Because the king was afraid of people, he built the castle as a retreat from the public. Architecture and décor have been influenced by romantic historism and eclecticism of the 19th century. Straight after the death of King Ludwig II, the castle was opened to the public. In the late afternoon return to Munich. For the last evening of this grand tour, we have organized for you a genuine Bavarian menu and typical folklore in the probably most famous tavern of the world, the Hofbrauhaus.
After a rich breakfast and check-out and departure. You will leave Germany with many impressions and lasting memories.