Set foot in Berlin to start off your 8-day journey. Head next to the beautiful town of Oberammergau to witness the famous Passion Play. Be amazed by its rich history on a travel back in time across historical landmarks from Rotherburg, Weimar, to Dresden. This memorable trip concludes in Berlin where you're treated to a full experience of this fascinating destination with the jaw-dropping sceneries of the alps plus an authentic experience of Biergarten.
Enjoy eight days of European wonders! Be inspired throughout your journey as you experience the best of Germany - from the royal charms of castles, courtyards, and palaces of Dresden and the cultural spots in Munich to the fascinating sceneries of the countryside. This journey is made more meaningful with a visit to Oberammergau for a chance to witness its well-acclaimed Passion Play, which happens only every 10 years! Complete with hotel accommodations including select meals, guided sightseeing tours, and individual headsets, the 8-day Oberammergau Tour is sure to take your global journey up a notch.
Time to rest or to start exploring the German capital. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
DAY 2: BERLIN
Sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis includes the elegant Ku’damm, the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Palace, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, and the 210-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten park. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH with its bomb-damaged tower, drive along Unter den Linden boulevard, and pass the State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie.
DAY 3: BERLIN–DRESDEN
Arrive in Dresden, former capital of Saxony. Badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945, the city has since been restored to its baroque splendor. During your guided walking tour, visit the Zwinger Palace COURTYARD to admire its impressive architecture; the magnificent baroque Semper Opera, originally built in 1841, once destroyed by fire, then destroyed by bombing, and finally restored in 1985; and the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche.(B)
DAY 4: DRESDEN–WEIMAR–ROTHENBURG
In Weimar, follow your Tour Director on a pleasant walk to the pretty MARKET SQUARE with its Renaissance houses and the Town Hall. Highlight is an overnight stay in medieval Rothenburg with its ramparts and towers, cobblestone lanes, and 16th-century houses. Hear how the town survived the Thirty Years’ War, and shop for Christmas ornaments.(B)
DAY 5: ROTHENBURG–NEUSCHWANSTEIN
Drive along the scenic Romantic Road past small villages and towards the Bavarian Alps, where two of Bavaria’s most famous castles are situated. Stay overnight in a charming hotel beautifully located beneath Hohenschwangau Castle, where King Ludwig spent much of his youth, and NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, which you will visit with a Local Guide. This castle became the most famous of all and was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. (B)
DAY 6: NEUSCHWANSTEIN–OBERAMMERGAU
Arrive in picturesque Oberammergau. The afternoon and evening are dedicated to the world-famous PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and performed by the people of Oberammergau. (B, D)
DAY 7: OBERAMMERGAU–MUNICH
Drive to Munich where your orientation features a visit to MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls and the gothic Frauenkirche. In the evening, A farewell dinner at a lively Biergarten is the best way to celebrate the success of your German vacation. (B, D)
DAY 8: MUNICH
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
WHAT TO SEE
Lüftmalerei (tromp l’oeil) Painted Houses- Beautiful houses with hand-painted facades. These homes use a painting method common to European baroque facades.
Pilatus House (Pilatushaus)- A centre for art and handicraft. This amazing studio building is a place where artists, especially carvers, can work on their handicrafts in peace while guests can stop to observe.
The Passionstheater- A place made specifically for the Passion Play the town is famous for. It is an open-air theatre (opened during the summer) and has a roof so the performance can go on, rain or shine.
WHAT TO EAT
Spätzle- A seemingly pasta-like dish with dough consisting of eggs, flour, salt, and a bit of fizzy water (it fluffs the dough up). It is a vegetarian friendly dish.
Bratwurst- Sausages that are famously linked with German culture. Bratwürste are part of every German barbeque but have differences from area to area.
Gulasch- While it has been said that it is not actually of German origin, the locals love it well enough for it to be added to the list. It is made of beef that is cooked slowly ina rich sauce before being served as a soup or a side dish.
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