REFORMATION HISTORY TOUR
(9 days) Berlin to Munich
March - November
Day 1: Depart
Enjoy your overnight flight to Berlin with dinner en route.
Day 2: Berlin, Halle
Upon arrival this morning, we will be
met and taken on a brief tour of Berlin. View the remains of the
Wall, drive by Brandenburg Gate and other sights before continuing on to
our lodging for the next two nights in Halle.
Day 3: Wittenberg,
We begin today, the Reformation Trail
to Wittenberg where Martin Luther lived and taught for 36 years. You will see
the Castle Church door where Luther posted his
95 Theses, giving birth
to the Reformation. This beautiful church is also the burial site
of Luther. We see the university where Luther taught and the
Luther House which is the greatest museum of Reformation History in the
world. This afternoon we visit the beautiful city of Leipzig, Bach's
city, and a visit to St. Thomas Church where Bach was choir master and
Day 4: Eiselben.
Leaving Halle we visit Eisenben which
is noted among the most signifcant in Luther's history; he was born here
in 1483 and died here in 1546 and old manuscripts indicate that he felt
a special affinity to Eisenben. We will see the house of his birth
and death, St. Andrews Church where he preached his last sermon, the
Luther Monument, and St. Anne's Church with the famous Biblical scenes
hewn in stone and many other sites. Additional places of interest
will be found in nearby Erfurt, where Luther attended the university. A
highlight will be the Augustinian Monastery where he spent his early
years as a monk. We will overnight in Erfurt.
Day 5: Eisenach,
Our day begins in Eisenach,
birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach. It was here at the formidable
Wartburg Castle that Luther, under "house arrest", translated the New
Testament into the German language in 1523. We then tour on through
scenic Thuringer Wald to view
the fortress of Coburg know as Veste, the place of Luther's imprisonment in 1530. Your day will end at a restful hotel near Wurzburg,
where a well deserved supper and lodging for the next two nights awaits.
Day 6: Heidelburg,
This morning we travel on to one of the most charming
cities in all of the world - Heidelberg, ancient capital of the
Palatinate and home of Germany's oldest university. But most
importantly, it was a stronghold of German Reformed Protestants
beginning in 1560. One of the great confessional statements of the
Reformation, the Heidelberg Catechism was produced here in 1563.
Heidelberg Castle, a most impressive historic landmark of Germany,
stands majestically overlooking the Neckar River. The structure, now
largely in ruins, preserves numerous examples of Medieval, Renaissance,
and Baroque German architecture. Our next stop is in Worms. It was here,
during the Imperial Diet in 1521, that Martin Luther challenged the
entire Roman Catholic establishment by his refusal to recant the great
doctrines of Protestantism. It was also here that
completed the printing of his English version of the New Testament in
1525 which he had begun in Cologne. After seeing St. Peter's Church and
the symbolic Luther memorial near the town square, we will return to our
lodging for the evening in Wurzburg.
Rothenburg on the Tauber, Augsburg
This morning, one of the highlights of your trip will be a visit to the
best preserved Medieval town in all of Europe, Rothenburg. What a
delightful day you will have visiting the quaint Rathaus (town hall)
with its tower, the Kriminal-museum, housing all manner of Medieval
instruments of torture and especially for the ladies, one of the most
fascinating Christmas stores you will ever see - Kathe's (pronounced
Katie's). After lunch you will travel south to the ancient city of
Augsburg. It was here in 1518 at St. Anne's Church that Luther met the
papal legate, Cardinal Cajetan, who demanded that Luther submit to the
pope. Augsburg was also the site of another Imperial Diet (1530) at
which Protestants presented their confession, the foremost doctrinal
statement of the Lutheran church. In the town hall the Peace of Augsburg
was signed in 1555 ending for a time the religious wars in Germany
between the Catholics and the Protestants. Overnight in Augsburg for the
next two nights.
Day 8: Charming
Continuing further south today, we stop at Oberammergau, site of the famous Passion Play
and magificently painted houses, on your way to the
Rococo-style Chapel in the Meadow and Ludwig II's most luxurious former
residence, the Neuschwanstein Castle. This afternoon's adventure takes
us to the little hamlet of Eibsee where we climb into a modern cable car that will take
to the summit of the tallest mountain in Germany, the Zugspitze. Here it
snows year round, so you will need a sweater, but the panoramic view
will warm your heart. It is absolutely spectacular!
Day 9: Depart
Munich for USA.
Arrival back in our home town is scheduled for mid-afternoon.
Discount add-on air available from anywhere in