Wonders of Germany & Austria with Oberammergau

Culture, History & Faith

Duration
13
Departure
08 May 2020
Price from
5,499

OVERVIEW

Here’s a fantastic opportunity to travel with like-minded people and attend the once-a-decade renowned Oberammergau Passion Play. The play itself is a powerful and deeply moving religious experience. There is a rich 400-year history surrounding the small village in Bavaria fulfilling the vow to God to perform the Passion Play.  Our tour is designed to help us better appreciate this context and join our thanks to those offered by all the generations that have gone before us. This tour also takes advantage of the European spring season, with the beauty and mild weather.  There’ll be plenty of time to enjoy some of the great German-speaking cities of central Europe – Berlin, Dresden and Vienna; experiencing the life, culture, religion and history of these cities.

DJ Konz is the Associate Dean and Head of Theology at Alphacrucis College, Sydney. Previously, he was an executive with Compassion Australia, most recently as the Executive Director of Advocacy. His PhD in systematic and historical theology is from Aberdeen University, Scotland. DJ has a great interest in the German-speaking world, and lectures on the theology of some of the great twentieth-century German-speaking Christian leaders, including Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Karl Barth, both of whom opposed the Nazis in the lead up to and during WWII. DJ has led trips to countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, and to Oberammergau in 2010. He is especially excited about sharing with others the amazing Oberammergau experience, along with some of the culture, history and highlights of Germany and Austria in 2020.

ITINERARY

Please ensure you are at the Berlin hotel by 6pm for our group meeting and welcome dinner.

Berlin is one of the great world cities, once again the German capital. Split down the middle by The Wall at the height of the Cold War, the reunified city has now experienced a massive rebuilding. At the heart is elegant grandeur of the central avenue, the Unter den Linden, stretching from the parliament and the Brandenburg Gate through to the museums, cathedrals and the royal palace (under reconstruction) at the eastern end. History, politics, intrigue, culture, tragedy, beauty - all go together to make Berlin unique.

Hotel: Park Inn by Radisson, Berlin

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Today we will visit the two cathedrals in the Mitte area (Berlin Cathedral and St Hedwig’s) before an orientation of the city with your Travel Director as you pass the places of significance, including Nikolai Quarter, Unter den Linden, the Memorial Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg gate, the Marienkirche and Museum Island.  This evening dinner is included at your hotel.

Hotel: Park Inn by Radisson, Berlin

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There will be an opportunity to attend a church service this morning. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the city. Consider the Pergamom Museum, visit Bonhoeffer’s house or perhaps take the hop on hop off bus for a trip around town.

Hotel: Park Inn by Radisson, Berlin

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This morning we check out and bid Berlin farewell and drive south through the Spreewald Forest to Dresden, the capital of Saxony.

Dresden was heavily bombed during WWII and most of its cultural architecture destroyed. The city has been meticulously rebuilt in additional to many modern architectures.

This afternoon we will enjoy a guided walking tour through the charming streets of the Old Town (Altstadt), including the Zwinger Palace, the Procession of the Princes mural and the fully reconstructed Frauenkirche church.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Dresden

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We start with the Dresden Castle (Residenzschloss). There are a number of museums and exhibitions in the royal castle and you will be given some free time to explore. We then continue to the Dresden Cathedral. Cross the River Elbe to reach the Neustadt Markt with some time for lunch. Continue to the Dreikönigskirche Church and Brühl’s Terrace where we enjoy a beautiful view over the city with the river in front and the old buildings in the backdrop.
Tonight there will be an optional opportunity to attend a concert or performance at the spectacular Semperopera opera house or the Zwinger (Details TBC)

Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Dresden

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Today is a free day for you to explore Dresden further. You may want to visit the Albertinum museum, the Japanese Palace or see the perennial gardens at Staudengarten.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Dresden
Meals: Breakfast

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We farewell the city of Dresden and travel to Bavaria to the town of Wurzburg. Würzburg is the centre of the Franconian wine country so there a lots of wine bars, cellars and wineries for you to enjoy. Settled on the Main River the town is famous for its baroque and rococo architecture. We will have a guided walking tour on arrival then you will have free time to visit the sites that are of interest to you and allow you to eat somewhere locally.

Hotel: GHotel, Wurzburg

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This morning we drive from Wurzburg to Munich through the picturesque Bavarian countryside. On arrival in Munich we will do a panoramic tour of the city followed by lunch at the Hofbrauhaus (or Haxnbauer) followed by a guided walking tour of central Munich. Check in to the hotel and enjoy a free evening.

Hotel:Pullman Hotel, Munich

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Today we travel along Bavaria’s spectacular Romantic Road to visit the Linderhof Palace and then Neuschwanstein Castle. We will overnight in the Schwangau area.

Hotel: Müller Hohenschwangau, Schwangau

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Today we will drive to Oberammergau (travel time approx. 90 mins). Spend some free time in the quaint village before the Passion Play performance beings at 2.30pm. There is a dinner break followed by the second half of the play, concluding at approximately 10.30pm.

Hotel: TBC 4 star hotel, Oberammergau region

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We leave the beautiful village of Oberammergau and travel to the Austrian border to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart (travel time approx. 3 hours). We will enjoy a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town. Step into the Cathedral for prayer before checking in to our hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Star Inn Hotel Salzburg Zentrum, by Comfort 3 star

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Farewell the town on Salzburg with a 3 hour drive to Vienna.
On the way we will stop at the Melk Benediction Abbey. Our final city is Vienna, capital of Austria, the former grand hub of the multi cultural Austro-Hungarian Empire that included most of Central Europe. Vienna today still reflects that massive confidence and cultural flowering of the second half of the 19th century, because of its location very much less damaged by WWII. The palaces, the galleries, the cathedral, opera, music and wonderful cakes are all central in this beautiful city. Tonight we will enjoy a typical Austrian dinner at a local restaurant tonight.

Hotel: Best Western Plus Amedia Wien, Vienna

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Enjoy a guided tour including the State Opera, Parliament and the former imperial Hofburg palace as well as the famous St. Stephen's Cathedral, with its colourful geometrically tiled roof, and amble through its quaint cobblestone lanes of 'Am Hof'.

Hotel: Best Western Plus Amedia Wien, Vienna

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Our tour ends after breakfast today with one group transfer to Vienna airport.

Included Meals: None

Highlights

A relaxed pace tour with 3 nights in Berlin and 3 nights in Dresden

A focus on the rich architectural and cultural beauty of Germany and Austria

An opportunity to attend concerts and opera

The once a decade Passion Play in Oberammergau

Travel with like minded Christians

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Tour only (no airfares) Based on 25 passengers $5,499.00 $7,245.00

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