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There's no need to do homework ahead of time to enjoy this tour, but if you are interested in more background
than is provided in the day-by-day itinerary these links will guide you to more detailed information.

 

 

Berlin and Potsdam
 
 

Berlin Tourism Website

Official Berlin tourism website (www.visitberlin.de).  Includes an Architecture section with descriptions of specific destinations.  May be slow.

 

Berlin (Wiki)

General information about Berlin yesterday and today.

 

Charlottenburg Palace

Charlottenburg Palace is the largest palace in Berlin, and the only royal residency in the city.  It dates back to the time of the Hohenzollern family in the late 17th century.

 

Potsdam (Wiki)

General information about Potsdam yesterday and today.

 

Sanssouci

History and description of the Potsdam's Park Landscape, including Sanssouci, the former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, the New Palace and other additions, and the extensive gardens and grounds.

 

Cecilienhof Palace

Emperor William II had Cecilienhof Palace built in the north of Potsdam's New Garden for his eldest son Crown Prince William and his wife Crown Princess Cecilie from 1913-17.

 

 

Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Leipzig, Erfurt, Eisenbach
 
 

Luther House, Wittenburg

The Luther House in Wittenburg is is located in the Augustinian monastery where Luther lived and is considered the most important Reformation museum in Germany.

 

Castle Church, Wittenberg

Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses against the sale of indulgences by the Catholic Church to the door of Castle Church on October 31, 1517, intending to start an academic debate. He actually sparked the Protestant Reformation.

 

City Church, Wittenberg

The Stadtkirche is the oldest building in Wittenburg, and towers over the market square.  Martin Luther preached here regularly, was married here in 1525, and his six children were baptized here.

 

Leipzig Tourism Website

Official Leipzig Tourism website.  The "Walk around the city" section contains detailed information on dozens of highlights.

 

St. Thomas Church, Leipzig

Martin Luther preached at Thomaskirche on Whitsunday 1539, signaling the arrival of Protestantism in Leipzig.  J.S. Bach was choirmaster at this Gothic church for 27 years.

 

St. Nicholas' Church, Leipzig

The St. Nicholas Church, long been one of the most famous in Leipzig, became internationally famous with the Monday Demonstrations in 1989 when it became the centre of peaceful revolt against Communist rule.

 

Mädler Passage

Mädler Passage is a prestigous shopping mall in central Leipzig, built from 1912 to 1914, famous for the connected Auerbachs Keller restaurant that dates back to 1530.

 

Erfurt (Wiki)

Erfurt is the capital city of Thuringia and the main city nearest to the geographical centre of Germany, located 100 km southwest of Leipzig.

 

Wartburg Castle

Wartburg Cstle in Eisenach, founded in 1067, is famous for sheltering Martin Luther while he translated the New Testament into German.  It is also one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Germany.

 

 

Weimar and Dresden
 
 

Weimar Tourism Website

Official Weimar Tourism website.  Includes "Museums" and "UNESCO World Heritage" sections.

 

National Goethe Museum

Goethe National Museum with Goethe's Home.  Shortly after the death of Goethe’s last grandson, Walther, Goethe’s historic house and his art and nature collections passed on to the trusteeship of the Goethe National Museum, founded in 1885.

 

Bauhaus Museum

The Bauhaus Museum includes more than 200 exhibits offering insights into the development of Weimar’s State Bauhaus, the 20th century's most significant college of design, founded in Weimar in 1919.

 

Dresden Tourism Website

Official Dresden Tourism website.  The "sightseeing - Discover Dresden" section contains details on the major city landmarks.

 

Frauenkirche Dresden

Website of Frauenkirche Dresden.  Includes English-language sections on the history of the church, its architectural design, and the reconstruction project which was completed in 2005.

 

Zwinger Palace

Zwinger Palace, in central Dresden, was built between 1710 and 1728 for Emperor Augustus the Strong, who had been impressed on a visit to Versailles.  It was bombed in 1945 but reconstruction was completed in 1995.

 

Semper Opera House

Official website of Semperoper Dresden, including History and Image Gallery sections.  This famous opera and ballet house was bombed in WW2, but reconsyruction was completed by 1985.

 

The Green Vault

The famous Green Vault in Dresden – founded around 1560 by Elector Augustus – is Europe's richest treasure chamber museum. Since it reopened in 2006, visitors to the Royal Palace can once again admire the collected treasures of the Electors and Kings of Saxony in an even more splendid setting.

 

Pillnitz Palace

Pillnitz is a delightful amalgamation of romantic river and vineyard scenery, an idyllic park and a trio of unique, fascinating buildings. The Upper Palace is set on the upper side of the park like a reflection of the impressive Riverside Palace.

 
   

 

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