(Old)Berlin and Dresden: May 9-19, 2023

Itinerary

Tuesday, May 9: Arrive in Berlin

  • Meet at Berlin Airport
  • Take the train from Berlin airport to Dresden, which will take between 2 – 3 hours.
  • Get settled in your hotel, rest, and get your first impression of Dresden by walking on Brühl Terrace along the Elbe River.
  • Enjoy dinner together.

Wednesday, May 10: Dresden

  • In the morning, get oriented by taking our walking tour of Dresden and enjoy a leisurely lunch afterward.
  • After lunch, tour the Zwinger (palatial complex with gardens) and visit two of its museums (Collection of Old Master Paintings & The Porcelain Gallery).
  • If you still have energy, visit the Zwinger’s Sculpture Collection & Mathematical Instrument Exhibit on your own.

Thursday, May 11: Dresden

  • In the morning, take a short boat ride to visit Pillnitz Castle, a beautifully restored Baroque palace.
  • Upon your return, take a lunch break in Dresden.
  • In the afternoon, visit the Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady) and then tour the famous Opera House (Semper Opera).
  • Enjoy some time off with options to visit the New Masters Picture Gallery in the Albertinum Museum or enjoy the many shops or cafés.

Friday, May 12: Dresden

  • Reserve the morning to visit the Dresden Castle, including the New Green Vault and the Old Green Vault (the historic treasure chamber as it existed in 1733).
  • After lunch, take a taxi to the Kunsthofpassage, a unique artistic neighborhood with many shops and artifacts.
  • Explore the “Innere Neustadt” (Baroque quarter) and enjoy dinner there.

Saturday, May 13: Dresden with an outing to Meissen

  • Take the train to the charming historic town of Meissen (40 minutes).
  • Visit the porcelain factory.
  • Explore the old town, the cathedral on the castle hill, and possibly take a carriage ride.
  • Back in Dresden, have dinner on your own.

Sunday, May 14: Dresden to Berlin

  • In the morning, take the 2-hour train ride from Dresden to Berlin.After settling in your hotel, take our orientation tour “Unter den Linden.” 
  • Take a rest and enjoy the German tradition of “Kaffee and Kuchen” (coffee and cake) in the Bode Museum.
  • Discover some famous Berlin sights on board one of the Spree River Cruises.

Monday, May 15: Berlin

  • Take a tour of the German Reichstag (Parliament) first thing in the morning.
  • Enjoy the historic Brandenburg Gate and its nearby sights on the avenue Unter den Linden.
  • Take the subway to Alexander Plaza (Alexanderplatz), explore this former East German area, and enjoy lunch there.
  • Relax after lunch by exploring the Hackesche Höfe, a complex of interlinked courtyards in the art nouveau style (Jugendstil in German), which sport many fun boutiques and miscellaneous shops.
  • Rest at our hotel.
  • In the late afternoon, take the elevator up to the Humboldt Forum rooftop to enjoy a view of Berlin.
  • For dinner, enjoy a change of pace in the idyllic and historic Nikolai Quarter nearby where restaurants abound.

Tuesday, May 16: Berlin

  • In the morning, visit the famous Pergamon Museum & Panorama
  • In the afternoon, choose between two options:
    • Visit West Berlin’s famous shopping boulevard, Kurfürstendamm (known as the “Ku’damm”), the Berlin equivalent of Paris’ Champs-Élysées. Along the way, step inside the famous Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.
    • Stay on Museum Island and visit some of the other museums.

Wednesday, May 17: Berlin with an outing to Potsdam

  • Take the train to the nearby city of Potsdam where the Prussian King Frederick the Great built his famous summer residence Sanssouci.
  • Visit the palace and stroll through the lavish Baroque gardens.
  • Explore the old town, and have lunch in the charming “Dutch Quarter” filled with red-brick cafés and shops and known as “Little Amsterdam”.
  • Stay in the city for shopping or take a tour of Cecilienhof, the last palace built by Emperor William II during WWI and site of the Potsdam Conference of 1945.
  • Return to Berlin and have a relaxed evening on your own.

Thursday, May 18: Berlin (Ascension Day, a holiday)

  • Become acquainted with a modern part of Berlin, the cultural forum (Kulturforum).
  • Choose between several options: the Old Masters Gallery, the Collection of Prints and Drawings (Kupferstichkabinett), the Musical Instruments Museum, the New National Gallery (post WW I art), or a possible tour of the beautiful, modern Berlin Philharmonic.
  • Walk to Potsdam Plaza, have lunch and take our short tour of this modern square.
  • In the afternoon, choose between a tour of the Berlin Wall Memorial or visit the German Technical Museum (Deutsches Technikmuseum).

Note: A concert at the Philharmonic or the Konzerthaus will be part of the trip whenever the 2023 season schedule with tickets is available.

Friday, May 19: Depart for Boston

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