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A Capital City Reimagined

  • 04/19/2020 - 04/26/2020
  • 8 Days
  • Starting price $3,995

Once the grand embodiment of Prussian power, Berlin went on to become the epicenter of counterculture in the 1920s, then the capital of the infamous Third Reich, and eventually the tragically divided emblem of the Cold War, only to re-emerge as a great capital following German reunification. Through it all, Berlin was—and is—a place of architectural ambition and experimentation. Today, it is among the most exciting cities in the world, peppered with innovative, often daring buildings that illuminate its rich history.  Take fascinating behind-the-scenes tours of remarkable museums including Altes Museum, James-Simon-Galerie, and Pergamon Museum. From the Brandenburg Gate to DZ Bank to the Nordic Embassies complex, trace the city’s complex architectural legacy, from the neoclassical grandeur of the past to the cutting-edge modernism that defines contemporary Berlin.

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Max. guests - 30

Architectural highlights

  • Enjoy a privately guided tour of Frank Gehry’s Decontructivism DZ Bank.
  • Admire the Siemensstadt Housing Estate, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Walk through the Reichstag, the impressive home to the German federal parliament.
  • Explore the Humbolt Forum, a large-scale museum project incorporating two existing museums.
  • Discover Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus, one of the buildings in the new parliamentary complex in the new government quarter.
  • Walk through the Jewish Museum, the largest Jewish museum in Europe consisting of two buildings that have no visible connection above ground.
  • Take in the Berliner Dom, the Neo-Renaissance style church.
  • See the Potsdamer Platz, an iconic public square.

 

More highlights

  • Take a walking tour of central Berlin and see the Brandenburg Gate, the American Embassy, and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.
  • See the famed German Chancellery and notice its Modern and Postmodern architecture.
  • Witness the intriguing illumination of the Sony Center, which imitates a sunset.
  • Learn about the New National Gallery, a museum for modern art.
  • This trip qualifies for 17 AIA learning units.

 

Accommodation

The Meliá (Berlin) — Perched on the edge of the River Spree, this contemporary 4-star hotel offers easy access to the city’s highlights.  Walk to the Brandenburg Gate or Museum Island with easy access from the hotel’s front doors.  

 

Also included

  • An experienced Tour Director, in addition to the Architectural Adventures Educational Expert.
  • Entrance fees for all included visits
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout the trip
  • Gratuities for local guides, bus drivers, porters, airport, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person

 

What to expect

  • Appropriate for people in good health with overall good mobility
  • Traveler should be comfortable participating in a full day of sightseeing
  • Activities range from light to moderate intensity at an easy pace, but with lengthy walks, sometimes on uneven terrain, and climbing stairs.

 

Price

  • $3,995 per person, based on double occupancy
  • $695 single supplement
  • A deposit of $1,000 per person, payable by Master Card, Visa or check is required to reserve a space
  • Deposits are applied to payment of the total price and the final payment is due by January 10, 2020.

 

Not included

  • Airfare and air departure taxes and fees; airport transfers, airline baggage fees and excess baggage fees; meals not specified in the itinerary; food and beverages not part of the included meals; items of a personal nature; gratuities to housekeeping staff; gratuities other than specified; travel and trip cancellation insurance; other items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary or as included.
  • Prices, itinerary, accommodations, and experts subject to change.

 

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Itinerary

Overview

Begin your journey

Depart your gateway city for Berlin.
Overview

Arrive in Berlin, Germany

After arriving in Berlin, transfer to the hotel The Meliá, Berlin. Take a walking tour of central Berlin. See the Brandenburg Gate, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and the Bebelplatz, with its memorial to Nazi book burnings. Step inside Frank Gehry’s Decontructivism DZ Bank to see its surprising interior courtyard, which includes a towering, curvaceous fish-like form that houses a central conference space and evokes motion and movement in the building. Pass by the historic Gendarmenmarkt and see the interior of the Galeries Lafayette. Enjoy a festive welcome dinner as a group.

Accommodations: The Meliá, Berlin
Meals: Dinner
Overview

The Former West Berlin

Tour the structure and grounds of the largest palace in Berlin, the Charlottenburg Palace. Built at the end of the 17th century, the palace includes incredible internal décor in Baroque and Rococo styles. See one of the six Modernist Housing Estates in Berlin and UNESCO World Heritage site, the Siemensstadt Housing Estate. Drive along the Kurfürstendamm, a broad historic avenue which was a social hub in the 1920s. Notice the hints of naval architecture through the unusual elements of projecting balconies, porthole windows and sundecks on the roofs. Walk through the interiors and grounds of the fascinating Nordic Embassies complex and learn about the history behind the relationship of the Nordic countries. Drive through the Hansaviertel Housing Estate; almost completely destroyed during World War II, it was rebuilt as a housing estate project by architects including Alvar Aalto, Egon Eiermann, Walter Gropius, Oscar Niemeyer, and Sep Ruf.

Accommodations: The Meliá, Berlin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overview

Museum Island

Walk to the ever-impressive Humboldt Forum, a large-scale museum project incorporating two existing museums, the Ethnological Museum of Berlin and the Museum of Asian Art, with roots in the Ancient Prussian Art Chamber. Also located on Museum Island, see the Neo-Renaissance style Berliner Dom, also known as the Evangelical Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church. Get behind-the-scenes tours of key museums such as the Altes Museum, James-Simon-Galerie, and the Pergamon Museum. Explore the rest of the island at leisure, with a museum pass granting access to each of the five museums on the island.

Accommodations: The Meliá, Berlin
Meals: Breakfast
Overview

Peripheral Sites

Tour the Jewish Museum, the largest Jewish museum in Europe consisting of two buildings that have no visible connection above ground: a Baroque old building, the “Kollegienhaus,” and a new, Deconstructivist-style building by Daniel Libeskind. Enjoy a brief walking tour of the Tempelhof Feld.

Accommodations: The Meliá, Berlin
Meals: Breakfast
Overview

The Architecture of Today’s German Government

Tour the impressive Reichstag, which opened in 1894 and housed the Imperial Diet until 1933 when it was severely damaged by arson--an event that still generates political controversy. After it was reconstructed in 1999, the Bundestag (the German federal parliament) started convening there again. Notice the huge glass dome on the roof, which serves as a gesture to the original 1894 cupola. Walk through the Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus, one of the buildings in the parliamentary complex in the new government quarter of Berlin containing the Parliamentary Library and Archives for the nearby Reichstag. It stands where a portion of the Berlin Wall once stood, and the building’s modernist concrete structure pays tribute to politician Lüders, who was instrumental in women’s rights in Germany. See the modern and postmodern architecture of the German Chancellery, which is the executive office of Angela Merkel. Explore one of the latest additions to the banks of the River Spree on a tour of the Futurium, a newly opened structure combining performances, exhibitions and laboratories in a sleek package. Designed by the Berlin based team of Richter and Musikowski, the building exemplifies modernity with an emphasis on light and space.

Accommodations: The Meliá, Berlin
Meals: Breakfast
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Culture and Commerce

Take a walking tour of the Potsdamer Platz, an important public square, and see the Sony Center. The center helped serve as part of a redevelopment effort for the area. Notice the intriguing illumination of the Sony Center. The transparent structure of the roof acts as a projection surface for the changing lights. The colors alternate from cyan to magenta, representing the sunset. See one of the largest libraries in Europe, Berlin’s State Library. Take in the modern architecture of the Berliner Philharmonie, designed by Hans Scharoun. Realize Scharoun’s intentions of creating a built form that establishes a balance and harmony with the music contained within. Study the outside of the New National Gallery, a museum for modern art that has a lightweight look to it.

Accommodations: The Meliá, Berlin
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overview

Return Home

Transfer to the Berlin Airport for flights home.
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