Eastern Germany and Prague
Tour highlights include:
Tour highlights include:
- Berlin and Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall, Tiergarten, the government sector, the Bradenburg Gate, the Potsdam Square, Unter den Linden and Berlin Cathedral, the largest Lutheran church in Germany
- Potsdam, famous for splendid palaces and gardens, the Dutch Quarter and the Russian Colony Alexandrovka.
- Sanssouci Palace, a favourite of the great Prussian king Frederick II.
- Wittenberg where Luther posted his famous '95 Theses', launching the Protestant Reformation. The Luther House, the Schlosskirche where he is buried and Cranach's Triptych Altar.
- Torgau and the Castle, the Castle Church and St. Mary's Church, where Katharina von Bora, Luther's wife, is buried.
- Halle where Handel was born and the 'Francke Foundations', a centre of Lutheran Pietism that included an orphanage, school and Bible society. Henry Melchior Muhlenberg , patriarch of the Lutheran Church in America, left from here for Pennsylvania.
- Eisleben and Luther's Birth House, Death House, the Church of St Peter and St Paul where he was baptised and the church where he preached his last sermon.
- Erfurt, the Augustinian Monastery, St Mary's Cathedral where Luther was ordained and St Severin's Church.
- Eisenach, birthplace of Bach and the Bach Museum, Luther House and St. George's Church where Bach was baptised.
- Wartburg Castle where Luther lived in protective custody.
- Weimar, the centre of classical German literature and a living picture book of German history featuring Wieland, Goethe, Herder, Schiller and Bach. Also the site of the first German democracy, the ill-fated Weimar Republic.
- Nietzsche Archive, Goethe and Schiller Houses and Archives and the Bauhaus Museum.
- Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp.
- Leipzig and St. Thomas Church, where Bach was buried, Luther preached, Mozart played the organ and Wagner was baptised. The Bach Museum and Nikolaikirche.
- Walking tour of Prague and its Old Town, the Gothic Town Hall and nearby Wenceslas Square; the Jewish Quarter, birthplace of Kafka, with the Jewish Museum, Old New Synagogue and Jewish Cemetery.
- Prague's Castle District and Hradcany Castle, the seat of Holy Roman Emperors; Cathedral of St. Vitus; the Basilica of St. George founded in 905; the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Loreto, an important place of pilgrimage; the Strahov Monastery and a private tour of the library.
Photographs: Main image: Deutsche Dom cathedral, concert hall and Französische Dom cathedral, Berlin ©German National Tourist Board/Klaus and Dirk Lehnartz; Potsdamer Platz and remains of Berlin Wall, Berlin ©German National Tourist Board/Gianluca Santoni; Prague Castle.