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Yet_land_bg From Luther to the Berlin Wall: 500 Years of World History

Dates: November 2 - November 11, 2017

Total Duration: 10 days

Cost: $5,590 per person, double occupancy

Deposit (per participant): $1,000

Activity level: Moderately Active

Erik Midelfort
History and Religious Studies

Tour Operator: Via Antiqua

Region: Western Europe


A 10-days journey through Germany – and a UNESCO World Heritage site almost every day. A great anniversary is coming up in 2017 – it will have been 500 years since Martin Luther sparked the Protestant Reformation. Start the journey in Erfurt, capital of Thuringa. Not only did Luther live here as a student, Erfurt has also one of Germany's most charming medieval centers with half-timbered houses. Wartburg Castle is not far – here Luther composed his famous translation of the New Testament. Visit Weimar, long-time intellectual center of Germany and also home to the Bauhaus movement. There will also be the option to visit the site of the concentration camp Buchenwald, a dark chapter in Weimar's history. On the way to Berlin we will stop at Garden Kingdom Dessau-Wörlitz, built in the 18th century. Marvel at the artificial volcano and Villa Hamilton (dedicated to Sir William Hamilton), a masterpiece of Neo-Classical architecture. Berlin is one of a kind with many museums and monuments, its vibrant art scene, and eccentric clubs. See world-famous remains from antiquity at the Museum Island, and venture out to Sancoussi Palace, the Prussian version of Versailles. See the Reichstag building that served as the seat of the Weimar Republic parliament, and walk through the Holocaust Memorial, dedicated to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Stand in front of Brandenburg Gate as did Kennedy and Reagan, visit Checkpoint Charlie, and see remains of the Berlin Wall. It is a true time-travel experience.

Erik Midelfort

H. C. Erik Midelfort '64, '70 PhD is an historian of early modern Europe who has specialized in German... more>>