Germany has some of the most awe-inspiring architecture in Europe, if not the entire world. Many of the beautiful sights are in the form of churches, some built over a thousand years ago, and cover several architectural eras. Whether you are religious or not, there’s plenty to get out of the experience of visiting these sights. This May, you can have the chance to embark on a unique 8 day tour through Germany to see some of the country’s most impressive churches.
Umlaut Travel of Jersey City, NJ is taking travelers on first class tour of the most important churches in Germany from May 18-26, 2013, and will not only highlight the architectural accomplishments but also the historical events that took place at the churches, including Martin Luther nailing his thesis to the door of the Schlosskirche which started the Reformation, and the rebuilding of the Frauenkirche after WWII, thanks to the support from the United States.
The 8 day tour includes all ground transportation, 3- and 4-star hotel accommodations, entrance fees and tours, breakfast, special lunches & dinners, and more for $1,990 (airfare to and from Germany is not included). We’ve included the full details on what you’ll see on this one of a kind trip below and reservations can be made today at Umlaut Travel.
The trip to “The Greatest German Churches” starts in Berlin, where travelers will meet their bilingual tour guide and board the luxury bus that will chauffeur the group through half the country. A Pentecost Mass in Leipzig´s famous St. Thomas Church will be a first highlight. In the very place where Johann Sebastian Bach composed most of his clerical work, the group will hear a Bach Cantata performed by the world-famous Thomanerchor and the Gewandhaus Orchestra.
The group will travel to Wittenberg, where Martin Luther started the Reformation when, in 1517, he nailed his 95 thesis to the door of the Schlosskirche. The tour includes visits to Luther´s birthplace, the church he preached at, and Wartburg Castle, where, in the summer of 1521, he translated the New Testament from Greek into German.
The next stop on the tour is Dresden with the gorgeous Frauenkirche (“Church of Our Lady”). Built in the 18th Century and completely destroyed in WWII, this mighty Cathedral was rebuilt out of the original stones. The decade-long project was financed with support from the United States, making the Frauenkirche not only a place of worship, but a symbol of peace and German-American friendship.
Traveling on to Bavaria, the group will visit the Cathedral of Regensburg, home to the famous “Regensburger Domspatzen” choir, and the Freising Cathedral, where Pope Benedict XVI was ordained as a priest.
Some of the most richly decorated churches in the world are hiding in the Allgäu area of Bavaria: the gorgeous Baroque and Rococo churches of Rottenbuch and the Andechs Monestary. The latter one, of course, is also known for some of the best German beer, brewed by monks on the premises with a brewing tradition dating back to the 15th Century.
Leaving Bavaria, the route to see “The Greatest German Churches” continues on to Ulm, where travelers will be amazed by the highest Gothic steeple in the world. Next up are two great examples of Romanesque architecture: the Cathedrals of Worms and Speyer, both known as “Kaiserdom” referring to their history as crowning places of German royalty in the Middle Ages.
Last but certainly not least, the trip continues on to Cologne, home of the most famous Gothic Cathedral in the world. The Cologne Cathedral is a Unesco World Heritage Site – and for good reason: the beautiful and detail-oriented architecture, the rich history and the striking beauty of the treasures in the Treasure Chamber are a sight no traveler will ever forget.
While the 8-day-trip to “The Greatest German Churches” focuses much on exactly those, there are some other highlights added, too, including a visit to world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle and a stay in the romantic city of Heidelberg. Also, dinners will feature regional German fare.
Source: Umlaut Travel