From castle ruins majestically overlooking the Rhine to a countryside full of medieval villages and half-timbered houses, Germany has a lot more to offer than just beer and lederhosen. Bach, Beethoven and Wagner are just some of the musical icons who called Germany home.
Walk in the footsteps of some of the giants of western music and experience magical castles, Bavarian hospitality and the exciting vibe of bustling Berlin.
Munich is the first stop on your 10-day journey. Marvel at the Glockenspiel in Marienplatz, visit the reknowed Bavarian castles of Mad King Ludwig and perform your first concert before heading north to Leipzig and Berlin. You'll have a performance opportunity in each city and visit sites associated with famous musicians such as J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn and Richard Wagner.Full Itinerary
Half-timbered houses, medieval lanes, castles, sausages and Alpine vistas highlight this trip. Travel the Romantic Road to Rothenburg and step back in time in this beautiful walled medieval city. Continue on to Nuremberg, known as the Capital of the Middle Ages and famous for the post WWII trials that took place here. Spend your final three nights in Munich, the Bavarian capital.Full Itinerary
The twin spires of the famous Cologne Cathedral welcome you to this jewel along the Rhine as you begin your German performance trip. Travel to the university town of Heidelberg and spend some time wandering the cobblestone streets of the Altstadt. Explore the imposing Heidelberg Castle before heading south to Stuttgart and on into the fairy-tale Black Forest.Full Itinerary
Edgy modern centers of art and culture, gothic cathedrals and charming baroque architecture, medieval villages and quaint mountain resorts. The varied cities and regions of Germany have something to appeal to everyone.
The capital of Germany, once divided into East and West by the infamous Berlin Wall, and today a world city of culture, politics, media, and science. The past is ever present in remnants of the Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate but this is a city looking toward the future. Constantly changing, Berlin embodies and young a free-wheeling spirit. Home to some of the world's greatest cultural institutions and museums, this is a wonderfully vibrant and creative city.
A major cultural and trade center, Leipzig has a rich history in classical music. Wagner was born here, Mendelssohn established a conservatory here in 1843 and Johann Sebastian Bach worked as Kapellmeister at the Thomaskirche (St Thomas Church) from 1723 until his death in 1750. His remains are buried near the altar. Today it is home to the world-famous Gewandhous Orchestra and the 800-year-old Thomanerchor boys choir.
Bavaria's capital and gateway to the Alps, this green city is great for strolling from sites like the Marienplatz to the Nymphenburg Palace. Besides Oktoberfest, Munich is well-known for its beautiful architecture and outstanding museums. Sites such as the New City Hall, with the famous Glockenspiel, the Residenz (former home of Bavarian kings) and the National Opera House are all located in the compact city center.
Famous for holding the post WWII trials, this city was once the center of the German Renaissance. For hundreds of years it was the undeclared capital of the Holy Roman Empire and the preferred residence of most German kings. The city has much to offer including the rebuilt Nuremberg Castle and the world-famous gingerbread at Hauptmarkt.
Situated along the Rhine River, the twin spires of the famous Cologne Cathedral dominate the skyline. Visitors can climb the 509 stairs to the top for an amazing view of the city. A walk around town will reveal Roman towers and walls as well as Gothic churches and modern architecture. And if you have a sweet tooth, don't forget to visit the Chocolate Museum.
Once known as the Jewel Box for its many valuable art treasures built by the Saxon kings who called this city home. Nearly completely destroyed by controversial bombing raids near the end of WWII, the city has carefully reconstructed several iconic buildings including the Zwinger Palace, the Semper Oper (Opera House) and beautiful Frauenkirche.
About an hour south of Frankfurt, Heidelberg is Germany's most famous university town. During WWII the city suffered almost no bombing damage and retains an enchanting baroque charm. The old town, or Altstadt, is a maze of narrow gothic streets along the river Neckar with the famous Heidelberg Castle perched above on a nearby hilltop. Considered by some the intellectual capital of Germany, Heidelberg is culturally diverse city attracting thousands of tourists every year.
These two towns sit at the base of the Alps along the Germany-Austria border and were merged to host the 1936 Winter Olympic games. Garmisch has a more contemporary feel while Partenkirchen retains the character of an old-world Alpine village. Germany's highest peak, the 10,000-foot Zugspitze, sits just south of town offering world-class skiing and hiking.
With numerous beautiful churches, the magnificent Hercules Hall in the Munich Residenz as well as open-air stages and town squares, there are no shortage of wonderful performance options in Germany.
Designed after the well-known Pantheon in Rome, Hedwig's Cathedral was built in response to the increase in Catholic immigrants into Berlin after the Protestant Reformation in the 18th century. 200 years later, after the notorious Jewish persecution known as Kristallnacht in November of 1938, the bishop of the cathedral prayed publicly for all of the Jews. He was subsequently jailed and died before arriving at his destintion—a concentration camp. His remains were transferred back to the church where they were placed in the famous tomb which can be found inside.
Jesuitenkirche, also known as the Church of the Holy Spirit and St. Ignatius, is the largest and most important church in Heidelberg. It's main structure was built in Baroque style and it's tower (which was added about a century later) is in the neo-baroque style. Its construction is unusual in that it faces south, whereas most catholic churches face east. It sits in the old town district near University Square-no doubt a great location for our groups to perform and show off their great talent.
Herkulessaal, or Hercules Hall, is a 1,270 seat hall used for concerts, ceremonies, lectures, and conferences. It is located inside the beautiful royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs in the center of Munich. Today the complex, known as the Munich Residenz, contains ten courtyards, beautiful gardens, and a stunning interior. There are over 130 rooms on display inside and your group could have a chance to experience and perform in this incredible palace.
Dating back to the 12th century, St. Peter’s Church is the oldest catholic church in Munich and presumably the originating point for the whole city. Its iconic 299-foot tower is commonly known as Alter Peter – Old Pete – and is emblematic of Munich. Music has a prominent role at St. Peters with concerts throughout the year. The church has its own orchestra and several choral ensembles and also welcomes performances by visiting ensembles.