Central Europe: Architecture

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Length

13 days

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Destinations

Prague, Berlin, & Dresden

Program includes

  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • Airport Transfers
  • 11 Nights of Accommodation
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Daily Continental Breakfast
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinners
  • Travelers Insurance
  • Full Time Guide & Assistance

Program highlights

  •  Bauhaus Archive
  • Tchoban Foundation
  • Urban Nation
  • Dancing House
  • Villa Muller
  • Street Art Tour
  • Hora Kutna and Potsdam Day Trip
  • Historical, Cultural & Architecture Walking Tours

Itinerary

Day 1 – Departure

  • Depart Home for Berlin, Germany

Day 2 – Berlin

  • Arrive in Berlin, Germany
  • Airport Transfer
  • Orientation Tour – The group will become oriented with their neighborhood, the public transportation systems, nearby pharmacies, markets, ATMs, etc.
  • Welcome Dinner – The group will be taken for an authentic dinner with a variety of menu options to cater all diets.

Day 3 – Berlin

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Historical & Cultural Walking Tour of Berlin – Berlin, capital and chief urban centre of Germany. The city lies at the heart of the North German Plain, athwart an east-west commercial and geographic axis that helped make it the capital of the kingdom of Prussia and then, from 1871, of a unified Germany. Berlin’s former glory ended in 1945, but the city survived the destruction of World War II. It was rebuilt and came to show amazing economic and cultural growth.
  • Lunch Break
  • Bauhaus Archive – The Bauhaus-Archive Museum presents the history and influence of the Bauhaus, the twentieth century’s most important college of architecture, design and art.

Day 4 – Berlin

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Architecture Walking Tour of Berlin – Berlin has a fascinating history of destruction and rebirth, displayed in the boldness and sheer abundance of great contemporary architecture and urbanism.
  • Lunch Break
  • Tchoban Foundation – Museum of Architectural
  • Drawing – A guided tour offers insight into the museums extraordinary architecture, including a visit to the penthouse with a beautiful view of  Berlin.

Day 5 – Berlin

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Berlin Street Art Tour – Street art, graffiti and Berlin’s Alternative Districts, Development of a Unique Art and Nightlife Culture After the Fall of the Wall and Reunification, Protests, Riots & Demos, Controversy, Gentrification and Urban Development, East Side Gallery
  • Lunch Break
  • Urban Nation – an existing building will be converted into a museum to the innovative plans of the architecture bureau GRAFT. In contrast to a conventional museum, the architecture and exterior surfaces will become canvasses themselves, turning the building into an artwork in its own right. The mobile façade elements will be kept and preserved along with the more conventional collection of paintings. The interior of the museums, designed by GRAFT Architects, will also have surprises in store: URBAN NATION is quite literally moving the street indoors

Day 6 – Potsdam

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Travel to Potsdam (approx. 1 hour)
  • Potsdam City Hall – The building that is today the Potsdam Town Hall is located in the center of the city. This impressive complex was built at the end of the 18th century in the Rococo style. Six domes dominate the structure and accentuate its grandeur.
  • Architecture Walking Tour of Potsdam – Dutch Quarter, Saint Peter und Paul Kirche, St. Nicholas’ Church, Acht Ecken (Eight Corners), House of
    Brandenburg-Prussian History, Dampfmaschinenhaus, The Protestant Church of Peace and more…
  • Return to Berlin

Day 7 – Dresden

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Travel to Dresden (approx. 3 hours)
  • Architecture Walking Tour – Dresden is a city that boasts magnificent architecture. It is known as a Baroque city in Germany, but in fact there are several architectural styles for these great buildings, namely Renaissance,
    Modernism and Postmodernism.
  • Overnight in Dresden

Day 8 – Prague

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Travel to Prague (approx. 2 hours)
  • Historical & Cultural Walking Tour of Prague – From one capital city to another. Travel back in the history of Prague, which spans a period of more than thousand years and covers many civilisations. Old Town Square & Astronomical Clock, View of Charles Bridge, House of the Black Madonna & Museum of Cubism, Church of Our Lady before Týn, View of Prague Castle, Art Nouveau Municipal House, St. Nicolas’ Church and the Old Jewish Quarter – Focus on Gothic and Baroque Architecture

Day 9 – Prague

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Palác Národní – Fiala
  • Dancing House – Gehry
  • Lunch Break
  • Prague Castle Hill Walking Tour – Prague Castle, Old Royal Palace, Malá Strana – the Lesser Quarter, Hradčany – the Castle District, St. Vitus’ Cathedral, St. Nicholas’ Church, Amazing panoramic views, History of Dukes, Kings and Emperors, St George’s Basilica, The Deer Moat The Black Tower, The last judgment mosaic, Czech president’s residence – Focus on
    Renaissance Palaces and Post-Habsburg Renovation by Josip
    Plečnik.
  • National Technical Library – Projektil
  • Faculty of Architecture – Šrámková

Day 10 – Prague

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Urbanism and Architecture of Prague in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century – Art Nouveau, Czech Rondo Cubism, Czech Modernism, Purism (Janák, Loos, Gočár), Eclecticism and Growth of New Districts
  • Lunch Break
  • Villa Müller – The villa for Milada and František Müller in Prague (1928-30) is the chef-d’oeuvre of the international architectural avant-garde. It as an example of the rare concord between an enlightened client and a brilliant architect.

Day 11 – Kutna Hora

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Travel to Kutna Hora (approx. 3 hours)
  • Walking Tour of Kutna Hora – Former financial capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia The Sedlec Ossuary (Bone Chapel), Chandelier and Coat-of-Arms Made of Human Bones, Saint Barbara’s Church, Life of Miners and
    Minters of the 15th Century, Hrádek Castle, The Hussite Wars, Bohemia’s Oldest Cistercian Monastery, Saint James’ Church, The Italian Court – Royal Mint, The Jesuit College, St. Barbara Cathedral – Focus on Gothic architecture
  • Return to Prague

Day 12 – Prague

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Free Day in Prague (Optional Excursion to Terezin Concentration Camp)
  • Farewell Dinner & Program Closing

Day 13 – Return

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Airport Transfer
  • Depart Prague, Czech Republic for Home

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