12-Nights Poland, East Germany & World War II
This tour of Poland and Eastern Germany is the perfect vacation for those who are interested in World War II. Your tour starts in Warsaw and ends in Munich. Along the way, you’ll visit cities, concentration camps, and places significant to World War II-with overnights in Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Dresden, Berlin, Weimar, Nuremberg, and Munich.Throughout this tour, visit some of the World War II concentration camps. Walk around the most infamous, Auschwitz and Birkenau, and see chilling reminders of the Holocaust: visit Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar; constructed in 1937, it was one of the largest concentration camps; and visit Dachau concentration camp, which started out as a work camp for German dissidents. In Krakow, visit the Remuh Synagogue, and the Oskar Schindler Factory, a museum devoted to the wartime experiences of Krakow and made famous in the movie Schindler's List. Also visit the Memorium Nuremberg Trials and Courtroom 600 (if available), and learn about the background and repercussions of the trials at the original location where they were held, as well as the Documentation Center and Zeppelin Field, where thousands of people gathered for Nazi rallies. These experiences – plus specialty dinners at local restaurants in Warsaw, Dresden and Nuremberg are just some of the special inclusions Globus offers to ensure your vacation is unique.World War II brought devastation to the cities that were bombed, and you'll visit some of those cities. In Dresden, participate in a guided walking tour of Dresden badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945 and since restored. In Berlin, visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, a symbol of reconciliation. All of this and much more is included in this impressive World War II tour to Poland and Eastern Germany.
WARSAW Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Cathedral of St. JohnAUSCHWITZ/BIRKENAU Visit the former concentration campsKRAKOW [LF] Guided walking tour of Kazimierz, visit the Remuh Synagogue and [LF] the Oskar Schindler Factory; guided sightseeingWROCLAW Guided sightseeing, visit the market squareDRESDEN Guided walking tour, visit the Zwinger Palace Courtyard; [LF] dinner at a local restaurantTORGAU See the monument commemorating the meeting of US and Soviet forces; visit the courtyard of Hartenfels CastleBERLIN Guided sightseeing, take pictures of Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, visit Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial ChurchWEIMAR OrientationBUCHENWALD Visit the site of the former concentrati
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Berlin is without doubt the most fascinating city in Germany. Covering around 341 square miles Berlin is a unique landscape. With its numerous parks, lakes and wooded areas it is sometimes easy to forget that Berlin is the capital of Germany. The troubled history of this celebrated capital has for many years attracted tourists from around the world. It is estimated around 80% of Berlin was destroyed during the Second World War; landmarks like the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church stand as a lasting reminder of the mass destruction this city once endured. Perhaps one of Berlin's most famous landmarks is the Berlin Wall, the 'iron curtain' that divided this great city into two halves between 1961 and 1989. The East was governed by communism while the West was allowed to flourish under a democratic capitalist government. Even now, over a decade after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the differences between the former East and West are still very apparent. Berlin has an undeniable air of mystery that has always been and always will be a major draw for tourists from around the world.
Home of tworld-famous Oktoberfest, the Hofbrauhaus and beergarden-experience, Munich has become one of the most modern and prosperous cities in post-war Germany. Munich offers museums, art galleries, concert halls and historical buildings, beergarden athmosphere on a warm summer night and the hottest dance hall scene in Germany. The area around Munich has mountains, lakes, fairy-tale-castles, wintersport centers and treasures like the monastery-and-brewery of Andechs. Among "must-sees" in Munich, are a walk on the high-level-shopping mile of Maximilianstrasse, a visit of Monopterus building and the "Chinesischer Turm" beergarden on a warm summer day, a match of two main local soccer clubs in Olympic stadium, a visit to "Deutsche Museum", a beer in the students' pubs, and an afternight breakfast in the cafe "Schmalznudel" at Viktualienmarkt. For history, go to a museum, visit the castle of Nymphenburg or get confronted with the dark side of German history in Dachau concentration camp memorial site.
Warsaw is not the cold and dead city it used to be under communism rule. Today with bustling Polish economy and freedom from communist rule - the city has undergone a huge transformation process. Many old communist buildings gave way to modern sky scrapers, dilapidating old town was restored, entertainment and services transformed to match that of other western capitals. Crime rate is lower than that of big cities in the United States. Today Warsaw boasts GDP per capita more than 75% of European Union average.
The second largest city in Bavaria, Nuremberg is a glowing testament to medieval culture as evidenced in its historic monuments, Gothic churches and elegant patrician houses. Take a walk around the 13th-century city walls, complete with moats, watchtowers and gateways. Then experience "shopping" as it was in the Middle Ages at the Handwerker Hof, a charming "mediaeval mall". Don't forget to sample the city's famous Bratwürste annd Lebkuchen.
Dresden is located along the river Elbe in the German state of Saxony and is known as a center for fine arts and science. Beautiful landscaping along the Elbe can be seen in the Elbe meadows and slopes.
The Altmarkdt (Old Market Square) dating back to the year 1370 has a rebuilt town hall and 18th century Landhaus where the state museum is housed.
Grober Garten Park is the largest central park in Dresden that boasts a zoo and botanical gardens.
The Zwinger is Dresden's baroque showpiece that houses the Old Masters Picture Gallery, Porcelain Collection, and Zoological Museum.
The Frauenkirche Church, Semper Opera House, and Royal Palace are historical monuments that can be seen in Dresden as well.
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Top attraction and the premier tourist destination in Poland, Krakow (dated English spelling ‘Cracow’) is a vibrant city, proud of its long and glorious history, rich heritage, and architectural beauties. For centuries Krakow was the capital of the Polish kingdom. Today it remains the southern Poland’s metropolis and the seat of the Malopolska provincial government. Important as a crucial center of business, culture, and education, Krakow is also famous for its restaurants and clubs. Krakow is Poland’s capital of culture and was named a European City of Culture in 2000. The city boasts the best museums in the country and some best theaters. It counts two Nobel Prize winners in literature among its residents. It is also home to one of the world’s oldest and most distinguished universities.
After capital Warsaw - Wroclaw is the second largest financial center of Poland.
The city is traditionally believed to be named after a person called Wrocis?aw/Vratislaw, often believed to be Duke Vratislav I of Bohemia. It is also possible that the city was named after the tribal duke of the Silesians, or after an early owner of the city called Vratislav. There is also another story which holds that the city was named after a Polish duke named Wrócis?aw, whose name means "he will return famous" in the old Polish language.
The name of the city today may be an issue among German and Polish nationalists, although the city's municipal website uses Breslau for the German-language version of the site.
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