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By Rail: Luther and Bavaria

Travel in regular trains and local public transport
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The Rail system in Germany and Europe offers new possibilities for extraordinary itineraries. Railroad enthusiasts may be excited by visiting the workshop of narrow gauge Railways or travelling with a steam engine. Other groups just enjoy the relaxing travel in Europe's high speed trains which allow travels between the European metropolises while walking around in the train and chatting with fellow travellers.


Day 1 - Arrival Berlin
Upon our arrival at Berlin airport, the Tour Director will greet our group at the airport. We take public transport into the city. After check in at our centrally located hotel we take a first orientation tour with bus, street cars, and underground to explore the main sights. Get some first impressions of the German capital at Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag parliament, and Potsdamer Platz. After this long travel day we'll enjoy the Welcome dinner in the hotel.

Day 2 - Museum Day in Berlin - Model Railroad
Following the breakfast buffet we take the S-Bahn commuter train to the S-Bahn museum. The development of that train system in the late 19th century was one of the main decisions which made the entire city grow and develop its current strength. Later we head to the German Museum of Technology to visit the Rail Transport Exhibition. The presentation of Germany's railway history starts with the steam engine "Beuth", moving on to the first ever electric railway (invented by Werner Siemens), express locomotives of various classes, rubble trains and railcars, and ends with diesel engines and the precursors of the ICE high-speed train. Among many other artefacts 40 original vehicles on 34 tracks can be seen. In the later afternoon we enjoy a visit in the LOXX Miniature World, with the World's largest digital model railroad in 1:87 scales.

Day 3 - Wittenberg
We leave Berlin and take the Regional Express train to Wittenberg. A day in the cradle of the Reformation is waiting for us. After we left our bags in the hotel close to the train station a local guide will take us on an orientation tour. We see the door where Martin Luther posted the 95 thesis, visit the Castle church, and the Town church with its marvellous Cranach Altar.
After a lunch break we'll have plenty of time to visit the Lutherhaus museum, the 2013 brandnew opened Melanchthon Museum, or to just enjoy strolling the streets and getting some "Reformation atmosphere" in the town where Martin Luther and his fellows lived, taught, and preached. The Wittenberg Main Station currently is under reconstruction and will be turned into a model "green self supplying" station. We will check out the construction site to learn more about the details.
Dinner on our own in one of the many restaurants around the Market square.

Day 4 - Leipzig - Erfurt
We catch our first ICE InterCityExpress high speed train from Wittenberg to Leipzig. Switching trains in Leipzig central station, we lock our bags and take the chance of getting a glimpse of the city. Johann Sebastian Bach served as cantor at St Thomas Church, writing one of his cantatas every Sunday. In the 1989 revolution in East Germany millions met in Leipzig, marching the city's ring road with candles and protesting against the regime.
On to Erfurt in the afternoon. Here Luther took the decisive step to turn to theology and the monastic life when he was caught in a violent thunderstorm nearby and took a vow to become a monk. We'll join a local guide for a walking city tour including St. Mary's Cathedral where Luther was ordained as a priest, the Augustinian Monastery where Luther lived as a monk and the Medieval Kramer Bridge on which 33 dwellings are built.

Day 5 - Day trip Wartburg and Eisenach
It's just about half an hour from Erfurt to Eisenach. We take the local bus from Eisenach train station up hill to the magnificent Wartburg Castle, where Luther took refuge while he translated the New Testament into the German language. Eisenach also is the birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach. Back into town we visit the museum in Bach's birth house and listen to an introduction into Bach's work with a demonstration of historic instruments. We stroll the streets of Eisenach back to the train station to catch the next train back to Erfurt.

Day 6 - Nordhausen and Harzquerbahn
We need to catch the 8 o'clock Regional Express to Nordhausen. After a quick luggage drop off at our hotel we start with one of the highlight experiences of our trip: A day on the narrow-gauge Harzquerbahn! A steam train takes us from Nordhausen (184 m / 440 ft) to Drei Annen Hohne where we switch trains up to the Brocken mountain (1,125 m / 3,690 ft), crossing through small streets, magnificent bridges, and dark forests. After a little lunch break on the peak (on own account) we make our way back downhill into Nordhausen.
Dinner and overnight in Nordhausen.

Day 7 - ICE high speed to Nuremberg
The contrast could not be bigger: After the old timey steam travel experiences yesterday we travel on high speed tracks today. A regional train takes us from Nordhausen to Goettingen where we catch the InterCityExpress ICE. The high speed tracks via Kassel and Fulda shoot us through tunnels and over bridges straight to Nuremberg - with a scheduled speed of up to 280 kmh/ 175 mph!
After check in at our hotel we join a local guide for a tour of the city and the impressive Castle.

Day 8 - Nuremberg DB Museum - Munich
Nuremberg is the home of the Deutsche Bahn museum. It has the largest collection of heritage railway vehicles in Germany with are around 30 superb examples from the collection on display. We will see many artefacts from a replica of the first locomotive ever to run in Germany - the "Adler" - to the saloon coach of the Bavarian "Swan King" Ludwig II and the great names in the history of steam locomotion. And of course the museum talks about the development of modern railroad systems in Germany as well.
Later in the afternoon we get on board an ICE again and speed into Munich. Dinner will be in a typical Bavarian beer garden restaurant today in the capital of Bavaria.

Days 9, 10, 11, 12, 13… - Day excursions from Munich
Choose from a variety of train excursions from Munich:

Daytrip A: Munich city tour (walking and local transport) and Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial
Daytrip B: Train into Salzburg, tour of Salzburg, train back to Munich in the evening.
Daytrip C: Train to Augsburg to see Reformation history sites with Fugger Palaces and Luther places, back to Munich in the afternoon.
Daytrip D: Train to Oberammergau, visit Oberammergau, bus to Linderhof Palace, bus and train back to Munich in the evening.
Daytrip E: Train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Cog railroad and glacier train to Zugspitze peak (2,926 m / 9,717 ft). Cable car and cog railroad down again. Back to Munich in the evening.

Day X - Home
We take the S-Bahn commuter train to Munich airport for our homebound flight

Also see another variant:
>> Railroads in LutherCountry, from Berlin to Prague (pdf)


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