Four half-hour shows featuring:
Berlin, Germany: With world-class cultural sites, dynamic new architecture and unstoppable energy, Berlin is a city on the move. We visit the museums – the ancient treasures of the Pergamon and the Egyptian museum, German Expressionism at the Neue Nationalgalerie and the newly designed Jewish Museum. From dynamic Potzdamer Platz to the stark reminders at Checkpoint Charlie, we feel the past and see the future in Berlin. Our base is the luxurious and historical Hotel Adlon. Even shopping in Berlin brings history with it – we shop and snack at the fabulous KaDeWe department store. An outing to Potsdam takes in the Prussian past.
Tips on touring this historic city, and best beers.
Munich & Bavaria, Germany: Munich’s lively Marienplatz pulses with outdoor cafes, shoppers, street musicians and happy tourists. At the famous Hofbrauhaus, we sample Bavarian beer and kick up our heels with Schuhplattler dancers clad in lederhosen. Next stop is the Residenz, the family palace built by the Wittlesbachs who ruled Bavaria for more than 700 years. Just outside of town, a sobering visit to Dachau concentration camp reminds us of the dark side of Germany’s past. Then, we move on to lighter vistas—a trip into the mountains takes us to “Mad” King Ludwig’s fairytale castle Neuschwanstein and on an exhilarating luge ride.
Tips on finding Bavaria’s best beer gardens.
Germany’s Romantic Road: The Romantic Road winds through some of Germany’s most picturesque countryside complete with medieval villages and Baroque Palaces. We start our journey in Würzburg where we visit the spectacular Baroque Bishop’s Palace or Residenz and taste wine at one of Würzburg’s many wine festivals. Next we visit the castle of the Teutonic Knights in Bad Mergentheim and a short distance away the Deutsches Auto Museum in the Renaissance Castle of Prince Hohenlohe-Langenburg. Every July the medieval town of Dinkelsbühl celebrates the day the children saved the town during the Thirty Years War. We get a front row seat complete with dancing, music and an historic reenactment. We finish our trip in Rothenburg, the best preserved medieval walled city in Germany.
Tips on travel options along the Romantic Road.
Germany’s Rhine & Mosel Rivers: For centuries the Rhine has been a natural border and the main route for trade, people and ideas. We start in the ancient Roman city of Trier and travel up the Mosel River visiting vineyards and ancient castles. We’ll take a scenic cruise down the Rhine for a sailor’s eye view of famous Rhine castles and the lovely but dangerous Lorelei. In Koblenz we’ll see where Julius Cesar destroyed two Germanic tribes but was never able to conquer Germany, and just down stream we’ll see where American troops first crossed the Rhine during World War II at the bridge at Remagen. Our trip concludes in the city of Cologne where we’ll visit the modern art museum and sample Kölsch, the local beer.
Tips on taking a cruise down the Rhine.
Blu-ray Plus Combo Pack-
In addition to the Blu-ray disc, this combo pack also includes:
1. DVD version of the program(s) that you can play in your DVD player, vehicle or computer.2. Digital copy of the program that you can download to your computer and/or transfer to your mobile devices.
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