hiking Germany; castle road; burgenstrasse; dresden; nuremberg

Exploring the Heart of Old Europe

Our insider's journey reveals unique Old World cultures, hidden treasures, and superb landscapes for hiking.

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Bavaria to Berlin

A Hiking and Cultural Adventure in the Heart of Old Europe
Repertory Trip: No Future Dates Set

Bavaria to Berlin route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: TBA  
Length: 10 days
Arrive: Munich, Germany
Depart: Berlin, Germany
Lodging: 9 nights in hotels
Meals: All meals included except 3 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: A mix of moderate walks and hikes, 2-5 hours a day on hiking days
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Highlights

  • Historic Nuremberg, with its medieval walls, watchtowers, and moat
  • The rural deltas of Spreewald, exquisite Dresden, with its Baroque monuments
  • Delightful accommodation including a castle-turned-hotel and a Saxon royal palace
  • Berlin, ancient and avante-gard hub of Europe


Our guides were so much fun, so informed, and made the trip absolutely fabulous.Annie C.—Purchase, NY

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

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Repertory Trip

This is one of our special Repertory Trips offered every two to five years.  Future dates have not been set for this trip, but you can see the “Itinerary at a Glance” and the “Full Detailed Itinerary” below (there may be small changes to the itinerary for the future departures, and prices will be finalized closer to departure). Contact us to receive early notification of the trip dates. These special trips fill very quickly once the exact dates are set!

In an ancient European heartland with a rich legacy of kingdoms and kaisers, we’ve created a fascinating insider’s adventure with veteran Trip Leader Robert Sommer. We hike the historic Burgenstrasse (Castle Road) between medieval fortresses perched atop crags, explore by punt boat in the tranquil Spreewald, a delta dotted with traditional farmsteads, savor the Baroque treasures of Dresden, and enjoy our share of world-class beer tasting in local breweries. For a grand finale, we “walk the Wall” in Berlin and enjoy our Trip Leader’s insights into one of Europe’s greatest cities. Raised in the former East Germany, Robert has a true passion for sharing this intriguing corner of Old Europe.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-4
Hilpoltstein / Nuremberg / The Castle Road / Pottenstein

After exploring tiny medieval Hilpoltstein and the lanes of Nuremberg’s Old Town, with its brooding watchtowers and moat, we set out for a hike along the picturesque Burgenstrasse amid medieval villages of half-timbered houses. Another hike leads us through idyllic woodlands to lovely Pottenstein, known for its craft beer, and we’ll stop in to sample the wares.

Days 5-7
Iron Curtain Trail / Dresden / Spreewald

We hike the Iron Curtain Trail to reach the once-divided village of Modlareuth, now an open-air museum of the Iron Curtain era. From glorious Dresden, a golden city of Baroque castles and palaces along the Elbe River, we hike among the rock outcrops known as the “Saxon Switzerland,” visit romantic Meissen, known for its porcelain, and explore by boat in the Spreewald, a pristine inland delta where the Slavic-speaking Sorb people have farmed for generations.

Days 8-10
Potsdam / Berlin

After exploring Potsdam, home to Prussian kings and German kaisers for centuries, we cross the famed Glienicke Bridge to enter Berlin, where we trace the former path of the Berlin Wall to the site of the famous Checkpoint Charlie. Depart on Day 10.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated 2+, easy to moderate, according to our trip grading system. It is a town and country walking tour consisting of hikes of 2-5 hours. You carry just a daypack for any items you want to have with you during the day. Please note that although this is not a strenuous trip, you should be able to be on your feet for up to six hours a day. Our city walks can sometimes be as long as three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon, so you should be in shape and ready to walk. Our trail hikes will be on a combination of dirt, gravel, and rocky terrain, so footwear with good traction is highly recommended. Our luggage is transported for us by van, so it is always possible to ride in the van if you want to opt out of a day's hike. Our picnic and restaurant lunches will be a delight: we'll be able to sample the local fare and complement our meals with the famous regional wines.

A Note on Accommodations: Although hotel rooms in Europe are not always of uniform or international size, our leaders try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole.

Explanation of Trip Levels