Optional Tours

Choose to tour Berlin before or after the Wittenberg 2017 summit. A Reformation tour will also be available after the summit.

Berlin City Tours

Berlin is a must-see destination for any traveler. Whether you are interested in history, arts, culture, or architecture, Berlin has plenty to offer. Explore Germany’s capital city of Berlin with your choice of a half or full day of touring. With either tour option, you will see highlights of this world-renowned city – some old, some new, some past and some present. Travel down Berlin’s boulevard (“Unter den Linden”) to see several of the city’s historical, cultural and architectural icons, such as St. Hedwig’s Cathedral and the State Opera house. Visit reminders of Berlin’s divided past, the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie. Commemorate some of Germany’s more tumultuous history with a visit to Brandenburg Gate & other important sites.

PRE-SUMMIT: HALF-DAY BERLIN BUS TOUR

This 3-hour tour is available to Summit leaders and their guests on Oct. 29 or Oct. 30.

Itinerary

Pic 1Today’s program will start with a tour along Berlin’s boulevard “Unter den Linden” with the State Opera, St. Hedwigs Cathedral, and Neue Wache (memorial to the victims of war and tyranny). This site is famous for Kathe Köllwitz’s Pietà sculpture, “Mother and Her Dead Son,” as well as its beautiful dome, once built as the Hohenzollern (Prussian dynasty) family tomb. Continue the bus tour to the Museum Island, past the famous Alexander square and East Side Gallery – a 1.3 km-long painted stretch of the former Berlin Wall along the Mühlenstrasse in former East Berlin. It is the largest open-air gallery in the world with more than 100 original murals. (We’ll stop here totake pictures and admire the paintings.)

Pic 2We’ll then have a quick stop at Checkpoint Charlie before continuing to Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin’s most magnificent square (home to the concert hall, as well as German & the French cathedrals). We’ll also see Potsdamer Platz. Formerly bisected by the Berlin Wall, it has been the site of major redevelopment projects since German reunifi cation. See the Holocaust memorial, Brandenburg Gate (we’ll stop here & get some pictures), the Reichstag with its amazing glass dome, as well as the government district. We’ll continue the tour visiting the area of the embassies & the Victory Column. Today’s program will end with a ride along the Kurfürstendamm, the famous boulevard of former West Berlin, with the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Memorial Church, an anti-war memorial to peace & reconciliation.

    Tour Includes
  • Experienced, local, English-speaking guide for 3 hours
  • Modern coach for transportation around the city for 3 hours
    Tour Excludes
  • Gratuities for driver and guides
  • Bottled or canned drinks
  • Inside visits and entrance fees

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PRE- OR POST-SUMMIT: FULL-DAY BERLIN TOUR

This 8-hour tour is available to Summit leaders and their guests on Oct. 29 or Nov. 2.

Itinerary

Pic 3Today’s program will start with a tour along Berlin’s boulevard “Unter den Linden” with the State Opera, St. Hedwig’s Cathedral, & Neue Wache (memorial to the victims of war & tyranny). This site is famous for Kathe Köllwitz’s Pietà sculpture, “Mother & Her Dead Son,” as well as its beautiful dome, once built as the Hohenzollern (Prussian dynasty) family tomb. Continue on to see Museum Island, the famous Alexander square & East Side Gallery – a 1.3 km-long painted stretch of the former Berlin Wall along the Mühlenstrasse in former East Berlin. It is the largest open air gallery in the world with more than 100 original murals. (We’ll stop here to take pictures & admire the paintings.)

Pic 4We’ll continue on to see the Jewish Museum, Checkpoint Charlie & the Wall Museum, which contains the best documentation available on the many escape attempts from East to West. (We’ll stop here & step out of the bus.) From here we’ll see the Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin’s most magnifi cent square (home to the concert hall, as well as German & the French cathedrals). We’ll also see Potsdamer Platz. Formerly bisected by the Berlin Wall, it has been the site of major redevelopment projects since German reunifi cation. See the Holocaust memorial, Brandenburg Gate (we’ll stop here & step out of the bus), & the government district. We will stop for lunch at Käfer Restaurant (subject to change) inside the Reichstag & afterward have the opportunity to walk around the dome. We’ll continue the tour visiting the area of the embassies & the Victory Column. Today’s program will end with a ride along the Kurfürstendamm, the famous boulevard of former West Berlin, with the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Memorial Church, an anti-war memorial to peace & reconciliation, & finally, Castle Charlottenburg.

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  • Experienced, local, English-speaking guide for 8 hours
  • Modern coach for transportation around the city for 8 hours
  • Lunch: 3-course meal in Käfer Restaurant
  • Access to the Reichstag building’s dome included with lunch
    Tour Excludes
  • Gratuities for driver and guides
  • Bottled or canned drinks

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Reformation Tour

Travel back in time to the age of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation as you visit historical sites across Germany. See where Luther spent his earlier years, with visits to his house in Eisleben (his birthplace) as well as the city of Erfurt, where he resided as a monk. You’ll be inspired as you visit the city of Wittenberg, where Luther initiated the Reformation & the town of Worms, where he was later placed on trial for his beliefs. You won’t want to miss this trip if you’re interested in learning about the man behind the German Reformation movement.

POST-SUMMIT: 4-DAY TOUR

This 4-day tour is available upon completion of the Whittenburg Summit. You and your guest can choose to begin your tour on Nov. 2 or Nov. 3.

Itinerary

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

All Saints ChurchDay 1: Berlin – Wittenberg – Eisleben – Mansfeld – Erfur (B, D)
After breakfast, depart Berlin for the city of Wittenberg, where Martin Luther lived much of his academic & monastic life. Visit the Luther House where he converted from monk to preacher. The building, which now serves as a museum, was also the Luther family home. Stop by the Melanchthon House, home to Philipp Melanchthon, one of Luther’s collaborators & a spiritual leader of the Reformation. After seeing where they lived, we’ll then pay a visit to where these religious pioneers were laid to rest, the Castle Church. Next, enter the town church where we’ll see an altar designed by Lucas Cranach, a Renaissance artist & friend to Luther. After our visits, there will be time for lunch here (under your own arrangement) before heading to Eisleben. Eisleben is the city of Martin Luther’s birth & death. In addition to these places, we’ll see St. Peters Church (from the outside), where Luther was baptized. We will drive through Mansfeld, where Luther’s parents’ home is located & on to Erfurt for your dinner & overnight.

UntitledDay 2: Erfurt – Eisleben – Erfurt (B, D)After breakfast, we’ll have the opportunity to tour Erfurt. Stops will include St. Severus Church & St. Mary’s (also known as Erfurt Cathedral), where Luther participated in his fi rst mass & was later ordained. We’ll then tour the University of Erfurt where Luther discovered his passion for Bible studies & religion while earning both a Bachelor’s & Master’s degree. After completing his Master’s, Luther entered the Augustinian Monastery as a member of the Augustinian Order of Hermit. We’ll have the chance to explore this 13th century monastery. While in Erfurt, everyone must take the time to stop by the Tradesman’s Bridge, a bridge which is famously known for having been built over by houses which are still inhabited. Have lunch (under your own arrangement) in one of the local restaurants before heading to Eisenach. In Eisenach, we’ll visit of one of the highlights of our time: Wartburg Castle. The Castle, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also where Luther translated the New Testament from Greek to German. After the visit, enjoy a short walk through town where we’ll see the houses of both Luther & the famous composer, Johann Sebastian Bach. See St. George’s Church where Bach was baptized as well as St. George’s Latin School, Luther’s preparatory school prior to University of Erfurt. Return to Erfurt for dinner & overnight.

Pic 8Day 3: Erfurt – Coburg – Mainz (B, D)Following breakfast, we’ll depart for Coburg. Veste Coburg is one of the largest castles in Germany & where Luther continued his translation of the Bible while being protected by the Duke of Saxony for six months during the Diet of Augsburg. After our visit here, enjoy a guided walk through the medieval city of Coburg. The former residence was mainly infl uenced by the dukes of the former Saxony-Coburg & Gotha dukedom. In this tour, we’ll see all the historical places that are connected to Martin Luther such as the St. Moritz Church where Martin Luther preached. Enjoy time for lunch before we continue to Mainz for dinner & overnight.

Pic 9Day 4: Mainz – Worms (B, D)After breakfast, we’ll have the chance to explore Mainz with a tour dedicated to Mainz’s most famous & infl uential son, Johannes Gutenberg. Gutenberg is heralded as the publisher who brought printing to Europe. At the Gutenberg Museum, we’ll see one of only 47 existing copies of the Gutenberg Bible, the fi rst printed version of the bible & aesthetic inspiration for future prints. While in Mainz, enjoy views of the Rhine River & marvel at some of the region’s terrifi c Romanesque cathedrals, like the Mainz Cathedral. After lunch (under your own arrangement), drive to Worms for a guided walking tour.

Pic 7Martin Luther spent just ten days in Worms, but these ten days fundamentally changed the world. The most important testimony to the Protestant story of Worms, which no visitor to the city leaves out, is the Luther Memorial. The largest Reformation memorial in the world, it was designed & constructed by Ernst Rietschel & his pupils Donndorf, Schilling & Kietz, & inaugurated in 1868. The Luther Room in the Worms City Museum in St. Andrew’s Collegiate Church deals specifi cally with Luther’s stay in Worms. Visitors can see a copy of a Luther Bible from 1521 with handwritten annotations by the reformer. (The original is kept by the city library.) Also, see the sculpted head of Luther that Ernst Rietschel originally designed for the Luther Memorial & much more. The place in which Luther made his brave declaration “because to go against one’s conscience is neither right nor safe” is marked by a plaque on the ground. At the start of the 20th century, another church was built in the western quarter of the city in memory of the reformer, the Luther Church. Return to Mainz for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant & overnight.

    Tour Includes
  • Private modern coach with air conditioning and WC for the duration of the tour
  • English-speaking tour guide throughout trip
  • Local English-speaking guides in Wittenberg, Eisleben, Erfurt, Eisenach, Heidelberg, Mainz
  • 4 nights hotel per itinerary
  • Breakfast and dinner at the hotel daily + farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Mainz
  • Admissions to: Luther house in Wittenberg, Melanchtron house in Wittenberg, Town Church in Wittenberg, Luther’s house in Eisleben, Cathedral in Erfurt, Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt, Wartburg Castle in Eisenach,Luther house in Eisenach, Castle (ruins) in Heidelberg, Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, cruise on the river Rhine
    Tour Excludes
  • Gratuities for driver and guides
  • Lunch daily
  • Bottled or canned drinks
  • Any items of a personal nature
  • Anything not mentioned

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Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What is included in the registration? Registration covers all sessions and events for The Wittenberg 2017 Summit scheduled for October 31-November, 1, 2017.
  2. What about my spouse? There is only room for 150 spouses on a first-come-first-serve basis. Of course, your spouse can stay at the hotel with you and can also go on the Reformation Tour, if you choose to take the tour. The minimal cost for your spouse is only $200, which will cover three meals. However, if she/he plans to go the plenary sessions and go to Castle Church (final session), the cost is $500.
  3. What about my staff? Unfortunately we cannot accommodate staff pastors, associates, etc. They would have to register separately and pay the full registration fee to attend the Wittenberg 2017 Summit.
  4. Are scholarships available? Unfortunately, scholarships are not available due to the nature of the event and venue location.
  5. Do I need a visa? Most countries have diplomatic relationships with Germany; therefore, a visa is not required. However, be sure to check your country’s website to verify its status with Germany and any specific visa requirements. Additional helpful information can be found on Germany’s Federal Foreign Office website by clicking GERMANY VISA. It is your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of all information on foreign travel and visa requirements and to secure a visa if necessary.We cannot write visa invitation letters.
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      • You are responsible for any other sight-seeing adventure you may choose to take while in Germany. The exception is if you choose to purchase the Reformation Tour being offered by Fellowship Travel International in conjunction with the Wittenberg 2017 Summit.
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