GERMANY’S MOST BEAUTIFUL CITY: MUNICH / THE MOST GERMAN OF GERMAN CITIES: NUREMBERG / THE ALPS AT ZUGSPITZE / MAD KING LUDWIG’S MASTERPIECE / NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE / DACHAU CONCENTRATION CAMP / MOZART’S SALZBURG / BERCHTESGADEN AND THE EAGLE’S NEST / FRANKFURT / ROTHENBURG / THE RISE AND FALL OF ADOLPH HITLER AND THE THIRD REICH

Two countries… beauty, charm and culture, plus a historical study of the Rise and Fall of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Regime… in the city that was – as General Eisenhower called it – “The Cradle of the Nazi Beast”!

 

Depart: April 27th, 2020
Return: May 8th, 2020

Accompanying this tour is St Louis media personality Marc Cox

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Marc Cox has been the host of “The Marc Cox Show” on FM NewsTalk 97.1 since 2010.

He is an Emmy award winning 25 year veteran of television news with a career that covered 5 states, 4 TV stations and 3 radio stations. He spent 19 of those years in St. Louis on CBS affiliate KMOV-TV as an anchor, reporter and producer and covered some of the nation’s biggest stories.

You may remember some of those stories: the Oklahoma City bombing, the O.J. Simpson trial, the Chris Coleman murder trial and he believes he should receive a lifetime achievement award for standing in the most snowdrifts during Storm Mode coverage.

Along the way he was honored by the Associated Press and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, receiving multiple Emmy nominations and two Emmy awards.

 

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To all those who’ve journeyed with Conservative Tours to the D Day Beaches you understand how we craft an event like this. Our goal is to savoir the beauty and exquisite culture of three European countries while also plunging into the not-so-distant history of a movement and an ideology that almost succeeded in conquering Europe, including Great Britain & Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union.

This tour adventure has been two years in the making and as with our similar events to Asia and Europe, it will be substantive historically and satisfyingly pleasurable, with great cities big and small, fine dining and elegant hotel properties for your lodging comfort and pleasure.

Munich, Bavarian State

Beautiful Munich, Bavarian State, Germany

Day 1: Munich

Willkommen in München

Welcome to Munich, Germany’s “secret capital.” With its exuberant atmosphere and vitality, Munich is one of Europe’s great cultural centers and is considered Germany’s most enjoyable big city. Moreover, all the elegance and style that made Munich so lovely before the war are what make Munich so beautiful today as all the destruction via Allied bombing has been meticulously restored!

Bavarian Hofbräuhaus, Munich

Generations of serious drinkers rent lockers for their personal beer tankards at the Hofbräuhaus in Munich

Your guide from Conservative Tours will meet your group at the airport and after a short panoramic tour of beautiful Munich you arrive at your hotel in the heart of the city.

In the evening you’ll enjoy a hearty welcome dinner at the famous Hofbräuhaus in Munich accompanied by live Bavarian music…..as only the locals can do it!!

 

 

Nymphenburg Palace

Nymphenburg Palace

Day 2:  Munich

Full day Munich: Third Reich + Nymphenburg Palace

In the morning you discover the highlights of Munich and at the same time follow the traces of the Third Reich, one of the darkest moments in the city’s history. Learn more about the emergence of Nazism, Hitler’s rise and the infamous Third Reich. Follow the rise of Nazism from the first mass meeting at the Hofbräuhaus to the unsuccessful attempt to seize power in the Feldherrenhalle. Among other things walk to the scene of party meetings at Königsplatz and stop in the Hofgarten to talk about the White Rose resistance group.

After a lunch break you will discover the beautiful historic side of Munich during a visit of Nymphenburg Palace. To celebrate the birth of their son and heir, Elector Ferdinand Maria and his consort Henriette Adelaide of Savoy built a beautiful summer residence west of Munich. The tour includes a guided visit of Nymphenburg Palace with the massive great hall decorated in Rococo style and the famous “Gallery of Beauties” painted for King Ludwig I situated in the extended English landscape garden surroundings of Nymphenburg.

 

We'll visit areas of the city where ghosts of the 1930's abound

We’ll visit areas of Munich where ghosts of the 1930’s abound>

 

 

 

Porcelain Piece from Nymphenburg

A lovely porcelain piece from Nymphenburg

Nymphenburg Panorama

Nymphenburg Panorama

 

 

 

Beautiful evening view of the fairy tale Neuschwanstein castle, with autumn colors during sunset in Bavaria

Beautiful evening view of the fairy tale Neuschwanstein castle, with autumn colors during sunset in Bavaria

Day 3    Full day excursion to Neuschwanstein & Linderhof

Today discover the palaces of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, two of the most opulent castles, built by Ludwig II, the fairy-tale King of Bavaria. The excursion into the so-called “cleric” Pfaffenwinkel region includes a stop at Wieskirche, an amazing realisation of Bavarian Rococo art, and an extensive guided tour of the fairy-tale castle Neuschwanstein built by King Ludwig II , perched on an imposing rock, artfully secluded in the mountains.

Close by are the old castle of Hohenschwangau and the crystal clear Alpsee Lake. Lunch stop will be in Oberammergau, famous for its woodcarvers and home to the famous passion play, held every 10 years for centuries. Oberammergau is noted for its attractive and beautifully decorated painted residences, typical of Upper Bavaria. After lunch a guided tour invites you to discover Linderhof castle, the king’s favorite; and you’ll savour the castle’s beautiful gardens.

 

 

Dachau Memorial Site

Entrance gate at the Dachau Memorial Site: “Work Sets You Free”

Day 4    Half-day Excursion to Dachau Memorial Site

Dachau was Germany’s first concentration camp – a few weeks after Adolf Hitler had been appointed Reich Chancellor, a concentration camp for political prisoners was set up in Dachau. It served as a model for all later concentration camps and as a “school of violence” for the SS men under whose rule it stood. In the twelve years of its existence, over 200,000 people from all over Europe were imprisoned here and in numerous sub-camps. 41,500 were murdered. On April 29, 1945, American troops liberated the survivors. Explore the remaining buildings and reconstructions and learn more about the biographies of former prisoners. Maintained as a memorial, this visit at Dachau will provide insight into one of the darkest chapters in the history of man.

Afternoon free to explore beautiful Munich!

In the evening enjoy a dinner in one of the many brewery restaurants in Munich.

Today in Germany and other European states, public display of Nazi symbols, including on the Internet, is prohibited by law

Today in Germany and other European states, public display of Nazi symbols, including on the Internet, is prohibited by law

 

 

Aerial view of Garmisch-Partenkirchen at summer time

Aerial view of Garmisch-Partenkirchen at summer time

Day 5      Full day excursion to Garmisch & Zugspitze mountain

Today you travel directly into the foothills of the Alps and its green valleys. Discover the pittoresque town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen on a walk through the streets and alleys from Richard-Strauss-Platz, the pedestrian zone, through historical streets full of charm and beauty, meticulously hand-painted “Lüftlmalerei” houses, beautiful squares, and a prominent green oasis in the heart of the village.

Garmisch and Zugspitze

To the top of the German Alps

Continue to the valley station of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain (2963m). With the new cable car you can reach the top of the mountain in a few minutes from where you can enjoy a spectacular 4-country view to the two and three thousand metre peaks (and the only four thousand metre peak) of the Eastern Alps. The spacious terrace allows views of the Großglockner, the Piz Bernina or the television tower in Munich. Since December 2017, the ultra-modern Zugspitze cable car has been opening up the country’s highest mountain with maximum comfort for the passengers. The two large-capacity cabins with floor-to-ceiling windows each offer space for up to 120 people and can transport up to 580 people per hour to the summit without waiting. The descent takes place with the historic rack railway……itself a traditional Alpine treat, German style!

 

 

Mountain village of Berchtesgaden with Watzmann mountain silhouette in the background at sunset, National park Berchtesgadener Land, Bavaria, Germany

Mountain village of Berchtesgaden with Watzmann mountain silhouette in the background at sunset, Nationalpark Berchtesgadener Land, Bavaria, Germany

Day 6: Berchtesgaden (The Eagle’s Nest) & Salzburg                                           

Today you leave Munich and travel along the German Alpine Road through impressive valleys to Berchtesgaden, a typical traditional Alpine village at the foot of Mount Watzmann. Berchtesgaden National Park, created in 1978, is the only national alpine park in Germany. The region’s attractions include the salt mines, Lake Königssee and Obersalzberg with the Eagle’s Nest, once the site of Hitler’s mountain retreat. A special bus and tunnel lift will take you to the Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle’s Nest). After a visit to the infamous Eagle’s Nest (depending on the weather conditions) and the NS Documentation Centre at the Obersalzberg you will enjoy a break at lake Königssee. Then we’ll meander onto neighboring Salzburg in Austria, birthplace of the famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, where the tour ends for today.

Tunnel to Hitler's Summer “Eagle’s Nest”

Mountain tunnel which leads to Hitler’s summer retreat at Eagle’s Nest

 

 

 

Fortress Hohensalzburg, Salzburg, Austria

Fortress Hohensalzburg, Salzburg, Austria

Day 7: Full Day     Salzburg, including Fortress & Mozart House

After breakfast start your day by diving into the medieval world of impressive Hohensalzburg Fortress, visit the Gothic princely rooms and enjoy the fantastic view onto Salzburg.

Streets of Salzburg, Austria the Birthplace of Mozart

Streets of Salzburg, Austria – the Birthplace of Mozart

Afterwards you’ll discover the enchanting Old Town. Here you can find everything your heart desires, from shopping in noble boutiques and culinary delights to art and culture. During a city walk enjoy the highlights of Salzburg such as the cathedral and the monastery of St. Peter, the residence, the festival houses, the oldest pharmacy and the oldest coffee house, river Salzach and the city mountains. In “Old Europe” local color is exactly what we enjoy as visitors, and Salzburg is bursting at the seams with charm and color all its own!

Silent Night was written in Salzberg

Silent Night was written in Salzberg

Engraving of a young Mozart

Engraving of a young Mozart

Another highlight certainly is the interior visit of Mozart’s birth house which is particularly interesting.     In the evening enjoy Austrian specialties in a typical local restaurant.

 

 

 

Medieval Architecture in Nurnberg

Medieval Architecture in Nurnberg

Day 8: Salzburg – Nürnberg including sightseeing & beer tasting

Today you leave Salzburg and continue on a leisurely drive to Nürnberg, a typical medieval town where visitors will find many remnants of its 950 year history at every turn.

In the afternoon you visit Nuremberg’s historic city center and learn more about its impressive history with a tour of the well-preserved Kaiserburg Castle, the house of Albrecht Dürer, Gothic churches, romantic houses and peaceful squares. During the walking tour you are invited to taste 2 types of beer from 2 different local breweries.

Dinner takes place at a typical Frankonian Bratwurst restaurant where you can enjoy grilled sausages, a typical Frankonian specialty.

 

Das Dokumentationszentrum

Das Dokumentationszentrum (Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds)

Day 9:  Nürnberg Nazi Party Rally Grounds 

After breakfast you visit the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Ground. Still today, the gigantic remains of buildings in the southern districts of Nuremberg are a reminder of the megalomania of the National Socialist regime, and in particular Adolph Hitler. Across eleven square kilometers, a monumental backdrop was to be created for the self-promotion of the Nazi Party. Today the unfinished Congress Hall houses the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds.

Enjoy a free afternoon at leisure for your own activities in beautiful center city Nürnberg.

 

Nazi Rally in Nurnberg

Hitler leads Nurnberg Nazi Rally at “Church of Our Lady” (in background)

Present-day Frauenkirche ("Church of Our Lady")

The same “Church of Our Lady” (Frauenkirche) as seen in present-day

 

Prepping the parade grounds for the next rally

Prepping the parade grounds for the next rally

Magnificent Castle Heidelberg

Magnificent Castle Heidelberg

Day 10: Nürnberg – Rothenburg – Heidelberg – Frankfurt                            

Old Town Frankfurt

Old Town Frankfurt with Statue of Justice

In the morning we head towards Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the oldest and most pittoresque cities in Romantic Germany. If you’ve never heard of Rothenburg you’ll understand why we make a point of coming here every time!!!!   Discover the typical and well preserved medieval old town of Rothenburg during a guided walking tour.

After a lunch break you travel to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town and one of the most popular destinations of the country. Heidelberg is also known for its famous castle, majestically enthroned above the roofs of the old town. Your guide shows you around and you will enjoy the ambiance of this romantic town which is considered one of the most beautiful locales in the country. Not surprisingly, the locals are very proud of their hometown!

Enjoy a hearty farewell dinner in one of Heidelberg’s traditional restaurants before you travel on to your final destination of Frankfurt; where we will overnight before our flight home the next day to America.

Day 11: Departure Day

After breakfast we will have to say auf wiedersehen as you head back to home sweet home.

I promise it will be quite a trip, so pack your lederhosen and dirndl and we’ll see you at the Hofbrauhaus!

Kenneth G. Chase, President
Conservative Tours Inc.


What’s Included:

  • Ten (10) nights’ accommodation in four star hotel properties in the heart of Munich, Salzburg and
    Nuremberg.
  • Five (5) dinners with wine or beer.
  • Breakfast every day.
  • Welcome dinner with live Bavarian music.
  • Farewell dinner with folkloric show.
  • Porterage at all hotels.
  • Comfortable modern German motor coach throughout the tour.
  • English speaking tour leader.
  • Local Guide services as mentioned in the program.
  • Additional WWII historical narration throughout the event.
  • Entrances fees included:
    • Nymphenburg Palace
    • Neuschwanstein
    • Linderhof
    • Dachau memorial site
    • Zugspitze cable car and panoramic platform
    • Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest
    • Fortress Hohensalzburg
    • Mozart House
    • Nazi Party Rally Grounds
    • Konigsplatz
  • Round-trip airfare from the U.S. to Munich and return from Frankfurt.
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary.
  • All transportation as per the itinerary.
  • COMPREHENSIVE GROUP TRAVEL INSURANCE FROM TRAVEL INSURED INTERNATIONAL — INCLUDES PRE-EXISTING COVERAGE
  • Knowing that your tour leader has been leading tours to Europe since 1981!

Price:  $4,389.00 per person

Deposit:     $500.00 per person


What’s Not Included: 

  • Government air tax.

 

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Hitler on parade

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Munich

Nymphenburg

Neuschwanstein, Bavaria

Dachau

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Berchtesgaden

Salzburg, Austria

Heidelberg