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Berlin

July 5-12, 2020

In the three decades since the fall of the Wall, no other European city has undergone a greater transformation than Berlin, with its innovative architecture and thought-provoking memorial sites. On this six-night program, join Sarah Lawrence College’s Roland Dollinger, professor of German and Literature, to explore the ancient riches, vibrant contemporary art scene, and iconic landmarks of Germany’s capital. Even for those who know Berlin well, this special itinerary will uncover new and exciting aspects of this iconic city.

Program Highlights

  • Tour of Museum Island, where you will marvel at treasures such as the bust of Queen Nefertiti and masterpieces by Caspar David Friedrich

  • Explorations of architectural wonders and world-class museums designed by Frank Gehry, Daniel Libeskind, Norman Foster, I.M. Pei, and others

  • Visit to Sammlung Boros, a former World War II-era bunker transformed into a gallery space that houses a stunning private art collection

  • Tour of the opulent 18th century Rococo Palace and Gardens of Sanssouci, built by Frederick the Great

  • Accommodations at the five-star Hotel Regent Berlin, steps from the city’s most famous attractions, including Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag

Accommodations

During our stay in Berlin, we will enjoy the five-star accommodations of the Hotel Regent Berlin. One of the best luxury hotels in the world, Regent Berlin is the epitome of timeless refinement and impeccable service, set in the heart of Berlin’s historic Mitte district, overlooking beautiful Gendarmenmarkt Square.

Trip Itinerary

Our exploration of Berlin will take place from July 5-12, 2020.

July 5: Heading to Berlin

Depart the United States on your overnight flight to Berlin.

July 6: Berlin

Upon arrival in the morning, transfer to the well-located Hotel Regent Berlin. In the afternoon, depart for a tour of the Berlin Wall Memorial along Bernauer Strasse, the street that become a symbol of German division. Gather in the evening for introductory remarks by your study leader, followed by dinner.

Accommodations: Regent Berlin

July 7: Berlin

Spend the morning on Museum Island to admire German masterpieces by Caspar David Friedrich and others in the Alte Nationalgalerie opened early for our group. Then discover the Egyptian and Greek treasures in the restored Neues Museum, including the famous bust of Nefertiti. In ruins since World War II, the museum reopened in 2009, restored and redesigned by award-winning British architect David Chipperfield. Continue to the historic Reichstag, restored by British architect Lord Norman Foster, for lunch in the rooftop restaurant, with views over the city. Walk to the striking Holocaust Memorial by Peter Eisenman and past the United States Embassy and Brandenburg Gate. The evening is at leisure.

Accommodations: Regent Berlin

July 8: Berlin

Drive to the former American Sector in West Berlin to tour the Allied Museum, featuring exhibitions on the occupation of Berlin, the famed Berlin Airlift, and life during the years the city was divided. Lunch is at leisure at the iconic department store KaDeWe featuring a gourmet delicatessen court. This afternoon, tour the Gemäldegalerie, an impressive collection of Old Master paintings from the 13th to 18th centuries and enjoy a private cruise along the Spree river. Pass by the historic East Side Gallery, with its murals painted on the remnants of The Berlin Wall and the charming Nikolai Quarter. Dine together in the evening.

Accommodations: Regent Berlin

July 9: Potsdam

Drive to Potsdam to tour the rococo palace and gardens of Sanssouci, built by King Frederick the Great. After lunch, stop at Cecilienhof, a Tudor-style country house and site of the 1945 Potsdam Conference. Return to Berlin for an evening at leisure.

Accommodations: Regent Berlin

July 10: Berlin

Located in the southern half of the former West Berlin, Tempelhof Airport was one of the city's main gateways from 1923 to 2008. During the latter half of its life it served only passengers, but in its earlier years it played the roles of a symbol of Nazi power, a World War II aircraft factory and a crucial link in the Berlin Airlift. In the morning, discover this enormous complex and see the nearby Airlift Memorial. After lunch in the vibrant and colorful Kreuzberg district, see the permanent exhibition “Topography of Terror”. In the spot where the most feared institutions of Nazi Germany (including the Gestapo headquarters and the SS central command) once stood, this compelling exhibit chronicles the stages of terror and persecution and details the impact these brutal institutions had on all of Europe. Alternatively, learn about Berlin’s contemporary art scene during a visit to a gallery and/or artist studio in Krezuberg.

Accommodations: Regent Berlin

July 11: Berlin

The Neue Synagogue with its shimmering gilded dome is one of Berlin’s most beautiful buildings. Today, visit this important center of Jewish culture, which houses a permanent exhibition, and meet a member of the Centrum Judaicum Foundation. Continue to the Sammlung Boros, a prominent private art collection housed in a former bunker. Built in 1942 to protect passengers at nearby Friedrichstraße Station from aerial bombardment, the concrete structure was converted into a 3,000-meter gallery space by modern art-collector Christian Boros in 2003. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure. In the evening attend a festive “Auf Wiedersehen” dinner.

Accommodations: Regent Berlin

July 12: Leaving Berlin

Depart for the airport and your return flight home.

Your Don for This Trip

Roland DollingerRoland Dollinger is your faculty don and lecturer for this exploration of Berlin. Roland has served on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence for 30 years, teaching courses in German and Literature; his area of special interest is 20th century German and Austrian literature. He holds a BA from the University of Augsburg, Germany, an MA from the University of Pittsburgh, and a PhD from Princeton. He is the author of Sehnsucht nach Sinn [Longing for the Meaning of Life, 2018] and many essays on 19th and 20th century German literature. He also teaches on Sarah Lawrence's summer program in Berlin.

Pricing

  • $5,999 per person, sharing a double room
  • $6,899 per person, single room
A $1,000 deposit is required

What's Included

  • Hotel accommodations at the Regent Berlin
  • Enrichment program featuring lectures and talks
  • All sightseeing, transportation, and entrance fees
  • Airport/hotel group transfers for all participants on suggested flights
  • All gratuities
  • Meals (as detailed in itinerary)
  • Tour Director from Arrangements Abroad for comprehensive logistical and customer service management on tour
  • Pre-departure materials and reading list

What's Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Meals not specified
  • Alcoholic beverages other than noted in inclusions
  • Personal items and expenses
  • Airport transfers other than for those on suggested flights
  • Trip insurance

Join Us!

To reserve your place on this trip, please contact our partners at Arrangements Abroad at 212.514.8921 or trips@arrangementsabroad.com