Join us in Berlin and experience this European cultural capital fully transformed since reunification. Masterful contemporary architecture and a strong new visual identity are balanced with carefully preserved art treasures and the best of its cultural legacy, along with iconic sites that reflect its turbulent history. Stay at the Hilton Berlin, ideally located in the Mitte district in the city center on Berlin’s most beautiful square.

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 Brandenburg Gate, Berlin  The Reichstag, Parliament Building, Berlin  The striking contemporary glass dome of Berlin's Reichstag   The Ishtar Gate at the Pergamon Museum, Berlin  Sign in four languages at Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin

Berlin

A One-Week Stay in Germany

9 days from $4,740

Join us in Berlin and experience this European cultural capital fully transformed since reunification. Masterful contemporary architecture and a strong new visual identity are balanced with carefully preserved art treasures and the best of its cultural legacy, along with iconic sites that reflect its turbulent history. Stay at the Hilton Berlin, ideally located in the Mitte district in the city center on Berlin’s most beautiful square.

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This trip was my retirement present to myself. It exceeded my expectations! It was great that travel details were well-handled, allowing me to focus on the country. I met extraordinary people, was inspired by the sights, and delighted in all I learned. Now, that's the way to kick-start a new life adventure!

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Aug 19 - 27, 2020 Departure
Thomas  Bremer

Thomas Bremer

Professor Thomas Bremer is a German who has lived and worked in several parts of that country. He teaches Church History and Eastern Churches Studies at the University of Münster, where he also earned his PhD. His publications include a dozen books and many articles. He has been awarded research grants and fellowships from institutions including the Kennan Institute in Washington, DC, and the Boris Jordan Center at NYU. In addition to his academic career, he has served as a consultant for various bodies on questions dealing with Eastern and Southeastern Europe, as well as political and societal processes in Germany and Europe.

Prof. Bremer knew Berlin when the wall was still standing, and he knows what it was like to visit as a West German the Eastern part of the city and the GDR (East Germany). In the 1990s, he worked and lived in Berlin for several years, and witnessed the coalescence of its two parts after the fall of the wall in 1989 and the reunification of Germany in 1990. For more than a dozen years, he has again been a Berlin resident. He enjoys the cultural scene of the city, is familiar with its music life in particular, and he attentively follows events in local, in German, and in European politics, as well as current changes and developments. He is eager to share his fields of expertise and his experiences with the Smithsonian guests.

Oct 7 - 15, 2020 Departure
Christopher Brennan

Christopher Brennan

Christopher Brennan, lecturer at the London School of Economics and Political Science, is a historian of Central and Eastern Europe with a special interest in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, Germany and the history of the Czechs. Though British, he grew up in south-western France. He obtained a BA in Modern Languages (German and Russian, plus Czech) at the University of Bristol and a Master’s in Slavonic Studies from Oriel College at the University of Oxford.

Dr. Brennan studied for a PhD at the London School of Economics on the subject of the collapse of the Habsburg Empire and the responsibility therefore of its last monarch, Emperor Karl I. He taught undergraduates for four years, with a one year hiatus in Paris lecturing American undergraduates on French history and on the history of Eastern European Communism. He has  written on the memory of World War I in the former Habsburg Empire and on the Balkan Wars. He authored chapters to two volumes on the collapse of Austria-Hungary and its aftermath and is now working on a biography of Karl I.