Join in a city-wide commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and delve into this  city’s dynamic history, music, and culture.

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

Berlin

A One-Week Stay in Germany

9 days from $4,440

Join in a city-wide commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and delve into this  city’s dynamic history, music, and culture.

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Overview

On November 9, 1989, as the Cold War began to thaw across Eastern Europe, a spokesman for East Berlin’s Communist Party announced a change in his city’s relations with the West. Starting at midnight that day citizens were free to cross the country’s borders. East and West Berliners flocked to the wall, chanting “Tor auf!” (“Open the gate!”). They flooded through the checkpoints and more than two million East Berliners visited the West that weekend to participate in a celebration that was, one journalist wrote, “the greatest street party in the history of the world.” 

Join us in  Berlin in 2019 for a city-wide celebration of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Many would say Berlin hs risen above its turbulent history to become more vibrant, dynamic, and exciting than ever. You'll experience a European cultural capital fully transformed since reunification, showcasing masterful contemporary architecture and a strong new visual identity while carefully preserving the best of its cultural legacy and art treasures. Stay at the centrally located Hilton Berlin, just steps from many of the city’s finest shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions.

Highlights Include

  • World War II and Cold War History: Take a guided tour of the Bernauer Strasse Wall Memorial containing the last section of the original Berlin Wall, plus visit the Documentation Center with the exhibition 1961 | 1989. The Berlin Wall and the Chapel of Reconciliation. Tour Schöneberg Town Hall, where President John F. Kennedy made his famous 1963 speech proclaiming “Ich bin ein Berliner,” and  visit the Wir Waren Nachbarn (We Were Neighbors) exhibition, a remembrance project by and for Schöneberg residents who were expelled from their homes during the Nazi era.
  • Cultural Insights: Explore the Old Masters collection of the Gemäldegalerie, the jewel of the Kulturforum museum complex. Take a tour of the imposing Pergamon Museum with its magnificent collections of Greek, Roman, and Islamic art. Explore the opulent Reichstag, home to the German National Assembly.
  • Music Legacy: Enjoy a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Berlin Philharmonic.
  • Day Excursion: Travel outside Berlin to Potsdam, a royal seat of Prussia during the 17th century and tour the Rococo palace of Sanssouci and Schloss Cecilienhof, styled after an English country estate.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Depart the U.S. on an overnight trans-Atlantic flight to Berlin, Germany.

Day 2 — Berlin

Arrive at Berlin’s Tegel Airport and transfer to the upscale Hilton Berlin close to the city’s historic quarter and situated on the famous Gendarmenmarkt. Upon arrival at the hotel, you’ll receive a Welcome Kit with maps and general information about Berlin and its environs. Your Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director will be available this afternoon and throughout the program for suggestions regarding sightseeing, restaurants and independent activities.

There’s time to unpack and settle in before joining fellow Smithsonian Travelers for an orientation walk of the neighborhood surrounding the hotel. The evening begins with a welcome reception, remarks by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert, followed by dinner at the hotel. (R,D)

Day 3 — Berlin

A full American-style buffet breakfast is served at the hotel each morning during your stay. Gather for a presentation by a local expert: A Tale of Two Cities: East Berlin and West Berlin.

Afterward, set-out on a panoramic motor coach tour of Berlin that includes the iconic Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz, the Federal Chancellery, Unter den Linden, a lovely tree-lined boulevard, the Gendarmenmarkt and a drive along the fashionable Kurfurstendamm. Visit the Bernauerstrasse Wall Memorial to see the last remnant of the infamous Berlin Wall with the preserved grounds, barbed wire, and guard tower, it provides a moving impression of how the wall divided the Eastern and Western sectors of this great city until late 1989. After lunch, the afternoon is at leisure. (B,L)

Day 4 — Berlin

Today, depart for the Reichstag, constructed in 1894 to house the Imperial Diet of the German Empire. Take a fascinating tour with an expert guide that includes the rooftop terrace for panoramic views of Berlin. Then board a canal boat for a cruise on the River Spree through the heart of the city. Lunch will be served at a lively beer garden in the famous Tiergarten.

The balance of the day is free of planned activities so you can discover more of Berlin on your own. (B,L)

Day 5 — Berlin and Potsdam

Depart Berlin on a full-day excursion to historic Potsdam, home to Prussian royalty. Marvel at the opulent interiors of Sans Souci Palace and after a stop at the Neues Palais, visit Cecilienhof Palace, site of the decisive Potsdam Conference at the end of WWII. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.

Afterward, spend time independently in the quaint Dutch Quarter the most extensive collection of Dutch architecture outside the Netherlands. Return to Berlin late in the day. Gather in the hotel for a Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner and lively discussion of the day’s discoveries. (B,L)

Day 6 — Berlin

Gather for a presentation by a local expert: From Bach to Beethoven: Music That Stirs the Heart.

Then depart the hotel for a behind-the-scenes visit to the Konzerthaus, home to the Berlin PhilharmonicLater, visit the Gemaldegalerie for an escorted tour of one of the world’s finest collections of European art. This afternoon, let your interests be your guide and explore the city on your own. 

This evening, gather with fellow travelers for dinner at a popular restaurant followed by an evening concert performance. (B,D)

Day 7 — Berlin

Visit Schoeneberg Town Hall and view the famous balcony where President John F. Kennedy made his famous 1963 speech, proclaiming “Ich bin ein Berliner.”  Also, see the poignant exhibit Wir waren Nachbarn that documents the lives of Jewish residents who lived in this neighborhood, were deported or lost their lives during the holocaust.

Continue on to the Stolpersteine, an artist’s memorial to Berlin’s Jews as well as the memorial site of the former Synagogue in the area. Join a local expert for a presentation: Time Witness of WWII and Cold War Berlin.

The balance of the day is at leisure. In the early evening, gather in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner. (B)

Day 8 — Berlin

This morning, depart the hotel for a short walk to the Pergamon Museum for a guided tour of museum highlights. Each participant will receive a Museum Island Pass that includes entrance to all five museums in the complex.

The remainder of the day will be at leisure. This evening, gather with fellow Smithsonian Journeys Travelers for a festive farewell dinner.(B,D)

Day 9 — Return to the U.S.

Early this morning, transfer to Berlin’s Tegel Airport for return flights to the United States. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)