Poland, East Germany & World War II (RV) - 2016

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13 Day Tour from Warsaw to Munich


Poland, East Germany & World War II
The golden equestrian sculpture of King/Elector Augustus II the Strong in Dresden, Germany
The golden equestrian sculpture of King/Elector Augustus II the Strong in Dresden, Germany
Nuremberg is a city located in the state of Bavaria, Germany
View Marienplatz in Munich, Germany
The Brandenburg Gate is a former city gate and a main symbol of Berlin
The historic centre of Warsaw
Munich, Germanys Secret Capital
Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland
Stroll through the historic Krakow Square in Poland
The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin serves as a symbol of peace and reunification of the city

Vacation Overview

This World War II tour in Poland and East Germany is the perfect vacation for those who are interested in World War II. Your tour starts in Warsaw and ends in Munich. Along the way, you’ll visit cities, concentration camps, and places important during World War II—with overnights in Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Dresden, Berlin, Weimar, Nuremberg, and Munich.

Throughout this tour, you’ll visit some of the concentration camps used during World War II. Visit the most famous, Auschwitz and Birkenau, where you’ll see chilling reminders of the Holocaust. You'll visit the Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar. Constructed in 1937, it was one of the largest concentration camps. You'll also visit the site of the former Dachau concentration camp, which started out as a work camp for German dissidents.

In Krakow, you'll visit the Oskar Schindler Factory, a museum devoted to the wartime experiences in Krakow and made famous in the movie Schindler's List. You'll visit the Memorium Nuremberg Trials and Courtroom 600 (if available), where you’ll learn about the background and repercussions of the trials at the original location where they were held. You'll also visit the Documentation Center and Zeppelin Field, where thousands of people gathered for Nazi rallies. These experiences are some of the special inclusions Globus offers to ensure your vacation is unique.

World War II brought devastation to the cities that were bombed, and you'll visit some of those cities. In Dresden, enjoy a guided walking tour of this city that was badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945 and has since been restored. In Berlin, visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, a symbol of reconciliation.

All of this and much more are included in this fabulous World War II tour in Poland and East Germany.

Similar Vacations that may interest you:

WARSAW
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Cathedral of St. John

KRAKOW
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Mary’s Church; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite guided visit of the Oskar Schindler Factory; guided walking tour of Kazimierz, visit the Remuh Synagogue

AUSCHWITZ & BIRKENAU
Visit the sites of the former concentration camps

WROCLAW
Guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral and the market square

DRESDEN
Guided walking tour, visit the Zwinger Palace Courtyard; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner at a local restaurant

TORGAU
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite See the monument commemorating the meeting of the US and Soviet forces; visit the courtyard of Hartenfels Castle

BERLIN
Guided sightseeing, take pictures of Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, visit Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

WEIMAR
Orientation

BUCHENWALD
Visit the site of the former concentration camp

NUREMBERG
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit the Memorium Nuremberg Trials and Court Room 600 (if available), Document Center, Zeppelin Field; walking tour of the Old Town; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special dinner at a local restaurant

DACHAU
Visit the site of the former concentration camp

MUNICH
Visit Marienplatz; farewell dinner

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTES:

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveller
  • Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest is normally open from mid-May to end-September. Check with your Tour Director for the availability of this excursion


DAY 1Arrival in Warsaw, Poland

Welcome to Warsaw! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Warsaw’s excellent restaurants. (Dinner)

The historic centre of Warsaw 
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DAY 2Warsaw

Your Local Guide will tell you about the tormented, often tragic history of this important gateway city between East and West. See the medieval Stare Miasto (Old Quarter) with its market square and 14th-century CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN, the “wedding cake” Palace of Culture and Science, neoclassical Lazienki Palace, and the remnants of the Jewish ghetto. An optional excursion to the Royal Castle is available. (Breakfast)

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DAY 3Warsaw-Krakow

Travel to Krakow, for centuries the residence of Polish kings. Your sightseeing with a Local Guide in ancient Krakow features the Market Square, the 14th-century Jagiellonian University, and ST. MARY’S CHURCH. Take pictures of the impressive Wawel Royal Castle. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Wawel Royal Castle Stroll through the historic Krakow Square in Poland 
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DAY 4Krakow

This morning, there is a chance to join an optional excursion to the Wieliczka salt mines. Then, enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special guided visit to the OSKAR SCHINDLER FACTORY, made famous in the movie Schindler’s List. During your stroll through Kazimierz, the old Jewish quarter, visit the REMUH Synagogue. How about tonight’s optional Polish dinner and folklore show? (Breakfast)

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DAY 5Krakow-Auschwitz/Birkenau-Wroclaw

Visit Auschwitz and Birkenau, and see what is left of the CONCENTRATION CAMPS, chilling reminders of the Holocaust and the most notorious among the World War II concentration camps. Continue to Wroclaw, the historical capital of Silesia. This impressive city belonged over the ages to Bohemia, Austria, Prussia, Germany, and after 1945 to Poland. Hear about its turbulent history during your guided tour, and admire its highlights, such as the CATHEDRAL and the MARKET SQUARE with its fine patrician houses. (Breakfast, Dinner)

A church on an Austrian mountaintop The gorgeous rolling hills of the Austrian countryside The Austrian countryside Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland 
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DAY 6Wroclaw-Dresden, Germany

Cross the border and arrive in Dresden, former capital of Saxony. Badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945, the city has since been restored to its baroque splendor. During your guided walking tour, visit the Zwinger Palace COURTYARD to admire its impressive architecture; the magnificent baroque Semper Opera, originally built in 1841, once destroyed by fire, then destroyed by bombing, and finally restored in 1985; and the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche. Afterwards, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a great dinner with wine and local specialties awaits you in Dresden’s well-known Am Pulverturm restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Dresden, Germany Dresden, the capital of Saxony Dresden was long hailed as the Jewel Box because of its baroque city center overflowing with grand architecture Dresden, Germany, situated along the River Elbe 
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DAY 7Dresden-Torgau-Berlin

Hear about Joe Polowsky on your way to Torgau, then Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite see the monument commemorating the meeting of US and Soviet forces during World War II, and visit the COURTYARD at magnificent Hartenfels Castle. Continue to Berlin, capital of reunited Germany. Sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis includes the elegant Ku’damm, the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Palace, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, and the 210-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten park. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH with its bomb-damaged tower, drive along Unter den Linden boulevard, and pass the State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie. (Breakfast)

The Brandenburg Gate is a former city gate and a main symbol of Berlin Berlin is the capital of Germany and also its largest city The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin serves as a symbol of peace and reunification of the city The Reichstag building is a historical building in Berlin, Germany that was built in 1894 
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church


"During World War II, Americans soldiers in occupied Germany got a booklet called the “Pocket Guide to Germany” that explained the ins and outs of occupation. In 1944, it read: “Don’t forget that you’re ordered into Germany now partly because your fathers forgot so soon what the war was about last time.” The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district is the eternal reminder. It was an unremarkable late 19th Century church until the allies bombed it in 1943. After the war, Berliners protested plans to demolish it. Today, the ruins are a symbol of what Germany lost by letting itself be seduced by Nazism. They could have roped it off and slapped a plaque on it. Instead, they left it open, free to the city. You can walk through it, under it, look up at the shattered bell tower."
Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie


"It’s just a white shed and a stack of sandbags filled with concrete, a replica of Checkpoint Charlie. Visitors to this traffic island on Friedrichstrasse pose from two directions – west and east – because they’re standing on the old symbolic border of the two Berlins. Checkpoint Charlie was for diplomats, Allied military and foreign tourists wanting to get into East Berlin, and that’s the source of its mystique. Today’s Cold War buffs have to be content with photos by the 1960s-era replica shed, a browse through the private collections of the nearby Haus am Checkpoint Charlie – and maybe a visit to the Allied Museum in Berlin’s Zehlendorf district, where the original Checkpoint Charlie building is on display. The huge portrait photographs over Checkpoint Charlie of two soldiers – one American, one Soviet – symbolize the Big Brother military presence of Cold War Berlin."
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DAY 8At leisure in Berlin

All day at leisure to further explore this fascinating city and to join an optional excursion to Potsdam. (Breakfast)

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DAY 9Berlin–Weimar. Excursion to Buchenwald

In Weimar, follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk through this pretty town. See the houses where great poets like Goethe and Schiller lived and the theater where the Weimar Constitution was drafted. In the afternoon, a special visit has been included to Buchenwald at the site of the former Buchenwald CONCENTRATION CAMP. Return to Weimar. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 10Weimar-Nuremberg

Arrive in Nuremberg and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit the MEMORIUM NUREMBERG TRIALS and COURTROOM 600 (if available), followed by visits to the impressive DOCUMENTATION CENTER and ZEPPELIN FIELD. In the afternoon, walk through the pedestrian area of the charming Old Town, known for children’s toys and gingerbread. Admire the impressive medieval ramparts; St. Sebald Church, painstakingly reconstructed as a monument to peace from the rubble of near-total wartime destruction; and the Schöner Brunnen, a 14th-century fountain dedicated to the Holy Roman Empire. It is said that it brings good luck to spin the two brass rings. Tonight, a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite special dinner to taste the traditional Nürnberger Bratwürste has been prepared for you at Bratwurst Röslein restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Nuremberg is a city located in the state of Bavaria, Germany 
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DAY 11Nuremberg-Dachau-Munich

Visit the site of the former Dachau CONCENTRATION CAMP, which started out as a work camp for German dissidents. Then, continue to Munich, Bavaria’s capital. Explore MARIENPLATZ with the Old and New Town Halls, and the gothic Frauenkirche. (Breakfast)

View Marienplatz in Munich, Germany 
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"Munich, Germany's Secret Capital"


"Munich is the only German metropolis that seems to have everything – wealth, beauty, prominence, fame. Some even call it Germany’s “secret capital.” Unlike Berlin, which some dub “architecturally challenged,” Munich bursts with historical buildings reconstructed after the devastation of World War II. Its grand Residenz, the former home of Bavarian kings, dominates the city center, which also boasts the flamboyant, gilded Cuvillié Theater. Nearby, the neo-gothic Neues Rathaus gives a medieval touch to the Marienplatz, the heart of Munich. "
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DAY 12At Leisure in Munich

Today is your chance to join an optional excursion to spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. (available only from mid-May to end-September and weather-permitting). This evening, a farewell dinner has been prepared to say auf Wiedersehen to your travel companions and to share your feelings about this exciting and emotional encounter with World War II. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 13Munich

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach; Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.



Full buffet breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners with wine, including a special welcome dinner in Warsaw, special dinners in Dresden and Nuremberg, and a farewell dinner in Munich.


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

WERNER HARTLIEB

Years of Experience: 22 years

I enjoy sharing insights about the always-changing countries of Central Europe. What I like just as much, if not more, is the camaraderie that guests form. With each tour, I am astonished by this. A group of strangers at the start, they get acquainted with each other in a pleasant way and sometimes take home friendships for life. I think it is great this takes place while exploring new regions and discovering new cultures.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Poland, East Germany & World War II:

  • Classical Weimar
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Historical Centre of Krakow
  • Historic Centre of Warsaw