Berlin: A Cultural Extravaganza of Art & Architecture

Date:
1 – 5 April 2020
Lecturer:
Dr. Marie-Anne Mancio
Price (based on 15 participants):
Places will be strictly limited
£2,225.00 per person sharing a twin/double room
£500.00 deposit is needed to confirm your place
Supplements:
£100.00 single room supplement

Introduction

Often described as ‘Europe’s New York’, Berlin is one of our most important cultural destinations. Whilst this once‐divided city still bears scars of its traumatic past, such as the Memorial for Murdered Jews and graffitied remnants of the Berlin Wall, it has undergone a radical transformation since 1989, fuelled by the influx of artists. Explore the stunning museum collections of Old Master paintings and antique sculpture on the newly‐renovated Museum Island. Trace the history of German art from the Northern Renaissance, to the Romanticism of Caspar David Friedrich, to the unflinching expressionism of Kathe Kollwitz, through the innovations of the Bauhaus, to the vibrant contemporary scene. Renowned for its stunning architecture, Berlin also boasts the majestic Brandenburg Gate, landmark Reichstag, elegant neighbourhoods like Kreuzberg, the opulent palace of Sanssouci and the soaring towers of Potsdamer Platz designed by international stars such as Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and Arata Isozaki.

Your lecturer

Dr Marie-Anne Mancio

Marie-Anne trained as an artist before gaining a D.Phil for her thesis Maps for Wayward Performers: feminist readings of contemporary live art practice in Britain. An accredited Arts Society lecturer, she was commissioned to write and present online courses for Tate and How To Read Paintings for Pearson Love to Learn. Since attaining an MPhil in Creative Writing, her art practice is primarily text based including a novel about four migrant women in antebellum America: Whorticulture. She is currently writing a thriller about Caravaggio..

Your Hotel

Maritim proArte Hotel Berlin (4*)

https://www.maritim.de/de/hotels/deutschland/proarte-hotel-berlin

Located close to the cathedral, theatre and opera house, Maritim proArte Hotel is also near Museum Island and the Brandenburg Gate. Opened in 1995 it has contemporary rooms with every facility.

Maritim proArte Hotel Berlin
Maritim proArte Hotel Berlin

The price includes:

  • Lecturing by Dr. Marie-Anne Mancio
  • Return scheduled flights British Airways London Heathrow to Berlin Tegel
  • All airport taxes, security charges and local taxes
  • 4 nights bed and breakfast accommodation / Maritim proArte Hotel (4*), Berlin
  • 3 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • All local coach transfers in Berlin as per itinerary
  • All entrance charges and fees to visits as per the itinerary
  • Services of Meet and Greet Guide on arrival day
  • Guided visit of Charlottenburg, Cecilienhof Palace, Sanssouci Castle and Park
  • Services of additional guide at Jewish Museum
  • Vox guides throughout

The price does not include:

  • Lunches (Day 3)
  • Teas or coffees during any mid morning / mid afternoon breaks
  • Refreshments
  • Any incidental and personal expenditure (laundry, telephone, etc)
  • Taxis or other transport not specified
  • Personal insurance

This tour is organised by Heritage Group Travel who are responsible for all the arrangements. Please refer to Heritage Group Travel Booking Terms and Conditions which can be sent upon request. The Company holds ATOL number 3707 and ABTOT licence number 5060 for your protection. This itinerary is subject to change should local conditions or unexpected restrictions occur. As the tour is arranged many months in advance visits may be subject to amendment.
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Book your place

Places are strictly limited to 15 so please book early. For further information:

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Mary Bromley
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The Tour: Itinerary

The itinerary is subject to amendment

Day 1/ Wednesday 1 April 2020

London – Berlin

British Airways from London Heathrow
Arrival in Berlin Tegel, met by Meet and Greet guide
Transfer by private coach to Berlin

Architectural tour

We will begin our tour by seeing some of the city’s most impressive landmarks, including Checkpoint Charlie, a reminder of a divided Berlin; the Reichstag, once wrapped by the Christos; the moving and controversial Memorial to the Murdered Jews; the imposing Brandenburg Gate, and the soaring towers of Potsdamer Platz

Checkpoint Charlie
Memorial to the Jews
Potsdamer Platz

Dinner in hotel

Day 2 / Thursday 2 April 2020

Charlottenburg

We’ll spend the morning with an expert local guide at Charlottenburg, completed in 1669, once the summer residence and ‘court of muses’ of Sophie Charlotte, the first Queen consort in Prussia. It is now Berlin’s largest and most magnificent palace.

Charlottenburg
Charlottenburg

Lunch local restaurant

After lunch, we’ll explore the history of Berlin art, from paintings of the 1880s which reflected the taste of the Kaiser to the ‘wild works’ of the 1970s, at the Berlinische Galerie.

We’ll end our day at the Jewish Museum, notable for its astonishing architecture by Daniel Libeskind, created a year before the Berlin Wall came down.

Berlinische Galerie
Jewish Museum

Dinner local restaurant

Day 3 / Friday 3 April 2020

Museum Island

Today, we will see highlights of three key museums:

The Pergamon with its impressive reconstructions of huge archaeological structures such as the Ischtar Gate, the Market Gate of Miletus, Mschatta Façade and the Pergamon Altar.

Alte Nationalgalerie

Conceived by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV, who dreamt of a “sanctuary for art and science”, the museum houses an extraordinary art collection, including Romantic and Impressionist masterpieces, works by Manet, Monet, Cezanne, Schinkel, and a world‐class collection of paintings by German Realist Adolph Menzel.

The Pergamon
The Pergamon
Alte Nationalgalerie
Alte Nationalgalerie

Lunch at leisure

The Bode

This collection was described by Neil MacGregor of the British Museum as “the most comprehensive display of European sculpture [C10th to C18th] anywhere.”

The Bode
The Bode

Dinner local restaurant

Day 4 / Saturday 4 April 2020

We will start our day with a visit to the world‐renowned Gemaldegalerie – a survey of European painting from C13th to C18th. It holds masterpieces from all key art‐historical epochs, particularly Italian and Netherlandish masters, and Rembrandt.

Gemaldegalerie
Gemaldegalerie

Lunch local restaurant

After lunch, we’ll transfer by coach to the Kathe Kollwitz Museum to see some of the finest drawings, etchings and sculptures by this Expressionist war artist. We’ll end our day at the Bauhaus Archive Museum, which documents the works of the most influential school of architecture, design and art in the 20th century.

Kathe Kollwitz Museum
Bauhaus Archive Museum

Dinner local restaurant

Day 5 / Sunday 5 April 2020

Transfer by private coach to Potsdam outside Berlin and visit the glorious palaces of Sanssouci and Cecilienhof with an expert local guide. Constructed on the orders of Frederick the Great between 1745 and 1747, this summer residence and sanctuary has a breathtaking park and terraces, as well as ornate interiors.

Sanssouci
Sanssouci
Cecilienhof

Lunch local restaurant

Transfer by private coach to Berlin Tegel Airport for a British Airways flight to London Heathrow