• From Hamburg, Bremen and Lübeck, three major merchant centres, discover the history of the Hanseatic League
• Explore medieval church architecture in an array of locations
• Visit fascinating museums, including the International Maritime Museum in Hamburg, and the European Hansemuseum in Lübeck
Tom Abbott is an art and architectural historian associated with the Foundation of Prussian Palaces and Gardens
Depart London Heathrow 1040 on British Airways, arriving Hamburg 1320. Transfer to Hotel Baseler Hof for three nights. Afternoon visit to Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (collection spanning 4000 years).
Morning lecture: The Hanseatic League – Medieval Globalisation? followed by visit to Hamburg Kunsthalle. Afternoon: walking tour to include exterior views of Chile House, Kontorhaus and Speicherstadt (1880s warehouse and harbour district). Visit to International Maritime Museum, walk through HafenCity (new development on old container harbour) and exterior view of Elbephilharmonie. By ferry to Landungsbrücke for visit to St Michael’s Church and Kramer-Witwen Houses (exteriors).
Morning excursion to Lauenburg: Palmschleuse (the first chamber lock in Europe on the Stecknitz Canal, which brought salt from Lüneburg to Lübeck). Continue to Lüneburg (exceptionally preserved town hall, churches of St John and St Michael).
Depart for Bremen via Stade (Schwedenspeicher Museum, Church of St Wilhadi) and Bremerhaven (German Maritime Museum). Transfer to the Atlantic Grand Hotel, Bremen for overnight stay.
Morning in Bremen: Kunsthalle, cathedral, Böttcherstrasse (brick Expressionist buildings – exteriors). Afternoon: transfer to Lübeck for four nights at the Atlantic Hotel.
Orientation walking tour including church of St Peter (exterior), 13th century Church of St Mary, Salzspeicher (16th to 18th century salt warehouses – exteriors), Holstentor Museum and town hall. Afternoon: visit to cathedral and free time for optional visits to Buddenbrookhaus (literary museum) or Marzipan Museum. Evening lecture: The Art & Architecture of the North – Past & Present.
Whole day excursion to Wismar with visits to Church of St Nicholas, Wasserkunst (water supply) and Church of St George. Afternoon: Bad Doberan (minster).
Morning: Hansemuseum, Burgtor (exterior), Heiligen-Geist-Hospital (Brick Gothic), church of St Jacob, Church of St Catherine (exterior). Afternoon: Museum Behnhaus Drägerhaus (neoclassical art gallery), 13th century church of St Aegidien, St Annen-Museum (large collection of medieval sculpture).
Morning: Laboe Naval Memorial and Kiel (Maritime Museum). Continue to Hamburg for 1715 departure, arriving Heathrow 1755.
24 Jul — 1 Aug 2019
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Cost of £2695 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £355.