• Discover the history of the Hanseatic League, from Hamburg, Bremen and Lübeck, three major merchant centres
• Explore medieval church architecture in an array of locations
• Visit fascinating museums, including 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). Walk through HafenCity (new development on old container harbour) and exterior view of Elbephilharmonie. By ferry to Landungsbrücke (churches and Kramerwitzen 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 (exterior), churches of St John and St Nicholas, Lüne Kloster (abbey and museum).
Depart for Bremen via Stade (Schwedenspeicher Museum, Church of St Wilhadi) and Bremerhaven (German Maritime Museum). Overnight at the Atlantic Grand Hotel, Bremen.
Bremen: Kunsthalle, cathedral, Böttcherstrasse (brick Expressionist buildings – exteriors). Transfer to Lübeck for four nights at the Atlantic Hotel.
Orientation walking tour of Lübeck 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 (visit to minster and historical walking tour) followed by historical steam train to Heiligendamm on the Baltic Sea (renowned white architecture).
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), St Annen-Museum (large collection of medieval sculpture).
Morning: Laboe Naval Memorial and Kiel (Maritime Museum). Continue to Hamburg for 1625 departure, arriving Heathrow 1725.
29 Jul — 6 Aug 2020
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Please note that a good level of fitness is required for this tour, as it has a full itinerary with some busy days, hotel changes, a journey made by ferry and a significant amount of walking. Much of the walking takes place over uneven or cobbled streets and is taken at a reasonable pace.
Cost of £2795 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 £415.
Own flight reduction: £150.