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  • The Ruins of Eldena by Caspar David Friedrich, 1825

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  • The Painter Caspar David Friedrich by Gerhard von Kügelgen, circa 1808

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  • The Albertinum, Dresden

  • Detail of Chalk Cliffs on Rügen by Caspar David Friedrich, 1818

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  • The Sea of Ice or Polar Sea by Caspar David Friedrich, 1823-1824

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  • Details of The Hiker Above the Sea of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich, circa 1817

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  • Take in special exhibitions celebrating 250 years since the birth of Germany’s finest Romantic painter, Caspar David Friedrich, and explore the cultural and geographical contexts in which his genius arose

  • Experience the landscape that inspired Friedrich and the German Romantics, including the Chalk Cliffs of Rügen

  • Trace the artist’s life and oeuvre across Germany, from his birthplace in Greifswald to his resting place in Dresden

“Tom Abbott was immensely knowledgeable and we really benefited from his depth of expertise throughout”

- ACE customer on a 2023 tour led by Tom Abbott

“I have to surrender myself to what encircles me, I have to merge with my clouds and rocks in order to be what I am”

- Caspar David Friedrich


A lone figure shrouded in mists; a liminal landscape punctuated by a sole tree; a contemplative scene provoking in the viewer an emotive response to the natural world: the works of German Romantic landscape painter Caspar David Friedrich are celebrated the world over for their atmospheric and distinctive portrayal of mankind and the landscape. 2024 marks 250 years since the artist’s birth, and this brand new tour offers an exciting opportunity to explore Friedrich’s life and work on a journey that encompasses the island of Rügen, the Hanseatic city of Greifswald, and the cities of Berlin and Dresden.


At the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries, Romanticism dominated European cultural discourse, from the fields of philosophy and literature to those of art and aesthetics. This period produced some of Germany’s most famous literary figures, composers and artists - from Hegel to Wagner. Friedrich is undoubtedly one of the most important in the field of the visual arts, and this tour will explore his skill as a painter and enduring legacy, as well as the contexts in which he lived and worked.


Our journey begins with a special stay on the beautiful Baltic island of Rügen, off the Pomeranian coast, where Friedrich stayed several times during his life, including on his honeymoon following his marriage to Christiane Caroline Bommer. It was on this occasion that he was inspired to paint the now world-famous 1818 work Chalk Cliffs on Rügen, thought to depict himself and his new wife looking out to sea from the picturesque island.


We will have the opportunity to become immersed in the landscape that inspired Friedrich during our stay in Rügen, and also look forward to seeing the painting itself, which will be temporarily on display in the city of Greifswald, where Friedrich was born in 1774 and where he attended university.


Greifswald will be commemorating the anniversary of its famous son with a special exhibition at the Pommersches Landesmuseum entitled ‘Caspar David Friedrich: Places of Longing’, of which Chalk Cliffs on Rügen will be a part. The exhibition will juxtapose this great masterpiece with other depictions of the locality, including Eldena Ruin in the Giant Mountains and Greifswald Harbour. As well as visiting the exhibition, we will take in Greifswald’s historical centre, as well as the ruins of Eldena Abbey, east of the city, a subject to which Friedrich returned in his art.


Our tour continues with a visit to the Hanseatic city of Stralsund, before progressing to Berlin where we will explore the Schloss Charlottenburg and enjoy a privileged private viewing of works by Friedrich at the Department of Prints and Engravings at the Kulturforum, subject to final confirmation. This will be complemented by an exploration of the city’s Alte Nationalgalerie with an emphasis on Romanticism as well as other artistic highlights.


Finally, we will journey in Friedrich’s footsteps to Dresden, where he settled permanently in 1798, studying its art collections and producing many of what are now regarded as the pre-eminent works of German Romanticism. Although the final years of Friedrich’s life saw the genre fall out of fashion, and his reputation was later damaged by the adoption of his work in the promotion of Nazi ideology, by the 1970s his output was re-exhibited and re-examined at major galleries, finding favour amongst critics once again. Today, the artist’s work is internationally renowned and highly regarded for its originality, complexity and beauty.


Visits in Dresden will include the Albertinum, also staging a special temporary exhibition to commemorate the anniversary year, and the artist’s grave, as we conclude our journey exploring the life, works and places that inspired this great painter.


The first three nights of the tour will be spent at the Hotel Badehaus Goor, a spa hotel occupying an elegant colonnaded building in the peaceful surroundings of Lauterbach on the southern coast of the picturesque island of Rügen, a classic German resort destination. The property dates from 1818, the year that Friedrich painted his famous work Chalk Cliffs on Rügen. Our tour then continues in Berlin with two nights at the comfortable Martas Hotel Albrechtshof, followed by an overnight stay in Dresden at the smart Hyperion Hotel Dresden am Schloss.


This tour will be led by art history expert Tom Abbott, BA, MA, a proficient lecturer and experienced tour leader who has been a resident of Berlin for over 30 years. Tom’s expertise is wide-ranging, covering medieval times to the present day, but he is particularly fascinated with Romantic art, and looks forward to providing an in-depth exploration of the movement, and the work of Caspar David Friedrich in particular, for an ACE group in this important anniversary year.

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Fully booked - please contact us on 01223 841055 to be added to the waiting list.

Included: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, six breakfasts, five dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities & all taxes.

Not Included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £325.

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