Welcome to Weimar


Weimar is also the place where, post-WWI, the constitution of the German Reich, known by historians as the Weimar Republic (1919–33), was drafted, though there are strangely few reminders of this historical moment. Nearby, the unadorned, unaltered remains of the Buchenwald concentration camp provide sobering testament to the crimes of the subsequent Nazi regime.


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Expert-Led Private Jewish Heritage Tour in Berlin

This private tour traces the complex, 800-year history of the Jewish population in Berlin. In the company of a historian, we will explore the triumphs that Jewish thinkers, artists, public figures and common people achieved in this city while also investigating the tragedies that they suffered. Although Jews first arrived in Berlin in the 13th century, the first synagogue—the so-called Old Synagogue—was only established in 1714 in the wake of the Friedrich Wilhelm I’s tentative steps toward religious toleration. We will therefore begin our walk at Heidereutgasse, the site of this synagogue, using its foundations (all that remain of the building) to build up an image of Jewish history during the Medieval and Renaissance periods. From here we will make our way to the neighborhood once known as the Scheunenviertel (“Barn Quarter”), the center of Berlin Jewish life from the 18th century onwards. Passing numerous sites of historical and contemporary significance—including synagogues, schools, and the old Jewish cemetery (in use from 1672 to 1827)—we will explore the cultural and commercial successes of Berlin’s Jews, successes that reached their peak in the Weimar years (1919-1933). It was during this period that Max Reinhardt staged his plays, Arnold Schoenberg and Kurt Weill composed their music, Max Liebermann . As we chronicle this history, however, we will also discuss the insidious parallel growth of anti-Semitism during the same period, which burst dramatically and disastrously to the surface after the ascendance of the Nazis in 1933. Beginning with the Nuremberg Laws, which systematically stripped Jews of various human, political, and economic rights and proceeding through the horrors of deportation and genocide between 1941 and 1943, we'll look at a number of significant vestiges of the Holocaust that are woven into the fabric of the city, including the Missing House graphic at Grosse Hamburger Strasse 15/16, which lists the names of former Jewish residents; the Abandoned Room at Koppenplatz, which serves as a reminder of the Jews taken on Kristallnacht; and some of the city’s 1,400 Stolpersteine (“stumbling blocks”), which are designed to recall the fates of all the victims of the Nazi policies. As we discuss this dark period of Berlin's history we'll also include sites that recall secret resistance to the Third Reich. Our walk will also include sites that emphasize the complexity of Jewish history in Berlin and the efforts of contemporary German society to find appropriate means of commemoration: the New Synagogue in Oranienburger Strasse, with its recently reconstructed golden dome, and Peter Eisenman’s controversial Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. These two sites perfectly encapsulate the purpose of this walk, which is to understand the social, intellectual and cultural achievements of the Jewish community in Berlin while simultaneously underlining its trials and tragedies.

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Third Reich Walking Tour in Munich

In the morning, meet your guide in Marienplatz, Munich’s pretty central square.  See the old head office of the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP), an earlier name for Hitler’s growing political party. See the Hofbrauhaus beer hall, where Hitler gave a public speech about the goals of the fledgling Nazi Party to a small audience in 1921. Stop frequently to listen to your guide explain the significance of various buildings and locations. Walk by sights associated with brutal Nazi acts including the Feldherrnhalle on the famous Odeonsplatz square, the site of a deadly clash between the Bavarian troops and the Nazis in 1923 following an attempted overthrow of the local Weimar government by Hitler’s men. During the tour, you’ll also see a poignant memorial dedicated to those who died at the hands of the Nazis and the Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism, which opened on the site of the former Brown House, the Nazi Party headquarters. Then, continue to the city to other fascinating sites including the Haus der Kunst art museum, and many more sights.  Your tour concludes in central Munich, near the Hofbrauhaus.

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Central & Eastern Europe Highlights

Central and Eastern Europe is the crossroads of a continent, and it has the castles, palaces, and monuments to prove it. This 12-day tour crosses four countries and makes stops in many of the biggest cities in Europe – Berlin, Vienna, Prague, and Budapest among them. You’ll have the chance to connect with history in medieval Český Krumlov and visit marketplaces, castles, and gothic cathedrals for a taste of culture that transcends eras. With orientation walks and various included activities, you’ll have plenty of free time to make this region your own. Empires may rise and fall, but the spirit of this region is immutable.