Bavaria: Grandeur in Southern Germany


October 7-15 & 17-25, 2022



October 15-17, 2022 

An independent nation until 1871, Bavaria contains a wealth of natural beauty and sophisticated historic sites. Munich is renowned for the opulent Baroque and Rococo palaces that suggest the city’s long standing as a cultural powerhouse. From the fairy-tale castles and pilgrimage churches of the German Alps to the great artistic centers of Nuremberg and Augsburg, we explore the impact of international commerce from ancient Rome to the present day. The picturesque scenery of snow-capped mountains, cobblestone streets, and half-timber houses is complemented by excellent fare and highly touted Bavarian lagers, ales, and wine at every turn. 

There is limited availability for Tour 1, Tour 2, and the Optional Extension. Email or call 610.627.4970 to register. 

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ITINERARY  (subject to amendment)  

October 7 and 17

Gathering in the Bavarian capital, we meet at Munich’s elegant Charles Hotel, adjacent to the Old Botanical Gardens that inspire the charming decor and dining inside. We begin with an orientation walking tour of Munich’s delightful Altstadt (Old Town), including the Marienplatz that has served as the heartbeat of the city since 1158. Our tour includes the late Gothic Frauenkirche, whose domed towers are unmistakable Munich landmarks, and the flamboyant Baroque interior of the 1730s Asamkirche. We marvel at the Neue Rathaus Glockenspiel, Germany’s largest mechanical clock, to catch the life-size figures performing one of the twice-daily dances. No tour of Munich is complete without a stop at the world’s most famous beer hall, the Hofbrauhaus. Returning to the hotel, we delight in the conviviality of welcome drinks, an introductory lecture, and dinner.

Included: L, R, D
Overnight: MUNICH

October 8 and 18

Munich’s grand Residenz served as the seat of government to Bavarian dukes, electors, and kings from 1508 to 1918. Our tour highlights the palace’s “Rich Rooms,” a sumptuous courtly Rococo suite by architect François Cuvilliés. We then tour the Cuvilliés Theatre, a Bavarian Rococo Gesamtkunstwerk with few equals in Europe, and admire the superb collection of jewels, gold, enamel, crystal, and ivory in the Schatzkammer (Treasury). After experiencing the lavish Renaissance Antiquarium, we travel west to one of Europe’s premiere royal palaces, the Schloss Nymphenburg. Following lunch, we walk through Nymphenburg Park to see the Amalienburg hunting lodge, the Badenburg bathing pavilion, and the Pagodenburg, a little gaming palace with exotic decor. We toast our day with drinks at a private apartment, followed by dinner at the refined Boettner’s Restaurant, a family-owned Bavarian tradition since 1901.

Included: B, L, R, D
Overnight: MUNICH

October 9 and 19 

We begin our day with a walk to the Alte Pinakothek, one of the oldest art galleries in the world, housing a significant collection of Old Master paintings. Next, the Bavarian National Museum, one of Europe’s finest, showcases masterpieces of fine art, craft, tapestries, and furniture, ranging from late antiquity to the turn-of-the-20th-century Jugendstil. Following lunch at the museum, we travel south into the Bavarian Alps to the Linderhof Palace, a “Royal Villa” built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. The surrounding gardens are craft masterpieces of the 19th century. On the return trip to Munich, we stop at the beautifully preserved Rococo pilgrimage church, Wieskirche, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Participants may elect to dedicate this independent evening to a performance at Munich’s heralded opera house.

Included: B, L
Overnight: MUNICH

October 10 and 20

On our last day in Munich, a visit to the exquisite Schloss Schleissheim reflects the ambitions of Elector Max Emanuel, who reigned 1680 to 1726. His Baroque palace showcases magnificent furniture, stucco, frescoed ceilings, and carved paneling. The gardens and canals by Dominique Girard are of the very few extant Baroque landscapes. The complex’s Lustheim Palace houses the Ernst Schneider Collection of early Meissen porcelain, including masterworks by Johann Joachim Kaendler. The 2,000-piece display fulfills the dream of a “porcelain palace” never realized by Augustus the Strong, founder of Meissen. We share lunch at Ella, housed within a Tuscan-style 1887 artist’s villa at the Lenbachhaus. With our energy restored, we proceed to Villa Stuck, where the Jugendstil interiors are gems of early Modernism. After passing the rest of the afternoon at leisure, we gather at the iconic Dallmayr’s for dinner.

Included: B, L, D
Overnight: MUNICH

October 11 and 21

Following well-trod trade routes, our journey takes us to Augsburg, a city founded in 15 BC by the Romans. At this strategic location, the wealthy Fugger and Welser families built an early trading empire and founded the Fuggerei, the world’s oldest social housing complex. The city’s 15th- and 16th-century riches encouraged the sciences and arts, and Augsburg emerged as the undisputed center of gold- and silver-smithing in central Europe. We see masterful Augsburg metalwork at the Maximilian Museum. A visit to the newly-opened Fugger & Welser Museum offers an immersive examination of these two dynasties from perspectives of trade, business, and social relationships. We savor lunch at an early-18th-century private castle before continuing on to Regensburg, where we check in to the historic Hotel Bischofshof am Dom situated along the Danube River.

Included: B, L, D 
Overnight: REGENSBURG 

October 12 and 22

Regensburg boasts a remarkably intact city center with ancient Roman, Romanesque, and Gothic buildings. The 11th- to 13th-century architecture—including a market, town hall, and cathedral—show the city’s importance to Medieval trade. We tour one of the largest privately-owned European castles, Schloss St. Emmeran, which brilliantly mixes contemporary art within marvelous Rococo state rooms. On the outskirts of Regensburg, the owners of a moated private schloss have arranged a tour and lunch. Next, we journey to charming Landshut, admired for its cobblestone streets, picturesque river frontage, and hillside views. At the Burg Trausnitz castle, we appreciate the rare Renaissance Wunderkammer, a “Cabinet of Curiosities” that showcases the themes of artificiala, naturalia, exotica, and scientifica.

Included: B, L

October 13 and 23

We spend the morning in Nuremberg, beginning with the superb decorative art collections at the Germanisches National Museum. Next, the Tucher Mansion, built between 1533 and 1544, vividly recreates the domestic world of Nuremberg’s 16th-century merchant families. Virtuoso wood carvings by 16th-century German sculptor Veit Stoss are on view at the St. Lorenz medieval church. After lunch, we continue on to the Schloss Weissenstein in Pommersfelden, a palatial masterwork of Baroque architecture. In the evening, we make our way to Bamberg to rest at the stately Bamberer Hof, situated on the town’s Schönleinsplatz near the picturesque banks of the river Regnitz.

Included: B, L, D
Overnight: BAMBERG

October 14 and 24

We trek by foot into the quintessential medieval town plan of Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the Bamberg Cathedral, we appreciate sculptor Tilman Riemenschneider’s marble masterwork, the tomb of Emperor Heinrich and Empress Kunigunde, carved between 1499 and 1513. The adjacent Neue Residenz showcases Baroque splendor in the Imperial Hall, and the Court Garden’s 4,500 rose bushes frame magnificent views of the old town. We depart for Bayreuth, where we enjoy lunch before standing in awe of the Margravial Opera House, built for the lavish 1748 marriage of Princess Elisabeth Friederike Sophie. The 18th-century Rococo palace Neues Schloss and the Ermitage park complete an extraordinary afternoon. On our return to Bamberg, we stop at the Schloss Fantaisie, an 18th-century palace with a museum dedicated to German garden design. Our spectacular exploration of Bavaria concludes with a celebratory dinner at a privately owned schloss.

Included: B, L, D
Overnight: BAMBERG

October 15 and 25

Depart for Munich airport to return stateside, or continue on extension.

Included: B 

OPTIONAL EXTENSION   Würzburg and Stuttgart   (subject to amendment) 

October 15 

We begin our day in the pastoral German countryside, at the pilgrimage church Maria im Weingarten that houses Tilman Riemenschneider’s famous 1520s wooden Madonna of the Rosary. Arriving in Würzburg, we tour the spectacular Residenz, a palace that synthesizes the arts of mid-18th-century high court European styles, from Paris to Vienna. We delight in lunch at the charming Franconian Weinhaus Stachel, before continuing on to the opulent royal summer palace Scholss Veitshöchheim, known for rare paper wallcoverings and a famous Rococo garden. Journeying through the idyllic woods and farmland, we make our way to Stuttgart’s acclaimed Le Mériden with top-notch hospitality and dining.

Included: L

October 16

In the vibrant city of Stuttgart, we see historic architecture nestled beside international business headquarters in the capital of the Baden-Württemberg region. We savor a tour of the historic center and the Altes Schloss, the Renaissance castle that houses the decorative arts collection of the Landesmuseum Württemberg. Appreciating Germany’s rich layered history, we next tour the Weissenhof Estate Museum, located within the c. 1927 community designed by the architects Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret that were made UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their significance to Modernist design thinking. In juxtaposition, we revel in lunch and tours of the largest palatial estate in Germany, the Schloss Ludwigsburg. This 452-room palace complex of 18 buildings was begun in 1704 for Eberhard Louis, Duke of Württemberg. The imposing edifice offers a sumptuous variety of Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical styles. Ludwigsburg also includes the Favorite Palace, a hunting lodge within the gardens, still privately owned by the Duke of Württemberg. The Extension concludes with a special dinner at a private castle.

Included: B, L, D

October 17

Depart for Munich airport to return stateside, or continue on Tour 2. 

Included: B


Land Arrangement Cost: For the main tour, $6,750 per person, based on double occupancy for 9 nights. For the optional extension $1,825 per person, based on double occupancy for 2 nights.

Included in Trip Cost: For the main tour, hotel accommodations in 4-and 5-star hotels, 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners, and 2 receptions. For the extension, accommodations in a 5-star hotel, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner. For both, private coach transportation, local guides, admission in museums, historic houses, and gardens, gratuities for professional guides and coach drivers, and porterage.

Not Included in the Trip Cost: Airfare, airport transfers other than specified above, alcoholic beverages other than when provided, personal expenses, and trip insurance are not included. Transatlantic airfare is not included. Please do not make your airline reservations until you have received written confirmation of your registration from the Trust.

Reservations: A deposit of $1,500 per person is required by March 31, 2022. Reservations and deposits are taken on an as received basis. You will receive written confirmation from the Decorative Arts Trust when we are in receipt of your registration.
Single Supplement: The single supplement is $1,225 for the main tour and $200 for the extension, to be paid with the final balance.

Final Payment: Will be due by June 30, 2022.

Membership: Membership at the Sponsor level is required for participation in Study Trips Abroad. Your membership contribution is tax-deductible. If an increase in your membership level is necessary, the Trust will invoice you for the appropriate level upgrade with your final payment.

Contribution: A donation to the Decorative Arts Trust of $500 per person is required for Study Trips Abroad. This gift is fully tax deductible and helps support the Trust’s mission and programs.

Itinerary: The schedule outlined in this itinerary is contracted for at this time but subject to change as necessary. The itinerary is strenuous and requires a significant amount of standing and walking.

Participation: The trip is limited to a maximum of 25 members and requires a minimum of 15. The trip will be canceled if under-
subscribed, and deposits will be refunded. We will maintain waiting lists on the basis of the time registrations are received. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required.

Cancellation and Refunds: If you must cancel your reservation, you are urged to do so as soon as possible in writing to the Decorative Arts Trust. All cancellations are subject to a $500 administrative fee per person. Deposits are non-refundable after March 31, 2022. Cancellations arriving by July 31, 2022, will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations arriving by August 31, 2022, will receive a 25% refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after August 31, 2022. THE TRUST STRONGLY ENCOURAGES ALL PARTICIPANTS TO PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE TO PROTECT AGAINST CANCELLATIONS DUE TO ILLNESS, INJURY, AND DISRUPTIONS CAUSED BY THE PANDEMIC. 


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