7-Nights Swiss Highlands & Bavarian Alps - Land Journey
Swiss Highlands & Bavarian Alps
Indulge your passion for scenic splendors, Alpine highs, historic sites and all-embracing cultural traditions that play out in Swiss cities, Bavarian towns and a once-in-a-decade, centuries-old performance in Oberammergau. Bear witness to local life in Bern, past and present. Try schwingen in Affoltern, cheese in Emmental, and chocolate in Maestrani. Dine with royalty in a Habsburg Castle, experience the Passionsspiele from the best seats in the house, explore Munich’s must-see sites and pay a poignant visit to Dachau with a knowledgeable guide. Once every ten years, as each new decade begins, some 2,000 local residents of the little Bavarian village of Oberammergau join forces to perform the Passionsspiele (Passion Play), a dramatic re-creation of Jesus Christ’s last days on Earth. First produced nearly four centuries ago, the Passion Play has become a beloved highlight of every decade… and being there in person to see it unfold with Tauck will be an experience you'll remember for a lifetime! Sightseeing in Bern includes the Rosengarten, the Bärengraben, and the Zytglogge clock tower, where you’ll begin an Einstein Experience tour that explores Switzerland's de facto capital through the eyes of the great physicist. Traveling through the Bernese Overland, visit the 11th-century Habsburg Castle, original seat of the House of Habsburg, where you’ll “meet” Rudolf of Habsburg. Continue to Swiss city of St. Gallen, known for its textiles and the medieval Abbey of St. Gail; the popular Lake Constance resort area; and the alpine villages of Flawil and Appenzell. And your exploration of Munich includes a tour of the opulent Baroque Nymphenburg Palace, former summer residence of Bavaria's ruling family; and a poignant visit to the Dachau concentration camp site and memorial outside Munich.
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Home of tworld-famous Oktoberfest, the Hofbrauhaus and beergarden-experience, Munich has become one of the most modern and prosperous cities in post-war Germany. Munich offers museums, art galleries, concert halls and historical buildings, beergarden athmosphere on a warm summer night and the hottest dance hall scene in Germany. The area around Munich has mountains, lakes, fairy-tale-castles, wintersport centers and treasures like the monastery-and-brewery of Andechs. Among "must-sees" in Munich, are a walk on the high-level-shopping mile of Maximilianstrasse, a visit of Monopterus building and the "Chinesischer Turm" beergarden on a warm summer day, a match of two main local soccer clubs in Olympic stadium, a visit to "Deutsche Museum", a beer in the students' pubs, and an afternight breakfast in the cafe "Schmalznudel" at Viktualienmarkt. For history, go to a museum, visit the castle of Nymphenburg or get confronted with the dark side of German history in Dachau concentration camp memorial site.
If Oberammergau did not have the reputation it does, it would have been one of the quietest places among numerous others in the Alps. But its tradition made it that well-known. This tradition does apply to handicraft, to history up to the legends and stories of the village. Oberammergau and the surrounding countryside offer a variety of events and sites, such as hiking and biking tours, winter sports, and tours to the vicinity of Oberammergau. Oberammergau is famous for its wood carving tradition and tromp d'oeil paintings. Today there are about 120 wood sculptors in Oberammergau, actively carving and selling a large variety of wooden artefacts, from figures of saints to household goods. Carvers School offers courses providing specialist training for wood carvers.
Berne, the superb city of medieval magic, is capital of Switzerland. Explore magnificent museums filled with art treasures; enjoy the famous Berne Symphony Orchestra or visit cozy, historical basement pubs. It is a living museum, the craftsmanship of which is emphasized in her art. Each of the city's magnificent museums yields an adventure into artistic and cultural endeavor. From the largest Paul Klee collection in the world at Kunstmuseum to literature through the ages at Stadtbibliothek to the special experience that is the Symphony Orchestra performing in the superb Gothic cathedral whose 254 steps take the intrepid visitor to the top of the highest church tower in Switzerland, Berne is a magical voyage of discovery. Set within the medieval atmosphere is the largest and most modern sheltered shopping center in Europe. The passageways direct the visitor to a network of exclusive boutiques and stores, and the quaint old-town shops. Visit one of Berne's historical Kellerlokale or a good cabaret show and dancing.
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