Bustling Berlin

May 31 – June 9, 2019

Land Tour

Friday, May 31  – Home City/Hamburg

 Sunday, June 2 – Hamburg

This and every morning, breakfast will be served in your hotel. Prior to the opening ceremonies, discover the Hanseatic city of Hamburg on a guided tour immersing yourself in the unique atmosphere and enjoy a piece of Hamburg’s lively culture. Hamburg has a lot to offer from Jungfernstieg with its upmarket shops, the downtown lakes (the Binnenalster and the Aussenalster), the Reeperbahn (Hamburg’s entertainment district), to the largest harbour in Germany and the old Speicherstadt (warehouse district). Strolling through time, you will discover the historical beauty of Hamburg’s Speicherstadt accompanied by a guide clad in the traditional robes of Hamburg’s merchants of old. This strikingly picturesque commercial and warehouse complex with its unmistakable red-brick architecture, green copper crowns, charming modest towers, bay windows and gabled roofs offers you unique views of historical urban beauty. Aromas of roasted coffee, tea and various spices from around the world fill the air. On a little hill, not far from the harbor, you will find the “Michel”, Hamburg’s landmark. It is 132 meters high and Germany’s most important protestant baroque building. The view from the platform, 82 meters high is worth the exhausting ascent of 432 stairs. If you prefer just the view, rather than the walk and the view you can visit the tower by elevator. A bold glass structure is rising above the historic Kaispeicher A, a monumental redbrick block at the western tip of HafenCity Hamburg. An architectural vision has become reality – the Elbphilharmonie concert hall is Hamburg’s new cultural landmark. The design combines tradition and modernity just where the Hanseatic city is at its most authentic: directly on the water and in the heart of the city. The Elbphilharmonie opened in January 2017 as one of the world’s finest concert halls. Join us this evening, following the Opening Ceremonies, for the now famous Hamden Rotary Club Tours Cocktail Reception.(B, CKTL)

Monday, June 3 – Hamburg

Breakfast will be available in your hotel this morning, prior to a day filled with several Plenary Sessions during the convention hours. Tonight you may wish to choose one of the many Host Committee Events available. (B)

Tuesday, June 4 – Hamburg

Breakfast will again be available in your hotel. Plenary Sessions and events of the Rotary International Convention continue. Tonight, you may wish to choose one of the optional tours available. (B)

Wednesday, June 5 – Hamburg

Again, breakfast is served in your hotel this morning. The Plenary sessions and events of the convention continue. Tonight, enjoy the unforgettable Closing Ceremonies. (B)

Thursday, June 6 – Hamburg/Berlin

After breakfast this morning, you will depart for Berlin, the capital of Germany. It is perceived both nationally and internationally as a pulsating creative metropolis. Since the fall of the wall and German reunification, an interesting design landscaped with agencies, ateliers, showrooms, fairs, and sales platforms has emerged on the Spree. Upon arrival, you will begin your visit with a tour of historical Berlin; it’s fascinating monuments, the Political Berlin; with its government area and along the Embassy Quarter, and the cultural Berlin; passing many theaters, museums and the divided Berlin; with Checkpoint Charlie and the former border crossings. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner. (B,D)

 Friday, June 7 – Berlin

Breakfast will be served this morning in your hotel. You will begin your day with a taste of one of the things that makes Berlin different from other cities: their graffiti and street art at its finest. While you may be used to graffiti as a “crime” in Berlin they have allowed their young people, fascinated with this art form, to channel it into something quite interesting. Your tour will highlight the building high paintings, unintelligible colorful bold letters making unknown words, or funny words. These artists make surreal figures cut out of rough wallpaper and plastered on a wall. Even traffic lights become objects of art. Your guide will point out these and many others as you make your way through the city. This afternoon you will receive a “day pass” to independently explore Museum Island. Between 1823 and 1930, a unique ensemble of museums emerged on Spree Island. This UNESCO World Heritage site consists of five individual museum buildings: The Altes, the Alte Natonalgalerie, the Neues Museum, (designed as a “sanctuary for art and science), the Bode Museum and the Pergamonmuseum are oriented towards the Kupfergraben. You pass is valid for unlimited entry to all of the museums on Museum Island. (B)

Saturday, June 8 – Hamburg/Berlin

Later this morning, after breakfast, you will embark on a Trabi Safari. You will get to experience Berlin from the status symbol of the former GDR. Looking like a cross between a golf cart and an amusement park bumper car, the Trabant — a sluggish two-cylinder vehicle from East Germany — was arguably the most venerated object of desire behind the Iron Curtain. After a brief introduction to your vehicle’s technical secrets you will cruise around Berlin around 30 KM per hour. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner. (B,D)

Sunday, June 9 – Berlin/USA

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the United States with fond memories of your German Rotary experience. (B)



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