Explore Nuremberg, Franconia and Bavaria
Nuremberg and the surrounding countrysides of Franconia and Bavaria invite the participants of IMCS to enrich their stay by exploring famous locations:
Nuremberg City Half-Day Tours on Tuesday, 22 May 2012:
Franconia and Bavaria Day-Trips:
For reservation and booking of these excursions please contact the IMCS support team:
AMA Service GmbH
Please note: The following schedules, prices and taxes are subject to change.
Nuremberg's classic tour! Discover the most important and famous attractions in the old town area. After a traditional snack "3 im Weckla" with 3 little Nuremberg sausages in a roll, we will take you down into "Subterranean Nuremberg" and introduce you to places that have been there for centuries but are "hidden" beneath the streets of Nuremberg.
A pleasant walking tour through the Old Town offers information and insights on the castle, the fountains, wells, the city’s churches and art treasures as well as a flavour about the city’s colourful past and cosmopolitan present.
To this day, in Nuremberg's southern districts, the remains of the buildings on the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds with their immense proportions are a vivid testimony to the megalomania of the National Socialist regime. This area of eleven square kilometres was intended as an impressive backdrop for the Nazi party rallies staged here to demonstrate their power. The Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds, often shortened to Dokuzentrum (Docu Centre), is located in the north wing of the Congress Hall, designed by the National Socialists to house 50,000 spectators, remained unfinished, though. With its "glass and steel arrow", piercing the north wing, the Documentation Centre is a widely visible architectural counterpoint.
On 1,300 square meters, the permanent exhibition "Fascination and Terror" looks at the causes, the context and the consequences of the National Socialist reign of terror. It focuses on the topics which have a direct link to Nuremberg, and is centred on 19 exhibition areas which are structured in chronological order: the history of the party rallies, the buildings of the Nazi Party Rally Grounds, the "Nuremberg Racial Laws" of 1935, the "Nuremberg Trials" of the main perpetrators of Nazi crimes in 1945/46 and the twelve follow-up trials, as well as the difficult problem of dealing with the National Socialists' architectural heritage after 1945.
After this a walking tour through the Grounds shows the giant propaganda shows and the drawback of the system of the concentration camps and carries out a contribution to the current discussion regarding the future use of the area.
You visit one of the biggest ginger bread factories in Nuremberg. And a movie will show you the making of the famous ginger bread. (Unfortunately visiting the production is not possible!) As a special highlight you will see a historic re-built bake house. Of course there is the possibility to taste and buy a souvenir.
After the visit of the modern production you will meet "Anna Kucherer" a "real" Nuremberg ginger bread baker of old times. She will show you her home town. Cinnamon, cloves and cardamom, .. perhaps she will tell you the secret recipe! This recipe is closely-guarded and the clue to the mystery of Nuremberg’s fame. The brave craft man shows you the medieval city and the places which were important for the old ginger bread bakers. After this city tour you will also have the possibility to taste the famous ginger bread with a cup of coffee.
A region in Northern Bavaria. One of the oldest and most popular holiday areas of Germany. Once the creative artists of the Romantic discovered this region and gave it its name. There is hardly any other stretch of countryside that holds as many contrasts within such a small area: soaring towers atop rocky cliffs, winding valleys, blossoming orchards, mysterious and enchanting caves. Unspoilt nature, sometime from its endearing side, sometimes rather harsher, and worth a journey of discovery at any time of the year.
The history of many centuries has left its traces: towers, castles, ruins and other ancient buildings are spread all over the region. Medieval times are still present with more than 150 castles and palaces, about 30 of them are still inhabited.
The tour includes visiting of Schamel’s Horseradish Mueum in Baiersdorf. The museum shows and inform about traditional cultivation, historical machinery and equipment for processing and producing horseradish. Enjoy the host of documents and the piquant products in the museum shop. Following the trip goes to Gössweinstein with its spectacular Devil's Cave. It is a dripstone cave 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) long with impressive stalagmites and stalactites, and is considered one of the finest show caves in Germany. After lunch you will visit a Schnapps distillery nearby Ebermannstadt and learn the secrets of distilling and making liquor. Of course a tasting is included.
With this day trip we will take you to the southern surrounding of Nuremberg. You see small villages, old castles and fortresses. And you will learn that also the Romans had established themselves in this part of Franconia.
A visit of the castle Abenberg will show you the medieval live in a smaller castle and cities. Visiting the Museum in Abenberg will take you on a time journey though Franconia. At Weissenburg you will enter the fortress Wülzburg. It is located on the 630 meters high Wülzburger mountain, approximately 200 meters over the city. Flashlights illuminate you the way down to the prisons and up to the bastions. Alternatively it is possible to visit the Roman Museum of Weißenburg where among other things finds from the Roman hot spring, splendour and parade arms and coins from the environment are exhibited. After Lunch we will take you to the beautiful Bormbach-Speicher a catchment lake near Nuremberg. A boat trip with coffee and cakes is waiting for you.
Located on the Danube River, the Old Town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof is an exceptional example of a Central-European medieval trading center, which illustrates an interchange of cultural and architectural influences. A notable number of buildings of outstanding quality testify to its political, religious, and economic significance from the 9th century. The historic masonry reflects some two millennia of structural continuity and includes ancient Roman, Romanesque, and Gothic buildings. Regensburg's 11th- to 13th-century architecture still defines the character of the town marked by tall buildings, dark and narrow lanes, and strong fortifications. The buildings include medieval patrician houses and towers, a large number of churches and monastic ensembles, as well as the 12th-century stone bridge. The town is also remarkable as a meeting place of general assemblies until the 19th century. Numerous buildings testify to its history as one of the centers of the Holy Roman Empire. The Old Town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 2006.
The history, sights, and landmarks of Regensburg are so densely packed that they can be discovered on foot. Numerous impressions will make your visit a lasting experience.
Within the 2 hours of the guided tour "Regensburg - Experience a Historic City" you will get to know the Old Town with its patrician houses, the famous landmarks such as St Peter's Cathedral (Regensburger Dom St. Peter) - and the Stone Bridge (Steinerne Brücke) a masterpiece of medieval architecture; see the Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus) - a three-section building complex (13th century): City Hall tower, Gothic Imperial Chamber building and the baroque City Hall; and Germany's most ancient stone building the Porta Praetoria (179 A.D.).
Lunch with Bratwurst and Sauerkraut at the Historic Sausage Tavern ("Wurstkuchl" Historische Wurstküche) is located right on the bank of the Danube, not far from St Peter's Cathedral and Stone Bridge. Enjoy spectacular views.
Enjoy a 50-minute boat trip on the Danube the so-called "Strudelrundfahrt". "Strudel" is the name given to the whirling currents in the Danube. During this trip, you will have an excellent view of the sights and landmarks in the Old Town from the river.
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Bamberg is a work of art that has been in progress for a thousand years but which is as alive and youthful as ever! Experience Bamberg in all its glory!
The many faces of this ancient city are perhaps what fascinate visitors the most. The "City on the Hills" represents Franconia's answer to Rome, the "Island City" is its pulsating heart. The "Market Gardeners' District" is a unique urban landmark characterized by large expanses of land and charming houses so typical for this quarter.
More than 2400 listed buildings, winding lanes and an abundance of medieval churches make Bamberg a work of art of immense historical value. Because of the impressively well preserved architectural ensemble in the Old Town, Bamberg was awarded the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Not without reason: the successful mix of imposing architectural styles and baroque town houses creates the town an atmosphere that captivates visitors as soon as they arrive.
On the extended stroll of the 2 hours guided tour "Fascination - World Cultural Heritage" you will see just how unique Bamberg is. In the historical ensemble embracing the Cathedral, churches and monasteries, with bridges, narrow lanes and squares, half-timbered buildings and baroque facades, the magic of centuries past is still within your grasp.
Besides the major sights in the historical city center such as the Cathedral, Old Court, New Residence and Rose Garden, the Old Town Hall and "Little Venice", the tour also includes additional buildings and churches of historical interest depending on the duration of the tour.
The baroque Wallfahrtsbasilika (basilica of pilgrimage) Vierzehnheiligen was built by the famous architect Balthasar Neumann and has been extensively renovated only a few years ago. Until today, starting in 15th century, pilgrims make their way to Vierzehnheiligen, one of the well-known pilgrimage sites, to solicit for the protection of the 14 Nothelfer.
The "Place of mercy Vierzehnheiligen": The appearance to a shepherd on a meadow about 560 years ago should become the foundation for one of the most famous pilgrimage churches of Bavaria.
The pilgrimage site Vierzehnheiligen is situated at the Way of St. James (Spanish: Camino de Santiago), which is the pilgrimage trail to the tomb of the Apostle James at Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
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Discover the real Munich on a guided walking tour through the picturesque old town of Munich (2 hours). Friendly and experienced tour guides will take you on a trip through the past and into the future of Bavaria's capital. See the most popular sights and hear the stories behind Munich's history.
Munich's city center offers a variety of highlights. On our tour, we will stroll from the beautiful Marienplatz to Alter Peter (Church of St Peter), Munich's oldest and most venerable parish church. From there we will guide you to Munich's most popular grocery market in open air, Viktualienmarkt (Victuals Market) - with its special beer garden. After a few more fascinating stories we guide you to the most famous Hofbräuhaus (court brewery). After a short visit, we will stroll along Maximilian Street, Germany's most exclusive shopping mall. After that we take in some atmosphere in the Dallmayr flagship delicatessen shop, before we walk to the cathedral Frauenkirche (Cathedral Church of Our Lady) - Metropolitan Church of the Archbishopric of Munich-Freising, where we have an appointment with the devil.
Nymphenburg Palace owes its foundation as a summer residence to the birth of the long-awaited heir to the throne, Max Emanuel, who was born in 1662 to the Bavarian Elector Ferdinand Maria and his wife, Henriette Adelaide of Savoy, after some ten years of marriage.
A site on the edge of the court lands, to the west of the city and the Residenz, was chosen for the new building - a location which, at that time, was still some way out of Munich surrounded by open countryside. In 1664 construction began to the plans of the north Italian architect Agostino Barelli, who also designed Munich's Theatine Church. Initially, the Italianate "Nymphenburg summer residence" was a mighty cubic pavilion, flanked by the court church, several outbuildings and a small, walled, geometrical garden. By 1679 the palace complex, in its first incarnation, had nearly been finished.
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