Berlin, Germany and Vienna, Austria

Tentative Itinerary

May 8 Departure from Nashville, overnight flight

May 9 Arrival in Berlin, pick up by host families; meet in downtown Berlin in the afternoon; students take public transportation for the first time (in small groups or pairs); short walk through downtown

May 10 The Story of Berlin: http://www.story-of-berlin.de/  -- a multimedia museum where students interact with cultural artifacts and historical exhibits that chronicle Berlin’s 800 year history; Students must complete worksheets to ensure that they are processing what they see.  Afternoon/Evening: Tour of the Reichstag

May 11 Die Mauer (The wall); Stefano [Rutigliano), a native Berliner and German teacher at a local language school, accompanies us as we visit remnants/reconstructions of the Berlin wall and the Wall Museum. Afternoon/Evening: Concert or Theater

May 12 Morning: Visit the Turkish market. Afternoon: Sachsenhausen concentration camp (Alternative: Jewish museum)

May 13 Morning: City walk with Stefano. Afternoon: The group will visit the GDR museum, which presents the history of the former East Germany: another interactive experience: http://www.ddr-museum.de/en/ 

May 14: Overnight trip to Hamburg by train https://www.hamburg.com/ Tour of the city/harbor

May 15: Back to Berlin: Return to your favorite places; buy some souvenirs; spend some time with your host families

May 16: Trip to Vienna by plane

May 17: City tour: St. Stephen’s cathedral. Visit the catacombs. Schönnbrunn castle (learn how to make Apfelstrudel) https://www.schoenbrunn.at/en/ Evening: Opera/Concert

May 18: Life and Death are closely connected in Vienna: Tour of Zentralfriedhof: http://www.visitingvienna.com/sights/zentralfriedhoffamousgraves/ Afternoon/Evening: Prater 

May 19: Day Trip to Melk  (by train) http://www.stiftmelk.at/englisch/

May 20: City tour: Der Dritte Mann  https://www.drittemanntour.at/en/index.html  Afternoon/Evening: Movie

May 21: Overnight trip to Salzburg (by train):https://www.salzburg.info/en 

May 22: Kahlenberg, a mountain overlooking northern Vienna. We will take bus number 38a, which starts at the exit of the terminal station of tube line u4 at Heiligenstadt. There, we will visit Karl Marx Hof. https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/karl-marx-hof  The bus will take us to the mountain through villages and forest. At Kahlenberg, there is a terrace with spectacular views overlooking the entire city of Vienna and the Danube river. We will walk down the mountain back to the city, behind university buildings and winds first through a forest and then through vineyards going down all the way with river views to the village of Nussdorf, where we will take tram D going back to Vienna city center.

May 23: Last Day in Vienna: Revisit your favorite places; have another Wurst; let’s go to the Spa or a pool, if they are open.

May 24: Departure

Syllabus for GERM 4910- Directed Studies in German

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