The reformation and the alps 10-days / 8-nights
Germany is not only famous for the events surrounding Oct. 31, 1517 but also for the majestic Alps, breathtaking scenery, quaint medieval villages, and splendid castles. Your journey begins in Germany’s capital city of Berlin. Along the way, you will visit Wittenberg, Eisleben, Eisenach, Erfurt and all the sights associated with the Reformation. Your worship leader will guide you through each day so that you can get a far deeper understanding of how the posting of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses on the doors of the Schlosskirche in Wittenberg changed the world. Martin Luther lived, studied, thought and preached in these small cities of Eastern Germany and because of him these towns took on a historical significance that was far beyond their political and economic might. Music is also closely associated with the Reformation. For Luther music was next in importance to theology. Zwingli was a very accomplished musician who played seven instruments and the singing of psalms was an integral part of worship for the French Huguenots. In this spirit you will take part in a Music Worship Service and your choir will have the opportunity to perform in concert. You will visit Leipzig, Germany’s City of Music, which was home to some of the world’s most famous composers such as Schütz, Bach, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Clara & Robert Schumann, Grieg and Mahler. A tour of Germany would not be complete without stops in the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber and a visit to the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. Commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria, it is one of the finest examples of 19th century revival Renaissance architecture. It also served as inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle. Last but not least, you will also visit Salzburg, the city of Mozart.