August 04, 2008

New This Fall!

Friends and Family of AmBEx

AmBEx invites the friends and family of AmBEx students the unique opportunity to join them in one of their acclaimed academic tours.

Join us as we follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther, J.S. Bach, Georg Handel, Philip Melanchthon, etc., as we visit the sights where they lived, worked and worshiped.

5 days and 4 nights of guided travels hosted by Gerald Orr, Director, AmBex which specializes in Reformation studies. 1 night at a 4-star hotel in Amberg upon arrival.

In addition, Friends and Family may choose to spend additional time in Amberg, and around the AmBEx campus, or continue their travels with their AmBEx student after the conclusion of the tour.

Day-by-Day Itinerary:

Arrival: Sept. 25, Thursday- Nuremberg Airport (NUE)

Pick-up from Nuremberg Airport and shuttle to Amberg where you will meet up with your AmBEx student and are free to explore the city and home of AmBEx. Lodging accommodations are reserved in a local hotel which includes breakfast.

Day 1– We start our tour driving north to Dresden "Florence of the North" with world renowned architecture, art, music, history, etc. We arrive in Dresden by mid afternoon with time to visit the incredible Frauenkirche, the Protestant version of St. Peter’s in Rome. That evening may include a concert and/or splendid walk in the heart of Baroque Dresden.

Day 2 – After breakfast we will tour either the crown jewels of Germany or the unforgettable Zwinger Palace and famous Old Master’s Art Museum. Following lunch we are underway to Wittenberg, home of arguably the most influential citizen in the history of Europe. Upon arrival you will receive a guided tour of two churches: Where Luther posted his 95 Theses; the other where he usually preached.

Day 3– Weimar, Buchenwald, Erfurt, Eisenach
Following breakfast we will visit the Lutherhalle (Luther House) Museum. In 1508, when Martin Luther came to Wittenberg, he lived here with other Augustinian Monks. “The Luther House is now the largest museum for reformation history in the world.”

Next stop is Weimar “Athens of the North”. On the outskirts of Weimar is the infamous Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Then on to Erfurt and the Augustinian Monastery where Luther lived for several years. Shoppers will have a chance to explore the shops along the Merchant’s Bridge, wander around the old town or enjoy some good German coffee and cake before ending the day in Eisenach. Dinner will be served at one of Germany’s most quaint youth hostels—at the foot of Wartburg Castle.

Day 4– We get an early start with a tour of Wartburg “A Mighty Fortress” Castle where Luther took refuge after a fake kidnapping staged by his friend and protector, Frederick the Wise. Seeing the very room where Martin Luther translated the New Testament is a thrilling experience. Wartburg is also the home of Germany’s Queen Elisabeth. Around mid day we will also visit the Johann Sebastian Bach Haus & Museum and listen to the some compositions on the instruments he played.

That afternoon we are on the way to Coburg through beautiful Schmalkalden with its Protestant history. That evening we will enjoy a leisurely walk through Coburg.

Day 5-- A must see! One of Germany's largest castles, the mighty and magnificent Veste Coburg citadel where reformer Martin Luther spent 6 months continuing with his translation of the Bible into German.

Leaving Coburg, in conclusion of our tour, we will stop to visit the Old Town of Bamberg, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site primarily because of its authentic medieval appearance.

We then return to Amberg where guests may continue to spend time in the area, or travel further with their student.

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