This fall trip will coincide with the harvest of the grapes in Germany and Austria. We will visit vineyards, cruise on the Mosel River and visit several historical towns and villages. Our stays will be in major cities at great hotels where we will sample wines, beers and local history. Of course, a visit to the Porsche factory and museum will be followed with a visit to Gmünd in the Austrian alps where it all started. We will dine in the resort where the “Sound of Music” movie interior shots were filmed.
Thursday, Sep. 26th- Depart Chicago
Friday, Sep. 27th- Arrive Frankfurt and bus to Trier (2 hours)
Saturday, Sep. 28th- Walking tours with lunch break
Sunday, Sep. 29th- Wine tasting on Mosel River boat (private)
Monday, Sep. 30th- Porsche factory and museum OR Fashion show/shopping
Thursday, Oct. 3rd- Bus to Nuremberg
Friday, Oct. 4th- Walking tour and shopping
Saturday, Oct. 5th- Guided tour Nuremberg trials court house
Sunday, Oct. 6th- Bus to Salzburg
Monday, Oct. 7th- Salzburg OR Bus to original Porsche factory in Gmünd, Austria
Tuesday, Oct. 8th- Salzburg tour and dinner at Schloss Fuschl
Wednesday, Oct. 9th- Return to Chicago
Time for leisure and walk old city center immediately by the hotel.
Dinner at hotel.
Compact overview of Trier’s great history and its unique attractions. Trier is the ancient urban center of Germany and the world largest treasure of golden Roman coins (2600 coins). Also, home of 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites and 1 UNESCO Memory of the World. Wine cultivation in the region boasts a 2000-year-old tradition. One of the great men who changed the world was born in Trier, Karl Marx. The city is located in the romantic Moselle Valley in close proximity to Luxembourg and France.
By our bus to Trittenheim with a champagne welcome. Afterwards walk down the wineyards to the Wine-Tafelhaus for lunch with special wines. You will have a beautiful overview of the Moselschleife and see the famous Trittenheimer wineyards where the best of the Mosel wines originates.
After lunch drive to Neumagen-Dhron. Walk through the oldest wine spot in Germany (more than 2.000 years of wine culture). Here a roman fortification was situated in the first century. You will see beautiful wine-growing estates and old mills. Afterwards we will board the replica of the “roman” boat Stella Noviomagi for a private charter. On board we will enjoy wine-tasting and snacks during our 2 hours boat trip on the Mosel.
The most luxurious hotel in Stuttgart where Porsche VIP’s stay.
Dinner at the Cube.
What is typical of Stuttgart? Cars: most people say Mercedes and Porsche – and wine – which is of course true.
Stuttgart is unique in Germany as a city with parks, two of the most beautiful places in the historical heart of the town and surrounded by fields and vineyards. You will see:
Centrally located you will find the main train station of Stuttgart built by Paul Bonatz. Also you will see the artist quarter Gänsheide, the castles and the state gallery built y Gottlob Georg von Barth in 1838 with its extension built by the architect James Stirling in 1984.
Tour Esslingen about 10 miles southeast of Stuttgart. Esslingen has about 800 historical buildings from all centuries, more than 1.200 years of architectural history. Middle Age, Baroque, industrialization, modern times – the town has changed with each one. But Esslingen is far more than just the sum of its remarkable buildings. For example, the hidden world of the Neckar canals, steep terraces and paths of the Esslingen vineyards and the vaulted cellars of Germany’s oldest sparkling wine producer.
In the depths of the medieval vaulted cellars of the sparkling wine cellar you will find interesting facts about the art of sparkling wine production. The visit ends with a tasting and moderated review with three sparkling wines. Dinner at the Restaurant Einhorn in Esslingen.
One of the most spectacular car museums in the world. Be inspired by over 80 vehicles on 5.600 square meters exhibition area. The building designed by Delugan Meissl is a bold statement. Supported on just three V-shaped columns, the museum’s dominant main structure seems to float above the ground like a monolith. Combine the tour with a factory tour. The factory is just across the street from the museum.
Ludwigsburg Palace, also known as the "Versailles of Swabia", is a 452-room palace complex of 18 buildings located in Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Its total area, including the gardens, is 32 ha —the largest palatial estate in Germany. The very beautiful gardens around the Palace make a trip to Ludwigsburg unforgettable. Garden art from various eras and regions is presented for the pleasure of the visitors. An excellent example of the rich variety can be found in the northern part of the garden. Here you will find the Broderieparterre and aviaries which house native and exotic birds from all over the world. Or the southern garden with the colorful flowers and gravel ornamentation surrounded by mighty chestnut trees.
Afternoon free for shopping all within walking distance from hotel.
Stuttgart Opera / Ballet in the evening including dinner at the Hotel Graf Zeppelin.
Dive into the impressive history of the second largest city in Bavaria and enjoy the amenities of a lively urban place. Discover how harmonious the interplay of historic buildings and modern architecture can be on a walk through the Old Town. Enjoy the culinary delights of a city with a century-long beer, sausage and gingerbread tradition. Live history can also be found on the Imperial Castle, Nuremberg’s grand landmark. With the historic Memorial Nuremberg Trials, a documentation center in Court Room 600 is accessible to illustrate what happened during the Nuremberg Trials.
Hotel Le Meridien Grand Hotel.
In the evening beer tasting with typical local dinner.
Visit the magnificent medieval city of Nuremberg. Learn about the history of this city from the days of the Holy Roman Empire to the German Renaissance, Third Reich, Nazi rallies and Nuremberg Trials. See German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer’s house, the Imperial Castle courtyards plus Town Hall, gothic St. Lawrence Church, bustling Craftsmen’s Courtyard and much more. Admire the beautiful timber-framed houses and cobblestone streets, marvel at the massive City Walls of Old Town Nuremberg, which still runs for approximately four kilometers. Behind the walls walk to the Craftsmen’s Courtyard, where glass cutters, leather workers, gold and silversmiths, stained glass painters and other artists offer their wares for sale. See the gothic St. Lawrence Church which was rebuilt after World War II.
Along the way learn about the history of this beautiful and prosperous city – as the center of the Holy Roman Empire to the days of the German Renaissance, the Temple City of the Third Reich and the home to both the Nazi rallies and Nuremberg Trials. See where German Emperors were crowned and where saints are buried. Find where the most famous and talented German artists in history created their awe-inspiring works and where the colorful and lively markets have taken place for almost 700 years.
This is a walking town but we have a private Tram for our use which will take us to the different locations. You can then go back on your own if you wish since everything is a direct path from our hotel.
Drive with our bus to the Reichsparteigelände (Literally: Reich Party Congress Grounds) and visit of the documentary center. Lunch at the train station which was built by Hitler for the Reich Party. Afterwards to the Memorium Nuremberg Trials.
It’s the playful lightness that makes Salzburg, the miniature metropolis, so distinctive. The enchanting silhouette of the Fortress, Cathedral and church steeples in this baroque city north of the Alps. So beautiful that it is listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. So famous that its attractions are among the most famous in the world. This is the city where Mozart was born, this is where he started becoming what he is world famous for, even nowadays, 220 years after his death – a genius composer.
NH Hotel Salzburg, located in the heart of the city, near the Mirabell Garden and a 5 minutes’ walk from Mozart’s birthplace. Just a 10 minutes’ walk from Salzburg’s Old Town. Austrian and international cuisine are served at the Papeo restaurant if needed. Lobby bar and summer terrace, sauna and gym.
Dinner at the Restaurant Salieri.
An optional side trip for those interested in the place where the first Porsche 356 was hand built. This is the only private Porsche Museum and is located in Gmünd in Carinthia, where from 1944-1950 the first vehicles with the name Porsche were built. The extensive collection includes the Porsche 356 Type 356 020 ALUMINUM, the buoyant Porsche Jagdwagen (1956) and the Porsche Rallye and racing cars. Another highlight is Austria's first and only police Porsche 911. You can expect a yearly changing special exhibition. This year: "50 years Porsche 911”. A multimedia presentation about the history and constructions of Porsche gives further informative. AND, we will lunch in the actual Inn where Ferdinand and his son Ferry dined almost every day. The drive in the Austrian Alps is worth the trip by itself.
Lunch at the Restaurant M32. Coffee shop tour discovering the secrets of Austrian pastry at Konditorei Schatz. Afterwards free time for shopping.
In the evening 3 course Mozart dinner and concert.
Tour Lake District
Reception at Fahr(t)raum Museum in Mattsee with sparkling wine from the production of Ernst Piech (Porsche family), exclusive guided tour through the museum, duration about 1 hour, pleasure ride with historical cars around lake Mattsee.
The car pioneer Ferdinand Porsche has not only shaped the mobility of the future through his ingenious invention – he has also put the cornerstone for one of the biggest automotive concerns worldwide. It was the aim of the grandson Ernst Piech to get this uniqueness back to the homeland of his grandfather. The outstanding Porsche Museum shows the jewelry of Porsche’s history.
The historic Schloss Fuschl’s mission has always been to provide an unforgettable stay for every guest. The balance between tradition and modernity reflects itself as much in the unique collection of works by the Old Masters that characterize the Schloss Fuschl. In a private, unique ambience you can enjoy culinary delights and an unforgettable view of the lake. Coat and tie required.
Depart Salzburg Airport to Chicago.