Baden-Württemberg Culture & history

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Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour with Pickup and Lunch

1. Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour with Pickup and Lunch

Step into history with a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Learn about the tragic history of the largest Holocaust concentration camp from your guide. Travel by climate-controlled bus from Krakow, and take a break with a nice boxed lunch during your tour.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Krakow and board a comfortable bus for the 1.5-hour trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex, a historic site that serves as an important Holocaust memorial.  Explore the museum in the outskirts of Oświęcim, approximately 60 kilometers west of Krakow. Upon arrival, meet a local guide who will show you around the site and tell you about its inhuman history. Stop for a break where you can refuel with a tasty box lunch before continuing your tour.  Find out how Auschwitz-Birkenau has become both a symbol of human suffering and a witness to physical and emotional exhaustion. Hear about how it became the final resting place of millions of people, mostly Jews, that were sentenced to death in hideous gas chambers.  Walk through the gate marked "Arbeit Macht Frei" (work frees) to enter Auschwitz 1, where your guide will show you around the preserved area and introduce the history of the place. Spend approximately an hour in Birkenau, where the mass killings as part of the Nazi "Final Solution to the Jewish Question" took place. After the visit, you can reflect on the experience during the ride back to Krakow. 

Cologne: Chocolate Museum Entrance Ticket

2. Cologne: Chocolate Museum Entrance Ticket

Awaiting the visitors is a walk-in tropical house, natural history information on cocoa, exhibits from the pre-Columbian cultures of Central America, an important porcelain and silver collection from the Baroque period, as well as numerous old machines from the time of industrialisation. In a glass chocolate factory and in the chocolate atelier, visitors can experience how chocolate products are made industrially, but also individually by hand. And: there is a 3-meter-high chocolate fountain in which 200 kg of delicious chocolate constantly bubble up for tasting. Tasting is expressly encouraged!

Stuttgart: Museum of Illusions Entry Ticket

3. Stuttgart: Museum of Illusions Entry Ticket

Explore the Museum of Illusions in Stuttgart and have a visual, sensory, and educational experience as you try a handful of new, unexplored illusions. See the Anti-Gravity Room, the Clone Table, and many more with this entry ticket. Be brave enough to jump into the Vortex Tunnel, a rotating cylinder that makes you lose your sense of balance despite being stable and flat. Warp your reflection in the Mirror Room and get lost in the vast Infinity Room. Enjoy the collection of holograms and see images constantly transforming, appearing, and disappearing before your eyes. Visit the Turntables which create a hypnotic illusion and different turning patterns. Have fun with your friends and family with the Head on the Platter. Round off your visit by learning the illusions' rational and scientific explanations as you walk around. Hear about human vision, perception, and the functioning of intellect.

Dortmund: German Football Museum

4. Dortmund: German Football Museum

In this modern exhibition with around 1,600 exhibits, embark on a fascinating journey into the past and experience football history in all its facets and with all your senses. Meet the world champions of 2014 in the 3D cinema, and become a commentator yourself in the reporter's cabin. On the small playing field in the multifunctional arena, the little ones can prove that they can kick a ball just like the adults. The spectacular scenography will unite fans and referees, amateurs and professionals and women's and men's football. Discover an interactive world of adventure for young and old alike at the German Football Museum.

From Munich: Rothenburg and Nördlinger Ries Day Trip by Bus

5. From Munich: Rothenburg and Nördlinger Ries Day Trip by Bus

Take a trip down the Romantic Road, a famous 220 mile route linking some of Bavaria's most exquisite architectural gems on a guided tour from Munich. Discover the natural beauty of the region, and the charming town of Rothenburg. After departure from Munich, travel first to Harburg which is one of the oldest and best-preserved castle complexes in Germany. This perfectly situated castle with its surrounding village retains the feel of the middle ages. Be enchanted by its historic flair and delve deep into its history. After visiting the castle, and pausing for coffee, you will drive on through the wondrous scenery of the Nördlinger Ries – the giant depression left by an ancient meteor in the Swabian landscape. Travelling via Dinkelsbühl, with its towers and spires, you will reach Rothenburg, a perfectly restored mediaeval town. Take some free time here for extensive exploration. Wander through the beautiful streets and alleyways, which are full of the charm of past times. Your return to Munich will take you through the largest hops-growing region in the world, the Hallertau. On this tour, be amazed by the beautiful region of southern Germany.

From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

6. From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rhine Valley, with its vineyards and picturesque towns and villages. See the mighty medieval castles – the area has the highest density of such buildings in the world. Marvel at the stunningly beautiful "Lorelei-Felsen," or Siren's Rocks, and enjoy fantastic views over the valley from the Niederwald monument. In the summer you can ride on the Assmannshausen cable car down into the valley (optional), have lunch in a marvelous restaurant on the banks of the Rhine (included), and then take a wonderful Panorama boat trip to St. Goarshausen, past the famous Loreley. Try fine wines on location in a small tavern and or just lose yourself in the picturesque little town of Rüdesheim. Please note that the tour will only stop at Rüdesheim if time allows.  In winter time it may be possible that steamers do not operate in case of bad weather or water conditions. In this case, you will visit a castle instead. You'll travel back to Frankfurt by bus when the tour is finished and will be dropped off at the meeting point.

Mannheim: Guided Street Art Walking Tour

7. Mannheim: Guided Street Art Walking Tour

Discover urban artwork from national and international street artists that have transformed Mannheim’s grey façades into large-scale murals. Meet your guide and learn about the works on display as you stroll through an open-air urban art gallery, “Stadt.Wand.Kunst”. Choose between a walking tour of the Quadrate or Neckarstadt areas of the city, with private and shared tour options available in several languages. See a variety of innovative creative concepts as you stroll through Mannheim’s city center. Choose to discover the areas of Quadrate where you can see work by HERAKUT, LOW BROS, and Sourati, among others. Or, explore the Neckarstadt district which features work by PEETA, Ruben Sanchez, SatOne, and 1010.

Cologne: The Night Watchman Old Town Walking Tour in German

8. Cologne: The Night Watchman Old Town Walking Tour in German

Explore the old town of Cologne on a guided tour and see the historic buildings at night. Learn why pigs were beaten in front of Cologne's churches and why stray dogs were so well fed in centuries past. Discover how Cologne's citizens resisted the authorities and listen to many legends and anecdotes about Cologne's history. Follow the night watchman in his historical costume by the light of his lantern to another time, when every full hour was proclaimed. Learn all about the duties of the historical night watchman and life in the Middle Ages during this tour through the narrow streets of Cologne's Old Town.

Executioner's Tour of Cologne in German

9. Executioner's Tour of Cologne in German

Who could practice the profession of an executioner? When did an executioner receive his master craftsman’s diploma, which enabled him to let heads roll on behalf of the state? Who exiled lepers and plague-infested harlots? Who walked through medieval dark alleys and killed wild dogs and stray hogs? Who burnt spell books and could build gallows? The executioner – somebody had to do it!  Join a medieval headsman on a bloodcurdling guided tour of 1.5 hours, leading you through Cologne’s historic centre. Find out what could go wrong during an execution and how a headsman supplemented his own low income as a knacker, dog-catcher or gold-seeker.  Learn all the gory and grisly details... if you dare to join. 

Speyer: Technik Museum Speyer Ticket with an IMAX Dome Film

10. Speyer: Technik Museum Speyer Ticket with an IMAX Dome Film

Enter a Submarine, visit the Space Shuttle Buran, and trace the history of technology with this ticket to the Technik Museum in Speyer. Experience a 22.000 Watt, 6-channel sound system, and a dome-projection area of 1000 square meters with the included IMAX Dome theater ticket.  Explore technology from the underwater world to space. Find out what the inside of a submarine looks like and what a sea cruiser needs to operate. Learn about how big a Jumbo Jet really is. Hear what the world's largest organ sounds. Uncover how a Chinese steam locomotive ended up in Speyer and discover the story of the Space Shuttle Buran. Alongside Europe's largest aerospace and naval exhibition, see a variety of aircrafts, classic vintage cars, racing and classic motorcycles, historic fire engines, and steam locomotives.  View exhibits with mechanical instruments, rare items and vingate fashions. Every year in May, the museum comes to life with a Brazzeltag event where you can see vehicles with tremendous cylinder capacity, horsepower giants, and curiosities that can be experienced live. After visiting the museum, check out your choice of documentary film with the included IMAX Dome tickets. The gigantic screen, the unique sound-system, and the brilliant picture quality of IMAX guarantee a movie experience beyond description. 

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 19 reviews

I absolutely loved every second in this trip! The guide was incredible and was obviously experienced. The castle was wonderful! I genuinely felt like I was taken back in time thanks to the castle guides storytelling. On another note…WOW Rothenburg was just incredible! The whole energy of the town is indescribable. It’s beautiful and there is so much to do. I thought that 3 hrs would not be enough but I checked pretty much everything off of my to do list! I would LOVE to return to Rothenburg during Christmas time with my family. I highly recommend this tour!

Great tour. Recommend reservations when stopping for lunch. There was NO ROOM when we stopped and after and hour of wondering from place to place we ate at an outdoor food stand on the ground. Great tour overall, but highly recommend that guides either plan lunch or that guests are informed to plan ahead.

The landscape, the restaurant, everything was awesome and the tour guide was excellent. Super kind, joyful and always smiling. Vielen dank. Totally recommend doing the tour.

Good experience to learn about chocolate making. Not a bad choice to spend an hour here. Taste the chocolate straight out of production lane was yummm!

A football museum absolutely worth the visit! The history and the detail to it all is second to none and it was quite fascinating. 100% recommend it.