Berlin and Hanover, Germany – Fall 2019


September 9-17, 2019

$3950* + $780 Single Room Supplement

*Price based on a minimum of 15 participants.

The trip begins with a visit to Marianna’s home town of Hanover, the capital of the German state of Lower Saxony. You will enjoy this charming city with its mixture of half timbered houses and modern buildings, along with an immense castle and gardens and a stunning museum of modern art. Marianna will introduce us to the Scharniertheater, founded by her father, artist Hans-Ulrich Buchwald, and we’ll explore his paintings, sculptures, prints, and giant puppets.

Then, it’s on to Berlin, where we’ll meet Marianna’s friends, including artists and historians who will give us a deeper understanding of this world-class city. We’ll delve into art ideas at great museums, collections, and artist studios. We’ll also visit important landmarks, including the Holocaust Memorial, the Berlin Wall, and more.


*Itinerary is subject to change.

Day 1: Monday, September 9

We’ll check into the lovely Mercure Hotel Hannover City. A historic building built in 1889, the hotel has been modernized in recent years with a spa, gym, and award-winning bar. We’ll spend the afternoon taking a walking tour of the city, including Maschpark and the Townhall, before our welcome dinner.

Day 2: Tuesday, September 10

A bus will arrive to bring the group to the beautiful Herrenhausen Castle, with its impressive gardens and extraordinary grotto filled with mosaics and sculptures by Nicki De St. Falle. After lunch, we’ll visit with local friends of Marianna’s in their studios and galleries. We’ll end the day with a private art performance and a group dinner.

Day 3: Wednesday, September 11

The day begins with a visit to the stunning Sprengel Museum, featuring modern art and work by Hannover-born Kurt Schwitters, a renowned Cubist and Dada artist who created collages and assemblages from found objects and materials. After lunch, we’ll depart for Berlin by motor coach. Around four o’clock, we’ll check in to the stylish Eurostars Berlin Hotel, located in the middle of historic sites, then meet in the art exhibition space for a walking tour of the neighborhood. The group will then meet for dinner.

Day 4: Thursday, September 12

After a sumptuous breakfast buffet, we’ll board the bus for the Samlung Hoffman Collection, a private collection of work by artists uniting different nationalities and generations spanning the 1960’s to the present, beautifully displayed in an elegant building. After lunch in a nearby restaurant, we’ll board the bus for the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum. Located in a former railway station, we’ll discover challenging work by Joseph Beuys and other contemporary artists in this “Museum of the Present.” Next, we’ll partake in a wine reception at the studio of artist and set designer Luzia Gossman.  Dinner will not be provided on September 12, but you are always welcome to join our trip leaders!

Day 5: Friday, September 13

Historian Helga Dressel will lead a tour of Berlin’s 20th century history as we visit the Holocaust Memorial, the Berlin Wall and the Topographie Des Terrors. After lunch, we’ll tour the private Boros Collection of contemporary international painting, sculpture, and photography located in a former World War II era bunker. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free time for participants to enjoy on their own.

Day 6: Saturday, September 14

After breakfast, we’ll board the bus for Charlottenburg Castle, the largest palace in Berlin, located in an upscale neighborhood with elegant pre-war buildings and high end boutiques. Then, it’s time for lunch and neighborhood exploration. Afterwards, we’ll visit an artist studio, and we’ll end our day with a trip to the home of Ulrich Reimann. He will tell us about his life as a journalist and show us his art collection. There will be no group dinner on this day.

Day 7: Sunday, September 15

We’ll walk to Museum Island and discuss the work at the Neus Museum. The rest of the afternoon will be free for additional shopping and site seeing. We’ll meet in the hotel lobby that evening for dinner.

Day 8: Monday, September 16

We’ll begin with a visit to the moving Jewish Museum, designed by Daniel Libeskind, with a museum guide. The museum exhibits the social, political and cultural history of the Jews in Germany from the fourth century to the present, explicitly presenting the repercussions of the Holocaust. Participants will be given time to explore and have lunch on their own before meeting to visit the Berlinische Gallerie, which opened in 2004 and features work from 1870 to the present. Along with exciting, cutting edge art, the museum features work that was dubbed “degenerate art” by the Nazis. We’ll end the day with a special farewell dinner.

Day 9: Tuesday, September 17



Accommodations for all eight nights, all breakfasts plus meals indicated above, all activities described in itinerary, all museum/site admissions, luxury motor coach transportation, and services of personal escort by the trip leaders, Marianna and Joanna.


Airfare, alcoholic beverages, items of personal nature, trip insurance.

Feel free to add additional dates onto your trip.

Please DO NOT purchase airfare until trip is confirmed by Art Encounter.

For general inquiries or to register, please email Sarah Packer: