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Visit your heritage in Germany

 This specially designed trip by German Heritage Travel for Missouri Germans will tour from Giessen to Bremen and be led by leading German-American historians and the curators of Germany’s  traveling exhibit

DawnofUtopiaUtopia – Revisiting a German State in America. The Dawn of Utopia tour will take you back to the homeland where you can retrace your family heritage and your ancestor’s lives as they made plans for a brave new State – Missouri – where they built homes in the land where their “Sun of Freedom” shone so brightly.

We will tour cities and villages, spend the night in a castle, and cruise the beutiful rivers of Germany. Broaden your understanding and appreciation of your German heritage.  Truly a trip of a lifetime!  Use Missouri Germans Consortium’s promo code and receive 10% off. For more information see our TRAVEL page.

DAY 1 (Wednesday, September 23, 2015) FRANKFURT

We begin with a brief get- together at the hotel for a short city tour. Drive to Sachsenhausen for dinner.
During the city tour, you’ll pass by all the major attractions (Financial District, Fair, Palm Garden, Stock Exchange, The Zeil, the Main Station, Alt-Sachsenhausen, museums, and the Alte Oper. A combined 20-minute-Römerberg and modern city tour will be optional. Transfer to Sachsenhausen, Frankfurt’s beer and Äpplewoi (apple wine) garden district. The evening is at leisure. Enjoy one of the local restaurants in Frankfurt and try Handkäs mit Musik.

stephaniviertelDAY 2 (Thursday, September 24, 2015) GIESSEN
Transfer to Gießen and visit of the Old Town city archive
After breakfast, depart to Gießen. There, you ‘ll participate in a 1.5 hour tour of the city archives with special focus on the Giessen Emigration Society. After lunch visit the old town and learn more about Ludwig Brake - Dorris Keeven-FrankePaul Follenius’ life. In the afternoon, you visit Nieder-Gemünden and the church whereKirche und Pfarrhaus Nieder-Gemünden Friedrich Muench used to work. A pretty Protestant church set in a beautiful landscape, reminiscent of Missouri. Dinner and overnight stay in a castle.

DAY 3 (Friday, September 25, 2015) BREMEN
The Huguenot city of Bad Karlshafen, followed by lunch and tour of castle Hämelschenburg. Arrival in Bremen.
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, the tour takes us along the Weser to Bremen. In theCastleHämelschenburg morning, you make a stop in the Huguenot and Baroque town of Bad Karlshafen where many members of the Giessen Emigration Society were embarked to get to the port of Bremen. The next stop gives you a glimpse of the noble life of the Renaissance: You will visit one of the most important buildings of the Weser Renaissance, the castle Hämelschenburg, near the city of Hameln. The castle is family-owned and we will have lunch at the Schlosscafé Hämelschenburg. Later, you will be in for a real treat: The lord of the castle will take you personally on a guided tour through the home of his ancestors! Evening arrival in Bremen, dinner and overnight stay at the booked hotel.

DAY 4 (Saturday, September 26, 2015) BREMEN
City tour to the Bremen Town Musicians and to the Schnoor DistrictSchiff MEDORA, 1834 - Handschriften der GAGO, Nr. 351 Bd. 1, S. 16a - 0096 - StAAl - HiRes
After breakfast, join a guided tour to the city’s attractions, inter alia, Marketplace with the Town Hall, part of the UNESCO World Heritage, and the Roland as well as the statue of the Bremen Town Musicians, Böttcherstrasse, Schnoor and St. Peter’s Cathedral, as well as the Bremer Bleikeller. After an individual lunch break, the afternoon is at leisure.

How about a visit to one of the many museums in the city, e.g. the Übersee-Museum or the Universe Museum. We are happy to help you!

DAY 5 (Sunday, September 27, 2015) BREMERHAVEN
Transfer to Bremerhaven’s German Emigration Center
In the heart of the city of Bremerhaven, visit the German Emigration Center, where you can empathize with the lives of many immigrants and can follow directly the traces of the Gießen Emigration Society. The afternoon is at leisure.
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Enjoy the cool breeze while taking a walk on the mile-long embankment promenade or a visit to the zoo by the sea. Stroll along the harbor with the traditional ships and a submarine Wilhelm Bauer. Relax on the beach in the heart of the legs dangle or shop adjacent by the new pedestrian area and covered Columbus Center immediately at your hotel. A special treat is certainly also a visit to the Climate House Bremerhaven Eight Degrees East and offers its visitors the possibility of a virtual trip around the world along the 8th degree east longitude.

We are happy to assist you with requests for additional options. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel

DAY 6 (Monday, September 28, 2015) BREMERHAVEN
Harbour Cruise and Maritime Museum – Bunker Valentine.
In the morning, take a harbor tour past the container terminal, the largest in Europe, through the international ports, the ships in the museum harbor with a visit to the Maritime Museum and fishing port with the fish smokehouses, where we will have lunch. In the afternoon, visit the bunker Valentine in Bremen- Farge – Europe’s biggest submarine pen. Dinner and overnight at hotel

DAY 7 (Tuesday, September 29, 2015) HARRIERSAND
Weser Island of Harriersand – Brake:
Bauernhof Schröder - HarriersandAfter breakfast, we will drive to the Weser Island of Harriersand. Here you will explore a whole day on the island and the fishing town of Brake, the place where the wind tells most of the emigrants’ history. On Harriersand, a large part of the Giessen Emigration Society got stuck on their way to the port of Bremen. Here, you can visit the farm where the immigrants found shelter. The romantic little fishing town of Brake opposite can be reached by a ferry and is perfect for some shopping. You will have lunch at the restaurant Strandhalle in Harriersand. Enjoy shrimps with scrambled eggs, a typical meal of the region, and a very special day on the Weser beach.Utopischer Weinanbau - Harriersand
Peter Roloff, producer and director of the documentary “Dawn of Utopia”, and the author Rolf Schmidt may meet up with us on Harriersand and take us on a personally guided tour. Then, onward journey to Hannover with dinner and overnight stay at the hotel

DAY 8 (Wednesday, September 30, 2015) Hannover
Guided tour of the Old Town of Hannover and returning to Frankfurt.
With a guided walk through the centuries-old town of Hannover, let your journey into the past fade away slowly. Experience the city where Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, the composer Georg Friedrich Händel, the dense Gottfried Benn, who wrote his poems here and the respected philosopher and sociologist Hannah Arendt were born and lived. Visit the Herrenhäuser gardens and the castle Marienburg. At the end of the day we will return to Frankfurt. Dinner in Frankfurt and overnight stay at booked hotel.

DAY 9 (Thursday, October 01, 2015) FRANKFURT
Your adventure travel following the footsteps of the Giessen Emigration Society ends today. Return flight to the USA.

Price of $2899 (based on double occupancy) is reduced from $3,099.00 and when you book your trip through Missouri Germans using our Promo Code Missouri2015 you will save 10% on your trip! Airfare is not included.

This tour of Germany is brought to you by German Heritage Travel

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Summer Bus tour through Utopia

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The Summer Bus Tour through Utopia sponsored by the St. Louis Stuttgart Sister Cities and the German American Heritage Society of St. Louis is next Sunday, July 12!  It has something for everyone German!  The tour heads out scenic Hwy 94 and covers German towns from Hamburg to Hermann – in Missouri! We will hear the stories of New Melle and Augusta and Schluersburg along the beautiful Missouri River and learn all of the history of how Missouri became so German. Everyone will receive their Travel Pass as they board – and become a famous German emigrant for the day!  You have to listen because when your “name” comes up in history, you will share your story with everyone (don’t worry – I always provide notes!) and everyone will get in on the fun.
We will stop in the most famous and historic German place in Missouri (which some called Utopia) – the quaint little Dutzow – where Gottfried Duden wrote the book!  There we will have beautiful photo opportunities, learn new things and have a delicious boxed lunch that is incredible. No body goes hungry.  While we are there we will have a little wine, and a little music – and Gemütlichkeit.  And then we are off, for more German touring of Washington Missouri and then on up to Hermann, where you will learn why Hermann is so German!  We will tour the State Historic site Deutschheim, which is the ONLY State Park in the State of Missouri devoted to our German – ness!  Isn’t that a shame?!  We will tour through there and see so much more. Not a lot of walking, this site will be the most, but there are places where one can sit and relax too.
We wind our way back along the river – hear more German music and stories and return to the Interpretive Center. There you will see the sad story of how we lost so much of our German heritage for the sake of TNT in World War II.  It is sad, but an essential piece to the whole story. But we will spend the day with our fellow German friends, and enjoy a beautiful day celebrating our German Heritage!  Invite your friends – family – everyone – and everyone becomes German for the day! Share this email with everyone! We will finish at 4:30 and you will feel like you are leaving the homeland all over again!
You can either call 636-221-1524 or send an email to Missouri Germans at missourigermans@gmail.com but it takes $40 for a seat to have your name on it! Don’t forget your camera!

Auf Wiedersehen!

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Visit Germany and the Dawn of Utopia

Missouri Germans Consortium is planning A Trip to the Dawn of Utopia in September 2015! From September 23, 2015 through October 1, 2015 you can TRAVEL to Germany and experience the cities of Giessen, Nieder-Gemünden, and Bremen, GermanEmigrationCenterGermany! Walk Harriersand Island and visit Brake where Friedrich Muench’s and his brave group spent weeks waiting for a ship.  This is a rare opportunity you won’t want to miss to walk in the footsteps of your ancestors or of the Giessen Emigration Society NiederGemundenmembers. Experience your proud German heritage first hand! Visit their homes, and churches, where they lived and learn about the Germany they left behind. The trip will be led by leading German-American historians and the curators of Germany’s  traveling exhibit
DawnofUtopiaUtopia – Revisiting a German State in America
. This specially designed heritage tour would also share other cities and sites, spend the night in a castle, and cruise the beutiful rivers of Germany. Broaden your understanding and appreciation of your German heritage. Truly a trip of a lifetime!  For more information, the trip itinerary and more details visit our TRAVEL page today. Use Missouri Germans Consortium’s promo code and receive 10% off.

Join Missouri Germans as it makes a trip to the Dawn of Utopia!  Visit Germany and experience their lives as they were forced to face the unknown and take their first brave steps to the Land of Opportunity!

DAY 1 (Wednesday, September 23, 2015) FRANKFURT
Arrival and meeting at the hotel for a short city tour. Drive to DawnofUtopiaSachsenhausen and dinner.
During the city tour, you’ll pass by all the major attractions (Financial District, Fair, Palm Garden, Stock Exchange, The Zeil, the Main Station, Alt-Sachsenhausen, museums, and the Alte Oper. A combined 20-minute-Römerberg and modern city tour will be optional. Transfer to Sachsenhausen, Frankfurt’s beer and Äpplewoi (apple wine) garden district. The evening is at leisure. Enjoy one of the local restaurants in Frankfurt and try Handkäs mit Musik.

stephaniviertelDAY 2 (Thursday, September 24, 2015) GIESSEN
Transfer to Gießen and visit of the Old Town city archive
After breakfast, depart to Gießen. There, you ‘ll participate in a 1.5 hour tour of the city archives with special focus on the Giessen Emigration Society. After lunch visit the old town and learn more about Ludwig Brake - Dorris Keeven-FrankePaul Follenius’ life. In the afternoon, you visit Nieder-Gemünden and the church whereKirche und Pfarrhaus Nieder-Gemünden Friedrich Muench used to work. A pretty Protestant church set in a beautiful landscape, reminiscent of Missouri. Dinner and overnight stay in a castle.

DAY 3 (Friday, September 25, 2015) BREMEN
The Huguenot city of Bad Karlshafen, followed by lunch and tour of castle Hämelschenburg. Arrival in Bremen.
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, the tour takes us along the Weser to Bremen. In theCastleHämelschenburg morning, you make a stop in the Huguenot and Baroque town of Bad Karlshafen where many members of the Giessen Emigration Society were embarked to get to the port of Bremen. The next stop gives you a glimpse of the noble life of the Renaissance: You will visit one of the most important buildings of the Weser Renaissance, the castle Hämelschenburg, near the city of Hameln. The castle is family-owned and we will have lunch at the Schlosscafé Hämelschenburg. Later, you will be in for a real treat: The lord of the castle will take you personally on a guided tour through the home of his ancestors! Evening arrival in Bremen, dinner and overnight stay at the booked hotel.

DAY 4 (Saturday, September 26, 2015) BREMEN
City tour to the Bremen Town Musicians and to the Schnoor DistrictSchiff MEDORA, 1834 - Handschriften der GAGO, Nr. 351 Bd. 1, S. 16a - 0096 - StAAl - HiRes
After breakfast, join a guided tour to the city’s attractions, inter alia, Marketplace with the Town Hall, part of the UNESCO World Heritage, and the Roland as well as the statue of the Bremen Town Musicians, Böttcherstrasse, Schnoor and St. Peter’s Cathedral, as well as the Bremer Bleikeller. After an individual lunch break, the afternoon is at leisure.

How about a visit to one of the many museums in the city, e.g. the Übersee-Museum or the Universe Museum. We are happy to help you!

DAY 5 (Sunday, September 27, 2015) BREMERHAVEN
Transfer to Bremerhaven’s German Emigration Center
In the heart of the city of Bremerhaven, visit the German Emigration Center, where you can empathize with the lives of many immigrants and can follow directly the traces of the Gießen Emigration Society. The afternoon is at leisure.
deutsches%20auswandererhaus.137366
Enjoy the cool breeze while taking a walk on the mile-long embankment promenade or a visit to the zoo by the sea. Stroll along the harbor with the traditional ships and a submarine Wilhelm Bauer. Relax on the beach in the heart of the legs dangle or shop adjacent by the new pedestrian area and covered Columbus Center immediately at your hotel. A special treat is certainly also a visit to the Climate House Bremerhaven Eight Degrees East and offers its visitors the possibility of a virtual trip around the world along the 8th degree east longitude.

We are happy to assist you with requests for additional options. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel

DAY 6 (Monday, September 28, 2015) BREMERHAVEN
Harbour Cruise and Maritime Museum – Bunker Valentine.
In the morning, take a harbor tour past the container terminal, the largest in Europe, through the international ports, the ships in the museum harbor with a visit to the Maritime Museum and fishing port with the fish smokehouses, where we will have lunch. In the afternoon, visit the bunker Valentine in Bremen- Farge – Europe’s biggest submarine pen. Dinner and overnight at hotel

DAY 7 (Tuesday, September 29, 2015) HARRIERSAND
Weser Island of Harriersand – Brake:
Bauernhof Schröder - HarriersandAfter breakfast, we will drive to the Weser Island of Harriersand. Here you will explore a whole day on the island and the fishing town of Brake, the place where the wind tells most of the emigrants’ history. On Harriersand, a large part of the Giessen Emigration Society got stuck on their way to the port of Bremen. Here, you can visit the farm where the immigrants found shelter. The romantic little fishing town of Brake opposite can be reached by a ferry and is perfect for some shopping. You will have lunch at the restaurant Strandhalle in Harriersand. Enjoy shrimps with scrambled eggs, a typical meal of the region, and a very special day on the Weser beach.Utopischer Weinanbau - Harriersand
Peter Roloff, producer and director of the documentary “Dawn of Utopia”, and the author Rolf Schmidt may meet up with us on Harriersand and take us on a personally guided tour. Then, onward journey to Hannover with dinner and overnight stay at the hotel

DAY 8 (Wednesday, September 30, 2015) Hannover
Guided tour of the Old Town of Hannover and returning to Frankfurt.
With a guided walk through the centuries-old town of Hannover, let your journey into the past fade away slowly. Experience the city where Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, the composer Georg Friedrich Händel, the dense Gottfried Benn, who wrote his poems here and the respected philosopher and sociologist Hannah Arendt were born and lived. Visit the Herrenhäuser gardens and the castle Marienburg. At the end of the day we will return to Frankfurt. Dinner in Frankfurt and overnight stay at booked hotel.

DAY 9 (Thursday, October 01, 2015) FRANKFURT
Your adventure travel following the footsteps of the Giessen Emigration Society ends today. Return flight to the USA.

Price of $2899 (based on double occupancy) is reduced from $3,099.00 and when you book your trip through Missouri Germans using our Promo Code Missouri2015 you will save 10% on your trip! Airfare is not included.

This tour of Germany is brought to you by German Heritage Travel

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