- Rapid City
- Minn./St. Paul
- Dulles (Wash., D.C.)
Leave this day from Rapid City Regional airport for
RAP 6:50am NW1902 arrive MSP 9:13am
MSP 10:23am NW1260 arrive IAD 1:35pm
IAD 5:30pm NW36 arrive AMS 7:15am (May 22nd)
AMS 8:05am KLM1839 arrive VIE 10:05am
Thurs., May 22 Vienna
1020 WIEN AUSTRIA
Tel : (43) 1-245-880
Fax : (43) 1-245-88188
Manager: Heinz Weiss
Arrive this morning in Vienna, home to Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and
Johann Strauss, to be met by your driver, Hans Jörg, and
taken on a driving tour of some of the city highlights: the beautiful blue
Danube and nearby Donaupark with its Prater,
the Jubilaukirche, Belvedere
Hall, and Votivkirche before checking
into your hotel. After settling into your rooms, you'll
embark on a walking tour of the old city, seeing such sites as Kärtner
Strasse - the main shopping district, the Vienna State Opera House, the
Hofburg - Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors - home of the Lippizaner
horses and Vienna Boys Choir,
Karlskirche and Karlsplatz,
finally ending up at St. Stephens
Cathedral - the heart of Vienna for centuries with its Gothic
interior and exterior.
Returning to the hotel, you'll get ready for a "welcome to
Austria" dinner at a traditional Viennese Heuringer (wine tavern),
known for their tasty and traditional cuisine.
Fri., May 23 Vienna
After breakfast at the hotel, you'll take a trip to
Schönbrunn Palace, summer residence of the Habsburg imperial
family with its beautiful gardens.
After lunch at the palace, you'll travel to the Minoritenkirche,
site of the initial concert of this trip and
you'll spend two hours rehearsing here.
Afterwards, you'll have a little free time to explore Vienna on your own.
Try to get into the Hofburg to see its museum of pianos and chapel. Or
visit gothic St. Stephens and climb the 345 steps to the top of the south
steeple for the best view of the old city.
Check out the baroque elegance of the Karlskirche or the
State Theater. Or, after
spending a little time over cake and coffee at one of the ancient Vienna
cafes, do some shopping. You'll meet for departure to the
Minoritenkirche at 6:00 for pre-concert rehearsal and the evening’s performance.
Afterwards you'll be on your own for dinner. Go explore!
Sat., May 24 Salzburg
Julian Strasse 21-23
Arise this morning to travel up
the Danube for Salzburg.
We'll stop along the way at the small city of Melk to tour the stunning
baroque Benedictine Abbey that sits
the 13th century market town. After your tour of the
abbey with its magnificent library
will enjoy lunch, then travel on to
Salzburg, arriving in the late
called the "Sound of Music" city, Salzburg enchants its visitors
with its romantic atmosphere, its lovely setting on the River Salzach, the
accessibility of its important sites, and great shopping.
Salzburg is without doubt one of Europe's most
beautiful cities, equally admired for its setting and its fine buildings.
The birthplace of Mozart, it is also an international cultural center,
which is best known for its annual music festival.
Upon arrival you will check into your hotel, then leave for a
walking tour of old town Salzburg to see the Baroque Salzburg Cathedral, whose
interior is impressive in
both size and richness of its marble, stucco and paintings (Mozart was
baptized in the Romanesque baptismal font in 1756), Mozart's
Birthplace and Museum, Mirabell Gardens, many of the original "Sound
of Music" locations such as the Romanesque St. Peter's Basilica and cemetery that abuts the
vertical rock wall of the Mönchsberg, crowned by the gigantic
Hohensalzburg fortress which dominates the town. We'll spend this
evening at an arranged dinner in one of the
town's fine restaurants.
Sun., May 25 Salzburg
Breakfast in the hotel. Morning free so that those who wish may attend
worship services in one of Salzburg's beautiful churches.
Today you'll travel to the Wolfgangsee,
during which you will visit the beautiful lakeside towns of St. Wolfgang,
a picturesque town on the shores of the Wolfgangsee. After seeing the beautiful Michael Pacher Altar in the
Pfarrkirche, you'll have free time to explore this picturesque town. Then to St. Gilgen, where Mozart's mother was born.
Rehearsal and concert
in the Pfarrkirche, St. Gilgen. Return by coach to
This is your last evening in Salzburg, so pack.
Mon., May 26 Innbruck
Pradler Strasse 28
A - 6020 Innsbruck
phone: (43) 512–346800
fax: (43) 512–364172
Get up early, grab
breakfast, and head out to pick up any souvenirs or take any photos you've
missed, because we'll head west for the ancient, beautiful, and famous
town of Innsbruck, the capital of the Austrian Tyrol, a
handsome red- and green-roofed city located at the crossroads of an
ancient north-south trade route over the Brenner Pass, the easiest
crossing of the mountain range of the Alps.
Innsbruck became a popular trading post in the 15th
century and commanded the attention of the Habsburgs. Maximilian I, the
first of many Habsburgs to attain the crown of the Holy Roman Emperor, set
up court in Innsbruck where he could easily pursue his hobbies, which
included mountain climbing, hunting and fishing.
On the way into the old town, we'll stop first at the Wiltener
Basilica, one of the most beautiful Rococo churches in Austria, situated
almost directly under the ski jump used in the 1960 Winter Olympics.
On your walking tour in the Old Town, you'll see Maximilian's
15th-century Imperial Palace and his "Golden
Innsbruck's most famous monument, the Golden Roof is a three-story balcony
capped with 2,657 gold-plated tiles on a porch built for Maximilian. It
was here that the Emperor sat to observe the beauty of the Alps and the
bustle of the town below. You'll also see the Hofkirche--Court
Church--built in the 16th century to house Maximilian's mausoleum. The
tomb is guarded by 28 larger-than-life bronze statues; among them, the
legendary King Arthur of England. The church also contains the tomb of the
Tyrolean national hero Andres Hofer.
Afterwards, we'll have
dinner at a local eatery and be free the rest of the evening.
You can wander the old town, soaking up the atmosphere of the
Baroque cathedral of St. James with
its restored organ or the Byzantine splendor of the Herz-Jesu
kirche. Dinner on your own tonight.
Tues., May 27 Oberammergau
Ludwig der Bayer Kaiser-Ludwig-Platz 10-12
Today we travel north
across the border from Austria to the Bavarian Alps of Germany.
Destination: Stift Ettal (on
this link, click on the "panoramabilder" link and do a webcam
tour of the grounds) - the monastery of Ettal near Oberammergau.
This Abbey's history goes back to the Middle Ages is a beautiful example
of Rococo architecture. The large, castle-like grounds of the
monastery are the result of a long historical development and demonstrates
one of the main concerns of a Benedictine Abbey: An independent religious
community which produces everything needed for life and thus has all the
important workshops and undertakings, if possible within the confines of
the monastery. We'll take a guided tour of the monastery which will give
us a glimpse into what monastic life was like during ancient times.
Today Ettal stays open by hosting conferences and concerts such as the one
we'll do here tomorrow. The hotel we'll stay in for two nights is
owned and operated by the monastery. Their restaurant is widely
praised for its quality, so you'll be glad for the dinner
we have here this evening.
Wed., May 28 Oberammergau
Today we have some options. We can do some
relaxed hiking through the Bavarian woods on some little-known footpaths,
coming out on the slopes above the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, one of the fairytale castles
built by "Mad King Ludwig II of Bavaria". Bristling with towers
and turrets, this castle served as the inspiration for Disney's
Fantasyland castle. If we decide we want to tour the inside, you'll see the Palace, its beautiful park, the
Moorish pavilion, and the Grotto of Venus and then have a late lunch in
nearby Schwangau and head back to Ettal to ready ourselves
for this evening's concert in the sanctuary of this beautiful monastery.
On your own for dinner.
Thurs., May 29
good-bye to Ettal as today's
trip takes you down south again through impressive mountain scenery, ever
leading downward until at last you see a large body of water.
You have reached the Bodensee, known to the rest of
the world as Lake Constance. Soon after it completes its descent from the Alps, the Rhine River
broadens and forms Lake Constance before continuing its 820-mile route to
the North Sea. Measuring 40 miles in length and 8.5 miles in width, Lake
Constance covers 220 square miles, making it central Europe’s second
largest freshwater lake. Three
countries border the Bodensee: Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.
We'll hug the northern shore of the
lake and stop at Lindau.
southernmost “island”, this picturesque
town is a delightful work of art, combining Gothic with Renaissance
and Baroque. Lunch in Lindau
with free time to explore this resort town. Leave Lindau at 4:00 and continue your journey along the northern
shore of the Bodensee. You'll cross the lake via ferry at
Meersburg and arrive in Konstanz around 6:00pm to check into your
home for the next four nights.
Welcome to Konstanz
dinner at the Hafenhalle, (Harbor Hall) a well-known local eatery on the edge of the
Fri., May 30 Konstanz
There will be a walking tour of Konstanz this
morning to acquaint you with your home for the next few days.
This ancient city straddling the Rhine
at its outflow from the Bodensee has, despite occupying the “Swiss”
bank of the river, never been a part of Switzerland, but – thanks to its
(cathedral) – has remained an important ecclesiastical hub for
centuries. Between 1414 and 1418, Konstanz was the focus of world
attention, as it hosted an ecumenical council, which attempted to heal
divisions within the Church that had left three popes, based in Rome,
Avignon and Pisa, competing for supremacy. Kings, princes, cardinals and
other decision makers, religious and secular, came to Konstanz from all
over Europe – along with more than 70,000 hangers-on – to take part in
the deliberations, which eventually agreed on the necessity of papering
over the cracks. The permanent schism of the Reformation followed exactly
a century later. The council sat in Konstanz’s Münster
at the heart of the Old Town, originally a Romanesque basilica that
continued to be added to until 1856, when a spire was placed atop the
tower. Our performance this evening will be in one of the beautiful
chapels of the Münster, so we'll do a rehearsal here either this morning
or afternoon in preparation. The alleys and streets
around the Münster are attractive and full of character, and the whole
town is given extra dynamism by the presence of students from the
Herr Markus Utz, the Münster organist and music director, will give us
a special guided tour of the cathedral after the concert. Feel free to enjoy the nightlife of this vibrant
city. But don't stay out too late because tomorrow is a busy day,
Sat., May 31 Konstanz
And now Lucerne! People who have been everywhere
say this is one city you must not miss! For
more than a century the picturesque lakeside town of Lucerne, with its
well-preserved medieval core and its handsome and historic old
has been one of the great tourist attractions of Switzerland.
You should see the Chapel Bridge, the Old Town, the
quays and the Jesuitenkirche. In
and around the Old Quarter is a maze of charming, narrow streets and
little squares, adorned with wrought-iron signs and lovely old buildings
with painted facades. The
balance of the day is at leisure. How about an excursion to the peak of Mt. Pilatus?!
Or take a stroll along the
shores of Lake Lucerne. We meet together this evening for a
dinner at a traditional Swiss restaurant where you might learn to yodel or
play the Alpenhorn! We'll return to Konstanz late this evening.
Sun., June 1 Konstanz
If there is enough interest, we'll organize a lake ferry cruise to visit
the beautiful garden island of Mainau.
documented history of the Mainau island goes back to Roman times. During
the 500-year reign of the Knights of the Teutonic Order, a baroque
church and castle were built, beginning in 1732. Since 1853, when Grand
Duke Friedrich I. of Baden bought the island for his summer residence,
Mainau has been owned by one family. The Grand Duke was the founder of the
"Arboretum" and began the construction of the Castle Park, which
his great-grandson, Count Lennart Bernadotte, has made into one of
Europe's most beautiful garden parks.
could spend hours and still not fully explore Mainau. The ferry will
stop at Meersburg on the way back, so if you didn't get a chance to
explore the castle yesterday, you might want to do that today and catch a
later boat back.
We might also bus to
the island of Reichenau, not only the region’s supplier
of vegetables, but also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The three Romanesque churches
on the island are remnants of a vast
Benedictine monastic community, founded in 724, which exercised a remarkable
spiritual, intellectual and artistic influence over the entire region. The
churches of St Mary and Marcus, St Peter and St Paul, and
mainly built between the 9th and 11th centuries, provide a panorama of
early medieval monastic architecture in central Europe. Their wall
paintings bear witness to impressive artistic activity.
After a quick tour, you’ll have free time to explore the island and
relax before heading back to Konstanz
maybe we can get Hans to take the bus to Schaffhausen to see the Rhine
falls, Europe’s largest
waterfall. They are truly magnificent, not so much for their height (a
mere 23m) as for their impressive breadth (150m) and the sheer drama of
the place, with the spray rising in a cloud of rainbows above the forested
banks. The turreted castle Schloss Laufen on a cliff directly above the
falls to the south completes the spectacle. Schaffhausen has one of the
most captivating medieval town centers in the whole of Switzerland.
Maybe on the way back you can stop by Stein am Rhein, a perfectly preserved medieval Swiss
town straddling the Rhine between Schaffhausen and Konstanz.
Mon., June 2 Konstanz
we'll head west and travel around the end of the Bodensee to the north
side to visit three fantastic places: Birnau,
and the former monastery of Salem. From 1746-1750 the Baroque church of Birnau was
constructed for the Cistercian Abbey under Abbot Anselm II. and was
consecrated by the Bishop Fugger of Constance. It was designated a Roman Catholic heritage church by Pope
John Paul II and is a famous tourist attraction.
Meersburg lies directly north of Konstanz, across the Bodensee.
It was here that the Prince-Bishop of Konstanz fled to take up
residence when the citizenry of Konstanz overthrew his rule during the
Reformation. The gigantic
castle, which dominates the town, is one of the largest in Germany and
overlooks the picturesque medieval town and lake. After lunch and
some time to wander the medieval streets, we'll board the bus again for Salem,
a former monastery which today is a school and artistic commune.
Here we'll find an actual winery, glass-blowers, and other fabulous
artisans as well as a school of young people for whom we'll perform
a concert this
evening, followed by dinner at the monastery restaurant.
night return to Konstanz.
day in Europe! And a full day to do whatever it is your heart
desires. Stroll along the Rhine or the lakeshore. Or
at your leisure. Go
shopping. Anything you want to buy can be found here. Your
only obligation is to join your fellow travelers for a farewell-to-Europe
dinner this evening at the beautiful Rheinterrase restaurant at
the mouth of the Rhine river.
Wed., June 4
- Rapid City
- Minn./St. Paul
Konstanz via coach to the Zurich airport (45 minutes) for the U.S.
ZRH 12:25pm KLM1958 arrive AMS 2:20pm
AMS 4:35pm NW55 arrive MSP 6:00pm
MSP 8:55pm NW1846 arrive RAP 9:34pm