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Caspar David Friedrich Country;The Genius of German Romanticism

20 July 2021

6 days from £2,600pp

Explore Friedrich’s homeland, characteristic Brick Gothic churches of the Baltic coast, Friedrich’s charming natal town of Greifswald and the dramatic chalk cliffs of Rügen, Germany’s largest island.
“Close your Bodily eye, So that you may see your picture first with your spiritual eye, then bring to the light of day that which you have seen in the darkness so that it may react on others from the outside inwards.” Like no other, the deeply moving landscape paintings of Caspar David Friedrich exemplify the German Romantic Age. Born in 1774 in the Pomeranian harbour town of Greifswald, Friedrich studied in Copenhagen until 1798, when he settled in Dresden. There he led a quiet life, interrupted only by excursions to the mountains south-east of the city or to the coast of Pomerania, single-mindedly pursuing his personal journey towards a spiritual landscape. Intensely introspective and often melancholic, Friedrich relied on deep contemplation to summon mentally the images he was to put on canvas. Shortly after the painter’s death in 1840, his contemplative depictions of stillness were seen as the products of a bygone era, as Germany was eagerly embracing the Industrial Age. His rediscovery began in the early 20th century and today Caspar David Friedrich is seen as an icon of the German Romantic movement, a painter of international importance. In the great museums of Berlin and Hamburg we will study masterpieces by Friedrich and his contemporaries, while from the proud Hanseatic city of Stralsund we will explore Friedrich’s homeland, characteristic Brick Gothic churches of the Baltic coast, Friedrich’s charming natal town of Greifswald and the dramatic chalk cliffs of Rügen, Germany’s largest island.

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

The Westin Grand Berlin

★★★★

The four star Westin Grand Berlin is located on the historic Friedrichstrasse, in the Mitte district, close to the Unter den Linden. This large hotel has a grand entrance with sweeping staircase, garden, terrace and a spa with indoor pool. As well as a restaurant and bar, there is an open-plan atrium lounge. 

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En suite bathroom
  • Tea and coffee making facilities 
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Iron
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar (additional charges may apply)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning 
 

Hotel Scheelehof

★★★★

Romantik Hotel Scheelehof, your Stralsund “home away from home.” Romantik Hotel Scheelehof aims to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, which is why so many guests continue to come back year after year. Close to some of Stralsund's most popular landmarks, such as St. Johannis Kloster (0.1 mi) and Welterbe-Ausstellung (0.1 mi), Romantik Hotel Scheelehof is a great destination for tourists.

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Room service
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Minibar
  • Refrigerator
  • Flatscreen TV