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The Upper Rhine Valley

27 March 2023

6 days from £2,495pp

This art history tour of the Upper Rhine Valley explores Freiburg Minster’s stained-glass and the work of Han Holbein the Younger, Strasbourg Cathedral’s gothic architecture, the Isenheim altarpiece in Colmar and 16th-century art in Basel.
  • Discover the craftsmanship of Martin Schongauer in Colmar
  • Learn about the influential 15th–century sculptor, Nicolas Gerhaert
  • Visit the cathedrals of Freiburg, Basel and Strasbourg
  • A private view to the prints cabinet of the Basel Kunstmuseum
The Upper Rhine Valley in Germany’s south-west, straddling the borders of France and Switzerland, constitutes one of Europe’s most vibrant cultural and artistic arteries since the Middle Ages. The cathedrals of Basel, Freiburg and Strasbourg bear witness to the Upper Rhine Valley as an architectural melting pot absorbing both German and French influences. During the 15th and 16th-centuries the Upper Rhine region experienced a true Golden Age. Powerful civic communities created an intellectual atmosphere in which artistry, ingenuity, and craftsmanship could thrive: Martin Schongauer, who raised engraving from a minor craft to a major art form, ran his workshop in Colmar. One of the most influential sculptors in the late 15th-century, Nicolas Gerhaert, was a citizen of Strasbourg. Hans Baldung Grien, an eccentric artist fascinated with witchcraft and superstition, pursued his craft in Strasbourg and Freiburg, and not to forget, Hans Holbein the Younger, who spent his formative early years in Basel. Graphic arts and book printing flourished in the spiritual centres of humanist learning along the Rhine. At the waning of the Middle Ages these techniques become catalytic for the reformation that transforms the Upper Rhine region into a hotbed of religious turmoil and anxiety. This new study sour will explore the blossoming culture of the Upper Rhine region from Romanesque to Renaissance, embedded in the landscape between the Black Forest and the River Plain.

Your Accommodation

Best Western Premier Hotel Victoria

The Best Western Premier Hotel Victoria is situated near the pedestrian zone, just 200 meters from the main station and 300 meters from the Freiburger Muenster Cathedral and is opposite the Colombi Park. This charming environmentally friendly, historical hotel is furnished with care and offers visitors modern ambience, quiet rooms with airconditioned and non-smoking floors.