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Swabia - Art & History between Augsburg & Stuttgart

25 September 2022

8 days from £2,470pp

Embark on a journey of cultural discovery as you discover superb art and impressive examples of architecture. Admire 20th and 21st-Century German art, see the 4,000-year-old ivory ‘Lion Man’ carving and enjoy a full-day tour of Schwäbisch Hall.
  • Discover a wide spectrum of art and architecture and gain a comprehensive insight into the region’s rich cultural heritage
  • See some of Germany’s finest late-Gothic wood carvings and stunning collections of 20th and 21st century German art
  • See Ulm’s famous 40,000 year old ‘Lion Man’, carved from mammoth ivory
  • Enjoy a full day tour to Schwӓbisch Hall, a highlight includes the Benedictine abbey of Grosscomburg 
Present-day ‘Schwaben’ encompasses parts of the German federal states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. To many Germans, Swabia is the land of the thrifty, of wheeler-dealers and inventors: the Fuggers of Augsburg were once the world’s mightiest bankers, while today the Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall is Germany’s biggest building society; Mercedes and Porsche are both based in Stuttgart, and Albert Einstein hailed from Ulm. Yet, in terms of cultural tourism — apart from the odd stopping point on the renowned Romantic Road — the region between Augsburg and Stuttgart has quite unjustly been left off the international itinerary. A paleolithic lion man, carved from a mammoth tusk, ‘roars’ in Ulm, while wonderful 15th-century wood and stone carvings await in the picture-perfect towns of Nördlingen and Blaubeuren. Augsburg, home of the Holbein family of painters, will present itself as a proud Renaissance metropolis with outstanding museums, while James Stirling’s postmodernist Staatsgalerie at Stuttgart and the Sammlung Würth in Schwäbisch Hall harbour first-class collections of 20th-century art. Mediaeval churches dominate the centres of Ulm and Schwäbisch Gmünd, while Baroque abbeys and Rococo pilgrimage churches at Wiblingen, Günzburg and Neresheim adorn the lovely countryside of rolling hills and dramatic rock formations of the Swabian Jura. This Art Pursuits Abroad Study Tour will introduce you to an underrated part of Germany and enhance your knowledge of German art and culture from pre-history to the present.

Your Accommodation

Hotel Goldenes Rad, Ulm

Located directly on Münsterplatz in Ulm, next to the impressive Ulm Cathedral , and with a history dating back to 1499, the Hotel Goldenes Rad offers space and comfort in modern, well equipped en suite rooms.  
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En suite bathroom
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • Hairdryer