In the footsteps of Albrecht Dürer

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12 Mar 2019 - 17 Mar 2019
Duration: 5 nights
Ref: 19DUER
With: Dr Ulrike Ziegler


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Master painter, printmaker, goldsmith, art theorist and humanist scholar — Albrecht Dürer embodied the idea of the Renaissance man. Like Leonardo da Vinci, he was driven by an obsession to know everything, and observed and absorbed the world like no other northern artist before him. He travelled widely between Strasbourg, Basel, Antwerp and Venice, recording his experiences in letters, diaries, treatises and, of course, in paintings, prints and in jawdroppingly beautiful watercolours. In his hometown of Nürnberg Dürer was one of the ‘in-crowd’ of intellectuals and patricians and here he conducted a hugely successful printing and publishing business.

His immense and innovatory output of woodcuts and copper engravings of consistently superb quality manifests a brilliant match of artistic genius and business acumen. His prints have had a profound impact on artists north and south of the Alps for centuries, ensuring international fame even during his own lifetime. Study his art in the context of its age and proper setting and encounter his contemporaries: the strong- willed virtuoso sculptor Veit Stoss, the highly accomplished brass founder Peter Vischer, and the exquisite woodcarver Tilman Riemenschneider.


Dr Ulrike Ziegler studied art history and archaeology at the University of Regensburg and King’s College Aberdeen specialising in medieval art and architecture. Her PhD focused on art exhibitions and cultural politics of post-war Germany. She has taught at university and is now lecturing for various cultural institutions. She has organised and led many study trips in Germany and Austria. In addition to tour lecturing, Ulrike is developing Art Pursuit Abroad’s German programme.

DAY 1:

Morning flight at c. 9am with BA from London Heathrow to Munich. By private coach to Nürnberg, stopping en route at the handsome market town of Schwabach. The highlight of its parish church is the magnificent carved and painted polyptych — one of the largest of its kind — by Veit Stoss and Dürer’s master, the painter Michael Wolgemut. Upon arrival in Nürnberg, an introductory walk will be followed by dinner in the hotel.

DAY 2:

Nürnberg’s Third-Reich history may still overshadow its century- long cultural significance, but the town has learnt to deal with and move on from its difficult inheritance. Explore Nürnberg on foot, starting from the mighty Imperial Castle, towering on a red sandstone rock above the old town. Nearby, Albrecht Dürer’s house exhibits some of his prints and first editions. The afternoon will be spent in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, the most comprehensive collection of German cultural history.Our first of two visits will focus on art in the Age of Dürer, and will include paintings and prints by Dürer himself, as well as of his contemporaries Lucas Cranach and Albrecht Altdorfer, and sculptures by Veit Stoss and Tilman Riemenschneider.

DAY 3:

Coach excursion to the mediaeval fortress rising above Coburg. Once a residence of the Electors of Saxony, shelter for Martin Luther in 1530 and now a museum, the castle as we see it today is the result of alterations inspired by the Gothic revival. The extensive art collections include works by Cranach, Dürer and Grünewald, but their greatest treasure consists of over 220,000 prints collected by members of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, which we will sample by special appointment. In the evening, dinner in a gourmet restaurant in the centre of Nürnberg.

DAY 4:

A second day on foot in Nürnberg will take us along a picturesque stretch of the river Pegnitz beyond the mediaeval town walls to the historic churchyard of St Johannis, where Dürer lies buried. Governed by patrician burghers rather than by a bishop, Nürnberg may not have a cathedral; instead, religious life in town focused on two impressive parish churches whose interiors survived the Lutheran Reformation and even destruction at the end of WWII: St Sebaldus, the older of the two, houses Peter Vischer’s masterpiece, the brass shrine of the church’s titular saint, and a wealth of Gothic and Renaissance sculptures. The second, St Lawrence, contains a superb range of stained glass windows, a large tabernacle by Adam Kraft who allegedly was able to ‘bend stone’ and a great wooden Annunciation group by Veit Stoss, suspended in the choir.

DAY 5:

After a visit to the Fembohaus, a Renaissance patrician mansion and now museum of the town’s history, return to the Germanisches Nationalmuseum to sample some further highlights, ranging from Ostrogothic jewellery and the Ottonian gold and ivory book cover of the Codex Aureus of Echternach to exuberant 18th-century garden statues and an outstanding collection of musical instruments. The rest of the day is free for independent visits.

DAY 6:

In the morning by coach to Munich for a visit to the Northern Renaissance collections of the Alte Pinakothek, home of Dürer’s enigmatic self-portrait of 1500. After lunch coach transfer to Munich airport for a late- afternoon flight with BA arriving at London Heathrow at c. 7pm.

Please note that at this stage the programme is still provisional. Although we aim at the greatest degree of accuracy from the outset, some details, especially the order of visits, may be subject to change.


Specific fitness requirements for this Study Tour:

This tour involves a fair amount of walking through town centres. Above all, museum visits require prolonged periods of standing without the possibility of a rest. Coach excursions and airport transfers should not be longer than one and a half hours.

Please note that all our Study Tours involve a significant amount of standing and walking, often across uneven ground, over cobbled streets, or up and down steps and inclines. While we do not have an upper age limit for participants, we require you to have a level of fitness which does not spoil other participents' enjoyment of the holiday and you should be able to walk at a reasonable pace and / or stand for at least thirty minutes without aid or requiring a rest.

If you are in any doubt as to whether a particular tour is suitable for you, please ring us to check before placing your booking.


Twin/double share: £1990 per person
Double room for sole use supplement: £310
Price of the tour without flights: £1890 per person
Deposit: £200 per person


  • Scheduled return flights (economy class) with BA between London Heathrow and Munich airport
  • Airport transfers and excursions by private coach (where applicable)
  • Guided visits (several of these by special appointment) to the sites listed in the programme
  • Services of the lecturers
  • Detailed programme and study notes
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and gratuities for drivers and waiters
  • Five nights B&B in the charming and welcoming privately- owned superior three-star Hotel Victoria
  • Two dinners and one lunch


  • Transport between home and London Heathrow
  • Travel insurance. We strongly advise you to be covered by adequate travel insurance

Hotel Victoria***

The Hotel Victoria in Nuremberg has remained a privately run hotel for more than 120 years. Built in 1896, it is listed as a historical building under monumental protection. With a perfect location at the gate to Nuremberg Old Town, all the important sights are within easy walking distance. The combination of a historical surrounding and modern interior make for a modern yet traditional place to stay.


  • Soundproof windows
  • Safe
  • Minibar
  • Telephone
  • Free WiFi
  • Satellite Television
  • Radio


Relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. Relax in the hotel’s winter garden LichtBlick or at the lobby bar WandelBar.