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Germany Trip 2024
Wednesday 29th May - Monday 3rd June 2024
A five-night Frankenstein themed tour of literary and historical locations in southern Germany
We’ll have dinner at Burg Frankenstein (at the restaurant in the ruined castle that Mary Shelley heard about when she was touring the Rhine region in 1814); stay in Ingolstadt, where Victor Frankenstein studied and began his sinister experiments; and we’ll visit Laupheim, the birthplace of Carl Laemmle, founder of Universal Studios, where the film careers of Frankenstein (and Dracula) really began.
Day 1 (Wednesday 29th May):
Fly to Frankfurt; transfer by bus to Darmstadt (30 mins) for a two night stay at the Best Western Hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2 (Thursday 30th May): Darmstadt
Free time to explore the museums, or the Mathildenhöhe art nouveau district of Darmstadt. Afternoon departure by group taxis to Burg Frankenstein (13.5 km).
Evening meal on the terrace at Burg Frankenstein restaurant.
Day 3 (Friday 31st May):
Depart after breakfast by train for the historic city of Ulm on the Danube (c.3hrs 30mins). Check into our two hotels for one night’s stay; rest of day/evening at leisure to explore the medieval town (cathedral, Fishermans’ quarter, museums, beer gardens...)
Day 4 (Saturday 1st June): Laupheim
Depart after breakfast by train for Laupheim
(30mins). Visit the Museum of Christian-Jewish History (Carl Laemmle Exhibition); lunch at the Red Ox. Late afternoon departure for Ingolstadt via Ulm (c.2hrs 50mins). Two night stay at the Altstadthotel.
Day 5 (Sunday 2nd June): Ingolstadt
Morning tour of the Frankenstein connections (Medical History Museum, graveyard, etc.); afternoon/evening at leisure.
Day 6 (Monday 3rd June):
Depart after breakfast by train to Munich (c. 45mins) for return flights to the UK.
Flights & Accommodation
Travellers will need to book their own flights (BA and Lufthansa offer several flights from London to Frankfurt, and also returning from Munich to London; there are also options with Easyjet and Ryanair to and from other UK airports. It will also be possible to book accommodation for additional nights in hotels in both Frankfurt and Munich, if people would like to extend their stay in Germany at either or both ends of the trip.
In Darmstadt, accommodation has been reserved at the Best Western Hotel (approx. £98 per night for a room, single or twin; breakfast extra at £7 pp).
For our night in Ulm, we have booked double rooms at the Hotel Schmales Haus (c.£136 including breakfast) and single rooms at the Hotel Goldenes Rad (c.£78 per night, breakfast extra at £8).
Double rooms at the Altstadthotel in Ingolstadt are approx. £82 per night, with breakfast, with singles at £58 (breakfast extra at £9).
The Deutsche Bahn rail system is very efficient and prices are reasonable, often with group or regional discounts.
Rooms in all hotels are already reserved, so to help us confirm accommodation, Society members please complete the booking form and return it as soon as possible.
Non-members who are interested in joining us, please contact us through the normal contact address.
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