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“Germany” and Rick Steves’ Snapshot “Munich, Bavaria Salzburg”
Most famous for its collection of early Expressionism, the Lenbachaus is a must for everyone who admires the works of Wassily Kandinsky and his friends and colleagues Alexei Jawlensky, Marianne von Werefkin, Gabriele Münter, Franz Marc or Paul Klee. The group became known under the name “The Blue Rider” (“Der Blaue Reiter”) and had great influence on the development of abstract painting and on fine art as a whole. Explore Munich’s art scene around 1900 on our guided tour. The renovation of the gallery and the addition of a new wing – with spectacular architecture by Sir Norman Foster -, were completed in summer 2013.
100 years after the beginning of Word War I in 1914 we embark on a tour through German and Munich history during the 20th century. After the Great War it was in Munich, where Adolf Hitler founded the Nazi Party and made it base of his troops’ first operations. Munich therefore was named “Capital of the Nazi Movement” by Hitler himself. The tour will give you insight into the political climate in Munich during the 1920s and 1930s, when crises, frustration and incertitude led to radicalism and allowed for Hitler’s reign of terror to be established. The tour also deals with questions of daily living during Hitler’s dictatorship, resistance activities and of Jewish life in Munich back then and today.
On March 20th 1933 Heinrich Himmler announced the opening of the first Concentration Camp at Dachau near Munich. Two days later the first prisoners arrived. The camp, where over 30.000 people came to death, is the epitome of daily terror, torture and barbarity. This tour to Dachau not only leads you to an extraordinary tragic place of history but also explains how the Nazi past has been treated since the end of WW II. Can the Dachau Memorial Site become a place of hope today?