Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Pastor, Theologian & Martyr
Travelling from Berlin to Flossenburg. With Bishop Christopher Chessun and The Revd Charles Bradshaw, 8 - 12 Oct 2018
Our short tour focuses on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, theologian and martyr, and places associated with his life. There will be contributions from German Church leaders as well as the opportunity of visiting Bonhoeffer’s home and the place of his execution. He was one of the first church leaders in Germany to see the danger that Nazism presented to the church and his leadership enabled many German Christians not to compromise their Christian beliefs by following Hitler. He was a leader in the founding of the ‘confessing church’, which actively opposed the Nazis and the Aryan Laws, that they had introduced.
The tour will be led by Bishop Christopher Chessun and Revd Charles Bradshaw who led the first tour in 2016. Both of them have been inspired by the work of Bonhoeffer which can speak powerfully to us today. There will also be imput from German Church leaders as well as the opportunity of visiting Bonhoeffer’s last home in Berlin. It was from this house that was taken to prison initially for avoiding military service but eventually he was moved to Flossenburg where he was brutally hanged in 1945. Our hope is that this tour will enrich our own Christian discipleship and encourage us in our Christian struggle in a troubled world.
DAY ONE: London - Berlin
Scheduled flight from Gatwick to Berlin. On arrival our coach takes us to our hotel in Berlin-Charlottenburg, not far from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s family house. To start our pilgrimage we visit this house, built in 1935 as a retirement home for his parents. Whenever he was in Berlin he stayed here. His study room, which was restored to the condition in which he left it for the last time in 1943, even contains parts of his private library. Not far away from his family home, Bonhoeffer was confronted with the deportation of the Jews to Ghettos and concentration camps. We visit the memorial at “Gleis 17”, from where most of the deportation trains departed. Dinner will be in a local restaurant.
DAY TWO: Berlin
After breakfast we are taken by our coach to Wilhelmstrasse 34, where the Confessing Church ministers met from 1935 to 1939. Bonhoeffer was one of their leading spokesmen at that time. We then go to visit the Topography of Terror which stands on the old Gestapo headquarters. We complete our morning with a short visit to the Holocaust Memorial in Cora-Berliner-Straße. It contains the names of all known Jewish Holocaust victims. After lunch we go to the German Resistance Memorial Centre which tells the story of the German Resistance to Hitler and those who tried to support the Jews. (Count Von Stauffenburg was shot in the courtyard). We shall stop briefly at the Church of St Matthew where Bonhoeffer was ordained. Nearby is the Memorial to those who the Gestapo killed under the Euthanasia programme. Dinner will be in a local restaurant this evening.
DAY THREE: Berlin - Nuremburg - Georgenburg
After breakfast we check out of our hotel and the coach takes us to visit the church of Zion where Bonhoeffer began his ministry and his remarkable work with young people. Afterwards we visit the memorial to Bonhoeffer, Hans Dohnanyi, Claus Bonhoeffer and others in the Dortheenstadt Cemetery. (We will have a short service and lay a small wreath of flowers). After lunch at choice, we transfer to Berlin Central station for our train to Nuremburg (about 4.5 hours). Upon arrival at Nuremburg, we transfer to the Landhotel Kastanienhof, Georgenburg, for dinner and a two night stay.
DAY FOUR: Flossenburg
After breakfast we travel by coach to nearby Flossenburg, where we visit the former concentration camp which is now a Holocaust museum. Before its liberation by troops of the U.S. Army in 1945, it held at least 85.000 inmates. It was here on 9th April 1945 that Bonhoeffer was hanged on the express orders of Adolf Hitler. He died with great dignity and calmness, still only 39 years of age. Lunch will be at choice in the award winning café at the museum. We return to our hotel in the late afternoon for time at leisure before the final dinner of our pilgrimage.
DAY FIVE: Georgenberg - Nuremberg - Stansted
This morning we drive to Nuremberg to visit the city at our leisure including the rebuilt Cathedral. Lunch will be at choice. We transfer to Nuremburg Airport in the afternoon for our return flight to Stansted.
This tour involves a substantial amount of walking, some of which will be over irregular surfaces such as cobblestones and badly-maintained walking areas. If everyday walking is something you find difficult, this tour may be unsuitable for you.
This itinerary is a guide and subject to change.
Single room supplement: £98
08/10/18 - 12/10/18
Scheduled flights: Gatwick - Berlin, easyJet. Nuremberg - London Stansted, Ryanair. Current U.K. and German airport tax. 4-nights accommodation in shared twin-bedded rooms with private facilities as follows: 8th - 10th October Hotel Rotdorn, Berlin (www.hotel-rotdorn.de/). 10th - 12th October Landhotel Kastanienhof, Georgenburg (www.landhotel-kastanienhof.de/). Meal plan: 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners. Entrance fees. Guided tours by local English-speaking guides as per the itinerary. Transfers by air-conditioned coaches as per the itinerary. Train travel from Berlin to Nuremburg with reserved seats. Services of Charles Bradshaw as Tour Manager to accompany the group whilst in Germany. Daily worship and prayer to be arranged.
Travel insurance. You may like to arrange cover through Travel & General Insurance Services Ltd. Contact them for details and the premium: 020 3794 2954. Single room (limited availability) supplement at £98 per person for 4 nights. Lunches, drinks and souvenirs. Gratuities to hotel staff, coach drivers and donations to Bonhoeffer Haus. Fuel surcharges if passed on by the airline. Transfers within the U.K.
Terms of Payment:
Deposit of £200 (plus the insurance premium if the cover we offer is required) per person on booking with a completed booking form. Final payment due two months before the departure date.
The tour price of £799 is guaranteed until 31st January 2018.. Any further bookings may be subject to a flight surcharge.