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EUROPE | Munich, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Bamberg, Berlin | 9 Days / 8 Nights

Germany

The Old Town Hall in Bamberg with the Regnitz River flowing under its bridge An idyllic castle in the mountains A town with cobblestone streets and storybook style stores A costumed Night Watchman blows a horn A pile of graffiti stencils, including one that reads
The Old Town Hall in Bamberg with the Regnitz River flowing under its bridge
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Explore the charming town of Bamberg as you discover the rich history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Travel through a country that celebrates its rich history while embracing a modern flare on this vacation where you'll walk the cobblestone streets of Rothenburg, a storybook town that is home to the medieval "Red Fortress," as well as Berlin's contemporary architectural marvels. You'll be immersed in the proud culture and traditions through activities where you'll make signature chocolates, create street art and you're your own twist to pretzel making. Plus, you'll step back into history with reflective tours of World War II locations that shaped world history.

Guest Stories

Discover what Guests have to say about the Adventures by Disney vacations they've experienced—in their own words.

Robert B.

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This may sound like an odd Disney story. . . But one of the most memorable moments of our latest trip, to Germany, occurred on a long coach ride to
Munich. The trip gave our German guide, Stephanie S., the chance to tell us what it was like growing up in East Germany before German reunification, before the fall of the Berlin Wall. She had a great childhood, she told us -- loving parents, an adequate apartment home. But it was made better by the fact that she had no idea what the rest of the world -- the free world -- was like. The day her family was finally able to drive into West Germany following the collapse of the Berlin Wall hit her like Wonderland hit Alice: She couldn't believe what she was seeing. And she will never forget that life-changing moment. I realize this probably doesn't sound like a typical fairy-tale moment. And there are dozens of other moments I could have shared from our three ABD trips (so far). But Stephanie's story continues to stick with us because I can't imagine any other way we could have met this wonderful young woman or heard her transformative story if we hadn't been traveling together under the auspices of Disney. Being Disney fans, we all started from the same place of friendliness and trust on that trip. Stephanie wasn't just our guide; she was our friend. And because we were friends, I believe she felt respected enough to share such a deeply personal story from her own life. I can't imagine that happening anywhere but on an ABD trip.
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Gary C.

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Nothing is cooler to a ten-year-old boy than a medieval knight covered from head to toe in chain mail. When our group of adventurers following
Adventures by Disney's Once Upon a Fairytale itinerary disembarked our motorcoach at Trendelberg Castle, a rather imposing warrior crossed the drawbridge to greet us. He was there to welcome us to the seven hundred-year-old castle that inspired the Brothers Grimm to write the story, Rapunzel. It was to be our home for the next three nights. The entire group, adults and junior adventurers alike, bristled with excitement at the notion of sleeping in the castle. But before we could retire to our chambers, the generous knight insisted that he first tour us around the castle grounds. To do so, he would need to remove his glistening steel helmet. You, brave squire, he said as he addressed our son, I will require your assistance. The look on our ten-year-old's face was priceless as the knight entrusted him with his helmet for the balance of the tour. Brian eagerly accepted his challenge and carried the shiny, heavy helmet throughout the castle grounds. Instantly our son became part of the story of this magical place in Trendelberg, Germany. It was truly an unforgettable moment on our best family vacation ever!
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Jamie R.

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How do you thank someone for being able to jump into a fairytale book with their family? To go from the comfort of our own home, with our day to day
chores, beeping car horns, and ticking clocks it amazed me to get off a plane, have a Disney guide meet us, and escorted us off into a fairy tale world full of castles, good food, archery, pretzel making, and even Rapunzel! Day after day instead of wondering what we were going to do that day. It felt like we had turned yet another page in our book of fairytales and were excited to see what adventure was in store for us. One of my MANY favorite memories on our trip to Germany was when we went for a walk with the night watchman in Rothenberg. Gosh, what a lovely town. We learned it was where Walt Disney got his inspiration for the backdrop of Pinocchio, and it was easy to see why. The night watchman led us through the town, explaining his tasks and responsibilities to the townspeople while on duty. He was so much fun to listen to, keeping the young and old (thats me!) interested and entertained. We learned and laughed! Who could ask for more than that?! When I sat down to tell Adventures by Disney what my favorite memory was, my first thought, with a smile, was definitely this night watchman and our walk through the extremely beautiful town of Rothenberg. What made me smile even more is when I just went to read through my familys travel journals I saw that it was a favorite moment for all of us. Thanks AbD!
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Benjamin C.

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Many of our best memories happen from the most unexpected events. That's how the evening started in Heidelberg on our Germany adventure. Like a
really good movie trailer, the ABD guides give adventurers just enough description of an upcoming restaurant to pique our interest but always leave the best part as a surprise. Likewise, a meal on an Adventure by Disney is not just a meal. It is a culinary experience, plus entertainment, plus sights and sounds, plus group comradery... Dinner at Zum Gldenen Schaf was all that plus more. While the food and service were both excellent, the entertainment that night was my delight. I'm a music major. The proprietor of this restaurant had accumulated a museum worthy collection of unique instruments which drew my awe. After dinner, he carried into our dining room a centuries old hurdy-gurdy. It was as if the pages of a textbook came to life before my eyes. I'd only read about such an instrument. Then, to my amazement, he played it---magnificently. I cant imagine that I may ever get to hear such a relic played again and certainly not as private entertainment.
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Phoebe S.

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My husband and I have been on three Disney Adventures. We have so many great memories of each trip (Ireland, Germany, and Italy) and each trip was
a trip of a lifetime. I lived in Germany for three in the 70s and learned some German language while there. Lost in the interim, the words and phrases came flooding back once I was immersed in the local cultures and surrounded by the German people again. It was like my brain woke up! We had two terrific guides (Kim and Nadine). Nadine was our native born German guide. I constantly bugged her about words I had locked away in my head that just wouldn't come back to me. She was wonderful about coaching me. I loved being able to converse with locals we met on the trip! One of my best memories of the Ireland Adventure is when we rode pony carts in Killarney to Muckross House. I got to sit with the driver and talked along the way comparing the life of a working pony in Ireland with the life of my trail buddy in the US. He generously let me drive our cart for a brief time and it just made my trip! For an old horse girl it was the best!
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Rodney K.

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In 2012 we took the Germany adventure. We had a wonderful trip. I think the most fun we had was in the town of Rottenberg ab der Tauber. I remember
waking up the first morning and looking out on the town square. The fog and the cobble stone streets made it fell like we had stepped back into the 16th century! After shopping at the market in the town square we walked the city on our own. The shopping was fantastic and we ended our day by going to a studio where we tried on a suit of armor. It was a wonderful trip!
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Jill C.

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Once Upon a Fairytale was the name of the journey we took through Germany with Adventures by Disney. The title could not have been more
apropos. Every day it felt as if we had stepped into another page from an enchanting storybook designed expertly for junior adventurers and their eager adult traveling companions. First it was Heidelberg, then Trendelberg, and ultimately, Munich. Along the way, though, we spent what I consider to be the most memorable day of the adventure in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the quintessential fairytale village. It was the European town that Disney animators used as inspiration for the backdrop of the film, Pinocchio. No wonder the delightful little village felt strangely welcoming and familiar. That morning we were escorted to Backerei Striffler, a quaint rose-covered bakery, to make our own handcrafted pretzels. Wolfgang Striffler, a third generation baker in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, informed us he would be making my husband and me a very special pretzel. We watched in amazement as he quickly and masterfully constructed the most intricate pretzel we had ever seen. Within the woven strands of dough was a delicate, edible 20 to denote the anniversary we were celebrating in Germany. We will never forget his thoughtfulness on that unforgettable day. We waited with our son just outside the bakery among the roses while the magical pretzel baked. It was the perfect start to another fairytale-inspired day!
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Sarah O.

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One great memory was our road trip to Munich and the stop at the Steiff teddy bear factory. On our itinerary this was something that sounded very
odd - stuffing an animal head - and we weren't expecting to enjoy it. How very wrong we were! Everyone in our ABD group was like family by this point which made this activity stand out as it was so fun to explore the museum, taking pictures and having your own stuffed animal decorated to your specifications. Other group members suggested my daughter have her bear crowned princess and the employees at Steiff made it happen.
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Marcy F.

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Germany - the Ferruggia Family As we traveled trough the beautiful countryside of Germany our destination was a quaint little village that
looked like a town from the movie Snow White. Each building was more charming then the next. Our first night in the village we took an evening tour through this magically town guided by the Nightwatchman. Our guide was dressed in a long black robe . He was caring a huge walking stick with a curved sword at the end and a lit lanteern. He spoke in a strong masculine voice . Each word when he spoke commanded your attention. As we walked through this adorable medival town at night he told entriging stories of the history and how his job as a night watchman was and how he would protect his town. We the group was intrigued by every word. All of listened as if we were back in time and he was our protector. The kids huddled around him listening as he spoke. We all felt like we in this period of time. A little tour was just so fasinating and it captured the whole groups attention. This is the Disney Way.., again another magically moment
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David F.

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During our stay at Dromoland Castle we came upon the Walled Garden during an afternoon stroll. An archway and the Leamaneh Castle Gates
provide the entrance to the magical setting of the Walled Gardens in full bloom. We learned that the Leamaneh Castle Gates were moved to Dromoland in 1902. After exploring the garden for a while we came upon a sundial mounted on a carved stone pedestal. Our daughter was confused by what it was since she had never been exposed to one before. Using sundials to tell time is obviously not a common thing. This drew us into a long conversation about the history of sundials and there uses. We spent a very enjoyable afternoon relaxing and learning new things.
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