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October 21 – 31, 2011

Johannes Kepler, Tycho Brahe, and Carl Zeiss

Walk in the footsteps of Johannes Kepler, Tycho Brahe, and Carl Zeiss. This tour is expertly planned with no long traveling days, two nights in each Stuttgart, Vienna, and Munich and a leisurely three-night stay in Prague.

Attend Munich’s famous Mineralientage. Dave Eicher, editor of Astronomy magazine, will lead you to the Stefanik and Urania Observatories to meet with fellow astronomers of Prague and Vienna.

Your Tour includes:

  • Roundtrip air from selected USA gateways to Munich
  • First Class accommodations
  • Meals: Breakfasts daily, 2 Lunches, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing Highlights with guides
    • Kepler Museum
    • Zeiss Optical Museum
    • Mercedes Benz Museum
    • Stefanik and Urania Observatories
    • Musical Concert - Prague
    • Viennese Heurigen
    • Beethoven Museum
    • Admission to Mineralientage – 1100 exhibitors of minerals & gems
  • Personally escorted by Astronomy magazine editor, Dave Eicher

 

Itinerary:

Friday/Saturday, October 21/22, 2011 USA –Stuttgart, Germany
Depart for Europe and the very roots of astronomy and telescope design.

Sunday, October 23, 2011 Weil-der-Stadt Stuttgart, Germany
Motor to nearby Weil der Stadt and the birthplace of Johannes Kepler and the Kepler Museum. Johannes Kepler, astronomer and mathematician, was born on 27 December 1571 in Weil-der-Stadt and died on 15 November 1630 in Regensburg. His name lives on in the Kepler Mission searching the skies for Earth size planets.
After lunch proceed to another notable German design, the Mercedes Benz Museum with a private tour.
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Monday, October 24, 2011 Stuttgart – Prague
After breakfast proceed to the Zeiss Optical Museum in Oberkochern for the displays of the varied forms of optical devices. The museum’s displays span a period over 700 years. It is a rich collection of the progression of telescopes and binoculars since the 17th century, instruments used for measuring the earth and high-end photography equipment. Following lunch we will transfer to Prague for three nights.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011 Prague, Czech Republic
Today we walk in the footsteps of Kepler and Tycho Brahe in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Prague. Our walking tour of Old Town includes the Astronomical Clock and the Tycho Brae and Kepler statue. The Klementinum, a complex of buildings built between 16th and 18th centuries is a former Jesuit seminary and today houses the Astronomical Tower and Baroque Library Hall.
Tonight a concert is planned.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Prague, Czech Republic
After breakfast we will visit the Stefanik Observatory. The main telescopes are a double refractor made by Zeiss in 1908. Konif, Viennese selenographer, placed the main dome in 1928. There is a large exhibit of Moldavites, green silicate natural glasses, on display. Moldavites were formed during an asteroid impact in the Ries impact crater 15 million years ago.
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Thursday, October 27, 2011 Prague – Vienna, Austria
This morning we will transfer to Vienna with a sightseeing tour of this romantic Hapsburg city.
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Friday, October 28, 2011 Vienna, Austria
Today we will visit the Urania Observatory and meet with local astronomers.  Continue to the world famous Viennese Heurigen (wine bar) at Heiligenstadt. Visit the Beethoven Museum and enjoy food, beverage with Viennese music. 
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Saturday, October 29, 2011 Vienna – Munich, Germany
After transferring to Munich with sightseeing. Tonight enjoy a traditional Farewell dinner.
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Sunday, October 30, 2011 Munich, Germany
A visit to the Mineralientage, International Fair of Minerals, Fossils, and Gems is offered with 1,100 international exhibitors from 56 countries are presenting precious minerals, gems and fossils of the world. The largest gold and crystal finds of the Alps will be on display.
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Monday, October 31, 2011 Munich – USA
Depart for home today or extend your stay in Euorpe.
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