AACI Kosher Imperial & Jewish Vienna
25 June 2017 - 28 June 2017
Locations: breathtaking drive along the Danube River, Hatam Sofer Tomb in Bratislava, Hofburg Palace, Schönbrunn Palace
Visit the past with our special tour to Vienna and Bratislava. Beautiful palaces, impressive city streets, lavish museums and abundant history will transport you to a different time, rich with a Jewish past. Visit the Hofburg Palace, the Jewish cemetery and Synagogue, the Schönbrunn Palace and the Hatam Sofer Tomb in Bratislava with a breathtaking drive along the Danube River.
June 25 upon arrival – we will start our panoramic tour which will give you an overall impression of the most significant historical sights of Vienna. Along the Ringstrasse you will see numerous grand buildings, such as the MAK, the State Opera House, the magnificent Museum of Fine Arts with its world famous art treasures of the Habsburg’s, the Natural History Museum, the cultural district, the Museums Quartier, the Hofburg (the former Habsburg winter residence), the Parliament, the City Hall and the Burg Theater. We will also drive past the Belvedere Palace which houses the largest and most precious Gustav Klimt collection in the world.
June 26. Jewish History of Austria. Vienna is a good place to have a closer look at the marks left from centuries of Jewish settlement in the country′s capital. After an almost complete extinction of Jewish life in Austria due to discrimination, persecution and ultimately the Holocaust, some 20,000 Jews mostly from Eastern European countries now populate Vienna, reviving the Jewish aspect of the city.
The Jewish community is concentrated around the Leopoldstadt, the Second District, which was first a ghetto and later a Jewish district. For tourists, however, the Jewish Museums in the Dorotheergasse and at the Judenplatz Square in the First District provide more rewarding destinations.
The Jüdisches Museum in the Palais Eskeles was founded in 1896, which makes it the oldest museum of its kind in the World. Not surprisingly, though, it was closed by the Nazis in 1938 and not re-opened until 1989 – so the claim for its record age is somewhat dubious. The exhibition is arranged on four floors. On the ground floor, there is a lecture hall that has several items of Judaica on display. Around the corner, is a bookshop, an overloaded marble-covered entrance hall that looks somewhat out of place, and the main attraction of the museum: The Café Teitelbaum, where we will enjoy a typical Viennese Kosher lunch.
The final destination on the tour of Jewish-sightseeing attractions is the Stadttempel in the middle of the “Bermuda Triangle”, Vienna′s premier nightclub and binge-drinking district. The Stadttempel was built in 1826, which makes it the oldest synagogue in Vienna.
Dinner in restaurant.
June 27. In the morning we will start with a visit to the Spanish Riding school of Vienna and witness the training of the Lipizzaners and their riders. During the 2-hour morning exercise you can observe their training of the gray colts and the fully-trained school stallions, the “white stars”.
After lunch we will visit the Hofburg Palace, the former imperial palace in the center of Vienna. Built in the 13th century and expanded during the following centuries, the palace has been the seat of power of the Habsburg dynasty rulers, and today is the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria. It was the principal imperial winter residence.
We will visit the Schönbrunn Palace which is a former imperial summer residence located in Vienna. The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country. Since the mid-1950s it has been a major tourist attraction. The history of the palace and its vast gardens spans over 300 years, reflecting the changing tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.
Dinner in restaurant.
June 28. Full-day trip to Bratislava where we will see the tomb of Moses Schreiber (1762–1839), known in his own community and by Jewish posterity as Moshe Sofer (Hebrew translation of his name) and also known by his main work Hatam Sofer. He was one of the leading Orthodox rabbis of European Jewry in the first half of the nineteenth century.
We will have lunch in the Chabad house and then we will visit the old town of Bratislava.
In the late afternoon we will drive back to Vienna airport for our flight back to Israel.
Note: Most trips have varying levels of walking requirements. If yo have any mobility issues, please inquire from your Ophir agent.
AACI members 1800 Euro per person in a double Currency Converter
Non- AACI members 1850 Euro per person in a double
Single supplement 185 Euro
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- Local English-speaking Guide.
- Tour leader from Israel, Rabbi Yitzchak Rubenstein
- Grand Mercure Biedermeier Hotel
- 4 days of sightseeing as per program with bus and local guide
- Meals: Full board, breakfast and dinner daily , Lunch boxes daily
- Entrance fees
- International Flight with ELAL
- Water on bus
- Any items of a personal nature
- Any other items not mentioned as included
- Travel/Medical insurance
Deposit of 300 Euro per person at time of reservation.
Final payment due by May 01, 2017
Cancellation from time of registration until April 19, 2017: 100 Euro per person
Cancellation between April 20, 2017-May 19, 2017: 50% of total package
Cancellation from May 20, 2017 to day of departure: 100%
VIENNA Registration Form 2017 Insurance Vienna 2017
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