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IDIS 164 TR: History and Architecture in Venice, Salzburg, Munich, Paris, and Berlin

May 7–May 28, 2023

Explore remarkable architecture and take a deep dive into European history during your 21-day trip. You’ll be introduced to the major architectural styles through the landmarks in each of the five cities on this trip. By the end of the trip, you’ll be able to identify most of the major architectural styles that have dominated the history of the western world and recognize the major features of each of those styles. You’ll understand the extent to which architecture is also a powerful tool in the hands of political leaders to showcase the power, wealth, and, sometimes, but not always, the genius of the regimes they lead.

Faculty Facilitators

Dr. Jean-Pierre Lalande

Professor of French and Latin

JP Lalande

Mrs. Anne Reid

Retired Associate VP for Finance

Anne Reid


  • Tuition: $772 for a full unit, $386 for a half unit
  • Technology Fee: $45
  • Program Fee: $3,499
  • Airfare: Included
  • Insurance Fee: $75 (Optional upgrades available)
  • Meals and Personal Funds: Varies

Quick Facts

  • Application: 2023 is now open
  • Program Length: 22 Days
  • Credits: 1/2 Unit or 1 Unit
  • Eligibility: 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Language: English
  • Elevate: Travel Voucher eligible for current sophomores

All the landmarks mentioned in this itinerary will be visited. Some changes may be made in the order they will be visited depending upon the weather.

Day 1: Fly to Venice, Italy

Day 2: Arrive in Venice, Italy, rest and get acquainted with the city

Day 3: San Marco Square, St. Mark's Basilica and Museum, Clock Tower, Bridge of Sighs, Santa Zaccharia, Venice history lecture, free evening

Day 4: Travel by boat to the fish market, then to the Doge Palace, San Giorgio Maggiore island visit to see the church and bell tower. Grand Canal ride, Rialto Bridge, free evening

Day 5: Lecture and walk to the Accademia (Museum of Fine Arts), travel by boat to Murano island, free afternoon

Day 6: Travel by train to Salzburg, Austria, rest and have a group dinner

Day 7: Salzburg history lecture, city tour focusing on Baroque cathedral and the Hohensalzburg fortress, Mozart's birthplace visit, free evening

Day 8: Travel by train to Munich, Germany. Walk to Marienplatz to see the old city center's Neo-Gothic City Hall and Glockenspiel, visit the late Gothic Notre-Dame Church (Frauenkirche) and walk through the three remaining medieval city gates (Karls Tor, Isator Tor & Sendlinger Tor), free evening

Day 9: Visit Dachau concentration camp, free time, Hofbrauhaus group dinner

Day 10: Visit Nymphenburg Castle, lecture in the gardens, visit Königsplatz for Greek Classical architecture, free afternoon and evening

Day 11: Visit Asamkirche (Asam Church) for late Baroque architecture, free afternoon and evening

Day 12: Travel by train to Paris, boat ride on the Seine River (with spectacular night views of the Eiffel Tower)

Day 13: Visit Cluny Museum of Medieval Arts, the Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie, Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, free evening

Day 14: Morning lecture, Pompidou Center, Orsay Museum, free evening

Day 15: Visit Eiffel Tower & free afternoon. Travel to Berlin via overnight train

Day 16: Arrive in Berlin, city introduction lecture, visit Alexanderplatz, Unter den Linden Avenue to the Berlin Cathedral, the State Opera House, the Old Museum, the Neue Wache and the Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust Memorial, Potsdamer Platz, Hitler's former Reich Aviation Ministry, Typography of Terror exhibit

Day 17: Post-WWII Berlin, the Cold War, division of Germany and the Berlin Wall, visit the East Side Gallery, Checkpoint Charlie Museum, walk along Karl-Marx-Allee, through Strausbergerplatz, and onto Frankfurter Allee, an entire section of formerly East Berlin that epitomizes social-realist architecture

Day 18: Baroque architecture lecture, visit Gendarmenmarket, Spree River, Chancellery and Pergamon Museum

Day 19: Visit Reichstag (German Parliament, Bundestag), free afternoon and evening

Day 20: Free day to explore Berlin

Day 21: Fly back to the US

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Due to the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we cannot guarantee travel or entrance into a destination or a program because of COVID-19 related delays and/or closures. In addition, should travel occur outside of the United States or between States, we cannot guarantee re-entry with or without vaccine requirement and/or quarantine as determined by the intended destination and return location. Moravian University encourages travelers to comply with the COVID-19 vaccine entry/exit requirements as detailed by their intended destination and/or program.