Architecture You Love
A North Carolina 501C3 Educational Nonprofit Archive Documenting,
Preserving, and Promoting Residential Modernist Architecture
NCMH Global Three:
Architecture in Germany and Switzerland:
Berlin, Zurich, Vals, Lucerne, and Basel
Did you miss our amazing trip
to Denmark, Norway, and Sweden two years ago?
How about London, Brussels, and Amsterdam last year?
Then you won't want to miss
this voyage - ten days and eleven nights of
heart-pounding Modernist architecture
in Berlin, Zurich, Lucerne, Vals, and Basel. You just won't believe where we're going
and what you're going to see - and experience. Seriously, you won't.
Like the 7132 Thermal Spa high in Vals in the Swiss Alps, designed by Peter Zumthor.
You will discover incredible architecture in
two countries, truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see
some of the world's best architecture - with virtually everything included!
Roundtrip air travel from RDU, primarily on American
Airlines, with all transfers
Our own touring buses, with professional licensed guides
leading customized architecture and design tours in English
A three-day central Berlin subway pass
Modern, double-occupancy hotels, with breakfast and wi-fi
Connection flights within Europe
Welcome reception in Berlin, plus lunches on longer tour
days, dinner in Berlin, and a special farewell dinner in Zurich
Plus, you'll have free time as our tours are typically
from 8am to 1pm. There will be three evening dinner/reception events. Most
afternoons (and about half the evenings) you'll be able to visit other sites and
museums, try out restaurants, meet up with friends (old and new!), or explore
Wow, that’s incredible!
We think so, too.
Wed 2 May
Fly American Airlines to Berlin
overnight. Dinner and breakfast are included on the plane.
Thurs 3 May
Welcome to the capital of Germany! Upon arrival our private
coach takes us to the Hotel Q! for immediate check-in.
Today you'll get your
3-day Berlin subway pass.
Lunch is on your own. In the
afternoon, nap in your cozy room or blast off to start exploring the charming
Hotel Q! Our 7pm Welcome
Reception includes drinks and heavy appetizers. Dinner, if desired, is on your own
in the local area.
Fri 4 May
Berlin City Tour!
After breakfast, we tour Modernist
architecture around the City on foot, including the Sony
Center, the House of the World's Cultures, Sauerbruch
Hutton, the Holocaust Memorial by Daniel Libeskind, and the
New National Gallery.
The tour ends at approximately 1pm. Lunch
is on your own, and the afternoon and evening are free to
Sony Center, designed by The JAHN
The 1957 House of the World's Cultures, designed by Hugh Stubbins
Sauerbruch Hutton HQ
Holocaust Memorial, designed by Peter Eisenman
New National Gallery, designed by Mies Van der Rohe
Jewish Museum, designed by Daniel Libeskind
Saturday 5 May
Berlin Area Tour!
After breakfast, we travel by coach in and around Berlin to
see exciting Modernist buildings. Our last stop is the
Sauna Tempodrom and Liquidrom. If you want to stay and
take part, you'll get back to the hotel on your own via taxi.
Tour ends approximately 1pm. Lunch is on your own, and
the afternoon and evening are free to explore.
Nhow Berlin Hotel, designed by
Free University Library, designed by Norman Foster
Sauna Tempodrom and Liquidrom
Sunday 6 May
Berlin Wall and East Germany!
After breakfast, you'll walk the famous line of the city,
the Berlin Wall, where you'll learn the story of the Cold
War. We'll also see the Berlin Wall Memorial and
explore and visit Modernist buildings in East Berlin.
Tour ends approximately 1pm. Lunch on your own,
and the afternoon is free to explore.
we have a group celebration dinner at the fantastic German
restaurant, Marjellchen, a short walk from the hotel.
Berlin Wall, built in 1961
Soviet War Memorial, designed by Yakov Belopolsky
Monday 7 May
7132 Thermal Spa!
an early breakfast we head to the Berlin airport for a short hop to
Zurich. Then it's up into the tiny town of Vals in the Swiss Alps by private coach to
one of the world's most incredible spas, the Modernist 7132 Thermal
Resort, designed by Peter Zumthor, with additions by other
world-famous architects. Spa admission is
included! However, treatments (like massage) are additional
and must be scheduled online in advance.
Lunch and dinner is on your
own at the resort.
7132 Thermal Spa, designed by Peter Zumthor.
Tuesday 8 May
Char and Zurich!
After breakfast, you'll have until about
11am to continue to enjoy the 7132 resort, then we descend to visit
Char, a Swiss village, featuring Walter Foderer's Holy Cross Church
- and lunch! Then we'll drive to Zurich, arriving about 4pm to the
25Hours Hotel Zurich West, our home for the rest of the journey.
You can dine in the onsite Neni restaurant and can use the top-floor
sauna free of charge. Also a Mini Cooper can be used free of charge
depending on availability.
Dinner is on your own.
The Holy Cross Church in Char, designed by Walter Foderer.
Hotel Zurich West.
Wednesday 9 May
After breakfast, we will tour Zurich on foot and by bus,
experiencing the Archeology
Museum, Kunsthaus Zurich, Tic Tric Trac Housing, Sihlcity
Mall, KISS Housing, and Theatre 11. We finish up at Zurichee
Lake at the Swarovski HQ, Flexhouse, and Cocoon Offices
before returning to the hotel.
Tour ends approximately 1pm. The rest of the day is on your
Tic Tric and Trac Housing, designed by Baumschlager Eberle
Flexhouse, designed by Evolution Design
Swarovski HQ, designed by Ingenhoven Architects
Thursday 10 May
After breakfast, we'll go multimodal! We head for the
snow-capped town of Lucerne by coach, then cruise across
Lake Lucerne by boat to Alpnachstad, where we catch a
cogwheel train to the top of Mount Pilatus, 7000 feet in
elevation. From there, we take a cable car down the
mountain to another coach which returns us to Lucerne.
Lunch today is included, and we return about 4pm. Dinner is
on your own.
Cogwheel Train to Mount Pilatus
Friday 11 May
Basel City Tour!
After breakfast, you will visit the Basel Signal box, Actelion Business Centre, Museum Der Kulturen, Beyeler
Foundation Museum, BIS Bank Buildings, Messe Building, General Trade
School, Roche Tower and Vitra Design Museum. Lunch and the rest of
afternoon is on your own.
we'll have a beautiful farewell group dinner on the terrace at the Uto
Kulm restaurant overlooking Zurich!
Actelion Business Center, designed by Herzog and de Meuron
Basel Signal Box,
designed by Herzog and de Meuron
The Museum Der
The Vitra Design Museum, designed by Frank Gehry
The Beyeler Foundation, designed by Renzo Piano with renovations by
Kulm restaurant overlooking Zurich
Saturday 12 May
The Journey Home!
We fly to the US via JFK,
arriving at RDU about 5pm EST. You will leave with fabulous memories, lots of photos, and a heart full of
architecture, beautiful scenery, wonderful people, and the amazing organization of European
cities and infrastructure!
$5399 per person, double occupancy; $6499
per person, single occupancy
Once payment is made, there are no
refunds for any reason except for trip cancellation. However, you can
transfer your place to another person with at least three weeks written
notice to NCMH at the phone/email below.
You are HIGHLY
ENCOURAGED to consider trip insurance. One site is
www.insuremytrip.com, a portal to
several large travel insurance companies. You will get a quote
The prices are reasonable and you can dial up as much or as little coverage
as you want. Many travel policies do not cover pre-existing medical
conditions. If you have some, please check the box at the left of the quote
screens. Further, most policies that include pre-existing conditions
require purchase within 14-20 days of trip payment, so once you buy the
trip, buy the insurance. NCMH is not affiliated with nor receives any
compensation from this site. Our participants have used it successfully in
the past, including claims.
Proceeds benefit NCMH's ongoing documentation, preservation, and promotion projects. We are a North Carolina 501C3 nonprofit.
Questions? Contact NCMH Executive Director George
Smart at 919.740.8407 or
The Fine Print:
Continuing Education. Architects can get self-reported CEU hours if arranged in
advance with the AIA.
Parking. Parking at RDU airport is not included.
You're encouraged to get a ride or use a taxi.
Schedule. The itinerary and order of
trip events are subject to change without notice or refund.
Release. Participants must sign a liability
release prior to departure, as is standard with all NCMH trips.
Delay. There is a small but possible risk of overnight stay if flights are delayed, in which case participants are responsible for any additional costs of meals, lodging, transportation, and incidental expenses.
This has never happened on one of our trips - but it could happen.
Passport. You need a valid US
passport expiring no earlier than November 15, 2018. There are no travel visas
Luggage. As we will be on the move constantly, absolutely no checked baggage allowed.
You will survive with one carry-on rollerboard/suitcase (maximum dimensions
9" x 14" x 22") and one personal bag / purse / laptop. You'll be
fine. Really! However, if you buy a lot of stuff while we
are travelling, not to worry. Carry a collapsible bag in your rollerboard.
Checked baggage is allowed on the flight home
(you are responsible for baggage charges).
climate is unpredictable and weather can be cool even during summers.
Bring a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and warm clothes. May there is
not like May here. Be prepared for both sunny and cold. Most
tours are walking, so make sure to bring convenient walking shoes.
Going to Berlin early /
staying over in Zurich.
Once air tickets are issued, you may modify your tour. This
*sometimes* involves a
change fee and any fare difference and is handled directly with American
Airlines. They are pretty good about this -- as long as you are changing
dates not cities. You may also later add your frequent flyer number (or
TSA number, if you have one).