Will and Kate's Germany Itinerary Is Surprisingly Easy to Replicate
Royal visits aren’t always all that royal.
When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (and kids!) arrive in Germany on Wednesday, many may assume their itinerary will involve exclusive events, like meeting the heads of state and waltzing off to glamorous parties. And although their planned itinerary definitely includes some events that commoners can only dream of, most of Will and Kate’s trip around Germany will be to well-known tourist attractions — meaning it’s fairly easy to follow in their footsteps and plan a royal tour of the country.
When they arrive in Berlin on Wednesday, the royal couple will meet crowds at the famous Brandenburg Gate before visiting the Holocaust Memorial. Fans will be able to see William and Kate starting at about 1:50 p.m.
The afternoon consists of charity visits in Berlin’s eastern district of Marzahn. The only part of the day that won’t be replicable for the average visitor is the evening, when the couple will visit the president at the Bellevue Palace and celebrate the Queen’s birthday at a party in the gardens of the British Ambassador’s residence.
On Thursday, the royal couple will day trip out to Heidelberg to visit the German Cancer Research Centre and the town’s central market square. Afterwards they will partake in a Cambridge versus Heidelberg rowing competition on the River Neckar. The day ends back in Berlin at the mirrored hall of Clärchens Ballhaus. The ballroom, which opened in 1913, is one of the oldest in the city. And although it will be closed that night for Will and Kate's meeting with Berlin’s “most creative, innovative and exciting new names in the world of art, culture, style, fashion and technology,” visitors will usually find the hall open for concerts, dancing, and drinking.
The final day of the German tour will take place in Hamburg. The itinerary starts at the Maritime Museum to celebrate the joint UK-Germany year of science. Then the royal couple will visit the newly-opened Elbphilharmonie for a concert by the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. The concert hall, which opened in January, is one of the biggest in the world. On Friday, it will be populated by local children in an effort to spread classical music to the next generation. The day ends with a tour of the Airbus factory — which, if past trips are any indication, should be especially exciting for Prince George.