Germany: The Alumni Experience

Follow in the footsteps of Donald Watt and his original group of Experimenters to visit our long-time friends in Germany. As you travel through Germany, you will spend time in Heidelberg, Nuremburg, Dresden, and Berlin, exploring history, governance, and contemporary issues in Germany. Bond with your group as you share memories from your past Experiment experience, and create now memories with your new Experiment family.

Your journey starts in the 1,500 year old city of Heidelberg in the Rhine River region. Your orientation is the time to get to know your group, take a survival German class, learn about German culture, and get yourself acquainted with the city and local food. The next day you will meet your host family and begin your immersive experience into the local daily life by living in their home and sharing meals with your hosts. During the homestay, you will also meet up you’re your group for excursions in the surrounding areas, along the Rhine, and into wine country. Test your culinary skills and familiarize yourself with the regional food through a cooking class.

Your group will then travel to Nüremberg where you will explore the historic city and medieval fortification. Then, dive into the thematic focus by tracing World War II history from the pre-war rise of the Nazi party to the post-war trial of 24 of the political and military leaders of the Third Reich. Continue your exploration in Dresden and see for yourself the dramatic restoration after the controversial bombing.

The last stop in your journey is Berlin, the cradle of German contemporary culture and governance.

Optional Oktoberfest Add On: If you wish to attend all or part of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany from September 21st to October 6th, 2019, for an additional cost, The Experiment can arrange your travel and accommodations, and then you may meet the Alumni group afterwards on October 8th.



October 8, 2019






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Program Description

Do you remember your first Experiment? What if we said you could do it all over again?

In celebration of our 85th anniversary, The Experiment is offering a brand new exclusive program, Germany: The Alumni Experience, for Experiment alumni over 35 and their 21+ relatives or partners. From October 8-22, 2019, alumni will follow in the footsteps of Donald Watt and his original group of Experimenters to Germany as they enjoy cooking classes and wine tastings, soak up German history and culture, and spend time with a local family during a homestay.

Join us on this inaugural alumni journey.

International Travel: Participants will purchase their own flight so they can use their miles or preferred agent. Meeting time and location will be established once we have everyone’s flight information and arrival times. It is also an option to have The Experiment to arrange your travel from the U.S.

Activity Level: Participants must be able to stand for a few hours at a time and walk 2-4 miles per day in an urban setting. Participants must be able to carry their own luggage, including onto trains and other public transportation.

Lodging: During the homestay, participants will stay in their own room in the home of a local family. Couples may request a shared homestay with one room for both people. During the orientation and stays in Nuremberg, Dresden, and Berlin, participants will stay in a hotel in double occupancy rooms, sharing with one other participant of the same gender. Couples on program may share with each other. You may request individual accommodation for an additional $350 per person.

Meals: During the homestay, most meals are provided by your host family. On excursions during the homestay, your lunches are included. During travel in Nuremberg, Dresden, and Berlin, all meals are included except 4 dinners which you will have on your own.



Must be an Experiment alum over age 35, or travel with an Experiment alum. (Friends traveling with alumni must be 21+.)


October 8, 2019 - October 22, 2019 (2 weeks)

Program Fee:


(does not include airfare)




Other Accommodations:


Pre-departure Documents

  • The Experiment will provide pre-departure documents late spring 2019