About the Tour

Join BCA Resident Director, Kris Riggs, on an adventure through Austria, Slovakia, Germany and France next summer, July 2017. This exciting tour will include many notable and popular locations such as Vienna, Salzburg, Berlin and Strasbourg, as well as Marburg, Germany, BCA’s first program location celebrating its 55th year in 2017.

Tour Sites and Activities Include:


Historical tour – Also visit UN, OSCE, Musikverein concert hall (where the annual New Year’s concert takes place, the one that is broadcast in many countries). Enjoy a coffee and pastry at the famous Café Mozart.


Historical tour – Bratislava is of interest due to its historical ties to Austria, particularly Vienna.  During this day trip, learn how Austrians and the Slovaks have similarities and differences in regard to, for example, the expansion of the EU and dealing with the refugee crisis.


Walking tour – In Salzburg, you will be able to explore the city on your own and take public transportation into the surrounding area. A charming city with lots to do in a compact area!


Historical tour – Partake in a historical tour with Olaf, who has been introducing our students to Berlin since 2002! Meet with former BCA Marburg students who now live in Berlin. And, enjoy an evening in the Chamäleon Theater (tentative based on performance schedule), which is a great opportunity to show modern Berlin.


Walking and historical tour – Learn all things university and daily living related (and to some extent, life as a BCA Marburg student) from Kris, plus attend a historical tour with a certified guide.  Meet with current BCA students who are still in Marburg and if the schedule allows share lunch in the castle.

Enjoy a talk by a local scholar on contemporary German life and what people are currently discussing  in Germany, i.e., getting a peek at the German zeitgeist.  In 2016:  refugees, tensions with Russia and Turkey, EU expansion or buckling, inflation, environmental protection and recycling, integration/multicultural society, battling right-wing extremism within a social democracy, investing in and improving tertiary education as a state tool for competing with the rest of the world, etc.


Historical tour – This tour will explain the cultural and linguistic ties between Alsace and the FRG.  If desired, participants can try the automobile traffic-free bike ride on a tow path next to the Bruche Canal.  It is a wonderful way to explore and take in the French countryside. For participants not interested in the bike ride, trains run regularly and frequently between Strasbourg and Molsheim.  Or you can ride a bike to Molsheim and take the train back to Strasbourg.

Active Travel Notification

This program is moderately paced with a balance of included activities and free time to explore on your own. Travelers should be physically fit, able to walk distances of up to three miles and navigate stairs, hills and uneven terrain.