Märklin Factory and Berlin Tour 2006

We are invited by Märklin, Germany for a factory tour and we would like you to join us. We will visit Esslingen, Göppingen, Stuttgart, Freiburg and Berlin.

Tour Highlights:

Departure: October 06, 2006

Return: October 15, 2006

Air travel from Chicago via Lufthansa Airlines

Please note: You can choose any airport within the US for departure. We will make the necessary arrangements for you.

Price per Person: 3595.00 (Airfare included)

Price per Person: 2995.00 (Land only)

Day 1, Friday October 06


We are leaving Chicago late in the afternoon via Lufthansa on our non-stop flight to Frankfurt. Cocktails and dinner will be served en route.

Day 2, Saturday, October 07


Breakfast will be served one hour before landing. After checking through immigration and customs we will board a train to Göppingen. After a 2-hour ride we will arrive in Göppingen and check into the hotel. The afternoon is then free for you to enjoy your own activities. We will meet for dinner at 7:30 and conclude the evening.

Day 3, Sunday, October 08


We are visiting one of the most breathtaking cities in the Stuttgart region. Esslingen is known for its wine and we will hike through the vineyards while being educated in the making of German wines. Next we will have coffee and cake in the castle. Afterward we will take a walk through the city itself. Esslingen has one of the best preserved medieval cores in Wurttemberg and the oldest row of half-timbered houses in Germany. It will be a great experience to walk the old cobbled alleys and relive the history around them.

Dinner will be in a historic wine cellar. Afterwards we are returning back to our hotel in Göppingen.

Day 4, Monday, October 09

Today we board our bus to go to the Porsche factory. It is very impressive to see how a Porsche is constructed and how everything is perfectly timed. A factory tour guide, who can answer all your questions, will accompany us.

We will have lunch in a special local restaurant and visit the streetcar museum and the Neoplan museum.

Day 5, Tuesday, October 10


The bus will bring us to the Märklin factory. We will witness how the locomotive bodies are created in the molds, and how they are painted & decorated. A test run for every locomotive is performed before they are packed up. After all the excitement we will have lunch at the Park Restaurant. We then head over to the Märklin Museum. This is for the true Marklin enthusiast - you can see precious items from the late 1870’s to the present. Luckily all the items, which were stolen in January 2005, are back.

Day 6, Wednesday, October 11


We are visiting Freiburg, one of the most beautiful towns in southern Germany. After the sightseeing we board a train to the Valley of Hell. In 1887 the "Höllentalbahn" (train route) parallel to the road was opened, which connects "Freiburg" with "Donaueschingen". It is quite famous because it has to overcome a gradient of 1: 18, covering a difference of 441 m in height between "Hinterzarten" and "Himmelreich". This part of the line is one of the most interesting ones in Germany. It leads through 9 tunnels and numerous viaducts. The Ravenna viaduct, which is 222m long and 42 m high, is the most imposing construction of all viaducts.

Coffee break will be in Titisee and we conclude the day by returning to Göppingen.

Day 7, Thursday, October 12


We will board a regional train to Stuttgart and switch over to an ICE to travel to Berlin. We have to leave early in the morning because it will take us over 6 hours to get there.  After checking into our hotel you have the rest of the day for your own activities. We are close to the main shopping district so you can buy all your souvenirs there. You are also free to visit one of the 170 museums in town or visit Berlins new main station which is one of the largest in the world.  Over 300 thousand travelers come and go from this incredible new station. 

Day 8, Friday, October 13


First we are visiting Loxx Miniature World. It is not as big as Hamburg’s Miniature Wonderland but it is still very impressive. You can see many little scenes that you wouldn’t find in Hamburg like a functional airport. The length of time that we attend the layout depends on the group, but we will eventually head over to the transportation museum. This museum is one of the best for transportation in Germany.

Day 9, Saturday October 14


We will spend this day sightseeing. We will board a bus, which will bring us to all the interesting sites in Berlin. We will also experience a completely new method of sightseeing - by boat. Did you know that Berlin has more bridges than Venice?

Day 10, Sunday October 15


Like all good things, this tour will come to an end today. Breakfast will be served early with hotel check out to follow. We will travel to the Berlin Airport and fly back via Frankfurt or Munich.

Welcome Home!

Tour Price Includes:

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Please note:

Airfare is included in round trip from Chicago. For departures from other cities, please contact Roman Plaszewski at Reynauld’s Euro-Imports, Inc.

Terms & Conditions:

An initial deposit of $600.00 per person is required to secure reservation. Seats are limited, so reservations will be made on a first come-first serve basis. Final payment must be made by August 01, 2006.

Checks must be made payable to R. Plaszewski and sent to: Reynauld’s Euro-Imports, Inc. 122 N. Main Street, Elburn, IL 60119.

Rates are subject to change including but not limited to increases in applicable taxes, government imposed fees and exchange rates.


All cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations fees before July 04, 2006 will be $400.00 per person plus any deposits lost to airlines or any other facilities! Cancellation fees between July 05 and August 31 will be $700.00 plus any deposits lost to airlines or any other facilities!

After September 01, 2006 there will be no refund for cancellations.


No refunds will be made for unused portion of the tour after travel begins.

Proof of Citizenship: It is the traveler’s responsibility to provide proper documentation of proof of U.S. citizenship. Married women traveling with documentation in their maiden name must supply a marriage license.

Failure to possess required documentations may result in denied boarding. No refunds will be made if passengers are denied boarding.

For non-U.S. citizens, please contact the appropriate destination embassy or consulate for correct document requirements.

Your passport must be valid till April 2007 or longer.


Every effort will be made to operate the program as per the scheduled itinerary. Due to local conditions or circumstances, we reserve the right to adjust or alter the itinerary.


Reynauld’s Euro Imports, Inc. is not in any way responsible for this tour. Rey and Roman Plaszewski arranged this tour for the enjoyment of European train enthusiasts.

Rey and Roman Plaszewski are responsible for arranging the services and accommodations offered hereunder, except in the absence of negligence on their part; Rey nor Roman Plaszewski are not responsible for any act, error, omission, injury to person or property, inconvenience, accident, delay or default of any company and/or their employees, agents, or servants, or facilities in connection with these. It is expressly understood that Rey and Roman Plaszewski are not responsible for any delays for any flight or non-operation of any flight hereunder due to any reasons beyond their control, including work stoppages, labor strikes, or Forces Majeure and shall have no liability of any nature whatsoever relating to flight delays, including (but not limited to) liability for damage related to shortened vacation time, inconvenience or hardship, additional expenses or any other form of damage. By accepting this contract, you hereby relieve Rey and Roman Plaszewski of all such liabilities.

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