Join ambassadors from Friendship Force of Greater Omaha, Nebraska (USA) on their trip making fabulous friends and seeing fantastic sights throughout Germany! After a pre-homestay tour of Berlin, you will have the opportunity to be home-hosted in the Hamburg area with FF Norderstedt and FF Schwerin, enjoying authentic German food at welcome parties, touring the Hamburg harbor by ferry, or trying your hand at road bowling with your new friends!

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force clubs of Norderstedt and Schwerin.

Live With a Local

  • Four nights home-hosting with FF Norderstedt
  • Seven nights home-hosting with FF Schwerin
  • Meet club members of FF Norderstedt and FF Schwerin and enjoy some free time, plus welcome and farewell parties with them
  • In Schwerin, try out "Boßeln" (street bowling), which is very popular in the area

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Berlin highlights: Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building, Sinti and Roma Memorial, Holocaust Memorial, Embassies (USA, France, UK, Russia), old governmental district, Frederick Street/Checkpoint Charlie, Gendarmenmarkt (Konzerthaus, Deutscher Dom, Französischer Dom), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bebelplatz (place of Nazi book burning in 1933), Berlin Castle, Museum Island, Nikolai Quarter, Berlin City Hall (Rotes Rathaus), Alexanderplatz, and a river cruise lunch
  • Miniaturwunderland and Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Hamburg harbor cruise
  • Arboretum Park in Ellerhoop
  • NordArt exhibition
  • Guided Tour of Schwerin
  • Schwerin Palace Museum - the most beautiful residence of state parliaments in Germany
  • Wiligrad Castle
  • Open-air museum of folklore in Mueß
  • Guided tour of Wismar on the Baltic Sea
Thank you so much for making our time in Norderstedt so enjoyable. I will dearly miss our conversations and laughter. - 2018 US ambassador

Berlin, Schwerin, and Norderstedt, Germany

16 Days / 15 Nights Program and Itinerary:

August 24, 2019 – September 8, 2019
Coordinator: Joy Schaal, FF Greater Omaha
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All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Aug. 24, 2019

Arrive in Berlin

Aug, 25, 2019

Enjoy a full day tour of Berlin seeing the following:

Brandenburg Gate

Reichstag Building

Sinti and Roma Memorial

Holocaust Memorial

Embassies (USA, France, UK, Russia)

Old governmental district

Frederick Street/Checkpoint Charlie

Gendarmenmarkt (Konzerthaus, Deutscher Dom, Französischer Dom)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Bebelplatz (place of Nazi book burning in 1933)

Berlin Castle

Museum Island

Nikolai Quarter

Berlin City Hall (Rotes Rathaus)


Aug. 26, 2019

Enjoy a River Cruise lunch

Venture out and find your favorite places

Aug. 27, 2019

Try a Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour, or just do some sight-seeing

Aug. 28, 2019

Travel by train to Hamburg

Arrival at central station in Hamburg, where we will be greeted by the Norderstedt Friendship Force club

Travel by Metro to Norderstedt

Official welcome with the hosts in the park of Norderstedt

Welcome dinner in “Hopfenliebe” – a German restaurant

Aug. 29, 2019

Go into Hamburg by Metro:

Visit Miniaturwunderland

Elbphilharmonie with wonderful views over the harbor

Ferry tour of Hamburg harbour

A little bit of sightseeing on foot

Back to Norderstedt by metro

Aug. 30, 2019

Visit “NordArt” exhibition (by car)

Have lunch or coffee there

Dinner with hosts in the evening

Aug. 31, 2019

Visit Arboretum Park in Ellerhoop (by car)

Afternoon coffee

Remaining time with your hosts

Sept. 1, 2019

Morning with the hosts

Farewell lunch at Restaurant Konfuzius (asiatic food, guests invite hosts)

Travel by metro to the central station of Hamburg

Arrive in Schwerin and meet your hosts

Sept. 2, 2019

Guided city tour of Schwerin

Meet the president of the city council

Schwerin Palace Museum

Sept. 3, 2019

Free day with hosts

Sept. 4, 2019

Bus ride to Lübstorf

Street bowling

Wiligrad Castle

Sept. 5, 2019

Open-air museum of folklore Mueß

Picnic and horse carriage ride

Sept. 6, 2019

Free day

Sept. 7, 2019

Departure to Wismar

Guided city tour

Leisure time

Farewell party

Sept. 8, 2019

Train to Hamburg



$1200 USD

Price Includes: Four nights accommodation in Berlin before the actual homestay, a full day tour in Berlin, a river cruise lunch in Berlin on day two, FFI fees, host fees for the home stays in Schwerin and Norderstedt, travel cost within Germany.


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Know before you go

  • Journey number 15070.
  • $400.00 deposit due by April 1st.
  • The group is meeting in Berlin on Aug 24. They will be touring Berlin together.
  • Greater Omaha ambassadors (from the ambassador club) will leave the US on August 23rd and arrive in Berlin on August 24th.
  • Norderstedt is part of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.
  • Schwerin is about 100 km east of Hamburg, situated in former East Germany. Schwerin is the state capital of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and has about 100,000 inhabitants. It is surrounded by many lakes and woods, not far from the Baltic Sea.
  • At the end of the Journey, travel by train back to Hamburg for our flight back home or continue on your Journey.
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Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.
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