We have compiled an interesting social program for you on the second and last day of the conference, i.e 30th September and 1st October 2016. Look forward to discovering one of the most famous cities of the world- Berlin!
You will have the unique opportunity to explore this vibrant, unconventional city full of contradictions from different point of views. Choose your perspective on the city from the list below and explore a sight of Berlin you have never experienced before.
Friday, 30th September 2016, 18:00 - 21:00
Explore the capital of the Cold War– Divided Berlin. Take a city tour of the sights which epitomize the long division of the city, such as Friedrichstrasse station, the Brandenburg Gate, and Checkpoint Charlie. Enjoy an exciting city tour of the history of this once-divided capital. See the Friedrichstraße station, the single border station during the Cold War. Follow the Spree to the parliament and government district, whose buildings were situated partly along the border strip. Visit the famous Brandenburg Gate where the border ran, the symbol of the division and the fate of the city. From the Holocaust memorial at the former death strip, we proceed to Potsdamer Platz, where the split is particularly visible in the former Tiergarten Triangle. See the longest remaining stretch of the wall and the world famous Checkpoint Charlie.
No other European Metropolis offers that direct view into the heart of a city. Large parts of the old and new architecture were built towards the water, while vast parts of the Spree riverbank are not lined up by streets. It’s especially this aspect that makes this city centre tour through Berlin so special – almost obligatory, for those seeking to truly get to know Berlin. So, come aboard and experience Berlin’s inner city first hand and unfettered by one of our upper deck or panoramic ships!
The Akropolis is over Athens, Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre over Paris, the sugarloaf over Rio de Janeiro and the ’Teufelsberg’ over Berlin. Enjoy a break on Berlin’ highest hill - the ’Teufelsberg’. The view over the Grunewald, Berlin’ biggest forest, and across Berlin is uniquely beautiful. The Fernsehturm and Berliner Dom gleam in the sun to the east. To the west white sailing boats drift across the glistening water. And all around there’s nothing to be seen but green forest. Anyone standing on the Teufelsberg could hardly guess that this mountain is made of rubble and that it is a place charged with history. During the Nazi period the shell of the Military Technology Faculty building was here. It was blown up after the war and 25 million cubic metres of Berlin rubble was piled up here. And this is how the Teufelsberg became one of the highest points in Berlin at 114.7 metres. The Americans began to use the hill as a listening post in the 50s. You can still see the remains of the installation with five large radar domes today
There is a side of Berlin that people are talking about and it’s not what you typically expect of a European capital. Berlin’s history behind the wall saw the development of a very special culture and the artistic brand that Berlin has become famous for. This tour is designed to show you the culture of the ‘Alternative’ side of Berlin. Learn about the great history of Berlin and yet still get the inside knowledge on modern day Berlin. This Berlin Tour covers famous Berlin attractions, the most influential historical sights and delves into stories of past wars, urban legends, and the city’s triumphs and tragedies. Visit parks and markets, explore Berlin’s lesser known neighbourhoods and learn stories of Berlin’s unique history, see art from local and international artists and a lot more.
Today’s Charité looks back on a turbulent history, which is characterised by outstanding personalities, dark eras and phases of renewal and modernisation. Political, ideological, medical, and human factors direct the ability of this medical institution in the heart of Berlin. Take the opportunity to get a guided tour and learn what stories these old buildings conceal.
A guided bicycle tour is the best way to discover Berlin. In smaller, individualized groups, you’ll enjoy the city’s expansive, green and primarily flat urban landscape. On routes almost entirely separated from automobile traffic, our guides will take you to some of Berlin’s most interesting exciting and unexpected places. In this tour you will explore the Berlin wall and its many famous stories. For almost 30 years, this 160-kilometer-long, so-called “death strip” cut through the city and the lives of its people. Few families remained untouched by the division of the city; parents separated from their children, lovers who wound up on the “wrong” side of the Berlin Wall or young people who wanted to escape the restrictions of the GDR and risked their lives trying to get over the Wall. Discover the further symbol for the misery and the most visible sign of the struggle between two systems. With our guided bike tour you can discover the Berlin Wall.