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The social programme for participants and accompanying persons included the Icebreaker and the Conference Dinner.

Additionally, a day-to-day programme was provided to accompanying persons.

 

Tue, June 4th 2013

(Guided) city walking tour in Braunschweig

 

With round 245.000 inhabitants, Braunschweig is the biggest city in the area between Hanover and Berlin. It is the centre of the region, as much today as it has been in the past. On this walk you saw much evidence of the history of Braunschweig's buildings dating from the Middle Ages through to Modern Times. Your tour took you from the Burgplatz (castle square) with Dankwarderode Castle to St. Blasii Cathedral and the bronze lion statue which reminds of Henry the Lion, a powerful Guelph Duke who made Braunschweig his residence in the middle of the 12th century. You continued through the city centre to the historical Altstadtmarkt (old town market square) with the Gewandhaus (cloth hall), Altstadtrathaus (old town hall), Martinikirche (Martini church) and the Marienbrunnen (Marien Fountain). It was an exciting city walk that shows you many different aspects of Braunschweig.

 

Wed, June 5th 2013

Bus trip to Quedlinburg and Wernigerode

 

The UNESCO-listed town of Quedlinburg is located about 85 km southeast of Braunschweig and north to the Harz mountains (former DDR). It is known since the early 9th century. Its rise was closely connected with its convent, established in 936 by the first German Emperor Otto I. Converted into a castle it still stands proudly on top of a sandstone hill overlooking the town. Fortunately, Quedlinburg survived the war undamaged and was valued by the DDR. So, its cobblestone streets are still lined with over 1300 half-timbered buildings that date back several centuries.

You arrived in Quedlinburg after a 1-hour-bus trip and started with a guided walking tour through the historic parts of the city (Altstadt) and around the castle mount. Your tour finished at the Brewery L├╝dde, where you had the chance to taste the legendary beer flavour “Pubarschknall”. After lunch there was a guided tour through the Cathedral St. Servatius and the Domschatz, the cathedral treasure.



From Quedlinburg it's 30 km to Wernigerode, another charming town at the foot of the Harz mountains which is home to hundreds of half-timbereded houses and topped with a castle, dating back to 1861. At the market place in front of the fine old town hall with a timber façade from 1498 you enjoyed your coffee-break.

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