This year’s social programme will be optional and will mainly take place on Saturday, September 7th. Join us on our trip to the main sights of the vibrant city of Berlin and some beautiful spots only known to insiders.
For those taking part in the social programme, there will be nine different options available:
Historical Charité Campus Tour
Today’s Charité looks behind a turbulant history, which is characterized by outstanding personalities, dark eras and phases of renewal and modernization. Thereby political, idealogical, medical and human factors direct the ability of this medical institution in the heart of Berlin. Take the chance to get a guided tour by the medical historian Prof. Bleker, the former executive directress of the institute of medical history of the Charité, who wants to share her expertise on our university’s history with you. By moderating a historical campus tour she enables you also to visit one of our oldest lecture hall and the Berlin Museum of Medical History, which is the successor of Rudolf Virchow’s Pathological Museum.
Berlin on Bike: The Wall
For 29 years the Berlin Wall zigzagged its way around the island of West Berlin. It was a four-meter-high monstrosity made of massive concrete slabs crowned. The East side of the wall was flanked by the so-called “death strip”: a raked area, 20 to 30 meters wide, with barbed wire, watch dogs, flood lights and watch towers. The Wall was forced down following the peaceful demonstrations that broke out through East Germany between summer and fall of 1989. Although only a few hundred meters of wall and three watchtowers remain, traces of the city’s division are still visible in many places. Here you have the chance to visit these places by a guided tour on bike (15km altogether).
Berlin in Bike: Berlin’s Best
Biking through Berlin, you’ll soon realize that this spacious, vast and unconventional city is full of contradictions. This is where the old and new and the successful or the more dubious stand side by side. Buildings from every era and different governmental systems are still standing, while others have either been destroyed in war, or considered unsafe or insignificant and pulled down. Berlin’s image is more of a fascinating and constantly shifting collage than a static picture of history. Be part of a spectacular guided bike tour, at which you will experience the dynamics of the metropolis and hear what Berliners think of all these changes(15 km altogether).
Berlin on Bike: Kreuzberg
Kreuzberg is one of Berlin’s more colourful districts. In the 1970s Turkish immigrants, students and alternative thinkers started moving into what used to be a workers district before it fell under the shadow of the Berlin Wall. Even now, the nights can be long in Kreuzberg bars. Have a look at the beautiful fairytale fountain of the Märchenbrunnen in the Volkspark Friedrichshain, the East Side Gallery, cycle along the river Spree, visit three Russian war memorials and finally relax at Kreuzberg’s recreation area Görlitzer Park. The tour will be 19km altogether.
Berlin by Boat
Instead of exploring Berlin by foot or bike, here you can take part in a guided boat tour. This Bridge tour on the Landwehrkanal and Spree includes more than 40 bridges and passes Berlin highlights as the Oberbaumbrücke, the Technical Museum, the Charlottenburg- and Bellevue Castle, the Reichstag and also the Charité hospital. In 3.5 hours a guide on the boat will show you the historical and modern parts of Berlin and will make you accessible to the Berlin flair.
Guided walking tour: The Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall had divided the today’s capital of Germany politically and spatially. The building separated people from each other, interrupted streets, railroads and left for example the Potdamer Platz as a huge undeveloped land behind. After the political turnaround, the border installations were removed quickly by excavators and souvenier chasers. Today Berlin has grown together and testimonials of the former separation can be found only sparsely along the city. Follow us on an expedition to the ghost stations of Berlin, the former checkpoints, the Berlin Mall Memorial and finally the East Side Gallery – the longest monument for peace and reconciliation.
Guided walking tour: Berlin Mitte
Grab the chance to get a guided tour around Berlin’s centre with ist main attractive Sightseeing sites. The Reichstag as the political centre of power of Germany with its glassy dome enables visitors to directly watch the political day work. From this historical site the tour continuous to Berlin’s famous landmark – the Brandenburg Gate, which highlights the end of the street “Unter den Linden”. Along this street you will find diverse embassies, monuments, theaters, operas and the Humboldt University. This leads us to the last point of the tour – the 368 m high TV tower, which is visible from nearly every spot of the city.
You are welcome to visit the Schloss Cecilienhof, a palace in Potsdam which was the last palace built by the Hohenzollern family which ruled Prussia until 1918. The group of buildings in the English country style was constructed under Kaiser Wilhelm the second for his son Kronprinz Wilhelm and his wife Cecilie. The place gained broad interest when it was the conference venue for the Potsdamer Konferenz from July the 17th until August the 2nd in 1945. Nowadays, it belongs to the World Cultural Heritage. Within this tour you will get the possibility to enter some of the 176 representative rooms of the castle and have a guide who gives you an understanding of the historical background of this place. After 45 minutes guiding tour there will be a guided walking tour around the beautiful city of Potsdam.
South of Berlin, in the city of Potsdam you find the Park Sansoussi, which was laid out between 1745 and 1774 by Friedrich dem Großen, King of Prussia. In the centre of the spacious park he had a castle Sanssouci built in the Rokokko style, which is complete extant to the present. The tour will guide you through the castle and through sites of the park with its statuaries and fontains. Finally, you are free to visit the centre of Potsdam on your own in more detail.