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World Library and Information Congress: 69th IFLA General Conference and Council

Access Point Library:
Media - Information - Cultural

August 1st - 9th 2003
Berlin, Germany
Patron: German Federal President Johannes Rau










Accompanying Persons Programme

The following programme has been put together for accompanying persons:

Monday, 4 August 2003
(Please choose one out of six different offers)

Walking tour: art galleries tour through the Spandauer Vorstadt
Duration: 2 hours
Start: 10.00 hrs in front of the Hackesche Höfe, end: 12.00 hrs
Visit of several art galleries in Weinmeisterstrasse, Sophienstrasse, Kollwitzplatz and Husemannstrasse.

Walking tour: art galleries tour around Savignyplatz
Duration: 2 hours
Start: 10.00 hrs at the corner Fasanenstrasse/Kurfürstendamm, end: 12.00 hrs
Visit of several art galleries in Kantstrasse, Kurfürstendamm, Fasanenstrasse and Grolmannstrasse.

Walking tour: the modern architecture around Potsdamer Platz and Tiergarten
Duration: 2 hours
Start: 10.00 hrs in front of the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Marlene-Dietrich-Platz, end: 12.00 hrs
Discovery of the new Potsdamer Platz, the Sony Center and the new embassies in Tiergarten.

Walking tour: the classical architecture around Unter den Linden
Duration: 2 hours
Start: 10.00 hrs in front of Café Tucher at Brandenburg Gate, end: 12.00 hrs
Discovery of the most beautiful monuments of Berlin on the boulevard Unter den Linden, Gendarmenmarkt, Lustgarten and Museum Island.

The Jewish Museum Berlin
Duration: 2 hours
Start: 10.00 hrs at the entrance of the Jewish Museum, end: 12.00 hrs
Visit of the Jewish Museum designed by the American architect Daniel Libeskind and housed in one of the most spectacular buildings erected in Berlin since World War II.

The KPM Porcelain Factory
Duration: 2 hours
Start: 10.00 hrs in front of the KPM, end: 12.00 hrs
Visit of the old Royal Porcelain Factory of Berlin (KPM).

Tuesday, 5 August 2002
(Please choose one out of the two offers)

The Region of Eberswalde with the Barge-lift of Niederfinow and the Monastery of Chorin
Duration: 9,5 hours
Start: 08.30 hrs at ICC, end: 18.00 hrs at ICC
Transportation: bus
Max. number of participants: 90

This excursion brings you about 60 km north-east of Berlin into the region of Eberswalde. Two main attractions deserve a visit: First the barge-lift of Niederfinow on the former Hohenzollern Canal (now the Oder-Havel-Canal). This amazing and extraordinary steel construction was built from 1927 to 1934 in accordance with design by K. Plarre. It was meant to allow ships to join both parts of the Oder-Havel canal by moving them up and down as with an ordinary elevator. The lift is comprised of a lower dock, the lift itself, a canal bridge, and an upper dock with an emergency gate. The upper dock has a length of 1200 m, the canal bridge is 157 m long.

The tour will continue with a visit of the Cistercian monastery of Chorin. The monastery was completed in 1334. In the heyday of this place, up to 280 monks lived there but already in 1542, the monastery was closed as a clerical place. The "restored" ruins of today lend a romantic charm to the whole area where every summer some music festivals take place.

On the way back, we will make a stop at the lake of Werbellinsee.

Güstrow and the Mecklenburg Lake District
Duration: 9 hours
Start: 09.00 hrs at ICC, end: 18.00 hrs at ICC
Transportation: bus

Güstrow was the residence of the dukes of Mecklenburg-Güstrow between 1556 and 1695. The wealth that accompanied this duchy continued to accumulate over the next centuries, as can be seen from the elegant patricians' houses lining the cathedral and market squares and the streets surrounding them. The "Rathaus" on the market square is an architectural oddity, comprising four gabled houses to which a decorative classical façade was added in 1797.

The name of the great Expressionist sculptor Ernst Barlach is linked with the town in which he lived for nearly 30 years until his death in 1938 and where he produced some of his major life works. The massive shape of the Gothic cathedral (Dom) of bricks consecrated in 1335 is a distinctive feature on the town's skyline. Having been the court church of the dukes of Mecklenburg, the basilica is richly endowed with works of art.

The surrounding region, the so-called "Mecklenburg Lake District", contains over 1,000 lakes, most of which are linked by natural or artificial canals, turning it to a paradise for all water-sports enthusiasts.

The visit of the cathedral and the Ernst Barlach Museum are included, as are a boat tour on the Müritzsee and a box lunch (with one soft-drink).

Friday, 8 August 2003

Under the Bridges of the Spree
Duration: 2,5 hours
Start: 10.00 hrs at dock "Stern und Kreis" at the Jannowitzbrücke, end: 12.30 hrs at the Schlossbrücke (castle bridge), Charlottenburg, Tegeler Weg

The Spree is one of Berlin's major rivers flowing from East to West and dividing the city in half. Constantly passing under bridges - Berlin has more bridges than Venice - the tour takes guests through the city of Berlin offering a unique perspective of the sights. Starting at the eastern part of the city, the route will pass by many famous buildings, including the Berlin Cathedral, the Museum Island, the Friedrichstrasse railway station, the Reichstag, the future central railway station "Lehrter Bahnhof", the new office of the Federal Chancellor, the Bellevue Residence and the Castle of Charlottenburg. A guide on board will explain the sights along the way.


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