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

Access Point Library:
Media - Information - Culture

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







A. Additional Berlin Tours

B. Saturday Excursions

C. Pre- and Post-Conference Tours:





Please note: These tours/excursions can be booked on the Hotel and Excursions Booking Form. Please return the form to K.I.T. GmbH by mail or fax. Alternatively you can book online. (In case of problem with the online hotel and excursion booking form, please contact: ifla2003@kit.de).

A. Additional Berlin Tours

Please note: one Berlin orientation tour is offered free of charge to all participants and accompanying persons.

Tour 1: Berlin by night
Tuesday, 5 August 2003
Duration: 4 hours (incl. transfer back from TV tower to the ICC)
Start: 18.00 hrs at ICC, end: 22.00 hrs at ICC
Price per person: EUR 40 incl. VAT (incl. 1 glass of Sekt)
Transportation: Bus

This city tour follows the same route as the Berlin Orientation Tour, but will end at the TV tower of Berlin to watch the colours of the city changing when the sun sets while enjoying a glass of German sparkling wine (Sekt).

Tour 2: Jewish Berlin
Friday, 8 August 2003
Duration: 3,5 hours
Start: 09.00 hrs at ICC, end: 12.30 hrs at ICC
Price per person: EUR 29 incl. VAT
Transportation: Bus

An important symbol of the Jewish culture in Berlin is the New Synagogue. Built in 1857 in Moorish-Byzantine style, the building was bombed to the ground in the last days of World War II. Reconstruction work was carried out in the 80's. Today, the golden dome can be admired from afar and once again enriches the "Scheunenviertel", the centre of the Jewish community in Berlin. Further insights into Jewish culture in Berlin may be gained from a 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. Outside the museum lies the E.T.A. Hoffmann garden, named after the famous German romantic writer. The visit of Jewish Berlin will end with a walk through the Holocaust Monument which, at the moment, is still under construction.

B. Saturday Excursions: 9 August 2003

    All tours are based on a bus capacity of a minimum of 37 and a maximum of 44 participants. All tours include the entrance fee if a visit to a museum or a monument is planned. For full-day tours: lunch is not included. People will have 1-1,5 hrs spare time to have lunch.

Tour 3: Berlin's new architecture with visit to the Hackesche Höfe
Duration: 3 hours
Start: 09.00 hrs at ICC, end: 12.00 hrs at ICC
Price per person: EUR 21 incl. VAT
Transportation: Bus

Berlin has experienced an architectural Renaissance since the Wall fell. This movement has occurred in two directions: on the one hand, completely new buildings have emerged from bare ground such as the Potsdamer Platz or Friedrichstrasse. On the other hand, especially in the former Eastern part of the city, many old buildings have been restored retaining their former structures and at the same time adding elements of modern architecture to give each building a new soul.

The most famous example is the Reichstag with its glass dome, but many smaller (and less representative) buildings follow the same trend like the so-called "Spandauer Vorstadt" and the famous Hackesche Höfe in Art Nouveau style.

Tour 4: The Concentration Camp of Ravensbrück
Duration: 4 hours incl. visit of the media library
Start: 09.00 hrs at ICC, end: 13.00 hrs at ICC
Price per person: EUR 28 incl. VAT
Transportation: Bus

In November 1938, the SS built the Ravensbrück Women's Concentration Camp in the Prussian village of Ravensbrück near the former Mecklenburg health resort Fürstenberg. It was the only large concentration camp on German territory designated for women. In April 1941, a camp for men was added. By the summer of 1942, the Uckermark Youth Concentration Camp was also completed very close by. Between 1939 and 1945, 132,000 women and children, 20,000 men and 1,000 female youths were registered as prisoners. Those deported to Ravensbrück came from over forty different nations, including Jews and Gypsies (Sinti and Roma). Tens of thousands were murdered or died of hunger, disease or as a consequence of medical experiments. After a gas chamber was built at the end of 1944, the SS had between 5,000 and 6,000 prisoners gassed in Ravensbrück.

In 1959, the National Memorial Museum Ravensbrück was founded. Since 1993 Ravensbrück Memorial Museum forms a part of the newly founded Brandenburg Memorials Foundation. Since then, two long-term and more than 20 special exhibitions have been shown there. Research has been intensified, educational programmes have been re-designed, the collections department was enlarged. The visit of the camp includes a visit of the library, the media library and the archives.

Tour 5: Leipzig
Duration: 11 hours
Start: 09.00 hrs at ICC, end: 20.00 hrs at ICC
Price per person: EUR 85 incl. VAT
Transportation: Bus

Since the middle ages, Leipzig has always been famous for its trade fairs, but it is also a European cultural capital in many areas such as architecture and music, but also in matters relating to books and the printing industry. Many renowned publishing houses, the Polytechnic for Graphic and Books Art, as well as two important libraries are situated in Leipzig: The German Library (Deutsche Bücherei) and the German Central Library for the Blind (Deutsche Zentralbücherei für Blinde). A book trade fair and many exhibitions take place there, such as the International Exhibition of Art Books or the Exhibition of the Best Book of the Year. Last but not least, we should not forget that Faust, Goethe's "hero", had selected Auerbach Keller as his favourite place. This guided tour by bus and on foot will focus on the city's particularities, but will also offer you the opportunity to discover the historic city centre reminiscent of many architectural eras: Romanesque remains in churches which were later converted into Gothic hall churches, Renaissance buildings, Baroque town-houses, elements of Classicism and fine examples of Historicism and Art Nouveau.

The tour will show:
  • The Old City Hall in the market square, built in Renaissance style under H. Lotter 1555.
  • The Old Weighing House in the market square, built in Renaissance Style.
  • The Old Bourse completed in 1687, first Baroque building in Leipzig. In front of it is the monument of the young Goethe as a student.
  • St. Nikolai Church, oldest and largest church in Leipzig, 12th century.
  • Mädler Passage, best-known Leipzig shopping centre with Auerbach's Keller.
  • Romanushaus, built in 1701-1704 in Baroque style, a well known meeting place for literary figures such as Goethe and Schiller.
  • The New City Hall, built 1899-1905 on the foundations of the former Pleissenburg. Today seat of the city administration.
  • St. Thomas' Church, built in 1212, first building in Romanesque style. Conversion to a Saxon hall church in late gothic style by 1496. Outside the church the Bach Monument.
  • Bosehaus, opposite of St. Thomas' Church, residence of the Merchant Bose, a friend of the Bach family. Today Bach Museum.
  • German Library and Museum of Books and Writings.
  • Russian Memorial Church, rare icon wall and original Russian standards from 1813, crypta.
  • Battle of Leipzig Monument, commemorating the dead and the victory at the Battle of Leipzig from 16th-19th October 1813.
  • Schillerhaus, exhibition on Schiller's stay in Leipzig.
  • Zoological Garden with the world-famous tradition of lion-breeding.

The visit of Leipzig includes a visit of the Deutsche Bücherei and afterwards participants may choose between the visit of the University Library or the German Central Library for Blind alternatively. Lunch is excluded. People will have 1-1,5 hrs free time to have lunch.

Tour 6: Meissen and Dresden
Duration: 11 hours
Start: 09.00 hrs at ICC, end: 20.00 hrs at ICC
Price per person: EUR 89 incl. VAT
Transportation: Bus

Visitors will make a first stop in Meissen which has become very famous all over the world through the sign of the blue swords - the hallmark of Dresden china. You will visit the china manufactory, as well as the Meissen Cathedral. You will also see Albrechtsburg Castle from outside. We will then continue our excursion towards Dresden. Numerous attributes have been given to this city. Called the "Florence on the Elbe", Dresden is a city of culture and art. Upon hearing the name Dresden, who would not think of the Grüne Gewölbe (the green vault), the Albertinum with the art gallery, the Zwinger, built for Augustus the Strong, or the Court Church. One of the most famous sights in Dresden is the Semper Opera House, newly reconstructed and as breathtaking as when it was first built. The Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), whose ruins served as a memorial to those killed in the bombing raid, is now undergoing complete reconstruction. Each of the original stones has been numbered and tagged and will be used in the restoration.

The visit of Meissen/Dresden includes a visit of the Zwinger, the china manufactory and the Sächsische Landesbibliothek- Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden.

Tour 7: Potsdam
Duration: 8 hours
Start: 09.00 hrs at ICC, end: 17.00 hrs at ICC
Price per person: EUR 74 incl. VAT
Transportation: Bus

Potsdam was first documented under the name of Poztupimi in 993, but did not gain prominence until the 1660s when the Brandenburg Elector Friedrich Wilhelm chose to reside here. The town remained a residence of the Hohenzollern family until 1918. This residency status motivated much building activity which reached its climax in the 18th century. Friedrich Wilhelm I and Friedrich II changed the townscape considerably. Their successors continued to develop the town and its surroundings by adding more castles and parks. The two main attractions of Potsdam city centre are the Dutch quarter and the so-called Russian "Alexandrovska" colony.

Leaving the city centre, you will discover the beautiful Park of Sanssouci and its castles. The Castle of Sanssouci was built in Rococo style in 1715 by Knobelsdorff. This was the summer residence of Friedrich II, better known as Frederick the Great. The New Palace, built from 1763 to 1769, was the residential palace of the royal family. This breathtaking building is 213 meters long and has over 300 windows. In the palace there are two special rooms: the Grotto Room and the Mirror Room. In the park grounds you can find numerous statues, beautiful gardens and fountains. Also the Chinese Teahouse with a collection of both Berlin and Meissen porcelain is situated here.

A short distance from Sanssouci you can find the Cecilienhof Memorial. Cecilienhof was built in English country house style during the early 20th century. This was also the site of the famous Potsdam Conference from 17 July to 2 August 1945 with Stalin, Truman and Churchill.

The visit to Potsdam includes the visit of one castle in Sanssouci Park and a visit of the University Library. Lunch is excluded. People will have 1-1,5 hrs free time to have lunch.

Tour 8: Around the Green Region of the Spreewald
Duration: 10 hours
Start: 09.00 hrs at ICC, end: 19.00 hrs at ICC
Price per person: EUR 77 incl. VAT
Transportation: Bus

Our tour will first start with a visit of the monastery of Neuzelle, a Cistercian monastery built in the 13th century. The reputation of this place reached its summit in the 18th century before the King Friedrich Wilhelm III closed it when the region of Niederlausitz was annexed to Prussia in 1815. Since 1996, a new foundation has enabled its being re-opened for visitors.

Just a few kilometres from the monastery, we will see the amazing park of Branitz: in the 19th century, 100 hectares were dedicated to this park designed as an English garden by Hermann Fürst von Pückler-Muskau. Lakes, canals, hills, woods and above all its "pyramids" give the park a very particular and unique character. Also the late-baroque castle completely restored is a testimony of the unusual daily life of Pückler, especially the original Oriental rooms of the house.

Further south is the area of Niederlausitz and the Spreewald Forest. A region, 45 km long and 10 km wide, with romantic water ways weaving a lacework pattern through the forests, meadows, by-ways, and surrounding forests of this idyllic and unique province. The region is further characterized by centuries-old mansions and farm houses with thatched roofs. This is where the Sorbian people live, one of Germany's ethnic minorities, the descendants of western Slav migrants who settled in the Lausitz area in the 6th Century.

The tour includes a boat trip through this region in a 'Spreewaldkahn' - a punt typical of the region. A ferryman in a traditional Spreewald costume will pole the skiff through a seemingly endless labyrinth of brooks, rivers and canals, which earned the land its other name - Venice of the North.

At Lehde, a tiny lagoon village with a population of 150 inhabitants, three early 19th century farms displaying rustic furniture, costumes, agricultural instruments, arts and crafts are worth visiting.

The tour includes a visit to the open-air museum of Lehde and a boat tour on the canals. Lunch is excluded. People will have 1-1,5 hrs free time to have lunch.

Tour 9: The Region of Eberswalde with the Barge-lift of Niederfinow and the Monastery of Chorin
Duration: 8 hours
Start: 09.00 hrs at ICC, end: 17.00 hrs at ICC
Price per person: EUR 66 incl. VAT
Transportation: Bus

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.

A last stop before going back to Berlin will be the Library of the University of Applied Sciences Eberswalde. The former library (Bibliothek der Königlichen Forstakademie = library of the Royal Forestry Academy) was built in 1830 before the whole collection was moved in 1911/12 into a new building. In 1998/99, a new building was added to the old one while restauration works were done. Both buildings are now connected with each other.

The tour includes the visit of the monastery and the entrance fee on the Barge-lift, as well as the visit of the Library of the University of Applied Sciences Eberswalde. Lunch is excluded. People will have 1-1,5 hrs free time to have lunch.

Tour 10: Romance and Nature: Rheinsberg Castle and Templin
Duration: 8 hours
Start: 09.00 hrs at ICC, end: 17.00 hrs at ICC
Price per person: EUR 66 incl. VAT
Transportation: Bus

Rheinsberg is situated in one of the most beautiful German lake districts. There are about 90 lakes in the vicinity of this small town, fascinating for anyone interested in culture, nature and romanticism. Particularly its castle where the later King Frederick The Great spent the "most beautiful years of his life" is always worth visiting. Famous German writers, such as Theodor Fontane and Kurt Tucholsky, were frequent visitors of this attractive town and its Ratskeller (a restaurant in the cellar) of the castle.

The castle lies on the former ruins of a medieval castle that burnt in 1566. It was rebuilt from 1737-1740 in Renaissance style by Johann Kemmeler and Knobelsdorff. As for the interior decoration, it was designed by the greatest artists of this time such as the painter Antonie Pense, the sculptor Friedrich Glume and the wood-carver Johann Schettler.

Rebuilt after the fire of 1740, Rheinsberg offers small lanes, picturesque houses, a beautiful square and the important "Church of Our Father", whose pulpit is from the 16th century.

Our tour will continue towards the little town of Templin, a beautiful medieval city which has kept its charm of the past.

The tour includes the visit of the castle of Rheinsberg. Lunch is excluded. People will have 1-1,5 hrs free time to have lunch.

Tour 11: Güstrow and the Mecklenburg Lake District
Duration: 11 hours
Start: 09.00 hrs at ICC, end: 20.00 hrs at ICC
Price per person: EUR 73 incl. VAT
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 is a boat tour on the Müritzsee. Lunch is excluded. People will have 1-1,5 hrs free time to have lunch.

C. Pre- and Post-Conference Tours

Please note: Deadline for all bookings of pre- and post-conference tours was 31 May 2003.

We regret that due to a lack of interest, all pre-and post-conference tours had to be cancelled.

We regret very much any inconveniences to conference delegates caused by this cancellation. All conference delegates that had booked a tour have been informed accordingly.


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