tournamentDuring the course an extensive cultural programme is offered. This includes weekend trips to the German capital Berlin as well as to the Czech capital Prague. Also, day trips to Dresden, the capital of Saxony and to Saxon Switzerland, a beautiful national park south-east of Dresden are planned. Introductions to the different excursions are provided.
Besides the weekend trips, a tour of Freiberg, a visit to the world’s biggest mineral collection, the Terra Mineralia, a tour of the cathedral, and a visit to the university’s mine will introduce you to the treasures of Freiberg. You will also get a chance to get to know other students when bowling together, playing volleyball or meeting for a barbeque in the evenings.
Berlin has often been on the world stage in the last century. Today it is the German capital with numerous government buildings and embassies, as well as the German center of art and culture. There has been an enormous architectural development in the last decade. A guided tour of the city will be offered. You will see the site of the former Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie, the museum documenting the separation of Berlin.
In PragueThe Czech capital Prague is more than a 1000 years old. It has been the place of many important events in Central European history. In this vibrant city you can find buildings of the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Art Nouveau architectural styles as well as socialist architecture in the suburbs.
One day of our excursion will be devoted to a guided tour through the downtown area, featuring the town hall with its astronomic clock, Wencelas Square, and Charle’s Bridge. The tour also includes a visit to Hradcany, one of the biggest European fortresses, that is currently the residence of the Czech president.
(Volkswagen) in DresdenThe Saxon capital Dresden is well known for its Baroque architecture and art collections. Together with a guide we are going to stroll around the Old Town and see well known buildings like the Semper Opera House and the Dresden Zwinger. After the complete destruction of this part of town in February 1945 it has been rebuilt in recent years. Until a few years ago the beautiful church Frauenkirche was a ruin that reminded of the events of 1945. Thanks to donations from all over the world the church could be rebuilt and was reopened in 2005.
Dresden is not only rich in history, it is also home to innovative industries. Close to Dresden, on both sides of the river Elbe, is the picturesque 'Saxon Switzerland’ with sandstone mountains and canyons. The most famous prisoner of the fortress was the alchemist Johann Friedrich Böttcher, who invented Dresden china in 1708. The factory where Dresden China is produced may be visited during an excursion to the picturesque former Saxon capital Meißen.
Saxon Switzerland is a mountainous climbing area and national park around the Elbe valley south-east of Dresden in Saxony, Germany. Together with the Bohemian Switzerland in the Czech Republic it forms the Elbe Sandstone Mountains.