Slunečné přivítání ve stověžaté Praze
Welcome to the city of hundred towers Prague

You never know what to expect when planning an excursion in autumn – but as we Germans would say “There will be good weather once you finish your plate!” Definitely we all ate up our first dinner Friday evening at a very typical Czech restaurant “U veverky” close to our hostel. Loads of meat, Czech dumplings and wonderful čaj (Czech tea ;) were put on our tables and filled our empty bellies. Leftover ribs were allocated on other plates – no weather risk was taken. The sun gave us a warm weekend, a tan and 20 smiling faces until Sunday […]

Off track in the ore mountains
Hiking with Therése

Make hay while the sun shines, especially when it is a warm sunny Sunday in the middle of October. To make most of it, a group of 12 lively internationals followed Therése down the rolling paths of her homeland, the ore mountains. Our hike started at Nassau, a small village in the ore mountains. From here we walked down the gently winding roads, characteristics of the ore mountain, enjoying the green fields. Autumn was at its artistic best and the horizon was made colourful by shades of golden, red and brown on the trees. Conversations flowed easy and jokes were soon being […]

A spontaneous Excursion to Freiberg

Our plan was to go to the Ore Mountains, but due to the weather we changed it. Hiking and rain is not a good combination. But it turned out to be a nice trip nevertheless, because we chose to go to Freiberg instead and the trip turned into one amongst my unforgettable moments. We went to Freudenstein Palace in Freiberg with our amicable tour guide Therése Stoll. Freiberg is known as a mining city and Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg is considered as the oldest university of mining and metallurgy in the world. It took 40 minutes to travel from Dresden […]

intap boosts your career in Dresden
Kick off meeting

  This Thursday the Welcome Center hosted an event arranged by intap – the international talent project for Dresden. Quickly the places filled up as many international researchers were interested to hear how intap could help their career in the outside-academia world. About 30 international students, PhD students, Postdocs or their partners were listening to Therése Stoll, project manager of intap, and Sarah Kern, HR consultant of Infineon. Work contracts or scholarships can end and it is not always possible to extend them.  Many internationals settled down in Dresden, got familiar with the Saxons and would love to stay here […]

Immersing into the world of modern art – Weekend trip to Kassel

  It’s raining cats and dogs. This is maybe the best description for the steady rain which happened to follow us throughout the whole trip in Kassel.  Even if “the rain could have been even stronger” – quoting one participant obviously always seeing half of the glass full and not empty – the weather was giving us a hard to time to follow the plans we had for our “summer trip” to Kassel last weekend. But since we are already in the mood of sayings: “We are not made out of sugar” and enjoyed our days regardless. Maybe it was […]

Palais, Potluck and a Party

  It’s summer, the sun is (mostly) shining and the weather is (mostly) warm – which makes this time of year perfect to come together, enjoy good food and even better company. If we are honest, we have to admit that the Welcome Center has never had the best of luck with outdoor events. The weather often fits the German stereotype of providing little sunshine and lots of rain. This time, though, we were lucky! On Thursday we all met in the Palais Garden of the Japanese Palais near the river Elbe, had a potluck picnic, shared stories with each other […]

Scientific Crushers
We conquered the river Elbe. Again!

For the third time in a row, international scientists from Dresden CONCEPT e.V. research institutes competed in the annual dragon boat race during the Elbhangfestival in Loschwitz. Also this year, our 21 crew members came from more than 14 nations from all around the globe. Our quest started already 2 weeks before with a first training session. There we learned the basics of how to handle this about 10 meter long ‘dragon’, which is more difficult than expected. With tired arms and some muscle pain, we were confident and excited for the real race afterwards. And finally, las Saturday afternoon, […]

“Holy spirits”
A bike tour to Meissen

Meißen, hometown of the famous porcelain and good wine. But did you know that the first saint of Saxony was also living there? On our bicycle tour to the city we wanted to learn more about him, Bishop Saint Benno von Meißen. But first of all we had to get there. Along the Elbe we enjoyed a wonderful trip with perfect weather. On our way we discovered goats which could be fed, several tables with fresh vegetables to buy and a nice “Biergarten” for a break. In Meißen we took a walk through the beautiful old town and went uphill […]

„Fischbrötchen“, hiking and the seaside!

Saturday, the 29 April, it was finally time for our big excursion to the seaside. Because of the long way we had to meet early. Really early. The bus was supposed to leave at 5.30 a.m. but it was 6 until everybody was ready to take off. It was taking only ten minutes until nearly everybody was asleep, some of us didn’t sleep at all in the night before. At around 12 noon we arrived at our youth hostel. It was beautifully situated right next to the beach so everybody was joking about going for a swim. But first of […]

A warm welcome for the newcomers…despite the cold weather!

  On Thursday, 20 April, our traditional welcoming bus tour has taken place, followed by our regular’s table. International researchers from many countries have joined us, we were a beautiful group! Thanks to our guide, Günter Kieb, we have found out many interesting things about the university and the city of Dresden. Not only historical facts but also personal experiences and impressions have enriched the tour and made it even more enjoyable. Since the beginning, a friendly atmosphere has linked our international guests. Curiosity about Dresden and the other participants: everyone has told something about his/her origin and studies, the […]