Excursion to Munich – it was not just about beer and cars

The leafs still are green but you could feel that the summer in Dresden was almost over. So there is just one thing one could do: HEAD SOUTH. Last Friday fourteen researchers from all over the world took a train that had its last stop in Munich – the city of prezels, beer and leather trousers. And yes it’s true: The prezels were delicious, beer is served everywhere and ice-cold and the leather trousers? Yes, they actually wear them. Still there is so much more to see and experience. After a long train ride we finally arrived in the middle […]

Some free places for Munich excursion available 4 – 6 September 2015

The upcoming autumn season is awaiting you with some great excursions for our international PhD students and post-docs. The next ‘big thing’ is an excursion to Munich from 4 – 6 September. Here are some (fun) facts about Munich to make you familiar with some features of this vibrant city. Right after Berlin and Hamburg, Munich is Germany’s third largest city and has a population of about 1.4 million. The name München comes from the Old High German Munichen, meaning “by the monks place”, as the city was founded by monks and was first mentioned in 1158. For cuisine, the […]

The city of chocolate and salt – International researchers on a trip to Halle

Did you know that the Germany´s oldest chocolate factory is not too far away from here? Last weekend a group of international researchers went for an excursion to the city Halle (at the river Saale), located near Leipzig in the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt. The train ride already was sweetened up by some special ‘Halloren’ chocolate. During a guided tour we got to know appealing facts about the city and its people. Halle’s early history is closely connected with the harvest of salt. The name Halle is meant to be given by an early Celtic settlement whereas ‘halen’ is the […]

Event report: Of Walnuts, Viscosity and Vine Fretters – Hill Walk and Wine Tasting at Pillnitz Royal Vineyard

Event report: Of Walnuts, Viscosity and Vine Fretters – Hill Walk and Wine Tasting at Pillnitz Royal Vineyard A round lot of 20 of us met up at Schillerplatz in Striesen this past Saturday for a day out hiking, chatting and, of course, wine tasting. We took the number 63 bus towards Pillnitz, but rather than having it take us straight to our wine tasting, we made everyone get off at ‘Staffelsteinstraße’ stop in Niederpoyritz and walk up a steep and winding slope uphill. Those who had heeded our initial advice to wear layers, layers, layers soon got a chance to […]

3 spots left for Wine Tasting this Saturday & Registration now open for ‘Exploring Leipzig’ excursion!

3 spots left for Hike & Wine Tasting at Pillnitz Royal Vinyard this Saturday! Last chance to join us for our wine tasting next Saturday! We have 3 spots left! The weather forecast looks promising, so please late-register and pay by Wednesday if you would like to come along! Just to remind you what it’s all about: A beginners’ level hike through the hilly countryside, passing some great viewpoints above the valley of the river Elbe, with a look into wine-growing traditions at Pillnitz Royal Vinyard and, finally, a well-deserved wine tasting with a fantastic view. Day: Saturday, 11 October […]

Tour Report: Famous and Hidden Spots of Berlin
(27 – 28 September 2014)

Last weekend a group of international scientists working and studying at TU Dresden went to Berlin for a weekend excursion. While strolling around the capital of Germany we visited a number of famous places, but also some spots that most of us visitors were yet unfamiliar with. After our train journey up north on Saturday morning, we started our tour with a visit of “Teufelsberg” (German for “Devil’s Mountain”), an artificial hill made up of war debris from the Second World War located on the outskirts of Berlin City. While walking through Grunewald Forest, we felt more like in the middle of nowhere than in part of the biggest city of Germany. We took pleasure in […]

Excursion to Wroclaw & Krzyżowa
(7 to 9 November 2014)

Wroclaw (partner city of Dresden) is the largest city in Western Poland. At various times in history it has been part of the Kingdom of Poland, Bohemia, Hungary, the Austrian Empire, Prussia, and Germany. It became part of Poland again in 1945, as a result of the border changes after World War II. Krzyżową is a historically important place in terms of the resistance against the Nazi regime as well as for the “reunification” of Europe. Today we will find a youth community centre and memorial. Discover these two places with us and get to know more about European history […]

Excursion to Berlin 27 to 28 September 2014

Probably many of you have already been to the capital of Germany. That’s why we have organized an excursion, which will lead you to spots of Berlin that are not on the typical touristic tracks. On our schedule for these days is of course a visit of the German Bundestag (parliament). We will also have a guided walk through “Neukölln”, the cultural melting pot of Berlin. Besides we will do a guided tour on top of “Teufelsberg”, literally “Devil’s Mountian”, an abandoned spy station that was used by the Americans during the Cold War. As another highlight we get in […]

Tour report: Getting to know Bamberg and “Little Berlin”

On the 17th and 18th May a group of international PhDs and PostDocs went to Bamberg to discover this North Bavarian city with it’s beautiful old town that was awarded the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. And indeed: More than 2400 listed buildings, winding lanes and an abundance of mediaeval churches make Bamberg a work of art of immense historical value. On our way to Bamberg we stopped by in Mödlareuth. This little village was called “Little Berlin” as the wall ran through this village during the division of Germany, separating the 50 inhabitants into East and […]

Trip to Torgau last weekend

Our third excursion within the DAAD program for PhD in 2014 led us to a small city in the north of Saxony: Torgau (March 22nd/23rd).     We reached Torgau by train. At first our guide Herbert, a 79-year-old former English teacher, showed us the town. He really enjoyed having so many internationals around. While walking through Torgau we learnt that the city played an important role in the reformation. Martin Luther opened the first protestant church of Germany here and has been in Torgau about 40 times. Herbert also showed us the beautiful old major house which was built […]