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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

We are pleased to offer you a diverse social programme with the traditional IARIW conference Wednesday excursion. There are two alternatives for choice, both tours start by bus at 9:00 at the Westin Bellevue Conference Hotel. Please bring your personal excursion ticket.

Group 1: Porcelain, floristry and baroque Impressions

At 30 kilometers to the west of Dresden, in the City of Meißen, the MEISSEN Manufactory has been producing exclusive porcelain objects for more than 300 years. The Manufactory Museum shows traditional and contemporary exhibition objects, in the demonstration workshops you will be able to witness the craftsmanship that goes into making Meissen porcelain. A guided tour in English of about 2 hours takes you through the world of porcelain.

After lunch in the Burgkeller Restaurant, you have time to explore by yourself the ancient town of Meißen characterized by its medieval building structure. In the afternoon, the excursion goes on to the Baroque Castle of Pillnitz, located about 15 kilometers to the east of Dresden, directly at the Elbe River. Pillnitz Castle was built by the kings of Saxony, its park is well-known for its abundance of botanical treasures, such as the more than 230-year-old camellia, about 400 potted plants and precious old trees.

In the late afternoon, an excursion boat picks up both excursion groups to spend the evening together on the river Elbe. Dinner is provided on the ship that takes us back to the city center of Dresden, where the excursions ends at 21:00. The Conference Hotel can be reached by walking across the river bridge (5 minutes).

This photo shows a tea set (© serjoe - Fotolia.com)Enlarge picture This photo shows the old town of Meißen (© guukaa - Fotolia.com)Enlarge picture This photo shows the fountain of Schloss Pillnitz (© Ole Jensen - Fotolia.com)Enlarge picture This photo shows the riverside of Schloss Pillnitz (© Ole Jensen - Fotolia.com)Enlarge picture


Group 2: Saxony National Park Walking Tour

The Saxony National Park with its canyon-like rocks and woods is forming a unique landscape with a monumental view over the Elbe river valley about 40 kilometers from Dresden. After arrival by bus, the group will explore the area and descend from there by foot into the river valley. This descent includes steeper parts as well as staris without handrail. After crossing the river by ferry, the excursion goes on to the nearby Königstein Fortress.

Königstein Fortress is one of the major fortresses in Europe. Built on top of a flat rock and equipped with strong walls and artillery, it has never been militarily conquered. In the fortress restaurant, the group will have lunch. Afterwards, a guided tour in English will lead you through the buildings during the afternoon. The extended area inside the fortress boundaries covers a huge park with shady trees and a lot of interesting landscape views over the river Elbe valley.

In the late afternoon, the group moves on by bus to Pillnitz castle where the other excursion group is waiting. After joining the other group, an excursion boat picks up both groups to spend the evening together on the river Elbe. Dinner is provided on the ship that takes us back to the city center of Dresden, where the excursion ends at 21:00. The Conference Hotel can be reached by walking across the river bridge (5 minutes).

The Saxony National Park Tour requires a minimum of physical fitness and ability / enjoyment of walking. Steep staircases have to be crossed. Appropriate shoes are strongly recommended.

This photo shows the Elbsandsteingebirge (© AndreasJ - Fotolia.com)Enlarge picture This photo shows the castle gate of Königstein fortress (© etfoto - Fotolia.com)Enlarge picture This photo shows the battlement of Königstein fortress (© panthermedia.net / Uwe Pillat)Enlarge picture This photo shows the riverside of Schloss Pillnitz (© Ole Jensen - Fotolia.com)Enlarge picture

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