The social program is now available. Due to pandemic restrictions and logistic reasons the board and organizers have decided not to organize a conference dinner. Nevertheless, we will offer four excursion options for the free Wednesday (21.09) afternoon, free of charge. These are a perfect opportunity to discover the beauty of Heidelberg and to network in an informal setting.

These excursions take place in parallel so you can only participate in one.

If you have already registered for the conference, please follow the link received per E-mail to sign up for one of these excursions before 26th August. If not, you will receive the link after registering for the conference.

Guided castle tour

(76 places)
Heidelberg Castle towers majestically above the Neckar Valley and continues to enchant visitors from near and far. Just as breathtaking as the view of the castle is from the city, so too is the view of the city from the castle.

The guided tour starts at 4pm, with meeting point at Bergbahnstation (the cable railway station Zwingerstraße 20, 69117 Heidelberg). The tour is in English and takes 2 hours.

More details about the castle here.
Guided old town tour

(76 places)
The oldest part of the city, the Altstadt sits just below the Schloss. It extends along the river for a mile, with Karlstor on one end, and Bismarckplatz on the other. In between, is a wonderful combination of old and new buildings, narrow streets, market squares, arts, history, science, shopping, eating and relaxing.

The guided tour starts at 4pm, with meeting point at Uniplatz am Löwenbrunnen (the lion fountain on the University square – Universitätsplatz, 69117 Heidelberg). The tour is in English and takes 90 minutes.

More about the magic of the old town here.
Boat trip on the Neckar

(400 places)
The boat ride on the Neckar river allows you to explore and discover the beauty of Heidelberg from a different angle. The old bridge, the castle, the Neunheim riverbank and the Philosophers’ path provide views to be marveled at on the guided boat trip.

The trip starts at 4pm, at the White Fleet pier (Neckarstaden 25, 69117 Heidelberg) and takes 50 min.

More details about the boat tour here (only in German).
Hike on the Philosophers’ Path

(25 places)
The Philosophenweg (Philosophers’ Path) where traditionally, Heidelberg’s philosophers and university professors would walk and discuss along the pathway. The hike will offer breathtaking views of the castle, the old town, the highest hill (King’s seat) and the Neckar river. The hike will continue through the forest (~90min) to the Neuburg Abbey, where you can taste some of their home-brewed beer and/or eat delicious dishes. The return will be by public transportation.

Medium difficulty. The trip starts at 4pm. Meeting point is at the middle of the Old Bridge (Alte Brücke Heidelberg, Am Hackteufel, Heidelberg). The hike takes approximately 1h30-2h.

More about the Philosophers’ Walk here.