20th ESFC
Berlin, 14–19 August 2022
ESFC 2022 > Programme > Excursions
20th European Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry
Tour 1:

Duration: ca. 2.5 h

Berlin Wall memorial
© Stiftung Berliner MauerBerlin Wall memorial © Stiftung Berliner Mauer The Berlin Wall Memorial commemorates Germany’s division. The memorial includes the monument, completed in 1998 and designed out of a largely preserved section of the border fortifications; the Berlin Wall Documentation Center that opened in 1999; and the Chapel of Reconciliation, dedicated in 2000 and built on the former death strip at the site of the Reconciliation Church that was blown up by East German border troops in 1985.

On the Berlin underworlds tour, a guide will lead you through the interior of an only partially destroyed WW2 anti-aircraft („Flak“) tower. You will be shown three of the seven floors of one of the biggest bunkers in the city. Here a dazzling underground landscape awaits – complete with dizzying views into the depths of the building. In a still on-going project to clean up the structure, members of the Berlin Underworlds Association have removed over 1,400 cubic metres of rubble – and, in the process, have created ideal sleeping quarters for bats.

Tour 2:

Duration: ca. 2.5 h

RAW compound in Friedrichshain © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar SchwelleRAW compound in Friedrichshain © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle With its nightclubs, organic food stores, gentrification and squatters, the Boxhagener Kiez is reminiscent of what Kreuzberg was 20 years ago.
Once a stronghold of the squatter and punk scene, gentrification has taken hold in the neighborhood around Boxhagener Platz in recent years. New restaurants and shops have opened, houses have been renovated. The residential and recreational value of the neighborhood has increased considerably as a result – and so have the rents.
Meanwhile, the quiet Knorrpromenade with its column-decorated magnificent buildings, large ornamental gates and front gardens was built for the upper middle class before the First World War – right in the middle of the workers‘ district. Today it is a protected monument.

Tour 3:

Duration: ca. 2.5 h

Government district boat trip © visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre AdenisGovernment district boat trip © visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis This city tour starts in Berlin-Mitte and cruises along the Spree river past the Museum Island, the Berlin Cathedral and the historic Nikolai Quarter to just before the Mühlendamm Lock, where the ship turns around and cruises through the government district to the modern main train station. Here we turn into the Berlin-Spandauer Schifffahrtskanal, sail through the Humboldthafen past the historic buildings of the Charité campus to the Westhafen, the largest port in Berlin.

Tour 4:

Duration: ca. 5 h

Sanssouci Palace © Leo Seidel / SPSG Sanssouci Palace © Leo Seidel / SPSG After a 30 minute drive by coach, your tour guide will lead you first through the city of Potsdam. You can admire, among others, the Russian Colony Alexandrowka, the New Palace, the rebuilt Potsdam City Palace and the newly opened Museum Barberini. Afterwards you’ll be able to walk through Sanssouci Palace and experience the beautiful interiors of the rococo palace. A short walk through the park as well as through the Dutch Quarter is also on the program.

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