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  Social Events   Technical Visits   Guided Tours  
    Welcome Reception     INM     Saarbruecken   Boat Trip  
    Reception     Schott (Mainz)     Saarland   Trier  
    Conference Banquet           Luxembourg   Metz  

Tour Booking Form (67 kB)

As places are limited, it is strongly recommended that you book for the tours and visits early
to avoid disappointment. Preference will be given in sequence as registrations are received.
Please note that for all tours a minimum number of participants is required. In case that one
of the tours will not take place, fees already payed for this tour will be refunded.


Social Events

Sunday, July 4 18.30 - 20.30
Welcome Reception  

A reception will be arranged for all conference attendees on Sunday evening at the Congress
Hall. Take advantage of this informal get-together to meet old friends and make new contacts
while becoming acquainted with the conference site.

Free to conference attendees

Tuesday, July 6 19.00 - 20.30
Reception by the Prime Minister  

On Tuesday evening an official reception by the Prime Minister of the Saarland will be arranged
at the State Chancellery, located in walking distance to the Congress Hall. After the speeches,
drinks and snacks will be served.

Free to conference attendees

Wednesday, July 7 19.00 - 23.00
Conference Banquet  

The Conference Banquet will be held on Wednesday evening in one of Saarbruecken's
historical places. After a reception, a buffet dinner with dishes from all over the world including
the typical local cuisine will offer something for everyone's taste. The second, informal part of
the banquet will be accompanied by an artistic program.


Transport by coach

Free to fully registered attendees &
accompanying persons

90 € for additional tickets
Technical Visits

Thursday, July 8 14.00 - 17.00
Visit of INM (3 hours)

The Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien is a leading R&D institute for materials innovations
using chemical nanotechnology. Take this opportunity to gain insight into the laboratories of
INM and the affiliated NMO application center and see the variety of products that can be
realized by chemical nanotechnology during a visit of the permanent exhibition of INM.


Transport by coach
Guided visit

Free to conference attendees
Thursday, July 8 13.30 - 20.30
Schott Glas, Mainz (7 hours)

Schott Glas is a world leader in glass manufacturing with a long-standing tradition. After a
2 hours bus trip to Mainz along the wineyards of 'Rheinhessen', the Schott glass museum
and different divisions of the glass works can be visited (2.5 hours). Subsequent to the visit
(approx. 18.00), a transfer to the railway station of Mainz will be organized for participants
who would like to take a train to Frankfurt airport.



Please note:
Transport by air-conditioned coach
German/English guide
Guided visit

45 €

Cameras and mobile phones
are not allowed on this visit;
Persons with pacemaker
cannot participate
Guided Tours

Monday, July 5 10.00 - 12.00
A guided tour of Saarbruecken (2 hours)

Saarbruecken's past and present history can be discovered best during a guided walking
tour of the town. On the way from the new town hall to the 'Ludwig's Church' via the bridge
"Alte Bruecke" you will get to know the baroque part of Saarbruecken and see and hear many
interesting details about its "French period".


English/German guide

10 €
Monday, July 5 9.00 - 17.00
Metz - France (8 hours)

Since antiquity, a diversity of cultures has marked the town of Metz, the capital city of Lorraine
in France. Particularly striking is the golden 'Jaumont Stone' which characterizes the town's
facades and the St. Stephen's Cathedral with its extraordinary stained-glass windows made
by well-known artists like Marc Chagall. This historical town with medieval buildings, old
fortifications like the 'German Gate', palaces, monumental squares and the 'German Quarter'
is bound to fascinate its visitors.



Transport by air-conditioned coach
German/English guide
Guided tour of Metz
Tour of the Cathedral
Lunch in Metz

65 €

Please check if you need a visa
for this tour to France!
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 15.30 - 17.10
Boat Trip to Guedingen (1 hour, 40 min)

The beautiful green landscape in the surrounding of Saarbruecken can best be enjoyed on a
boat trip on the Saar river. The excursion will take you along the city's lively and busy water front,
passing along the Castle and an artitistic power station near the 'Roemerbruecke'. One of the
highlights will be the passage through the sluice near Guedingen. On request, coffee and cake
can be served on the cruise.



Meeting point:
Round trip by boat

10 € (tickets to be paid on the boat)

Landing stage at the 'Staatstheater'
Tuesday, July 7 9.00 - 17.00
Saarland -
World Cultural Heritage & Porcelain
(8 hours)

The disused ironworks 'Alte Voelklinger Huette' were declared a UNESCO World Cultural
Heritage Site in 1994. Former steel workers will lead you through this unique example of the
industrial history of the 19th and 20th centuries. Afterwards you will enjoy a break at the
"Saarschleife", the horseshoe bend in the Saar nestling in the midst of the greenest part of
the Saarland, before continuing to Mettlach where you will enjoy a traditional lunch. Finally you
will visit Villeroy & Boch, the prestigious ceramics company, rich in tradition, and the porcelain
museum, and take a look behind the scenes.


Transport by air-conditioned coach
German/English guide
Visit of the 'Voelklinger Huette'
Traditional lunch
Stroll of the 'Saarschleife'
Visit of Villeroy & Boch and Keravision

75 €
Wednesday, July 7 9.00 - 17.00
Trier (8 hours)

In Trier (Treves), one of Germany's oldest towns, history is omnipresent. Watch as 2000 years
of history pass before your eyes, including the imperial thermal baths, the amphitheatre and
the basilica to the Porta Nigra - the best preserved city gate dating back to antiquity and a
monument that attracts visitors from all over the world. Further highlights include the cathedral,
numerous churches and medieval town houses as well as interesting testimonials of more
recent history: wander through the elector's palace or trace the footsteps of Karl Marx.


Transport by air-conditioned coach
German/English guide
Guided tour of Trier
Lunch in Trier

75 €
Thursday, July 8 9.00 - 17.00
Luxembourg (8 hours)

The city of Luxembourg is the capital of the Grand Duchy of the same name and widely known
as a 'European capital' and an international financial metropolis. During a guided tour of the
fortress city you will see the numerous sights including the former bastions, the Grand Duke's
palace, the cathedral, mansions built by aristocrats and patricians as well as European
institutions. On the way you will witness the multifaceted countryside of the Saarland with the
picturesque 'Saarschleife' (the famous horseshoe bend in the Saar) and the wine town Perl.



Transport by air-conditioned coach
German/English guide
Walk to the Saarschleife
Guided tour of Luxembourg
Lunch in Luxembourg

65 €

Please check if you need a visa
for this tour to Luxembourg!
Friday, July 9 9.00 - 17.00
Strasbourg - France (2 hours)

Strasbourg is the intellectual and economic metropolis of Alsace (France), located about
120 km from Saarbruecken. Old Strasbourg, which is only accessible to pedestrians, is built
around the Gothic Cathedral, showing many well conserved houses dating from the XVIth
century, e.g. in the quarter 'La Petite France'. Since 1949, the city has also been a 'European
capital' with the headquarters of the European Council.



Transport by air-conditioned coach
Guided tour of Strasbourg
German/English guide
Visit of 'La Petit France'
Lunch in an Alsatian wine tavern

70 €

Please check if you need a visa
for this tour to France!