All excursions are limited to pre-registered participants.
Saturday, August 24
Schumann-Haus and Mendelssohn-Haus (15:30h–17:30h)
Max. 40 participants, €15 per person
This excursion will take about two hours and will consist of a visit of the Schumann-Haus and the Mendelssohn-Haus, as well as a general introduction to the highlights of music history in Leipzig.
The meeting point is at 15:30h at the registration desk.
Schumann-Haus Leipzig (Andreas Praefcke, CC-BY-SA 3.0)
Leipzig Zoo (15:30h–19:00h)
Max. 60 participants, €25€ per person
Leipzig Zoo was first opened in 1878. It is internationally noted for its large building projects such as Pongoland (housing the four great apes, gorilla, chimpanzee, bonobo and orangutan) and Gondwanaland (world's second largest indoor rainforest hall at 1.65 ha or 4.1 acres).
"Pongoland" was opened as a cooperative project between Leipzig Zoo and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in 2001. This research center is the world's largest great apes facility, where various research questions can be tackled by observing the different great apes species and by involving the primates in sophisticated psychological experiments. One of the researchers, Susann Jänig, will be your guide for a tour of the Pongoland. Besides this fascinating site, you will get the opportunity to visit other attractions of Leipzig Zoo at your leisure.
The meeting point is at 15:30h at the main entrance of Leipzig Zoo, Pfaffendorfer Strasse 29, tram 12 (direction "Gohlis-Nord"), stop "Zoo".
Pongoland Leipzig Zoo
Sunday, August 25
Max. 20 participants, €50 per person
This excursion will be a guided tour through the nearby town of Weimar (1.5 hours by train from Leipzig), home to famous writers Goethe and Schiller, birthplace of Germany’s first democracy, and the first site of the Bauhaus. Among other things, it will include a visit of the new Bauhaus Museum and a visit of Goethe’s house.
The meeting point is the Hauptbahnhof (main railway station), at 9:00h.
Nationaltheater Weimar (Andreas Trepte, www.photo-natur.de)
Max. 20 participants, €40 per person
This excursion will be a guided tour through nearby romantic Jena (1 hour by train from Leipzig), one of the most historic university towns in Germany, home to famous linguists like Friedrich von Schlegel, August Schleicher, and Gottlob Frege, and the evolutionist Ernst Haeckel. Among other things, it will include a visit of the Romantiker-Haus, of Frege’s Haus, and a visit of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
The meeting point is the Hauptbahnhof (main railway station), at 10:00h.
Phyletic Museum Jena (Wikimedia Commons, Prolineserver, CC-BY-SA 3.0)