Various guided tours in and around Berlin are offered to participants and their accompanying persons during the WPA XVII WORLD CONGRESS OF PSYCHIATRY.
Sunday, 8 October 2017, 14:00–17:00
Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 14:00–17:00
Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 9:00–12:00
The tour will take you through the city centre of Berlin. You will pass the Reichstag, seat of the German Parliament with its famous glass dome, designed by Sir Norman Foster. The bus will then proceed along the green lung of Berlin, the Tiergarten, the former private hunting grounds for the king and the electors of Brandenburg, in which nowadays Berlin’s inhabitants as well as tourists find time to relax.
You will see the Victory Column, crowned with the golden Goddess of Victory and pass by Charlottenburg Palace, a late 17th century baroque masterpiece.
The tour then proceeds to the famous Kurfürstendamm, West Berlin's main street, lined with elegant shops and cafes. Here, you will also see the Memorial Church, the symbol of the city, preserved as a ruin. You will then continue towards Potsdamer Platz where you will get an impression of what used to be the biggest construction site of Europe. A historic place and the last stop on this tour will be Checkpoint Charlie, the famous former border crossing in the heart of Berlin. Until the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November, 1989, it signified the border between West and East, Capitalism and Communism, freedom and confinement.
Price per person: EUR 35,00
(Price includes: Transportation and English-speaking guide)
For registered accompanying persons this tour is included in the registration fee. Please note that advance registration is required.
Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 9:00–13:00
A bus will take you to the Jewish quarter called “Spandauer Vorstadt”, which is the area around Hackescher Markt in the centre of Berlin. The heart of Spandauer Vorstadt is the New Synagogue, which has always been and still is the symbol of Jewish culture in Berlin. Since the 90s, a lot of Jewish restaurants, cafés, institutions – cultural as well as educational – and a Jewish community have settled here. The bus will drop you off at Hackescher Markt for a walking tour.
During the walking tour you will get to know Berlin’s Jewish culture by passing shops, exhibits, restaurants and cafés on August Street, Tucholsky Street and Johannis Street while the guide gives you insider information.
You will be picked up again at the New Synagogue, home to the Centrum Judaicum. The bus will then take you to the Jewish Museum in Berlin-Kreuzberg, which constitutes a spectacular highlight of modern architecture in Berlin. The Jewish Museum was opened in 2001 and gives an interesting insight into the history of the Jewish people. Its outstanding design by Daniel Libeskind is based on a process of connecting lines between locations of historic events and locations of Jewish culture in Berlin. A museumtour will be arranged.
Price per person: EUR 55,00
(Price includes: Admission fee and guided tour at the Jewish Museum, transportation and English-speaking guide)
Monday, 9 October 2017, 9:00–12:00
A bus will bring you directly to the landing pier Schlossbrücke in Charlottenburg, where you will board a public sightseeing boat. During the Spree Canals tour you will discover Berlin from an unusual and fascinating perspective. The city was once Germany's second largest inland port and still has more bridges than Venice!
Travel along the Spree and pass such famous sights as the Reichstag, the Berlin Cathedral and Museum Island, site of one of the world's richest museum complexes, as well as the Nikolai Quarter. Audio guides are available on the boat and our guide will also give you some interesting facts about the buildings and different spots during the boat trip.
Price per person: EUR 55,00
(Price includes: Ticket for a public boat tour, transportation and English-speaking guide)
Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 12:00–16:00
You will go on a half-day excursion to Potsdam – the city, which best reflects the brilliance of Prussian history in many different periods.
The tour will begin with a short bus tour through the city centre of Potsdam. You will also pass the Russian colony "Alexandrovka" and the early 18th century settlement "Holland Quarter" with its colourful houses. Afterwards you will visit one of the following Prussian palaces and their beautiful garden. The whole complex was built as the summer residence for the Prussian Royal family.
The Palace Sanssouci was commissioned by Friedrich der Große (Frederick the Great), King of Prussia. The architect Georg W. von Knobelsdorff planned the building, which was erected between 1745 and 1747. The Rococo-style Hohenzollern palace is located within the Park Sanssouci, which is listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The New Palace was erected in the western part of Park Sanssouci between 1763 and 1769. Frederick the Great’s New Palace marks the symbolic end of an era, since after its completion no further baroque palaces were built in Prussia. The head architects were Johann Gottfried Büring (1763–1764) and Carl von Gontard (1764–1769). Afterwards the bus will bring you back to Berlin.
Price per person: EUR 50,00
(Price includes: Admission fee and guided tour at one of the Prussian palaces and park at Sanssouci, transportation and English-speaking guide)
Full payment in advance is required.
All tours will be conducted in English.
You will receive your tour tickets at the congress tour counter.
The meeting point will be at the bus parking.
All tours start and end at the congress venue.
All tours are based on a minimum of 25 participants. The organisers reserve the right to cancel the tours if the minimum number of participants is not reached. Registration fees for cancelled tours will be refunded.