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Please explore below the available options for mid-week (A-D) and post-congress excursions! Please be aware that the timetables only give approximate times (except for departure) and that programme might be changed due to weather conditions.

The Hanseatic City of Stralsund, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an eventful history, a unique coastal location and impressive Brick Gothic architecture, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Here you can also find the OZEANEUM (https://www.ozeaneum.de/en/), a special museum hosting arguably one of the largest public aquaria in Europe. It is located at the historical Stralsund harbour on the Baltic coast. The museum consists of aquaria displaying primarily sea life of the North and Baltic Sea, exhibitions including current scientific topics, and even a penguin platform on the roof, home of ten Humboldt penguins. The largest aquarium has just been renovated and re-opened recently.

The OZEANEUM offers exclusive guided tours through the exhibitions and aquaria for the ECA participants.

Additionally, you will join in a guided tour through the Hanseatic town of Stralsund and enjoy the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The excursion programme also offers you a fair amount of time to leisurely walk through the city of Stralsund, do some shopping, taste one of the famous fish buns or enjoy the exhibition and aquaria of the OZEANEUM for yourself.

Maximum participants: 25 per group

Costs: 20 Euro (excl. dinner)

Local partners: Dr. Dorit Liebers-Helbig, Deutsches Meeresmuseum Stralsund, Tourismuszentrale Hansestadt Stralsund

Programme Groups 1 & 2:

Programme Groups 3 & 4:

9:00

Meeting in Greifswald, main train station, and bus drive to Stralsund

10:00 – 12:00

Guided tour through OZEANEUM

10:00 – 12:00

Guided tour though the city of Stralsund

12:30

Lunch at the harbour (included in fee)

14:00 – 16:00

Guided tour though the city of Stralsund

14:00 – 16:00

Guided tour through OZEANEM

18:00

Dinner at Fritz (at your own expense – see homepage for menu & prices)

20:00

Departure to Greifswald

Rügen is Germany´s largest island and celebrated for its famous landscape and cultural history. During our full-day excursion we will be accompanied by Professor Hans-Dieter Knapp, one of the charismatic figures of the east-German conservation movement, who is native to Rügen and will be able to answer all upcoming questions.

First we will visit the “White Town” Putbus (http://ruegen-putbus.de/wb/pages/englisch/putbus.php) and the palace park with numerous ancient trees. Putbus was founded in 1810 by Prince Wilhelm Malte zu Putbus and was built in the Classicist style. Putbus is also known as “Rose town”, because rose bushes are grown in front of many of the white-painted buildings.

We will then head for the Jasmund National Park in the northeast of Rügen with the impressive chalk cliffs and the famous Königsstuhl (https://www.koenigsstuhl.com/en/). Here we offer two options: you either walk (ca. 1.5 h) through the beech forests of the UNESCO World Heritage Site to the famous chalk cliffs.  Alternatively, you drive to the Visitor´s Centre and enjoy the interactive exhibition there.

The afternoon we will spent in “Lebensgut Frankenthal” (http://lebensgut-frankenthal.de/). Enthusiastic people founded an association to promote culture and sustainability in the region and started to rebuild a ruined country house (Hofgut). They will serve a buffet of organic food (included in the fee). There will be time to collect spiders in the surrounding meadows, to play outdoor games, or simply to chat and relax…

Maximum participants: 25 per group

Costs: 35 Euro (incl. dinner)

Local partners: Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Knapp; Königsstuhl National Park Visitor´s Centre; „LebensGut“ Frankenthal e.V.

Programme Group 1

Programme Group 2

9:00

Meeting in Greifswald, main train station, and bus drive to Rügen

10:00 – 11:30

Guided tour through Putbus and palace park

10:00 – 11:30

Guided tour through Putbus and palace park

12:30

Lunch break near Königsstuhl National Park Centre (lunch package)

13:30 – 15:30

Guided walk through beech forests of the Jasmund National Park

13:30 – 15:30

Visit of Königsstuhl and National Park Centre

16:30

Stopover at Lebensgut Frankenthal: Organic buffet, collecting opportunities, facilities for outdoor games etc.

19:30

Departure to Greifswald

The Peene valley is the largest fen complex in western Central Europe (17.810 ha), and is considered as one of the best-preserved valley mire in Germany. Comparing to the Central European landscape, the Peene valley is wild, exciting and rather “natural”. The valley extends over 85 km from Lake Kummerow (Kummerower See) in the west to the Oder Laggon (Oderhaff) in the east.

The lower Peene valley is a refuge for enigmatic plant communities and animals – some of them are very rare for Germany as the raised bog large ground beetle (Carabus menetriesi). The valley is important for rare breeding bird species such as white-tailed eagle, spotted crake and European curlew.

Please find more detailed information here!

The excursion takes place in the lower peene valley (Unteres Peenetalmoor). This area consists of percolation mires with a peat thickness up to 8.5 meters. It is regularly flooded by brackish water and characterized by common reed, large sedge communities and purple moor-gras. Furthermore, extensive carrs with European white birch and peat moss are typical for this region and will be part of our excursion.

Please note that rubber boots are advised and that collecting will be possible!

Costs: 20 Euro (excl. dinner)

Local partners: Jens Kulbe (Zweckverband Peenetal-Landschaft)

Programme Peene Valley

9:00

Meeting in Greifswald, main train station, and bus drive to Field Site

10:00 – 13:00

Relzow (western part of the lower peene valley)

13:00-14:00

Lunch break in the field (lunch package)

14:00 – 17:00

Eastern part of the lower peene valley

17:00

Departing for Dinner

19:00

Departure to Greifswald (return 20:00)

Usedom is a wonderful and highly diverse island in the Baltic Sea. It is the sunniest region of both Germany and Poland, thus its nick name “Sonneninsel” (sun island). Its seaside resorts have attracted people since the early 19th century (Gründerzeit) and feature interesting resort architecture. The island has a peculiar shape and stretches from northeast to southwest. Thus, the strait between the island and the mainland is a downstream extension of the valley of the Peene River, which flows into the Stettin Lagoon. The southern Hinterland is called the Achterland and the Rear Waters, characterized by unspoilt forests, lagoon landscapes, and hills, as well as calm villages

We will first visit the Peenemünde Historical Technical Museum that reconstructs the history of the largest armament centre in Europe. From 1936 to 1945, Nazis developed weapons of terror against the civil population, mostly by forced labourers. From 1944, these weapons were used as “Vergeltungswaffen” (V-weapons) during the Second World War. The museum also documents how up to 12.000 people worked and lived here. https://museum-peenemuende.de/?lang=en

After exploring this disquieting evidence of German history, we will go on a hike around the peninsula Gnitz on Usedom for about 1.5h. Here we will enjoy the peaceful coastal path, open dunes and flowering salt meadows, overlooking the Rear Waters. Those with interest in prehistoric sites may visit some Neolithic stone graves. Usually, sea-eagles and sand martins can be observed.

Then we will explore the scenic village of Benz, located between hills and lakes. We will visit the picturesque netherland-stlye windmill from 1823. From here we can overlook the hills and lakes of Usedom and enjoy a piece of cake made by members of the mill club (muehle-benz.de/muehle_benz/Muehle.html)

In the evening we will have dinner in the moated castle “Mellenthin”. The castle was built during the renaissance in 1575. Its slawic name signifies “Mittelpunkt” (centre point) since it is situated at the heart of Usedom. https://www.wasserschloss-mellenthin.de/

Costs: 20 Euro (excl. dinner)

Programme Island of Usedom

9:00

Meeting in Greifswald, main train station, and bus drive to Usedom

10:00 – 11:30

Peenemünde Historical Technical Museum

12:00-13:00

Lunch break on the peninsula of Gnitz (lunch package)

13:00 – 15:00

Hike along the coastal path of Gnitz

 

15:30-16:30

Village of Benz and climb to the windmill (coffee)

17:00

Dinner castle Mellenthin

19:00

Departure to Greifswald (return 20:00)

Saturday 22nd to Tuesday 24th of August: During our post-congress tour we will explore Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the state in north-eastern Germany that is least populated. There are vast forest and lake areas as well as beaches along the Baltic Sea. During the trip, we will do our best to offer you a fine mix of nature and cultural experiences. The tour is planned for 3 days (2 nights) and will require a stay overnight in Greifswald on the 24th before you head home or travel elsewhere.  Costs and route depend on the number of participants but will be around 380 Euro.


If you plan to join,please also register for the excursion by 1st April 2020!

Please visit the links below to get an idea of some of the possible highlights of the post-congress tour:

This is a tentative program and depending on weather conditions, we will go on a 1-3 hour walk every day. A dip in one of the many lakes or the Baltic Sea will also be possible and fun!