Cologne, Bonn and the romantic wine town of Bacharach were destinations of this year`s excursion of the Berlin ZDS students and their tutors Katharina König (Humboldt-Universität) and Benjamin Langer (Freie Universität) to the Rhineland, where from May 17 until May 20 we had the opportunity of inspiring encounters, interesting insights and beautiful views.
News from May 23, 2017
Early in the morning of May 17, the journey started at Berlin Main Station. The first stop was Cologne, where we visited the Cathedral (and had the unique opportunity to attend to the dress rehearsal of Berlioz' Requiem) and the Kunsthaus KAT18, an inspiring institution which supports handicapped artists and offers them a place to work and to exhibit. The possibility to meet the artists at their working places and to talk to them, made a lasting and quite moving impression on the students. In the evening, we reached our hostel in Bonn and made ourselves comfortable in the small compartments of an old pullman coach.
On May 18, the so-called "networking day" together with German students mainly from Bonn University, which was organized by Ms. Dr. Elke Spielmanns-Rome (Institute for Quality Assurance and Internationalisation), started with an introduction to the DAAD Centers' network by Christian Strowa, team leader for "German Studies Projects and Centres for German and European Studies" in the unit "Project Funding: German Language Projects, Alumni Projects and Research Mobility" of the DAAD. The following intercultural workshop "East Meets West" left plenty of room for lively discussions among the participants. In the afternoon, the group visited the Deutsche Welle, where we were introduced to the work of this institution and had a guided tour through the whole building with all its studios and newsrooms. The day was finished off deliciously with an original Chinese supper on the so-called "China Ship" on the river Rhine.
A rather romantic view of Germany was offered on May 19, when we visited the picturesque wine town of Bacharach and had a ship tour from Bacharach to Koblenz, passing by the famous Loreley. On May 20 the excursion ended with a guided tour on the "Path of Democracy" through the former government district of Bonn, a look at the exhibition "A Love-Need-Hate Relationship. The Germans and Their Cars" in the "Haus der Geschichte", lunch in a traditional Bonn restaurant and a visit to the house where Beethoven was born. In the late evening, shortly before midnight, we were back home in Berlin again.
Once again a special thanks to the DAAD for making this exciting trip possible!