The extensive social program will give the participants the opportunity to get to know one another other in an informal setting. During our excursions, we will explore the Saarland and the surrounding region. We will visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as other highlights. The costs for the social program (excluding food and drinks) are covered by the participation fee.

To date, the intended excursions will visit the following sites.

UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site "Völklinger Hütte" – historical ironworks located in the industrial town of Völklingen

UNESCO world Heritage "Volklingen Ironworks" (CC-BY-SA 3.0 / lokilech)

The Völklingen Ironworks is a former industrial plant which was built in 1873 by the iron and steel engineer Julius Buch and, until its blast furnaces were shut down in 1986, the site played a central role in the Saarland’s success as an industrial state. In 1994, the Völklingen Ironworks was classified as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. The site was the first monument of heavy industry to be awarded this status - previously, only sacred buildings, castles, fortifications or historical city centres had been awarded this honour Today, you can visit the museum located in the former industry plant and learn about the Saarland’s industrial past. Visitors can also go down deep into the dark corridors of the burden shed and climb up to the lofty heights of the blast furnace viewing-platform.

Völklingen Ironworks can be visited free of charge every Tuesday from 3 p.m., and therefore we are planning to visit the site on Tuesday, 21st August.

You can find further information about the Völklinger Hütte at voelklinger-huette.org (German, English and French versions available).

 

Excursion "Beauties of the Saarland"

"Saarschleife" as seen by the "Cloef"
(Can Stock Photo / meinzahn, cropped)

 

Our excursion "Beauties of the Saarland" will take us to the "Saarschleife" near Mettlach. The Saarschleife – a horseshoe-shaped bend in the river Saar – is one of the Saarland's most famous landmarks. It lies just 50 kilometres from Saarbrücken, near the picturesque town of Mettlach. From Mettlach, one can walk up to the Cloef, experience the 1,250 m treetop walk and enjoy the spectacular view tower overlooking the Saarschleife.

Please find further information and some impressions of the Saarschleife on the website of the Mettlach Tourist Information at tourist-info.mettlach.de (German language only).