Social Program

Booking instructions for tours and conference dinner

Registration is obligatory for attending the tours and the conference dinner. You can book the social program tours and the conference dinner when you register for the conference through the online registration form. Please book your social program early, because each tour/event has a limited capacity. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee short-term bookings on-site.

Evening Events (top)

Town Hall Reception

On Monday, March 22, 2010 the GAMM2010 participants will be officially welcomed in the town hall of Karlsruhe.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will take place on Wednesday, March 24, 2010.
The fee for the conference dinner is 40 € per person.

Public Lecture

The public lecture held by Prof. Dr. Bernd Kawohl (Universität Köln) will take place on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 18.30 at the Audimax.

Karlsruhe and Karlsruhe City Guided Tour(top)

Date: Monday, March 22, 2010
Cost: 12 € (walking tour including guide)


Karlsruhe (population 285,812 in 2006) is a city in the south west of Germany, in the state of Baden-Württemberg, located near the French-German border. Founded in 1715 as Karlsruhe Palace, the surrounding town became the seat of two of the highest courts in Germany, the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany whose decisions have the force of a law, and the Federal Court of Justice of Germany, the highest court of appeals in matters of civil law and criminal law. It therefore considers itself the home of justice in Germany, a role taken over from Leipzig after 1933.

Local attractions (some of which will be passed by during the guided tour)
Good visibility assumed, the Durlacher Turmberg to the east can be seen miles before reaching the city. It sports a look-out tower (hence its name), a former keep dating back to the 13th century, with nearby restaurant and can be reached with the historical Turmbergbahn funicular railway.
The Stadtgarten is a recreational area near the Hauptbahnhof (main railway station) and was rebuilt during the Bundesgartenschau (Federal Garden Show) in 1967. It is also the site of the Karlsruhe Zoo.
The Marktplatz with the stone pyramid is marking the grave of the city's founding father. The pyramid, built in 1825, is the symbol of Karlsruhe. Because of its deliberate layout Karlsruhe is nicknamed "Fächerstadt" (fan city) with straight streets running out fan-like from the palace. The Karlsruhe Schloss (palace) is an interesting architectural building; the adjacent Schlossgarten, including the Botanical Garden with its palm, cactus and orchid house, invites to a walk in the woods stretching out to the north of it.
The so called "Kleine Kirche" (Little Church), built between 1773 and 1776, is the oldest church of Karlsruhe's city centre.
Another sight is the Rondellplatz with its Constitution Building Columns (1826). It is dedicated to Baden's first constitution in 1818, which was one of the most liberal of this time. The Münze (mint), erected in 1826/27, was built by Weinbrenner too.
The St. Stephan parish church is one of the masterpieces of neoclassical church architecture in Southern Germany. Weinbrenner, who built this church between 1808 and 1814, orientated to the Pantheon in Rome
The neo-gothic Grand Ducal burial chapel, built between 1889 and 1896, is located in the middle of the forest.
The main cemetery of Karlsruhe is the oldest park-like cemetery in Germany.
Karlsruhe has a lively arts scene that includes the Museum of Natural History, an opera house (the Baden State Theatre), as well as a number of independent theatres and art galleries. The State Art Gallery, built in 1846 by Heinrich Hübsch, displays paintings and sculptures from six centuries, particularly from France, Germany and Holland. Karlsruhe's newly renovated art museum is one of the most important art museums in Baden-Württemberg. Further cultural attractions are scattered throughout Karlsruhe's various incorporated suburbs. The Scheffel Association or Literary Society for example is a literary organisation and was established in 1924. It is the largest literary organisation in Germany. Today the Prinz-Max-Palais, built between 1881 and 1884 in historism style, houses the organisation including the museum.

The city takes its name from Margrave Karl Wilhelm of Baden-Durlach, who founded the city in 1715 after a dispute with the citizens of his previous capital, Durlach. The founding of the city is closely linked to the construction of the palace. Karlsruhe became the capital of Baden-Durlach until 1771, thereafter the capital of Baden until 1945. Built in 1822, the "Ständehaus" was the first parliament building in a German State. In the aftermath of the democratic revolution, a republican government was elected here.
The city was planned with the tower of the palace (Schloss) at the center and 32 streets radiating out from it like spokes on a wheel, or ribs on a folding fan, so that a nickname for Karlsruhe in German is the "fan city" (Fächerstadt). Almost all of these streets survive until today. The city centre is the oldest part of town and lies south of the palace in the quadrant defined by nine of the streets. The central part of the palace runs east-west, and there are two wings of the palace, each at a 45º angle to the centre, so that they are pointing southeast and southwest (i.e. parallel with streets at the ends of the quadrant defining the city centre).
The market place is on the street running south from the palace to Ettlingen. The market place has the town hall (Rathaus) to the west, the main protestant church (Evangelische Stadtkirche) to the east, and the tomb of Margrave Karl Wilhelm in a pyramid in the centre. The architect Friedrich Weinbrenner designed many of the most important buildings. That is why Karlsruhe is one of only three large German cities where we can still find building ensembles in Neoclassicism style. Much of the downtown area, including the Schloss, was reduced to rubble by Allied bombing during World War II but was quickly rebuilt after the war.
The area north of the palace was and still is a park and forest. East of the palace there originally were gardens and more forest, some of which remain, but the University, Wildparkstadion, and residential areas have since been built there. West of the palace is now mostly residential.
The library of the University of Karlsruhe developed the Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog, the first internet site that allowed researchers worldwide (for free) to search multiple library catalogues worldwide.

Karlsruhe's rail system, the Stadtbahn Karlsruhe, is well known in transport circles around the world for pioneering the concept of operating trams on train tracks (tram-trains), to achieve a more effective and attractive public transport system. This concept makes it possible to reach other towns in the region, like Ettlingen, Wörth am Rhein, Pforzheim, Bad Wildbad, Bretten, Bruchsal, Heilbronn, Baden-Baden and even Freudenstadt in the Black Forest right from the city centre.
Karlsruhe is well-connected via road and rail, with Autobahn and InterCityExpress connections going to Frankfurt, Stuttgart/Munich and Freiburg/Basel. Since June 2007 it is attached to the TGV network, reducing travel time to Paris to only three hours (compared to 5 hours previously).
The nearest airport is part of the Baden Airpark (officially Flughafen Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden) about 45 km (28 miles) southwest of Karlsruhe, with regular connections to airports in Germany and Europe in general. Frankfurt International Airport can be reach in about an hour and a half by car (one hour by train) whereas Stuttgart Airport can be reached in about one hour (about an hour and a half by train and S-Bahn).

Karlsruhe is the seat of the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) and the highest Court of Appeals in civil and criminal cases, the Bundesgerichtshof. The court came to Karlsruhe when the states of Baden and Württemberg were merged. Stuttgart, capital of Württemberg, became the capital of the new state, and Karlsruhe was given the high court in a compromise.
Karlsruhe is a renowned research and study centre, with one of Germany's finest and worldwide renowned institutions of higher education, namely, the University of Karlsruhe (Universität Karlsruhe (TH)) - the oldest technical university in Germany. Karlsruhe is also the home of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Research Centre Karlsruhe), at which engineering and scientific research is performed in the areas of health, earth and environmental sciences, and Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule Karlsruhe), the largest university of technology in the State of Baden-Württemberg, offering both professional and academic education in engineering sciences and business. The Hochschule für Musik Karsruhe is a music conservatory which offers degrees in composition, music performance, education and radio journalism. Since 1989 it is located in the Gottesaue Palace.
In 1999 the ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Centre for Art and Media) was opened. Within a short time it built up a worldwide reputation as a cultural institution. Linking new media theory and practice, the ZKM is located in a former weapons factory. Among the institutes related to the ZKM are the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung (State University of Design), whose president is philosopher Peter Sloterdijk and the Museum for Contemporary Art.

Karlsruhe Majolika Manufacture Guided Tour(top)

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Cost: 10 € (including guide)

For 100 years, the "Karlsruher Majolika" stands for a successful combination of craftwork tradition and innovative appreciation of art. Especially for the Majolika manufactory with an individual note created art ceramics by famous artists, is a treasure collectible of highest quality and stable value not only for connoisseurs. Little ceramic art sculptures, unique items of artists, flagstones, vases, bowls or plates - the ceramic art objects of the "Majolika Manufaktur Karlsruhe" convince by their creative expressiveness.
Famous artists like Hans Thoma, Wilhelm Süs, Max Laeuger, Martha Katzer, Carl Hubbuch or Erwin Spuler once founded the reputation of the "Majolika Manufaktur Karlsruhe" as prominent centre of ceramic art. The in 1912 created "Nijinski-sculpture" of Fritz Behn, is still today a favoured Majolika object.

Historic Heidelberg and Maulbrom Abbey Tour(top)

Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Cost: 75 € (including lunch, guide, entrance fees and transfer)

Distance Heidelberg - Karlsruhe: approx. 55 km (travel time approx. 50 min)
Distance Heidelberg - Maulbronn Abbey: 65 km (travel time approx. 1 hour)
A minimum of 10 persons is required to proceed. If these modest numbers are not met, the tours will unfortunately have to be cancelled (fully refundable).


Approximately 600,000 years ago, the "Heidelberg Man", whose jaw-bone was discovered in 1907, the earliest evidence of human life in Europe, died at nearby Mauer.
In the 5th century BC there was a Celtic fortress of refuge and place of worship on the Heiligenberg, or "Mountain of Saints". Both places can still be identified.
In 40 a fort was built and occupied by the 24th Roman cohort and the 2nd Cyrenaican cohort (CCG XXIIII and CCH II CYR). The Romans built and maintained castra (permanent camps) and a signalling tower on the bank of the Neckar, and built a wooden bridge across the Neckar. The first civilian settlements would develop under the protection of the camp. The Romans remained until 260, when the camp was conquered by German tribes.
Modern Heidelberg can trace its beginnings to the 5th century when the village Bergheim ("Mountain Home") is first mentioned in documents dated to 769. Bergheim now lies in the middle of modern Heidelberg.
In 1386, the University of Heidelberg was founded by Rupert I, Elector Palatine. The University played a leading part in the era of humanism and reformation and the conflict between Lutheranism and Calvinism in the 15th and 16th centuries. Heidelberg's library, founded in 1421, is the oldest public library in Germany still intact. A few months after the proclamation of the 95 theses, in April 1518, Martin Luther was received in Heidelberg, to defend them.

Historical sites:
The old town

The old town, in German Altstadt, located at the southern side of the Neckar, is long and narrow and is dominated by the ruins of the Heidelberg Castle which perches 80 metres above the Neckar on the steep, wooded side of the Königstuhl ("King's chair" or throne) hill. The Karl's gate (Karlstor) is a triumphal arch in honour of the Prince Elector Karl Theodor, located at Heidelberg's very east. It was erected from 1775 until 1781 and designed by Nicolas de Pigage. The house "Zum Ritter Sankt Georg" (Knight St. George) is one of the few buildings, which survived the war of succession. The building opposite of the Church of the Holy Spirit was built in the style of the late Renaissance period. The house is named after the sculpture at the top.
The "Marstall" was an arsenal of the Heidelberg Castle in which several different goods were stored. The 19th century building we see today was created in a neo-classical style. Since 1971, the "Marstall" houses lecture halls of the university.
The old bridge is a stone bridge which was erected from 1786 to 1788. There is a medieval bridge gate on the side of the old town, originally part of its town wall. Baroque tower helmets were added as part of the erection of the stone bridge in 1788.

Heidelberg Castle
The castle is surrounded by a park where the famous poet Johann von Goethe once walked. The Heidelberger Bergbahn funicular railway runs from Heidelberg's Kornmakt to the summit of the Königstuhl via the castle.

Maulbronn Abbey
Founded in 1147, the Cistercian Maulbronn Monastery (World Cultural Heritage since 1993) is considered the most complete and best-preserved medieval monastic complex north of the Alps.
Surrounded by fortified walls, the main buildings were constructed between the 12th and 16th centuries. The monastery's church, mainly in Transitional Gothic style, had a major influence in the spread of Gothic architecture over much of northern and central Europe. The water-management system at Maulbronn, with its elaborate network of drains, irrigation canals and reservoirs, is of exceptional interest.

Historic Strasbourg (Alsace, France)(top)

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2010
Cost: 70 € (including lunch, guide, entrance fees and transfer)

Distance Karlsruhe - Strasbourg: 85 km (travel time approx. 1 hour)
A minimum of 10 persons is required to proceed. If these modest numbers are not met, the tours will unfortunately have to be cancelled (fully refundable).

Strasbourg is the capital and principal city of the Alsace region in north eastern France, with 702,412 inhabitants in the metropolitan area in 2007. Located close to the border with Germany, it is the capital of the province Bas-Rhin.
Strasbourg is the seat of several European institutions such as the Council of Europe with its European Court of Human Rights, its European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and its European Audiovisual Observatory, the Eurocorps as well as the European Parliament and the European Ombudsman of the European Union. Strasbourg is an important centre of manufacturing and engineering, as well as of road, rail, and river communications. The port of Strasbourg is the second largest on the Rhine after Duisburg, Germany. The city is the seat of the Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine.
Strasbourg's historic centre, the Grande île ("Grand Island"), was classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, the first time such an honour was placed on an entire city centre. Strasbourg is beautifully fused into the Franco-German culture (Alemannic), and is regarded as the bridge of unity between modern France and Germany. Strasbourg is also a bridge for Germanic and Latin culture.
Strasbourg Cathedral was completed in 1439.
The city is chiefly known for its sandstone Gothic Cathedral with its famous astronomical clock, and for its medieval cityscape of Rhineland black and white timber-framed buildings, particularly in the Petite-France district alongside the Ill and in the streets and squares surrounding the cathedral, where the renowned Maison Kammerzell stands out.
Notable distinctive medieval streets: Rue Mercière, Rue des Dentelles, Rue du Bain aux Plantes, Rue des Juifs, Rue des Frères, Rue des Tonneliers, Rue du Maroquin.