Wednesday, 26. October 2011 26.10.11 15:42 Age: 6 Jahre

IGS-Excursion to Berlin – Conquering the German capital

In the first week of October nine PhD-students from the International Graduate School  Dynamic Intelligent Systems of the University of Paderborn spent two days in Berlin as part of the cultural program.

The group met on October 6th at 7.00 a.m. at the Paderborn train station and took the train to Berlin. Our first appointment was at Lufthansa Systems AG ( , where the IGS alumnus Yufeng Guo welcomed us and gave us together with his colleague Andreas … a comprehensive introduction of Lufthansa Systems and presented the developing optimization and revenue management systems. Our graduate students took the change of asking specific questions which lead to intensive and fruitful discussions.

The company visit was followed by a sightseeing-tour by bus along the most famous sights of Berlin, such as the Reichstags building, the Brandenburg Gate, parts of the wall, Kurfürstendamm and KaDeWe, the Memorial Church, Checkpoint Charlie, Museum Island, Alexanderplatz, etc. It was a lucky choice to take the bus since right in the middle of the tour it started to rain heavily. We ended up at Alexanderplatz, close to Hackesche Markt, where we had our group dinner in a typical German style brewery house. In addition to the tasting of the four kinds of beer the brewery produced we were served typical German food.

The next day started with an optional program of either visiting a museum at the Museum Island or going shopping at Kurfürstendamm. Most of the group decided for Pergamon Museum, where the panorama of the ancient city of Pergamon is displayed on a big continuous screen as a special non-permanent exhibition. The rest of the group went to the GDR-Museum, where nostalgic but typical exhibits of life in the former German Democratic Republic are shown.

Shortly after lunch we visited the government building with a guided tour through the former Reichstagsbuilding and the catacombs, the assembly room and the glass dome. Unfortunately, Dr. Carsten Linnemann, the delegate of our region, was unable to see our group, however, he sent an employee of the visitor service to answer all our questions.

After two days of many different impressions – both from career- and cultural aspects – we took the train back to Paderborn in the late afternoon of October 7th.

There was a lot to see and to do and all group members agreed that two days are much too short to get an allover impression of the German capital. The International Graduate School organizes this kind of event every year and we hope to have a good response for our next cultural trip.

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