Germany Parliamentary Library Study Tour 2007

A blog for attendees and those interested in learning more about the study tour.

Itinerary May 30, 2007

NOTE: THE BELOW ITINERARY IS THE ORIGINAL AND HAS SINCE CHANGED. FOR THE MOST RECENT VERSION OF THE ITINERARY IN MS-WORD, PLEASE CLICK HERE —–> Study Tour Itinerary.

Also, there is a separate itinerary for Hamburg —–> Hamburg Itinerary.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

until 04:00 pm

Individual arrivals at TXL BERLIN-Airport.

Get installed at your accommodation and have a rest:
Apartments am Brandenburger Tor
Wilhelmstraße 73, D-10117 Berlin
Tel. : +49-(0)30-200-757-0
www.apartments-mitte.de

We have made reservations for 5 flats Type C (2 people to share 3 rooms and one bathroom) plus 1 studio for a single person…

06:00 pm

Meet with Dr. Andrea Mehrländer, Acting Director of the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation and Evelin Morgenstern, enjoy a light dinner in a restaurant nearby and get the latest information on the study tour. Early to bed, early to rise …

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

10:00-12:30 pm

Get together for a “Welcome-to-Berlin“ breakfast with some German guests at Restaurant Käfer im Deutschen Bundestag. This will include a talk by Michael A. Cullen on his observations as An American in – Berlin.

13:00-15:15 pm

City tour by bus conducted by Michael

15:30-17:00 pm

Guided tour of the Reichstag and its art collection

17:00 pm

The rest of the day and dinner are at your leisure. Stamina permitting, enjoy an opera performance or a concert

Thursday, October 4, 2007

10:00 am

Visit the Reference and Research Services of the
German Bundestag
Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus
Adele-Schreiber-Krieger-Straße 1
11011 Berlin
www.bundestag.de

We will be greeted and given a tour of the Parliamentary Library by its Director Ursula Freyschmidt, followed by talks about the different services offered (The Parliamentary Archives, The Subject and Speakers’ Indexes Division, The Press Documentation Division and Hotline W). with an opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest

13:15 pm

Lunch in the Bistro im Haus der Bundespressekonferenz, Schiffbauerdamm 40, D-10117 Berlin, then walk to the
Federal Foreign Office
Werderscher Markt 1
D-10117 Berlin
www.auswaertiges-amt.de

15:00-17:00 pm

Visit of the Political Archives and the Historical Service, The tour will be conducted and special documents will be brought out for the group by Dr. Ludwig Biewer

17:15 pm

Fortify yourself with “Kaffee und Kuchen” in the Opern-palais, Unter den Linden 5, D-10117 Berlin. The rest of the day and dinner are on your own. Most of the museums are open till 22:00 pm on Thursdays

Friday, October 5, 2007

10:00-12:30 pm

Guided tour through the Archives of the Zentralstelle der Bundesbeauftragten für die Unterlagen des Staatssicher-heitsdienstes der ehemaligen Deutschen Demokratischen Republik. Tour and background talk will be provided by Günter Bormann, Head of the “Leitungsbüro”:
Archiv der Zentralstelle (Stasi Records Office)
Ruschestraße 103; Eingang Haus 7
D-10365 Berlin
www.bstu.bund.de

12:45-13:45 pm

Lunch snack in the DB cafeteria WISAG ComforTables Catering GmbH & Co. KG, Ruschestraßer 104, D-10365 Berlin

15:00-17:00 pm

Visit the German Institute for International and Security Affairs of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), one of the think tanks of the German parliament and the federal government:
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik
Ludwigkirchplatz 3-4
D-10719 Berlin
www.swp-berlin.org
An introduction will be given by Chief Librarian Nele Morkel M.A., followed by a tour of the Library and Information Services Department. This will include a presentation of the German Information Network on International Affairs and Area Studies (FIV)

17:00 pm

The rest of the day and dinner are on your own. You may wish to explore this charming area of Berlin, near the Kurfürstendamm and Savignyplatz. For dinner, we might end up in the Café-Restaurant “Wintergarten” im Literaturhaus Fasanenenstraße 23, D-10719 Berlin, www.literaturhaus-berlin.de or in one of the restaurants around Savignyplatz

Saturday, October 6, 2007

08:18 am

Depart Berlin Hauptbahnhof for a day’s excursion to HAMBURG

Arrive Hamburg Hauptbahnhof

09:57 am

Walk to the City Hall, a splendid sandstone structure in neo-Renaissance style (built 1886-1897), which dominates the city centre with its impressive architecture. The “Rathaus” is the seat of the State Parliament of Hamburg (which in most of the other Länder would be the “Landtag”) and the Senate, often known as the State Government

10:30-12:00 am

We will be welcomed and given an introduction by Dr. Christine Wellems, Head of the Parliamentary Infor-mation Services, followed by a peer-to-peer discussion – staff members will join us:
Bürgerschaftskanzlei
Parlamentarische Informationsdienste
Rathausmarkt 1
D-20095 Hamburg
www.hamburgische-buergerschaft.de

12:15-13:00 pm

Tour of the City Hall, including information on the work of the State Parliament of Hamburg and the Senate

13:15-14:15 pm

Lunch

14:15 pm

Free time to further explore Hamburg (a list of suggestions will be available)

18:08 pm

Depart Hamburg Hauptbahnhof

19:47 pm

Arrive Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Sunday, October 7, 2007

18:30 pm

Day of leisure – if you would like some orientation regard-ing your own very special area of interest, it would be a pleasure to help. Just let me know

Festive get-together at the Initiative’s … home: Potsdamer Straße 22a, D-12205 Berlin (Lichterfelde West) Tel./Fax: +49 (0)30/8 33 44 78, where you will meet other American and German guests and colleagues

Monday, October 8, 2007

08:46 am

Depart Berlin Hauptbahnhof

10:51 am

Arrive DRESDEN Hauptbahnhof

Accommodation:
Hotel ibis Dresden Königstein
Prager Straße 1
01069 Dresden
Tel. : +49 (0) 3 51 48 56-64 45
http://www.ibishotel.com/ibis/fichehotel/gb/ibi/1580/fiche_hotel.shtml

12:30-14:00 pm

Lunch in the Restaurant Chiaveri im Sächsischen Landtag, Bernhard-von-Lindenau-Platz 1, D-01067 Dresden with a splendid view of the Elbe river

14:15-15:45 pm

Guided tour of the Saxon Parliament (www.landtag.sachsen.de) and the art on the premises. This will include a presentation about the library’s information services by its Head, Imke Winter

16:00-18:00 pm

Visit the recently re-opened Historic Green Vault. It was here that, between 1723 and 1730, August the Strong realized his vision of a Baroque synthesis of the arts as an expression of wealth and absolute power. You will experience magnificent artworks of gold, silver, precious gems, enamel, ivory, bronze and amber in an intensity unparalleled to date:
Historisches Grünes Gewölbe
Residenzschloss (entrance: Sophienstraße opposite the
Taschenbergpalais)
Taschenberg 2
D-01067 Dresden
www.skd-dresden.de/en/museen/gruenes_gewoelbe.html

18:00 pm

The rest of the day and dinner are at your leisure. You may wish to chose the Semperoper or the Frauenkirche to enjoy some music …

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

08:45-10:45 am

Walking tour of the historic district of Dresden, taking us to the Saxon State Library – Regional and University Library.

11:00-14:45 pm

Saxon State Library – Regional and University Library Dresden:
Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden (SLUB)
Zellescher Weg 19 D-01069 Dresden www.slub-dresden.de

The SLUB is one of the main archival centres of Germany. Its treasures, collected for over four centuries, are now located in the new stone-clad facilities designed by Ortner & Ortner. Its Director General, Dr. Thomas Bürger, will give us a tour, followed by a presentation of treasures and special collections – we will have lunch in the Cafeteria midway through the program. Since Saxony is the only “new Land” we can take you to during this study tour, you might feel like discussing subjects beyond the professional ones – please feel free to do so

16:26 pm

Depart Dresden Hauptbahnhof

22:08 pm

Arrive MÜNCHEN Hauptbahnhof

Accommodation: St. Pius-Kolleg der Steyler Missionare Dauthendeystraße 25, 81377 München www.steyler.de/svd/dcms/sites/svd/deutschland/niederlassungen/muenchen/index.html

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

10:00-12:00 pm

motto of the day: Munich – Germany’s capital of industrial and intellectual property …

Visit the German Patent and Trade Mark Office: Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt (DPMA)
Zweibrückenstraße 12
D-80331 München
www.dpma.de

We will be given a presentation by Hubert Rothe, Head of the Section “Industrial Property Information for the Public” of DPMA, which serves business, science and individual inventors by providing fast, cost-effective and efficient services to all customers

12:30-14:00 pm

Lunch at the European Patent Office, then walk to

14:30-16:30 pm

Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law: Max-Planck-Institut für Geistiges Eigentum, Wettbewerbs- und Steuerrecht
Marstallplatz 1
D-80530 München
www.ip.mpg.de

where Peter Weber, Head of the Library, will give us a tour of “the Institute’s most important research resource”. This will include a talk on the German ”research landscape”

16:45 pm

The rest of the day and dinner are on your own. The weather permitting, we suggest a typical Munich “Bier-garten”, where we will meet with German colleagues.

(And there is the opera as well …)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

09:00-12:00 am

Visit the Bavarian State Library (to be confirmed):
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB)
Ludwigstraße 16
D-80539 München
www.bsb-muenchen.de

12:15-13:00 pm

Snack lunch in the Cafeteria of BSB

13:15-15:30 pm

Walk to the Bavarian Landtag, the Parliament of the Free State of Bavaria, the largest state (Land) within the
Federal Republic of Germany and one of the oldest parliaments. The Bayerische Landtag, D-81627 München, www.bayern.landtag.de is seated in the Maximilianeum, where, with a little bit of luck, we will get a guided tour of the historic rooms of interest.

We will be escorted by a couple of Munich colleagues to make sure that on our way we see as many of the city’s remarkable historical sites as possible

15:45 pm

Free time to further explore the city on your own

18:39 pm

Depart München

21:53 pm

Arrive KARLSRUHE
Accommodation:
Ringhotel Residenz Karlsruhe
Bahnhofsplatz 14-16
D-76137 Karlsruhe
www.hotel-residenz-karlsruhe.de

Friday, October 12, 2007

09:00 approx.

Depart Karlsruhe for a day’s excursion to STRASSBURG, with visits to the European Court of Human Rights (www.echr.coe.int/ECHR/) and to the European Parliament (www.europaparl.europa.eu), including their libraries/Information centres

Schedule of the day to be confirmed

Saturday, October 13, 2007

10:00 am

Visits of two important German Supreme Courts:

Federal Constitutional Court:
Bundesverfassungsgericht (BVerfG)
Schlossbezirk 3
D-76131 Karlsruhe
www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de

It is a special court established by the German Constitu-tion, the Grundgesetz (Basic Law). Its sole task is judicial review

Federal Court of Justice:

Bundesgerichtshof (BGH)
Herrenstraße 45a
D-76133 Karlsruhe
www.bundesgerichtshof.de

It is the highest appeals court in Germany for cases of civil and criminal law

Both of the Directors, Volker Plettenberg (BVerfG) and Dietrich Pannier (BGH) will be at our disposal, conducting tours through their libraries (and the rest of the buildings), and ready to answer questions

In between:

Lunch snack in the Schlosscafé. We may find the time to climb the Schlossturm, which boasts a fine view of the city and will give us an idea of the historical planning concept of Karlsruhe

16:00 pm aprox.

Explore the Media Museum and/or the Museum of Con-temporary Art of the Center for Art and Media:

Zentrum für Kunst- und Medientechnologie
Lorenzstraße 19
D-76135 Karlsruhe
www.zkm.de

20:00 pm approx.

Dinner – details to be confirmed

Sunday, October 14, 2007

08:51 am

Depart Karlsruhe

09:52 am

Arrive FRANKFURT/MAIN
Optional: Visit the Frankfort Bookfair
And/or: individual departures

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