Please join us for the Freunde General Meeting & Annual Alumni Reunion: Friday 20 September to Sunday 22 September 2019 in the exciting German city of Essen.
Situated in the Ruhr Valley, “Essen” is a name that used to be a byword for “German industry” and the Krupp family, now ThyssenKrupp. But if you visit Essen expecting a post-Industrial cityscape, you may be in for a surprise. The tertiary sector has brought modern towers and parks, while a UNESCO-status industrial facility has been lovingly cleaned up as a monument. There are high-profile concert halls in repurposed factories, and the Zeche Zollverein coal mining complex, which was once the biggest coal mine in the world, is both formidable and elegant for its Bauhaus architecture and titanic coal washery.
This year we are excited to present a weekend program exploring the best that Essen has to offer. Full program and weekend itinerary below includes the Villa Hügel (massive 19th-century mansion once the residence of the Krupp Family); the UNESCO Zeche Zollverein coal mining complex; the Museum Folkwang; and the diverse downtown Essen. Naturally, having plenty of time to enjoy the company of I-House friends from all class years and countries around the world during the planned activities and meals on Friday evening, Sunday early lunch, and a formal dinner on Saturday with music and selected guests. And the optional but all-important Annual Freunde General Meeting with our scholarship selection and an update from International House.
The registration fee of 125 Euro per person includes all tours, venue room rentals, as well as food, beverage, and gratuities at the buffet lunch on Saturday and the formal banquet dinner and reception (including a selection of beverages, keynote speaker and musical performance) on Saturday evening.
The reduced fee of 70 Euros per person is available as an option for those who have to miss the Saturday evening formal banquet dinner. We ask that you kindly register online for either the full weekend registration (including banquet dinner on Saturday evening: 125 euros) or the registration (excluding the banquet dinner on Saturday evening: 70 euros). Please also register for each of the weekend events, so the organizing committee can make the appropriate reservations.
Please register by Friday, August 9.
*Important payment & registration note: Two options for payment are available.
1. Following online event registration please pay via SEPA bank transfer. For SEPA bank transfer, the account information is Freunde des International House e.V., IBAN: DE DE 08501900000276392077, BIC: FFVBDEFF, at Frankfurter Volksbank eG.
2. Following online event registration pay via PayPal. If you choose to pay via PayPal, please note that in the registration below, and we will send you a PayPal invoice to the email address you have registered through from the Freunde Chapter PayPal account. We ask that you please remit payment following the invoice.
For questions regarding payment, do not hesitate to contact Julie Pape at email@example.com or +1-212-216-8425.
|Included in Registration|
|Friday, September 20, 2019|
|from 14:00 „Kaffee und Kuchen“ meet for coffee at lake Baldeney
location: Bootshaus ETUF (enter from lakeside trail)
Freiherr-vom-Stein-Straße 204A, 45133 Essen
reach by car, S-Bahn (S6 – Hügel) or rental bike
|15:30 hike to a guided tour of Villa Hügel
meet at S-Bahn Station (S6 – Hügel) for hike thru park
guided tour starts 16:00 sharp in Villa Hügel lobby
for direct access Villa Hügel GPS: Haraldstraße, 45133 Essen
|from 19:30 Get Together Dinner in Rüttenscheid
casual restaurant “L’Osteria”
Rüttenscheider Str. 187/189, 45131 Essen
|After Dinner in Gin & Jagger cocktail bar
next door to L’Osteria
|Saturday, September 21, 2019|
|from 9:30 meet at Zollverein Besucherzentrum
Gelsenkirchener Str. 181, 45309 Essen (Kohlenwäsche A14, upstairs)
Recommended to meet downtown, ride via Kulturlinie 107 (tram):
depart ‘Hauptbahnhof’ (09:04 h) or ‘Rathaus’ (09:06 h)
|10:00 sharp: guided tour Zeche Zollverein “Kohle und Kumpel”
Please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing suitable for expected weather
|11:30 quick buffet lunch at “Bistro Schacht 12”||Y|
|12:15 ten-minute walk to “Rundeindicker” meeting room
access via Zollverein Besucherzentrum (A14)
|12:45 sharp Welcome Presentation Professor H.-P. Noll, CEO of Zollverein Stiftung||Y|
|13:15 FREUNDE e.V. Member’s Meeting and Scholarship awards
Agenda by separate invitation
Zollverein site alternatives for guests:
visit Ruhrmuseum and/or
Special Exhibition Margarethenhöhe (https://www.zollverein.de/kalender/aufbruch-im-westen),
shopping https://www.zollverein.de/besuch-planen/shops-souvenirs/ incl. fine china in historical Keramischen Werkstatt Margaretenhöhe tradition
|14:30 City Tour by bus:
Meet at “Rundeindicker” for walk to bus (tbc on Fritz-Schupp-Allee or Parking “C”)
get an impression of the Essen cityscape and its changing structures including Thyssen-Krupp old and new headquarter, medieval Werden,
end appr. 16:30 near Rathaus (city hall)
Stroll by key downtown buildings – Old Synagogue, Essen Cathedral, Grillo Theater, Lichtburg, … – with optional coffee, shopping or visit to Cathedral treasure museum
|from 19:00 Aperitif’s at Parkhaus Hügel
20 minute access by S-Bahn (S6-Hügel) or car pools. Meeting point/time downtown to be arranged ad hoc, individually
Freiherr-vom-Stein-Straße 209, 45133 Essen
business attire, business casual
|from 19:30 Dinner at Parkhaus Hügel
19:30 free seating
Welcomes and Musical Interlude
First course served
§ Keynote by Dr. Thomas A. Lange, Co-Moderator of the Initiativkreis Ruhr and CEO National Bank
Main courses buffet and desserts
Formal meal ends around 22:00
business attire, business casual
|Open end downtown:
around Kennedy Platz (MotelOne, Leo’s Casa, etc.), or whiskeys at “Jimmy’s Bar” in Handelshof, or Rüttenscheid (Irish Pub or Ampütte for late night hard core)
|Sunday, September 22 2019|
|10:15 meet at Folkwang Museum
|12:00 Farewell Lunch
- Guest Information
- Getting to/from the airport: It takes less than 30 minutes by taxi to reach Essen from Dusseldorf International Airport (DUS), and several regional express and long-distance trains, as well as trams on the S1 line, connect Essen with the airport. Other airports nearby include Cologne/Bonn (around an hour by train) and Dortmund (approximately 45 minutes by car) or Weeze.
- Arriving by train: Over 100 InterCity, EuroCity, InterCityExpress, and Thalys long-distance trains stop at Essen’s main railway station every day. And within the city itself, all main tram and subway lines stop at the main station; additional bus lines stop at destinations throughout Essen.
- Arriving by car: Depending on your hotel there are different options, including two low-cost Contipark’s (“Maxstrasse” or “Philharmonie”).
- The following hotels are all within walking distance from the Hauptbahnhof (main train station) and conveniently located nearby subway stations:
- Handelshof (traditional, central upscale hotel) or Essener Hof
- Sheraton (more upscale)
- Motel One (central)
- Unperfekthaus (a bit of a walk but part of a rather unique concept, offers a regular hotel but also a “Friends” – like room share for groups http://www.wg-hotel.de/e/e)
- and various budget or apartment hotels nearby (ibis, GHOTEL, Petul City, Intercity…)
- If you need help with Airbnb or other options or if you are on a tight budget, looking for room shares (couch surfing), please contact event organizers Rudy Koenig or Ludger Dohm.
- Suggestions for early arrivals on Friday or late departures on Sunday:
- In and around Essen (approximately 15 minutes by car or public transportation):
- Walk around old towns of Kettwig or Werden
- Boat cruise on Baldeneysee (departure/arrival at ETUF)
- 9 holes and lunch at Golfclubs ETUF or Haus Oefte
- From ETUF: hike to Ruine Isenburg overlooking Baldeneysee
- With children: Phänomania Erfahrungsfeld (near Zollverein)
- Related to coal and steel, outside Essen (approximately 40 minutes by car):
- Bergbaumuseum Bochum (mining museum)
- Landschaftspark Nord in Duisburg (former steel foundry industrial site)
- What to wear/weather
- Well, your guess is as good as ours! It might be delightful, warm and sunny. It might be cold and wet. Layers are the answer. And have something waterproof just in case. Or maybe sunglasses. Comfortable shoes are a must – there is plenty of walking in the program. Check out the weather before you travel. The banquet dinner on Saturday evening attire, plan for smart casual.
- Tourist information and to learn more about Essen
- Thank you to our Essen Alumni Reunion weekend organizing committee Ludger Dohm ’86 and Rudy Koenig ’83.
- Ludger ’86 & Dagmar Dohm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Arne Grob ’17 (Arne.Grob@hotmail.com)
- Rudy ’83 & Lien Koenig (email@example.com)
- Pooja Merchant ’10 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the reunion weekend, please feel free to contact any of the members of the committee: Ludger Dohm ’86 (email@example.com) and Rudy Koenig ’83 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- For matters concerning the Freunde Alumni Chapter, please contact Pooja Merchant ’10 (email@example.com) or Arne Grob ’17 (Arne.Grob@hotmail.com).
- Photo credits: © EMG-Essen Marketing GmbH –Peter Wieler