The conference will be held in the historic city of Erfurt. The venue is the famous Kaisersaal (Imperial Hall), located in the Futterstraße 15/16. The Kaisersaal was already venue of the Royal Congress in 1808, attended by Napoleon I and Tsar Alexander I from Russia.
From Wednesday, 20 May to Friday, 23 May 2008, the registration desk and conference office will be situated in this building in the heart of the historic city with numerous restaurants, cafés, pubs, and beer-gardens within walking distance.
The informal reception on Tuesday, 20 May 2008 will take place at the Landscape Education Park of the University of Applied Science Erfurt.


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Erfurt city centre: Kaisersaal.


Erfurt city centre: Kaisersaal, main auditorium.


Landscape Education Park of the University of Applied Science Erfurt.


Thuringia is situated in the heart of Germany covering c. 16.000 km² with a population of c. 2.5 million. The capital Erfurt has c. 200.000 inhabitants. Originally marking the crossroads of key trading routes, Erfurt was founded in 742 A.C. and has one of the best preserved medieval city centres in Germany. Patrician townhouses and lovingly restored half-timbered buildings are overlooked by the towering spires of St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Church of St. Severus. Adjacent the cathedral hill is the Petersberg Citadel, the only well-preserved baroque town fortress in the whole of central Europe, with an intricate maze of underground passageways. Historically a religious centre, tower-capped Erfurt (“Erfordia turrita“) contained at one time thirty-six parish churches and fifteen monasteries. Since medieval times, Erfurt has also been called “Blumenstadt” (City of Flowers).

Together with the nearby cities Weimar, Arnstadt and Eisenach, Erfurt is the cultural centre of Germany where the Bach family as well as Franz von Liszt, Wilhelm von Humbold, Lukas Cranach, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller lived and worked. The famous Bauhaus school of architecture was founded in Weimar and Martin Luther lived in Erfurt as a student and a monk. Buildings such as the Augustinian Monastery (build around 1300) and the Imperial Hall (build in 1715), have links with these figures and their restoration gives visitors a vivid impression of the past.



Erfurt city centre: St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Church of St. Severus on the cathedral hill.


Erfurt is a historical city with numerous restaurants, cafés, pubs, and beer-gardens.



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