Social Program

 

Monday, August 19
19.15: Welcome Reception at the City Hall, in the Rathauskeller

 

Wednesday, August 21, afternoon: (detailed information below)

The group size will be limited to about 20 participants. Participation will be free of charge. Please register for the excursion of your choice as soon as possible at the registration desk.

A) Guided tour at the University Observatory - the roots of astronomy in Austria (tour guide: Stefan Wallner)

Meeting Point:

At 16:00 at the information desk to travel together. If you want to go there indiviually, be at the Oberservatory entrance at 16:50.

 

B) Guided tour at the Kuffner Observatory - start of astrophysics in Austria (tour guide: Günther Wuchterl)

Meeting Point:

At 16:15 at the information desk to travel together. If you want to go there indiviually, be at the Kuffner Oberservatory entrance at 16:50.

 

C) Visit to the World's largest meteorite display at the Natural History Museum in Vienna (tour guide: Christian Köberl)

Meeting Point:

At 16:00 at the information desk to travel together. If you want to go there indiviually, be at the Natural History Museum Entrance at 16:20 for the tour.

 

D) Touring downtown Vienna to astronomical highlights (tour guide: Thomas Schobesberger)

Meeting Point: For all 16:30 at the information desk

 

E) Looking down on Vienna from Kahlenberg and ending the day in a Heuriger (tour guide: Radek Smolec)
(BOOKED OUT, only waitinglist available)

Meeting Point: For all 16:00 at the information desk

 

 

Thursday, August 22
19.00: Reception at the Austrian Academy of Science

 

 

Social Program, detailed Information:

Start on Wednesday, August 21, afternoon: after 4 pm.

The group size will be limited to about 20 participants. Participation will be free of charge and for some excursions a second group will be possible.  Please register for the excursion of your choice as soon as possible at the registration desk.


A) Guided tour at the University Observatory - the roots of astronomy in Austria (tour guide: Stefan Wallner)
The University Observatory of vienna lies inside a beautiful park around 25minutes away from the conference venue. You can either travel there alone or with the group after the Coffe time. At the Observatory you will see and experience, the splendid neo-renaissance observatory (by the architects Fellner & Helmer) and the largest lens telescope in Austria, the 10.5 meter long refractor built by Howard Grubb, F.R.A.S.

It will be possible to travel together to the observatory (16:00 from the conference venue) or to meet there at 16:50. Türkenschanzstrasse 17, 1180 Wien

B) Guided tour at the Kuffner Observatory - start of astrophysics in Austria (tour guide: Günter Wuchterl)
The Kuffner Observatory  was built from Moriz from Kuffner. You will be able to take a closer look at this beautiful building and its telescopes.

It will be possible to travel together to the observatory (16:15 from the conference venue) or to meet there at 16:50. Johann Staud-Straße 10, 1160 Wien


C) Visit to the World's largest meteorite display at the Natural History Museum in Vienna (tour guide: Dr. Christian Köberl)
The Natural History Museum Vienna presents the world’s largest meteorite exhibit. There are about 1,100 meteorites on display (including 650 different meteorites, consisting of 300 falls and 350 finds), many of which are historic falls or finds. The meteorite hall was recently renovated and now boats a multitude of displays, many interactive; show are objects ranging from one of the largest Martian meteorites (Tissint) to lunar rocks to an impact simulator, and much more. The guided tour, by experts from the museum, will take about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. The first tour (16:30) will be held by the director of the museum, Dr. Christian Köberl. It will be possible to travel together to the observatory (16:00 from the conference venue) or to meet there at 16:20.

D) Touring downtown Vienna to astronomical highlights (tour guide: Thomas Schobesberger)
On the journey through Vienna you will see different stations of astronomical evolution and you can get a few glimpses where early astronomers worked. The route of the tour will depend on the weather and will be announced on the tour day. It is recommended to bring something to drink and wear comfortable shoes. The duration of the guided tour will be 90-120 minutes.

The meeting point will be the conference venue at 16:00.

E) Looking down on Vienna from Kahlenberg and ending the day in a Heuriger (tour guide: Radek Smolec) (BOOKED OUT, only waiting list available)
We will start our walk near Kahlenberg a 484-m hill in the Vienna Woods. (Meeting Point will be either there or at the venue, the details will be announced at the registration) The ~5 km route will go through the wood and then through the vineyards. Magnificent views of Vienna are expected from several spots along the route. We will have the opportunity to taste the local wine and specialties at Heuriger Sirbu. The walk will be easy, mostly downhill, but sturdy shoes are recommended. The walk will end at Nussdorf, the initial stop of the D tram that can take you directly to the Vienna's center.

Meetingpoint will be at 16:00 at the conference venue.