Sign up for One of the Four NYU Berlin Day Trips on Friday, April 15

Sign up for one of the four day trips taking place on Friday, April 15. You can do so beginning today, Thursday, March 24, on the lists posted to the Upcoming Events whiteboard at the Academic Center. Alternatively, you may send an e-mail to Anne at if you want to secure your spot but won’t be at the AC this week. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 7. You can find a brief description of each trip below.

This semester we are excited to offer two day trips to Potsdam, a city less than 30 minutes by train from central Berlin. Both trips will run from about 10:00AM to 5:30PM, one will be a bicycle tour and the other a walking tour. For more information, please read on.

1. Potsdam by Bike, with Professor Sigismund Sliwinski

potsdam bikingJoin Professor Sliwinski for a bike tour of Potsdam and its surroundings. The full-day tour will be an exciting combination of an outdoor trip, surveying nature in the Brandenburg countryside, and an introduction to the history of Berlin and the Berlin Wall. The trip will begin from the Friedrichstraße S-Bahnhof, where we will meet Professor Sliwinski and take the train to Potsdam. At Griebnitzsee, on the edge of Potsdam, we’ll pick up bikes and begin a tour along the lakes surrounding Potsdam. After lunch we’ll visit the palace grounds at Belvedere and Sanssouci. As the tour involves a lot of cycling, it is important you’re comfortable spending the full day on a bike.

2. Potsdam by Foot, with Tarek Ibrahim

Potsdam walkPotsdam is more than just beautiful palaces and gardens, it’s a microcosm of the world: Italian Renaissance churches, French gardens, Chinese tea-houses, Roman baths, and English Tudor manors. The kings of Prussia and Emperors of Germany knew that if they couldn’t see the whole world, then they could at least try and bring the whole world to them. But the parks and palaces are more than just mere re-creation and imitation. Potsdam was a retreat, an escape from a world that was rapidly and profoundly changing in the 18th and 19th centuries, brought on by industrialization, modernization, secularization and German unification. It’s at once a response to and a product of these transformations: longing for the past, and dreaming of what’s ahead. This day trip will give students an understanding of these movements and ideas through the lens of architecture and art history. We will be looking at the Church of Peace, the famous landscape terraces and palace of Sanssouci, before moving on to Cecilienhof, site of the (in)famous Potsdam Conference of July 1945, that divided Germany for nearly 50 years and set in motion the Cold War. We will end the tour (weather permitting) with a stop at Glienicke Bridge, the “bridge of spies.” As there will be a lot of walking, please remember to wear comfortable shoes.

3. Bike trip through the biosphere reserve Schorfheide-Chorin, with German instructor Susan Engel

SchorfheideJoin your German instructor Susan on an adventurous bike trip through the biosphere reserve Schorfheide-Chorin – located only 70 km north-east of Berlin. You will visit the old abbey Chorin (from the 13th century) and discover the beautiful landscape by bike while learning about life in the Middle Ages!

  • Departure: The groups meets on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 9:25am at the Berlin Gesundbrunnen station. The train leaves from platform 8 at 9:39am.
  • What to bring: Water, snacks for the way, a rain jacket, a pen, your NYU student ID. Lunch will be provided.
  • Arrival back in Berlin: approx. 6:30pm.
  • Please be prepared to ride a bike for several hours! The overall bike trip will be around 25 km (about 16 miles) long.
All participants will receive an confirmation e-mail with further details. Please indicate your lunch choice on the sign-up list. Dankeschön
4. Trip to Görlitz, with Special Projects Coordinator Dominik Fungipani
Görlitz is a small town in Saxony, located directly at the Polish border. In fact, you can just cross a bridge in the town center to venture into Poland (and thus pin another feather to your metaphorical traveler’s hat). The town emerged virtually unharmed from WWII and still exhibits building styles from the Middle Ages to today. This trip offers a chance to witness the ongoing unification of Europe, its great potential as well as its challenges.

Peterskirche_GoerlitzWe will leave from the Residence at 7:30am, arriving by about 10:30am. You will take part in a guided tour of the historical city center of Görlitz with a local expert. After the tour, you can share impressions and experiences during an NYU Berlin-sponsored lunch. In the afternoon we will explore the town’s Polish sister city Zgorzelec (please bring your passport, just in case). The bus will arrive back in Berlin by about 9:00pm. This trip is capped at 20 participants.


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