RUHR AREA

RUHR AEREA

ASTRONOMY AND CHANGE IN THE AREA

ASTRONOMY - SCIENCE & HISTORY

TOUR CODE

WT-13-22-S6

DATE

Free of Choice

DURATION

5 D. - 4 Nts

P.P. PRICE

On Request

MIN-MAX

8 - 15

RUHR AREA - ASTRONOMY AND CHANGE IN THE AREA

SCIENCE AND HISTORY - SHORT tour

INTRODUCTION

The Ruhr area, next to Paris and London the third largest population area in Europe, is always worth a trip for friends of astronomy. We get to know the planetarium with observatory located in the idyllic city garden of Recklinghausen and visit the new modern Bochum planetarium, as well as the Sputnik exhibition in the radome of the Bochum observatory, which has existed for 50 years. A visit to the horizon observatory built in 2008 on the Hohewald slag heap in Herten will be a special highlight of the trip and is a good example of the interesting structural change in the Ruhr area. A visit to the Ruhr University in Bochum with a tour of the Flarelab laboratory is also planned, in which the magnetic relationships of the sun’s surface are experimentally investigated. Essen, known as Europe’s cultural capital 2010, will open the doors for us to one of the largest astronomy exchanges in Europe in May. Good luck!

ITINERARY

ITINERARY
Arrival by train or car to the hotel in Essen-Kray. Afternoon visit to the historic Bonifacius colliery and dinner. Then visit and presentation in the Recklinghausen planetarium. In good weather, sky observation is possible at the Recklinghausen observatory.
Visit of the ATT astronomy exchange in Essen. (Admission is included in the tour price.) Optional afternoon visit to the Folkwang Museum or a trip to Duisburg with an inland harbour tour. For example, this evening you can visit the world’s most successful musical Starlight-Express in Bochum (early registration recommended).
In the morning bus trip to Witten to the historic Nachtigal colliery with a guided tour in the visitor mine through low corridors to a real coal seam. Lunch is planned in Witten. Afternoon visit and exclusive guided tour to the horizon observatory on the Hohewald heap in Herten. The Hohewald Halde is the second highest elevation in the Ruhr area, from which there is a fantastic all-round view of the various Ruhr cities in good weather. An astronomical performance is planned for tonight in the new modern Planetarium in Bochum.
Morning trip by train to Bochum. Visit to the Ruhr University and guided tour of the FLARE-LAB laboratory, in which the magnetic processes of the sun’s surface are experimentally investigated. Lunch in the university canteen. Then drive to the Bochum observatory with a visit to the Sputnik exhibition, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011. Then we will be happy to take you to the trendy “Bermuda Triangle” district in Bochum, where we can recommend you various restaurants for dinner.

Departure and farewell.

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Optional Day Tour to Vevey and Montreux with Chillon Fort

In the morning after breakfast, the coach takes you to the French part of Switzerland to Vevey to the Chaplin Museum. Charlie Chaplin lived here with his family from 1953 until his death in 1977. On a guided tour, we visit the manor house, which has been restored and restored to its former glory. This is where Chaplin’s private and family life comes back to life. The studio-museum, newly built in 2016, is dedicated to Chaplin’s films and his impoverished childhood in London, which influenced his work. At the foot of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps, you can stroll through the landscaped garden that Chaplin was so delighted with. Visit Montreux for lunch and enjoy the view of Lake Geneva. Exclusive lunch in a selected restaurant directly on Lake Geneva. The third part of the day tour takes us to Chillon Castle, also located directly on Lake Geneva. A visit to the castle gives us an overview of eight centuries of architecture, history and culture. (8-9 hour day tour):

Picture gallery for The Optional Day Tour

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ITINERARY

Scheduled flight with Icelandair from Frankfurt to Iceland at noon (departure 2 p.m., arrival 3:35 p.m.). Get a first impression of the volcanic island with the 45-minute transfer from Keflavík Airport to Reykjavík. During a city tour we visit the most important and at the same time most photographically attractive buildings in the capital: Perlan, Hallgrímskirkja and Harpa. Dinner in the hotel and brief presentation of the travel program. 1 night / half board in the Hótel Cabin in Reykjavík.

Today we take the ring road from Reykjavík to the northeast of the island to Mývatn, where we stop on the way. Which route to take in the west of Iceland is decided spontaneously based on the weather and light conditions. A longer stop at Skagafjörður, the epitome of rural Iceland, is firmly planned. Glaumbær’s church and historic peat yard offer attractive photo opportunities.

In the late afternoon we finally reach the Mývatn. In the middle of the North Atlantic, we are in one of the regions with the lowest rainfall in Europe and often with clear skies. Since the aurora oval is almost always above this region, the chances of observing the northern lights after dark are extremely good.

5 nights / half board in the Hótel Gígur or Sel Hotel.

The course of the program today and for the following 3 days is primarily based on the weather and light conditions with regard to photography. This can lead to adjustments and changes in the process shown here.

On the first morning (14.09.18) there will be an introduction to the wonderful world of the northern lights. Further lectures and seminars will be held by Stefan Seip after breakfast or before or after dinner.

In the evening it is dark enough from 8:30 p.m. to see the northern lights.

In and around the Mývatn, almost all known volcanic forms on earth can be found in a very limited geographical area. Mývatn’s surroundings were largely created by the active volcanic system of the Krafla. An asphalt road leads into the central caldera, under which there is a magma chamber at a depth of only 3 km. We walk to the lava flows that flowed in the 1970s and 1980s and to Maar Víti. Even before the last series of eruptions, NASA was so fascinated by the strange environment that it sent its future lunar pilots there for training. From a photographic point of view, the bizarre constructions of a geothermal power plant and the solfataras field at Námafjall a little further south on the ring road are particularly attractive.

In the afternoon there is the option of visiting the Mývatn Nature Spa (entry ISK 4300, -). If you don’t want to swim, you will find attractive photo opportunities in the immediate vicinity or you can take a look around the town of Reykjahlið, which is located on the lakeshore.

Today’s tour takes us around the Mývatn on a distance of around 50 km. In the unique area there are numerous strange lava formations, attractive bays, pseudocraters and rare bird species. Among other things, we can admire the pseudocraters of Skutustaðir right next to our hotel on a peninsula, which were created by the collision of lava and water. The lava formation Dimmuborgir (the dark castles), the bizarre rocks on Kalfaströnd and the rapids of the Laxá are further highlights in today’s program. En route stops will again be decided spontaneously.

The waterfall of the gods, the Goðafoss, is our first destination today. The historic waterfall in the Skjálfandafljót River is one of the most beautiful and famous on the island. According to legend, the god þorgeir is said to have thrown the last pagan images of gods into the Goðafoss around the year 1000 after the adoption of Christianity as the state religion.

The further route leads us more or less along the Skjálfandafljót to its confluence with the Atlantic. There is the pretty town of Húsavík by the bay of Skjálfandi. It has become famous for the whales, which can be found in the bay with a high degree of certainty. In addition to dolphins and humpback whales, blue whales are also spotted time and again. You have the opportunity to take part in a whale watching tour (optional, 3 hours, approx. ISK 10,500, bookable on site). The whale museum (ISK 1800, -) and the harbor front with a view of the year-round snow-covered mountains beyond the bay are also worth a visit.

On the way back to Mývatn we visit the geyser Ystihver, whose eruptions occur every few minutes.

The endless lava deserts Oddáðahraun and Mývatnsöræfi extend east of the Mývatn. The only body of water in this bone-dry environment is the mighty glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum. In its lower reaches it falls over several waterfalls into the deep canyon Jökulsárgljúfur. We visit the Dettifoss, Iceland’s most powerful waterfall, as well as the somewhat smaller Hrafnagilsfoss. The further organization of the day is decided spontaneously.

Today we leave the Mývatn. First stop is Akureyri, the capital of Northern Iceland. Here is the largest population center in the country outside of the capital district. We take a tour of the sympathetic city, which, thanks to its favorable climate, is astonishingly green despite its northern location. Among other things, we visit the botanical garden, the Akureyrarkirkja(Akureyris Church) and the cozy city center.

From Akureyri there is a short stop in Blönduós to Víðidalur in the north-west of the country. The Kolugil Gorge invites you to stop here – because of the photogenic waterfall, maybe we will see also around 600 – 700 Icelandic horses are herded together from the high pastureshere. From the Kolugil it is only a short drive to the Hotel, where we will spend the night.

2 nights / half board Hotel near Laugarbakkinear

The accommodation / lodge Laugarbakki is one of the most famous Reirerhöfe in Iceland. Today we are allowed to take part in a horse demonstration at the nearby Gauksmyriequestrian center and visit the stables. Then we pay a visit to the Vatnsnes peninsula. You can see a seal colony at the famous elephant-shaped rock Hvitserkur. We get even closer to the marine mammals at a farm on the other side of the peninsula. Finally we make a stop in the village of Hvammstangi. There you have, among other things, the opportunity to buy typical wool products directly from a manufactorer.

With several short stops we drive to Reykjavik after breakfast, free time and transfer to the hotel.

In the morning transfer to the airport and flight back to Germany

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Your Science historian and lecturers:
various Scientists and Lecturers along with the Tour Leader

HOTEL

TERMS & CONDITIONS

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TOUR COST

Tour date:
Free of Choice

Tour Price:
On Request

Individual tours can be organised on request

INCLUDED

✓ 4 nights with breakfast in the hotel in Essen and 3x half board
✓ Welcome to the hotel with a welcome drink
✓ All transfers to the tours
✓ Visit / guided tour of the former Bonifacius colliery in Essen
✓ Entry to the ATT Astronomy Exchange in Essen with a snack
✓ Presentation in the Recklinghausen Planetarium
✓ Presentation in the Planetarium Bochum
 Visit / guided tour of the “Sputnik exhibition” observatory in Bochum
✓  Visit / guided tour of the horizon observatory in Herten
 Visit / guided tour of the Bergstollen of the Nachtigal colliery in Witten
✓ Local travel support
 Various specialist speakers on the tours

NOT INCLUDED

 Optional excursions, as shown in the travel programme 
 Other meals and drinks
 Tips
 Arrival and Departure
● Any International airfare

INFORMATION

We recommend that you take travel cancellation insurance (RRV). This should be completed immediately after booking. We strongly recommend that you take international health and ambulance insurance, ideally as a complete insurance that also includes, for example, travel accident, luggage and travel liability insurance. In contrast to the RRV, all of these insurances can be taken out immediately before the start of the journey. We would be happy to book your desired insurance for you.
In Ruhrgebiet, the summers are comfortable and partly cloudy and the winters are very cold, windy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 0°C to 23°F and is rarely below -6°C or above 30°C. Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Essen for warm-weather activities is from late June to early September.

EQUIPMENTS

Binoculars and spotting scope if available
 Walking shoes for the walking tours
Rain cover / jacket, Sun protection
Daypack
Folding stool (if needed)
(The specified list is not intended to be exhaustive. More details will be shared about 4 weeks before the tour)

GENERAL INFORMATION

●  We reserve the right to change the schedule of excursions, sightseeing and observation programmes – even at short notice due to natural events such as volcanic activity.
The tour can be cancelled by the tour operator, if the minimum number of participants is not met. In this case, Wittmann Travel e.K. can withdraw from the contract 28 days before the start of the journey. As a rule, however, we inform all participants earlier.

PAYMENT MODE

● 20% of the tour price (billing amount) has to be paid at the time of confirmation.
● Balance payment is to be made 28 days prior to departure.

TRAVEL ADVICE

Travel documents:
Since Ruhrgebiet – Germany is the part of the Schengen area, German and Austrian citizens only need a valid identity card or passport to enter the country. Citizens of other nationalities should contact your Foreign Office or the respective embassy for information about the entry regulations that apply to you.

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RUHR AREA - SCIENCE AND HISTORY - SHORT TOUR

ASTRONOMY AND CHANGE IN THE AREA

TOUR CODE

WT-13-22-S6

DATE

Free of Choice

DURATION

5 D. - 4 Nts

P.P. PRICE

On Request

MIN-MAX

8 - 15

Online Request

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Current Status

Tour Active

Booking Status

Minimum participants booked

Eligibility

RTPCR test required (24 hours prior to travel) even for vaccinated (Covid19) and recovered participants

Theme Leader

Name of theme leader

Language

English and German

Please Note

Program can be changed without prior notice
Also possible to book half double room