Half-day Excursions

In addition to the scientific sessions at the conference venue, a wide choice of academic excursions is provided by the GCEG 2018. You can choose between full-day and half-day trips to destinations in and around Cologne. To register for excursions please click here. Please note that the detailed starting time of all half-day excursions will be announced within the final programme. We try our best to avoid overlap between your session/talk and excursions. In the unlikely event of scheduling conflicts or in case any field trip has to be cancelled, all registered participants will be given the choice between a full refund and the possibility of re-booking onto a different field trip subject to availability. Please keep in mind that some of the excursions (especially full-day) take place on Saturday, July 28, 2018.

Half-day Excursion A: Port City Cologne?! The history and changing faces of Cologne’s ports

This field trip will address the showcase waterfront development of Cologne’s centrally located port called “Rheinauhafen” and the redevelopment plans for the still operating port “Hafen Deutz”. Topics will include the historic usage and role of Cologne’s ports, recent planning processes and the implementation of waterfront developments.

Organiser: Alexander Follmann
Email:
a.follmann(at)uni-koeln.de
Date:
28 July 2018, start: 10:00h (conference venue), end: 14:00h
Number of participants: 20
Fee: 12,00 €

Half-day Excursion B: Cologne Cathedral and beyond – Cologne as a tourist destination

The tourist attractions of Cologne are manifold, ranging from its cultural heritage such as Roman and medieval architecture and museums to modern shopping attractions, entertainment facilities (theatres, cabarets, cinema), major events (concerts, sports), and business tourist destinations (trade fairs, conferences and conventions). The excursion visits important tourist magnets and infrastructure in the historic city centre. Central topics are: What motivates tourists to visit Cologne, what are tourists doing in Cologne, how did tourism develop, and what role does tourism play in the city’s economy?

Organiser: Lisa-Michéle Bott
Email: lbott(at)uni-koeln.de
Date: 25 or 26 July 2018, start: 16:00h, end: 19:00h
Number of participants: 20
Fee: 12,00 €

Half-day Excursion C: Urban Change in Cologne’s “Friesenviertel”: from “Little Chicago” to Cologne’s first Gated Community

The “Friesenviertel” is a district in Cologne that has experienced several fundamental changes during the last decades. Traditionally a ‘working class neighbourhood’, it degenerated into a red-light district in the 1960s and 70s. Gambling, prostitution, bars and drugs dominated the area. At the same time, one of Germany’s then leading insurance companies expanded into the quarter most notably between the Hohenzollernring, Christoph-, Magnus and Norbertstreets. Soon the company’s management began to gain and exert influence on the surrounding neighbourhood in order to eliminate undesired population elements. In 2006, Gerling was taken over by the insurance company Talanx and the Friesenviertel underwent another change. The new owners relocated the office and the “service waste” was taken over initially by Frankonia and in 2012 by Immofinanz, a commercial real estate group that has been rebuilding the neighbourhood since then by transforming it into a high-end quarter.

Organiser: Veronika Selbach
Email: v.selbach(at)uni-koeln.de
Date: 25 or 26 July 2018, start: 16:00h, end: 19:00h
Number of participants: 20
Fee: 12,00 €

Half-day Excursion D: Guided Tour at Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral is one of the world’s largest cathedrals and home to the relics of the Three Kings. Come with us on a visit to the most famous building in the city and find out why the people of Cologne wanted to build "the largest church in the world", how difficult it was to realize this enormous project and why it was only completed in the 19th century, after work had stopped for almost 300 years. You will be enchanted by the wonderful stained-glass windows from various centuries and by the impressive Gero cross, the oldest preserved large crucifix in the Occident, and the shrine of the Three Magi, an outstanding example of the Rhenish-Maasland goldsmith’s art – and simultaneously proof that Cologne was one of the major occidental centres of pilgrimage.

Organiser: Maximilian Willkomm
Email: m.willkomm(at)uni-koeln.de
Date: 25 July 2018, start: 16:00h (Service Centre at the Cathedral), end: 17:30h
Number of participants: 49
Fee: 12,00 €

Half-day Excursion E: Fastelovend: Its roots, traditions and today’s relevance – A geocaching adventure

What would Cologne be without the Dom, Fastelovend and its mix of open-minded people? Probably just another relatively grey city in West Germany. But luckily, the Dom still exists (even though it has never been not under construction) and the Kölner celebrate their craziness every year during the ‘fifth season’ that starts at 11 minutes past 11 on the 11th of the 11th month November and finds its climax during the week-long Straßenkarneval in February.
The excursion focuses on the historical roots of Fastelovend, its many traditions, and its economic and social relevance today.

Organiser: Franziska Sohns
Email: fsohns(at)uni-koeln.de
Date: 25 or 26 July 2018, start: 16:00h, end: 19:00h
Number of participants: 20
Fee: 12,00 €

Half-day Excursion F: Walking Excursion: Flood risk and its economic impact on the city of Cologne

The Rhine, Germany’s largest river, flows prominently through the city of Cologne and is accompanied by regularly occurring floods, representing a threat to the city’s population, infrastructure and to local businesses. This short excursion to the banks of the River Rhine aims to explain the reasons for the regularly occurring floods as well as major historic floods which have shaped Cologne’s landscape until today. The city’s sophisticated flood prevention will be visited at some iconic infrastructural landmarks. The overarching question on how floods impact local businesses will be discussed on this excursion. Please be aware that this excursion consists of a walking tour through the city, physical fitness is required.

Organiser: Hans-Christian Busch
Email: hans-christian.busch(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de
Date:
25 or 26 July 2018, start: 16:00h, end: 19:00h
Number of participants: 20
Fee: 12,00 €

Half-day Excursion G: Walking Tour: Media City Cologne

Competing with Hamburg, Berlin and Munich, Cologne is one of the four important media cities in Germany. Cologne is especially characterized as being a centre for the studio production of television shows, one third of German television programs are produced by 40,000 permanent employees and freelancers in the city. In addition to the television sector, the gaming industry is very strong in Cologne. On the excursion, we will visit some of the centrally located media hubs in the city in a walking tour. Please be aware that this excursion consists of a walking tour through the city, physical fitness is required.

Organiser: Tatiana López
Email: lopez(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de
Date: 25 or 26 July 2018, start: 16:00h, end: 19:00h
Number of participants: 20
Fee: 12,00 €

Half-day Excursion H: Walking Tour and Kölsch-Brewery visit: Kölsch - The economic and cultural significance of a local beer (1)

The city of Cologne is not only famous for its cathedral, the carnival or its Eau de Cologne, but also for its Kölsch – a local, top-fermented beer, which is produced by more than 26 breweries in and around Cologne. In 1997, Kölsch was recognized as a protected geographical indication (PGI) by the European Union. With a local market share of around 90%, Kölsch production as well as consumption is not only significant for the local economy but is also essential for the city’s identity and is  deeply rooted in local cultural traditions such as the Cologne Carnival. However, in times of globalization and craft brewing, the local Kölsch breweries also have to innovate to stay in business. During this excursion, we are going to explore the local Kölsch culture by visiting some historical sites in the city centre, diving into history and tradition with a guided visit of one of the oldest Kölsch breweries. Please be aware that this excursion consists in part of a walking tour through the city, physical fitness is required.

Organiser: Phyllis Bußler
Email: bussler(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de
Date: 25 or 26 July 2018, start: 16:00h, end: 19:00h
Number of participants: 20
Fee: 12,00 €

Half-day Excursion I: Walking Tour and Kölsch-Brewery visit: Kölsch - The economic and cultural significance of a local beer (2)

The city of Cologne is not only famous for its cathedral, the carnival or its Eau de Cologne, but also for its Kölsch – a local, top-fermented beer, which is produced by more than 26 breweries in and around Cologne. In 1997, Kölsch was recognized as a protected geographical indication (PGI) by the European Union. With a local market share of around 90%, Kölsch production as well as consumption is not only significant for the local economy but is also essential for the city’s identity and is  deeply rooted in local cultural traditions such as the Cologne Carnival. However, in times of globalization and craft brewing, the local Kölsch breweries also have to innovate to stay in business. During this excursion, we are going to explore the local Kölsch culture by visiting some historical sites in the city centre, diving into history and tradition with a guided visit of one of the oldest Kölsch breweries. Please be aware that this excursion consists in part of a walking tour through the city, physical fitness is required.

Organiser: Judith Wiemann
Email: wiemann(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de
Date:
25 or 26 July 2018, start: 16:00h, end: 19:00h
Number of participants: 20
Fee: 12,00 €