Tuesday September 4, 2007

07:00 p.m. - 09:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception at Schloss Albrechtsberg

Castle Albrechtsberg is regarded as one of the leading names in Dresden for first-class festivities.

The lavishly restored halls and rooms provide the magically stunning setting that will turn our reception for IWFIPT 7 into an extraordinary event.
Castle Albrechtsberg is one of Dresden’s most beautiful buildings of the late classicism. In 2004 the UNESCO world heritage committee included the river landscape of the Saxon capital between Castle Übigau in the west and Castle Pillnitz in the east with its architecturally, historically and natural-culturally significant items in the list of the worldwide outstanding cultural assets. Castle Albrechtsberg is part of the world heritage asset “Dresden Elbe Valley“.

Wednesday September 5, 2007
03:00 p.m. - 06:30 p.m.


a) Dresden sight seeing tour

Augustus the Strong and his mistress Gräfin Cosel will take you on a journey into the baroque world of the old city of Dresden.

On a guided tour in English and German you will get to see e.g. the rebuild Frauenkirche and the Zwinger which was built 1710-28 by the architect Pöppelmann in cooperation with the sculptor Permoser. Originally designed as an orangery and a setting for court festivities, it was later used for exhibitions. It is the most perfect example of Late Baroque architecture in Germany.

b) Dresden Volkswagen Manufacturing – a transparent factory. The place where Phaeton is built!

Volkswagen group erected the "transparent factory", an innovative combination of art and industry in an attractive architectural environment.

This is the perfect place for visitors to experience at first hand how a (their) luxury car is made.

c) Meissen sight seeing and Meissen Porcelain Manufactory tour

This tour takes fife hours and will take place from 03:00 p.m. – 08:00 p.m.!

The year 1709 marked the beginning of one of the most exciting scientific and commercial quests of the last 300 years, the quest that led Johann Friedrich Boettger to the discovery of white, hard-paste European porcelain.

The secret of porcelain was known to the Chinese as long ago as the seventh century A.D. For 1000 years, porcelain symbolized the mysterious world of the Far East, a world that remained virtually closed to European travelers and explorers. No wonder that the European rulers were filled with enthusiasm for the “White Gold” from the East.

Thursday September 6, 2007
07:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Paddle-Steamer Cruise
Join us to a special tour to Pillnitz Palace!

Come aboard a fleet of ships which is unique in the world. With nine historical paddle-steamers, between 78 and 128 years old, Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt owns the oldest and largest paddle-steamer fleet in the world.

Allow yourself to be enchanted by the nostalgic charm of our paddle-steamers, the quiet swishing of the paddles and the rhythmic stamping of their steam engines. The Elbe between Seusslitz near Meissen and Decin in the Czech Republic is not just one of the most beautiful river landscapes in Europe - the stretch of the Elbe valley through Dresden has also been designated UNESCO world heritage since 2004.

Built: 1892, Dresden-Blasewitz shipyard
Engine: Oscillating 2-cylinder twin engine with injection condensation
Boiler: Single-flue boiler
Dimensions: Length 56.1 m; width 4.8 m
Draught: 0.60 m (empty)
Horsepower: 110