Social programme

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Opening reception

On Monday, August 22, there will be an opening reception for all conference participants at the on-campus café "Brücke".

Conference dinner

The conference dinner will be held on Thursday, August 25, at the Mintrops Stadt Hotel ( overlooking the market square of the Margarethenhöhe (, a wonderful example of a 'garden city' from the early 20th century, based on a charitable foundation of the Krupp family. The price will be €70 for a three-course meal, including wine, water, and coffee (places limited to 100). To get there by public transport, please use the underground U17 (direction Margarethenhöhe) from either 'Universität Essen', 'Berliner Platz' or 'Hauptbahnhof' and hop off at 'Laubenweg'. Walk up Laubenweg alley and turn left into Steile Straße. The hotel is located at the market square. Alternatively, join us at the main entrance of the conference venue at 6:30 p.m..

Conference trips to Münster or Zeche Zollverein

On Friday, August 26, two conference trips will be organized taking us to either the city of Münster or the coal-mining site Zeche Zollverein in Essen.

About an hour north of Essen lies the beautiful city of Münster (, the cultural centre of Westphalia, historically most well-known for the Anabaptist theocracy of 1534 and as the city of the Peace of Westphalia, ending the Thirty Years’ War. On our tour of the city we will see the sites of these events, including the churches of Münster (with some grisly reminders of the Anabaptist interlude) and the splendid Peace Hall, where the 1648 peace treaty was signed. Münster offers a range of other sites, such as the Palace (now part of the university) and a number of interesting museums – from which we will select further venues of our excursion. The price of this trip is €35 per person.

For those interested in the industrial history of Essen, we are offering a tour to one of the best-known sites in the Ruhr region, the former coal mine Zeche Zollverein ( In recent years, this industrial complex was turned into a cultural space and was acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001. Its winding tower has become the symbol of Essen and the entire Ruhr district, the largest urban agglomeration in Germany. The two-hour guided tour “About Coal and Miners” will give us an insight into the coal production processes and the working and living conditions of Zollverein miners. The price of this trip is €25 per person.

For all social events, please register via the ICEHL19 Registration form.