Social Program: Memorable Ilmenau

The social program aims to highlight what Ilmenau stands for: Goethe, mining and the university, glass-making, and winter sports. Learn more about these traditions and get involved!

All events start at the given time with a guided walk at the fountain in front of Hotel Tanne (Lindenstrasse 38, a 5 min walk from the conference venue).

Please register online through the conference registration platform; participation is limited and will be determined on a first come, first serve basis.
Fees have to be paid in cash (EUR) at the event (if any).

Guided tour through the town centre (Free of charge)

Tuesday, 26/09/23 09:00-10:00
Number of participants: min. 5, max. 20

Trace Ilmenau's history while walking through its town centre, and learn about its origins, its connection to Goethe, and about its university.


Visiting a glassblower (Fee: 2 EUR p. p.)

Tuesday, 26/09/23 14:00-16:00
Number of participants: max. 20

Ilmenau has a long tradition of glass-making, in particular featuring many small workshops run by local craftsmen as a side-business. Visit one such glasblower and see for yourself how christmas tree decorations, which originate from the Thuringian Forest, are made - or even try it yourself!


Luge (Fee: 5 EUR p. p.)

Wednesday, 27/09/23 16:45
Number of participants: min. 10, max. 20

Ilmenau has been and still is home to many succesfull athletes which brought quite a few olympic medals to town, in particular in luge and bob sleigh. For training in summer, it features one of only two summer toboggan runs in Germany. Get on the luge and experience it yourself! (Protective equipment will be provided.)