27th WCE 2009 Munich, Germany * World Congress of Endourology & SWL * www.wce2009.de * October 6th - 10th 2009

Tour Information - Programm for Accompanying Persons

Schloss Neuschwanstein
Wednesday, the 7th of October
Tour 1: Neuschwanstein – Living in a Fantasy World

Is it real? Is it a fairy tale? From the first moment one views Neuschwanstein, the mountaintop castle inspires mythos. Indeed, the castle does represent a kind of parallel world that the politically-weakened King Ludwig II willed into existence when he built the castle atop ancient ruins in 1869. Modelled after a famous scene in Wagner’s opera, Lohengrin, it was intended as a refuge from Ludwig's own harsher reality. Fascinating or bizarre, the castle welcomes visitors from around the globe, guests who are welcomed into King Ludwig’s world and invited to breathe “the air of heaven“ in memory of the Bavarian king.

Start: 8:30 a.m.
Meeting Place/End Point: Arabella Sheraton
Return: circa 5:30 p.m.
Tour price: € 100,- includes Guided Tour, Entrance Fees and Bus Fare
  (Minimum number of participants: 15)
  Luncheon not included.
Registration: Beate Ruloff Event Consulting

Getting to know Munich
Wednesday, the 7th of October
Tour 2: Getting to know Munich
With a rickshaw through Munich's inner city


There is no better way to get to know Munich: with a rickshaw through the city. The tour winds through Englische Garten and the Hofgarten to the Allerheilgen-Hofkirche, across Maximilianstraße - Munich's finest shopping mile - past the Residence of Bavarian Kings to the Feldherrenhalle. There is exciting architecture to be viewed at the Fünf Höfe and the Alte Hof. The rickshaws will then bring you to the Frauenkirche, the “new“ City Hall, the Viktualienmarkt, the modern Synagogue and the Asamkirche. The final stretch of the tour takes you through Munich's art nouveau quarter, Bogenhausen. The tour finishes at the Arabella-Sheraton.

Start: 9:00 a.m.
Meeting Place/End Point: Arabella Sheraton
Return: circa 1:00 p.m.
Tour price: € 55,- including guided rickshaw tour
  (Minimum number of participants: 15)
Registration: Beate Ruloff Event Consulting

Hops and Malt
Wednesday, the 7th of October
Tour 3: Hops and Malt – These The Lord Sustains

Exactly what process occurs that malt, hops, water and brewer's yeast become such refreshing, thirst-quenching quaffs as Franziskaner Weissbier, or Löwenbräu or Spaten lagers? You will discover these and many more exciting details concerning beer and the art of brewing when you join us for a guided visit to the Spaten breweries.

Start: 2:00 p.m.
Meeting Place/End Point: Arabella Sheraton
Return: circa 5:30 p.m.
Tour price: € 40,- includes Guided Tour, Entrance Fees and Transfer
  (Minimum number of participants: 15)
Registration: Beate Ruloff Event Consulting

King Ludwig's paradise
Thursday, the 8th of October
Tour 4: King Ludwig's paradise – Pfaffenwinkel and Schloss Linderhof

Located in the foothills of the Alps, the region of Pfaffenwinkel (lit. Parsons' corner) is home to the stunning Bavarian-Rococo-style Wieskirche, which will be the first stop on our tour through the beautiful Bavarian countryside. After visiting the church, we will have the opportunity to dine on local delicacies where the King himself once dined, at historic Unternogg, the house of the King's forester. The tour continues into the enchanting Alps, to the village of Oberammergau, home to the world-famous Passion Plays. Our next stop will be Schloss Linderhof, a place about which the king himself once wrote: “Of course, it is necessary to create such paradises, such poetic havens, where one is able for a while to forget the dreadful times in which are living.“ The alpine panorama might echo the sentiment! On our return we will dally at one of Bavaria’s loveliest lakes, Staffelsee, a favourite spot for the artists Gabriele Münter, Franz Marc, and Wassily Kandinsky.

Start: 8:30 a.m.
Meeting Place/End Point: Arabella Sheraton
Return: circa 6:00 p.m.
Tour price: € 100,- includes Guided Tour, Entrance Fees and Bus Fare
  (Minimum number of participants: 15)
  Luncheon not included.
Registration: Beate Ruloff Event Consulting

Alte Pinakothek
Thursday, the 8th of October
Tour 5: Alte Pinakothek - The Holy Family

The central theme of the history of art from the Middle Ages up to the Baroque is most exquisitely presented through the masterpieces of Dürer, Leonardo, Raphael, Rubens, and Rembrandt. This guided tourof Munich's fine art museum, the Alte Pinakothek, expertly illuminates changing artistic styles and themes from the 14th through the 18th centuries.

Start: 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Place/End Point: Arabella Sheraton
Return: circa 12:30 p.m.
Tour price: € 40,- includes Guided Gallery Tour, Entrance Fees and Transfer
  (Minimum number of participants: 15)
Registration: Beate Ruloff Event Consulting

The Splendour of the Wittelsbachs
Thursday, the 8th of October
Tour 6: The Splendour of the Wittelsbachs – The Residence and Cuvilliès-Theater

For centuries, the Wittelsbach's Residence was the political and cultural centre of Munich, and various Bavarian dukes, Electors, and kings expanded and embellished the city palace according to their own tastes. As a result, the Residence offers a stunning breadth of outstanding examples of the architecture and decorative style of the Renaissance, the Baroque, and the Classical periods. The tour includes a visit to the recently restored Rococo-style Cuvilliès-Theater.

Start: 2:00 a.m.
Meeting Place/End Point: Arabella Sheraton
Return: circa 4:30 p.m.
Tour price: € 40,- includes Guided Tour, Entrance Fees and Transfer
  (Minimum number of participants: 15)
Registration: Beate Ruloff Event Consulting

Herrenchiemsee
Friyday, the 9th of October
Tour 7: Herrenchiemsee – The Bavarian Versailles

On one of the most beautiful islands in the lakes of Bavaria sits the castle Herrenchiemsee, where King Ludwig ÌI, a passionate admirer of Ludwig XIV of France, realized his dream: the “Fairy-Tale“ king built his own Versailles. Although quite controversial in his day, we might thank King Ludwig II and his fantasies, for his legacy includes at least three enchanting, castles, of which the island-bound Herrenchiemsee may be the most picturesque. The tour travels by boat to the castle and grounds of Herrenchiemsee, and then continues by small ferry to the wonderful Fraueninsel, where we will have the opportunity to walk to the island's world-famous pottery workshop (est. 1609) and to visit the renowned nunnery, the Klosterkirche.

Start: 8:30 a.m.
Meeting Place/End Point: Arabella Sheraton
Return: circa 5:30 p.m.
Tour price: € 100,- includes Guided Tour, Entrance Fees and Bus and Boat Fares
  (Minimum number of participants: 15)
  Luncheon not included.
Registration: Beate Ruloff Event Consulting

The Collections of the Pinakothek der Moderne
Friyday, the 9th of October
Tour 8: From 'Die Brücke' to Josef Beuys
The Collections of the Pinakothek der Moderne


There are few art collections that provide a complete walk-through of the history of modern art, but Munich's Pinakothek der Moderne contains one of them. How do colours live so vibrantly? Why do rooms flow mysteriously together in a panorama of beauty? What makes a statue seem to animate true movement? These questions—and many others—will be answered as you experience our expertly-guided tour of the exquisite Pinakothek der Moderne.

Start: 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Place/End Point: Arabella Sheraton
Return: circa 12:30 p.m.
Tour price: € 40,- includes Guided Gallery Tour, Entrance Fees and Transfer
  (Minimum number of participants: 15)
Registration: Beate Ruloff Event Consulting

The Unrivalled Beauty of Nymphenburger Schloss
Friyday, the 9th of October
Tour 9: The Unrivalled Beauty of Nymphenburger Schloss
The Park and the Porcelain Workshops


The castle and grounds of Nymphenburg are considered among Germany's most beautiful. Here you are able to steep yourself in baroque magnificence and stroll through the English-style garden. But there is more: for a quarter of a century the porcelain workshop at Nymphenburg has created the world's finest and most complex porcelain handiwork. Today's Nymphenburger craftsmen employ methods of production unmodified since the founding of the workshop in 1747.

Start: 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Place/End Point: Arabella Sheraton
Return: circa 2:00 p.m.
Tour price: € 70,- includes Castle and Grounds Guided Tour, Entrance Fees, Workshop Visit and Transfer
  (Minimum number of participants: 15)
Registration: Beate Ruloff Event Consulting

The City of Munich – Sightseeing Tour
Saturday, the 10th of October
Tour 10: The City of Munich – Sightseeing Tour

Experience the vistas of Bavaria’s most beautiful city in just 3 hours!

Start: 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Place/End Point: Arabella Sheraton
Return: circa 2:30 p.m.
Tour price: € 40,- includes Guided Tour and Bus Fare
  (Minimum number of participants: 15)
Registration: Beate Ruloff Event Consulting

Jaunting Landshut
Sunday, the 11th October
Tour 11: Jaunting Landshut, Munich’s little Sister

Although the lovely city of Landshut lives in the shadow of Munich, her big sister to the south, Landshut itself is a virtual jewel. From the tower of the medieval castle Trausnitz with its depictions of “Commedia del Arte” in the famous “ Narrentreppe “to the “ Wunderkammer “ of the Wittelsbacher dukes, we will enjoy a fantastic view to Landshut. Our walk will lead us into the historic old city with her picturesque gable facades, to the enchanting City Residence modeled after a northern Italian renaissance palace, replete with central court and spacious balconies, frescoes, statues, stucco works, and glass paintings, and then on to the lovely parish Church of St. Martin, which includes the tallest brick tower in the world. In good weather, we will finish our tour in leisure at the Biergarten am Ufer on the banks of the slow-moving River Isar.

Start: 09:00 a.m.
Meeting Place/End Point: Arabella Sheraton
Return: circa 4:30 p.m.
Tour price: € 100,- includes Guided Gallery Tour and City Walk, Entrance Fees and Transfer
  (Minimum number of participants: 15)
Registration: Beate Ruloff Event Consulting

Bavarian Rococo at its best: The Monastery Church of Rott am Inn
Monday, the 12th October
Tour 12: Bavarian Rococo at its best: The Monastery Church of Rott am Inn

It’s one of the most beautiful compositions made of space, light and colour: the former monastery church of Rott am Inn. The famous Bavarian architect Johann Michael Fischer has created here, together with other first-class artists, a real “Gesamtkunstwerk”. As you will see, the room and its wonderful decoration generates a serene, vibrating atmosphere: A vision of paradise, in which the elegant sculptures of Ignaz Günther life an obviously happy life.

Start: 09:00 a.m.
Meeting Place/End Point: Arabella Sheraton
Return: circa 2:00 p.m.
Tour price: € 100,- includes Guided Tour, Entrance Fee and Transfer
  (Minimum number of participants: 15)
Registration: Beate Ruloff Event Consulting