Events and Field Trips

AGM in Berlin January 31 -  February 2, 2020

provisional timetable:

- first meeting: Friday, January 31, 2020 from 18:00 in the 'Ratskeller Köpenick' in a private part because there is live music in the main room, subject to a charge. Ratskeller Köpenick is the restaurant in the townhall of the city district Köpenick in the SE of Berlin. The address is Alt-Köpenick 21.

- field trip on Saturday, February 1, 2020 to the limestone quarry of Rüdersdorf, guided by the geologist from Museumspark Rüdersdorf. They charge 14€/person! Since we need a second geologist in case we are much more than 15 participants, please register for the tour!

- in case the tour is not feasible due to snow cover we will have a guided tour over the compound of GFZ (Geoforschungszentrum = German Research Centre for Geoscience) on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam (introduction ~45min, a tour ~60min, and a visit to the fully functionable large refractor from 1899 ~30min).

- dinner on Saturday evening is booked for 19:00 in the restaurant 'Luise', Alt-Köpenick 20

- the AGM itself: possibly in the public space of the youth hostel Berlin-Ostkreuz, Marktstrasse 12, near the S-Bahn station Ostkreuz

Since Berlin is large, I suggest that you choose accomodation near the youth hostel Berlin-Ostkreuz ( or near the townhall of Köpenick. For accomodation in the youth hostel you need a membership of the youth hostel association of your home country. There are 3 hotels in Köpenick with good connection to public transport: Pentahotel Berlin-Köpenick, Hotel am Schloss Köpenick, and Hotel Kubrat an der Spree. The first two are beside each other on a busy street with a bus stop and a tram stop in front of them (the bus is going to the airport Berlin-Schönefeld), the last one is not far from the next tram stop in a narrow street without much traffic, but there are at present quite noisy renovations going on just now across the street. 

If you get to Berlin by train, it's best not to exit the train in Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) but proceed to Ostbahnhof - provided your train is calling at Ostbahnhof. In either case, to get to any of the accomodations use the S-Bahn S3 in the direction of Erkner and exit at Ostkreuz for the youth hostel. For the hotels exit at Köpenick and follow the sign to busses and trams. On street level follow the sign to public transport in the direction of Alt-Köpenick. For Hotel Kubrat an der Spree use the trams 62 or 63 until the stop Rathaus Köpenick and walk back ~300m to the street called Freiheit. For the other hotels use tram 63 or bus 164 until the stop Köllnischer Platz in front of the hotels.

If you arrive at the airport Berlin-Tegel use the bus 'TXL' to the S-Bahn station Beusselstrasse, change to the S-Bahn line S41 until Ostkreuz. For the hotels change to S3 in the direction of Erkner and exit at Köpenick. Proceed as mentioned for arrival by train.

If you arrive at the airport Berlin-Schönefeld take bus 164 to get to the hotels, exit at the stop Köllnischer Platz. For hotel Kubrat an der Spree proceed to the crossing and walk over the bridge, turn left into the street Alt-Köpenick and follow it until you get to the street called Freiheit. In case you are heading for the youth hostel either walk or take bus 164 to the train station. There are several different possibilities, easiest and quickest are regional trains: RE7 in the direction of Dessau or RE14 in the direction of Nauen. Exit at Ostkreuz. Alternative: take the S-Bahn S45 until Adlershof and change to S85 in the direction of Pankow, exit at Ostkreuz.

'Ratskeller Köpenick' the location of our first meeting is at walking distance from the hotels. It is just at the tram stop Rathaus Köpenick. To get there from the youth hostel proceed as mentioned for getting to hotel Kubrat an der Spree when arriving by train.


Some infos about public transport in Berlin:

Berlin's public transport is organised in concentric circles, with the tariff zones A and B for Berlin and C for the surround. You can buy all kinds of tickets at ticket machines in trams, train stations or at the airport, some kinds also from bus drivers. If you buy your ticket from ticket machines or at the hotels/youth hostel, you MUST stamp it (on the platform of the train station or inside the bus or tram) when using it the first time. Inside Berlin you always need a ticket A-B (2.80€) but if you are using public transport for several rides a day you may consider a dayticket (7.00€). The airport Schönefeld as well as the limestone quarry are outside Berlin (that's tariff zone C) and the ticket price depends on your destination/starting point: to/from the hotels you need a ticket B-C (3.10€) and to/from the youth hostel it's a ticket A-B-C (3.40€). A dayticket ABC costs 7.70€, a dayticket BC 7.40€.





Etna and Aeolian Islands

6 –14 June 2020

Organised by Françoise Chalot-Prat and Elisabeth d’Eyrames

The provisional programme is:

3 days on the Etna. The programme will include going up to the craters with high mountain guides. We will go by cable car up to 2500 m altitude and then hike up to 3300 m.

1 day on Vulcano Island; including walking around and within a crater where sulphur rich gases emanate

2 days on Stromboli, with a guide, including a night hiking to the summit at 900m altitude to watch the eruptions,

1 day travelling back from Stromboli

Accommodation: we will stay in Nicolosi, Vulcano and Stromboli in hotels (night and breakfast) in shared rooms.

Food: restaurants nearby the hotels, possibility to shop for pack lunches

Transport: 9 nine seaters, ferry between the islands.

The estimated cost of these 8 days is around 750 euros. It will include: hotels, guides (compulsory on Etna and Stromboli), local leader expenses, transport (car rental, petrol, toll, guides, ferries and cable car. It does not include travelling to Catane and the food.

Because we will travel in 2 9-seaters, the number of places is limited. Although the booking form will only be sent in January, once we have a more detailed programme and the trip is publicised on OUGS website, you can already tell us if you are interest in this trip.

Bear in mind that the programme can always change slightly as you never now in advance what a volcano has in mind!

On our website ( you will find some stunning photos taken in 2001, when OUGSME has been visiting the Etna.

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