Social Events

Welcome Reception on Sept. 5th

All attendees of IWAENC 2022 are invited to join the welcome reception in the foyer of the plenary hall which starts at 18:00. Drinks and appetizers will be served and the get-together will be accompanied by live music.

Banquet at Schloss Weissenstein on Sept. 6th

The banquet of IWAENC 2022 will take place at Schloss Weissenstein. Schloss Weissenstein is a palatial residence in Pommersfelden (close to Bamberg) and was built between 1711 and 1719 for Lothar Franz von Schönborn, Prince Bishop of Bamberg and Archbishop of Mainz. Today the castle still remains the property of the Schönborn family.
Weissenstein castle in Pommersfelden is one of Germany’s greatest Baroque buildings. Lothar Franz von Schönborn employed some of the best-known architects of their time to construct a fantastic building of European importance. One particular highlight is the splendid furnished staircase covering three floors. The garden has been converted from a formal Baroque garden to an English park landscape.

Schloss Weissenstein has survived all wars in its 300-year history unscathed and is therefore one of the best-preserved castles of its era. It also contains the largest private Baroque art collection in Germany, containing over 600 pictures.

Meeting point for bus transfer: Entrance of conference venue
Meeting time: 5:30 pm

Photo:  Schloss Weissenstein: CreativService Butterfly e.K.

Guided City Tour on Sept. 7th

Experience the magic of this World Heritage City by taking part in a 2-hour guided tour.

We invite you to discover Bamberg’s style and character, significant monuments, works of art and charming details. Accomplished guides will enlighten you during the 2-hour “Fascination – World Cultural Heritage” tour. You will feel the magic of this World Heritage City with a visit to the Cathedral, Old Court, New Residence and rose garden, old town hall and “Little Venice”. If time permits, other historical buildings and churches are visited from the outside. You will be amazed at how much Bamberg has to offer.

Meeting point: Entrance of conference venue
Meeting time:  4:00 pm

Photo: Andreas Hub/laif © BAMBERG Tourismus & Kongress Service

Guided Beer Tour on Sept. 8th

Immerse yourself in the long brewing tradition of the 1000-year-old city of Bamberg with artisan beer. After closing the conference (on the afternoon of Sept. 8), you can discover the delicious Franconian beer as part of a guided tour or in small groups. All offers are subject to availability and cost between 15 and 30 EUR. Further details will be announced in due time.

Photo: Andreas Hub/laif © FrankenTourismus/BAMBERG TKS/Hub

Before and after IWAENC

Combine IWAENC with unforgettable impressions of the nearby Franconian Switzerland, a highly popular area for outdoor activities of many kinds, including hiking, canoeing, caving, and biking.

Most of all, Frankenjura is one of the largest and most accessible rock climbing areas worldwide, offering more than 10000 routes on more than 1000 crags to everyone from beginners to professionals.

The IWAENC organizers are ready to help with personalized recommendations, just contact us at If you’re interested in rock climbing activities, be it for the first time or looking for routes of your personal level, please let us know asap so that we can arrange for equipment, instructors, and local transport in time.