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Dresden, the capital of Saxony and the former residence of the Wettin dynasty, is a city of art and culture with magnificent buildings, many world-class museums as well as a rich tradition of theatre and music.

No book about the history of architecture can forget to mention Dresden's Zwinger Palace. The reconstructed Frauenkirche, the Semper Opera House and the Royal Palace as well as many other historical monuments and collections define the image of the city.

Dresden has built up a reputation as a location for semiconductor business, where several companies established new locations. Additionally, with the mask technology center AMTC, the co-operating companies have built the most modern plant of its kind world-wide, which is a model for further investments in nanoelectronics.

In December, visiting the famous "Striezelmarkt", is a must. This is one of the oldest German Christmas fairs, which attracts thousands of visitors every year. A special attraction at the Christmas fair is the 14-meter high Christmas pyramid. This biggest pyramid in the world is decorated with 42 wooden figures.

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The Hilton Dresden is right in the middle of the historical old town, between the reconstructed Frauenkirche and Brühl's Terrace. The Semper Opera, Dresden Castle with its Green Vault, and the world-famous Zwinger Palace are just a few minutes' walk from the hotel. The Hilton Dresden has 12 restaurants, cafés & bars offering a variety of culinary delights. At the start of the day or to close an eventful day you will regain your equilibrium at the LivingWell Health Club. An area of 1,100 square metre is dedicated exclusively to regenerating body, mind and spirit.

For edaForum attendees edacentrum has arranged the following special room rates, valid during the edaForum08, available only for bookings by fax or phone:

Single room EUR 195 (incl. breakfast)
Double room EUR 220 (incl. breakfast)

Please book your room as soon as possible, and mention "edaForum08" as the keyword. We recommend that you book early as the hotel could be booked up very quickly when trade fairs are taking place.

The hotel booking form is available here. All participants are kindly asked to make their own hotel reservations directly:

Hilton Hotel Dresden
An der Frauenkirche 5
01067 Dresden
Phone: +49 351 8642-0
Fax: +49 351 8642-889

Directions to Hilton Hotel Dresden

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Arrival by car

Exit Nr. 81 Dresden Hellerau/ city center. Follow B170/ E55

towards city center/ Prag. At the first traffic light after the "Carolabrücke bridge", turn left twice towards the river Elbe and follow the signs "Hilton Dresden".

From the west (Frankfurt/M, München, Leipzig) via A4/A14

Exit Nr. 78 Dresden "Altstadt" towards Dresden city center/ B6 (approximately 4 km) to the Semper Opera House / river Elbe. Turn right after the second bridge and follow the signs "Hilton Dresden".

From the south (Prag) via A17

E55/ B170 towards city center, at the third traffic light (just before the bridge) turn right towards the river Elbe and follow the signs "Hilton Dresden".

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Arrival by train

From the main railway station

From Dresden main station take the number 8 tram (direction Dresden Kiefernweg), get off at "Theaterplatz" stop, then walk along "Augustusstraße" towards the Frauenkirche. It takes about 5 minutes.

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Arrival by plane

By car

Follow airport road into town towards the city center, straight on all the way, after the "Carolabrücke" bridge turn left twice towards the river Elbe and follow the signs "Hilton Dresden".

By taxi

The taxi stand is directly in front of the terminal entrance. The taxi fare to the city centre ranges from EUR 16 to
EUR 18.

By public transportation

Take S2 local train (direction Pirna Bahnhof). At "Dresden-Neustadt" stop walk about five minutes to "Dresden Bf Neustadt (Hansastr)" stop and take the number 9 tram (direction Dresden Prohlis), get off at "Theaterplatz" stop. Walk along "Augustusstraße" towards the Frauenkirche. It takes about 5 minutes.

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Floor Plan of Hilton Hotel Dresden

Floor Plan of Hilton Hotel Dresden

Social Event

Social Event

Follow our invitation to a very special culinary and musical evening in baroque surroundings. A delightful menu is waiting for you in the beautiful Salon Europa of the historical Prinzenpalais building. Rejoice in the panoramic view of the river Elbe on the terrace of the Prinzenpalais and enjoy a communicative event accompanied by a musical journey through time.

Our Venezia Sextet chamber orchestra starts its musical journey with famous classical tunes followed by novel interpretations of baroque music. In conjunction with glorious baroque costumes this will be a pleasure for the eye and the ear. Finally the ensemble will finish the journey through time with selected music from modern times.

Furthermore there will be the presentation of the EDA Achievement Award during the social event. The award is conferred by the edacentrum to award special research or development efforts in the area of EDA in Germany; especially efforts which have been funded by the German BMBF-funding program Ekompass.

Trips & Tours

**NEW** Volkswagen Transparent Factory

Volkswagen has built an impressive transparent factory for handcrafted cars located in the middle of the city of Dresden. At the Transparent Factory, guests will embark on a fascinating journey into the world of Volkswagen. Through a captivating array of multimedia shows, live demonstrations, hands-on exhibits and visual displays, guests will be given an unprecedented and highly entertaining emersion into the cutting-edge technology and Old World craftsmanship of one of the world's great automotive brands.

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The Dresden Frauenkirche can look back on a 1000-year history. The churches preceding it were dedicated to "Our Lady" and called Frauenkirche. In the 18th century, the famous dome structure by George Bähr was built and this dominated Dresden's cityscape for 200 years. The church was destroyed shortly before the end of World War II. The ruins remained as a memorial in the heart of the city. The conviction that the Frauenkirche had to be rebuilt was shared by many people. But it took 45 years before fulfilling this dream became a feasible possibility. And, in total, 60 years went by before the Frauenkirche in all its baroque beauty could reopen its doors to the world.

The guided tour of the prayer stalls and the first gallery explains the history of the Frauenkirche, the rebuilding process and the church area, and gives knowledgeable answers to all questions.

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Christmas in the Landhaus

This year's exhibition at the City Museum focuses on the decorated Christmas tree and the festive décor and design of the Christmas celebration from Biedermeier to the present day. It addresses not only the changes that Christmas tree décor has undergone over the centuries, but also the diverse range of Christmas tree decorations available. And the large-scale model train exhibit will also be on hand again.

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Ice skating

From the first weekend in Advent, "Germany's most beautiful ice rink" will be open in the historical inner courtyard of the Kempinski Hotel Taschenbergpalais. In a romantic baroque atmosphere you can both skate and relax with hot homemade mulled wine and snacks at the snow-bar. Of course ice skates for everybody will be available there.

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

Since its creation in 1911, the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum has striven to prevent disease by enlightening the public. The museum has always portrayed the body in a gamut of contexts, ranging from the individual threatened by illnesses to a frequently idealized notion of health. Since 1930, the "Transparent Man" has served as the symbol of this museum. This figure depicts the internal workings of the human body as a machine: understandable, immaculate, and, if well cared for, durable In another exhibition you may learn about the cosmos of the human brain: How does our brain work and what does it do? Furthermore the exhibition "2° Weather, Climate, Man" combines media installations and interactive elements with objects from natural history and cultural history, art and science in an exciting learning experience. One of these three topics, the "Transparent Man", the cosmos of the human brain or the "2° Weather, Climate, Man"will be explained in a guided tour.

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For further request please contact:
edacentrum GmbH
Ms. Maren Sperber
Phone: +49 511 762-19699
Fax: +49 511 762-19695
E-mail: edaforumatedacentrum [dot] de