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26 July 2006

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‘Yale Weekend in Dresden’ takes shape; time to make your reservations now!

As most of you know from recent e-mail correspondence, a first-ever “Yale Club of Germany weekend” is being planned — in Dresden — for the last weekend of next month, August 26–27. Quite a few of you have responded with interest to the tentative plan circulated earlier, and by the end of this week we should know how many are going to be participating. We are especially excited to be planning this now, since Dresden is celebrating its 800th anniversary this year.

For those who are just tuning in, the basic idea of the weekend is to give us a personal introduction to the city with the friendly help of someone who knows the place well — Sebastian Schmidt (Yale Graduate School ’09) — and to have some fun meeting fellow members of the Yale family in Germany along the way. The “official” program of events will run from mid-Saturday morning to mid-Sunday afternoon, although there will be a “beer garden supper” on Friday evening (August 25) for anyone who is arriving the day before.

Thanks to Sebastian’s superb efforts, we have come up with a tentative schedule for the weekend:

Saturday 26 August

  • 10:00 — Guided walking tour through the Old Town, taking in the major sights, including a visit to the famous Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), which just reopened last year after decades of rebuilding following its destruction during World War II.
  • 12:15 — Lunch
  • 13:30 — Tour by steamship from the Old Town to Schillerplatz, passing by the three Elbe castles and a lot of beautiful scenery along the way.
  • 14:15 — A walk through the Schillerplatz district and its delightful Schillergarten beer garden, followed by a walk across the Blaues Wunder bridge to the other side of the river to take a cable railway uphill for coffee at the Luisenhof coffee garden with spectacular views over the city.
  • 17:00 — Short walk from Luisenhof to take a tram (streetcar) through one of the city’s most beautiful neighborhoods, with many villas in art nouveau style all around, and then back into the city center. Optional stops at the three Elbe castles, Schloss Albrechtsberg, Lingner Schloss, and Schloss Eckberg, and a possible stop at the Waldschlösschen Brewery. Then a guided walk through the “New Town” via the Albertbrücke back into the Old Town.
  • 20:00 — Our main meal of the weekend: dinner at the Sophienkeller with traditional Saxon food and wine.

Dresden sunsetSunday 27 August

  • At the moment, this day is less structured; we’re thinking that we might plan it over dinner the night before, after getting a sense of what everyone would like to see. For those who might want to split off on their own, maps and suggestions will be available.
  • Either way, whether we do it as a group or in smaller individual teams, there will be plenty to see! Possibilities include: visits to some of Dresden’s famous museums; the Grosser Garten, the city’s “green heart,” with its park railway and Volkswagen’s Gläserne Manufaktur (“Transparent Factory”); a wine-tasting session; a trip to Schloss Wackerbarth, the summer residence of the Saxon kings; Schloss Pillnitz, noted for its great gardens with Chinese architectural elements; and much more!

If you’re planning to participate in the Yale Weekend in Dresden, here’s what you should do right away:

  • Reserve your hotel room. We are holding a limited number of rooms at the University Guesthouse at the Technical University of Dresden, which is convenient to the downtown area by local transport. But we can’t hold them much longer, so we’ll need your reservations quickly, please. The rate for a 2-person room (with two beds) is €65, while for a 1-person room, €50. Both rates include breakfast. If you want us to reserve a room for you, please send an e-mail immediately to Sebastian (sebastian.schmidt@yale.edu), telling him your name, address, daytime phone number, which nights you plan to stay, and whether you want a single or double room.
  • Plan your trip to Dresden. You are responsible for making your own way there and back. By train, Dresden is about 2¾ hours from Berlin, 4½ hours from Frankfurt or Hamburg, and 6¾ hours from Munich or Düsseldorf. By air, the time from Munich or Düsseldorf is about an hour, and Lufthansa has round-trip flights starting at less than €120, depending on your schedule, flexibility, and how far in advance you book.

As we mentioned in the last newsletter, children are welcome, as long as they don’t mind doing a lot of walking. Also, feel free to use this weekend just as a foundation to build your own extended visit/vacation with a longer stay.

Sebastian has already put a great deal of thought into this weekend, and all of us are most grateful to him. I hope you will plan now to join in this fun weekend so that you can thank him in person!




Reminder: get-together at an outdoor
apple winery in Frankfurt this Friday

Apple wineTo celebrate all the good weather we’ve been enjoying this summer (knock on wood), the Yale Club’s next 4th-Friday-of-the-month Stammtisch in Frankfurt will be held at a traditional outdoor Apfelweinkneipe — the Frankfurt equivalent of a beer garden that specializes in apple wine — in the city’s Sachsenhausen entertainment district. The time will be 7:30 p.m. this Friday, July 28.

We’ll be meeting in the popular Zur Germania restaurant, which dates from the early 1900s and has been run by the same family for four generations. The address is Textorstrasse 16, Sachsenhausen, 60594 Frankfurt (click here for the restaurant’s website). This is an easy walk from the Frankfurt Süd Banhof, which is on the U1, U2, U3, S3, S4, S5 and S6 lines, among many others. For a scalable Google map showing the restaurant’s location that you can zoom in on for more detail, click here.

Strictly speaking, no sign-up necessary — but if you do know that you’re going to be coming, please let Laura Sudhaus (Yale College ’88) know by e-mail so that she’ll have a better idea of how big a table she should hold for us. Either way, come and meet friends new and old!




Yalie moving to Germany next month
seeks accommodations and advice

Euny Hong's new novelEuny Hong (Yale College ’95, JE) writes to all of us:
“I hope you remember me — I served very briefly as an officer of the Yale Club in 2002. Anyway, I will be in Germany next year on a Fulbright! I was hoping someone could suggest a place for me to sublet just for 31 August to 10 October (about 6 weeks or so), just long enough for me to figure out which city I want to choose permanently.

“My top choices are Berlin and Frankfurt — but seriously, I am open to any place in Germany. There are two hitches: my budget is €600, and I have 2 cats (they are de-clawed, though). Anyone who does this huge favor for me will get treated to a fine, fine dinner!

“Also, I will reciprocate by doing a reading from my new novel, which is to be released by Simon and Schuster in August — Kept: A Comedy of Sex and Manners. You can order it from Amazon. Thank you!”

If you have any leads or ideas for Euny, please send her an e-mail directly; she’ll appreciate it. And if you want to check out her forthcoming novel (cover shown above), click here to read all about it at amazon.com!



Yale Club of Germany

David Ilten (Yale College ’60)
Tel. 069 622680 (Frankfurt)

Treasurer/Alumni Schools Committee
David MacBryde (Yale College ’64)
Tel. 030 8229625 (Berlin)

Laura Sprague Sudhaus
(Yale College ’88)
Tel. 06198 501700 (Eppstein)

Newsletter/Mailing List
Bob Bonds (Yale College ’71)
Tel. 06122 95590 (Wiesbaden)

Membership: If you are an alumnus of any Yale school or a friend of Yale, you are automatically considered a member of the Yale Club of Germany. Welcome!

Mailing list: To add your name to the Yale Club’s mailing list, to change your address, or to notify the Club that you’re leaving Germany and should be removed from the list, please click here to let Laura and Bob know. You can also ask them who else is in your area, since they try to keep track of Yalies throughout Germany.

Interviews: The Yale Club is always looking for alumni to interview local high-school students who are applying to Yale College. If you would like to help out or learn more, please click here to e-mail our ASC director, David MacBryde.

Yale Book Award: If you interested in presenting the Yale Book Award at a high school in your area, click here to let David Ilten know.

Yale Club of Germany Prize: We are in the “quiet phase” of a long-term program to raise at least €20,000, with an eventual goal of €100,000, to endow this award for presentation to exceptional high school students in Germany who have been accepted to Yale. If you are interested in learning more about how you can contribute to this worthy effort, please click here to let David Ilten know.

Contributions: The Club does not assess dues, but asks its members to make an modest annual contribution (€20 suggested, but any amount is welcome) to help fund Club activities such as the Yale Book Award. To contribute, please arrange a bank transfer (Überweisung) to the Yale Club’s account. (For those of you new to Germany, this is the standard method for making payments here — as common in Germany as writing a check in the U.S.) Account details:


Bank (Kreditinstitut des Begünstigten):

Degussa Bank, Frankfurt


Bank Number (Bankleitzahl, or BLZ):



Payee (Begünstigten):

Yale Club e.V.


Payee’s Account Number
(Konto-Nr. des Begünstigten):

22 1278

If you have questions or need a receipt for the Finanzamt, please contact our Treasurer, David MacBryde (contact details above).