The State of Baden-Württemberg invites all ICCA participants to an Evening Reception at Heidelberg Castle. After arrival, participants will be offered a champagne reception in the courtyard of the castle. The official programme will start at around 7 pm. There will be short welcoming remarks by the three ICCA hosts, i.e. Franz Untersteller, Minister of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg, Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, and Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner, Mayor of the City of Heidelberg. Cultural elements will be presented by the dancing group “Danse Royale” and the musicians of “La Voilotte”. The dancers will perform several dances in contemporary costumes accompanied by traditional Renaissance music performed with ancient historic instruments.
In the following, a flying buffet will be served and participants will be able to exchange and network. Please note that participants are supposed to split up into three different rooms of the Castle for the buffet. These are the “Königssaal” (King’s Hall), in which the large majority of participants can stay, and the “Weinkeller” (Wine Cellar) as well as the “Ottheinrichsbau” (Ottheinrich Building). The latter have a special historic value and well worth seeing. In the “Weinkeller”, the “Große Fass” (giant wine barrel) is located, which attracts about 500.000 visitors per year and has a volume of around 219.000 litres. In all three rooms, the same food will be served. As for the overall conference, this will only be vegetarian and vegan food.
Please kindly note that the Heidelberg Castle will be closed for the public for the evening reception. Therefore, you have to bring your ICCA-Badge with you to get access to the Castle.
After the evening reception, busses will be available to get from the Castle back into the city of Heidelberg. The bus will leave close to the Heidelberg Mountain Railway station close to the Castle. It will lead to the Bismarckplatz and thus not to the Convention Centre. From Bismarckplatz as the local public transportation hub you can easily get back into the Old City of Heidelberg as well as to the train station of Heidelberg. The shuttle will be operated with electric busses only.