This year we have planned a truly diverse social program for ARES 2014. We hope to see you all there!
To make the planning easier for us, we would very appreciate it if you could sign up for the social events at ARES / CD-ARES 2014 here.

Monday, 08th September 2014 – Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception will take place shortly after the last session in the bar / restaurant “Le Quai” next to the University. The charm of the former industry hall provides a special atmosphere.

Welcome Reception


18.00  – 22.00

Le Quai
Route de la Fonderie 6
1700 Fribourg


Tuesday, 09th September 2014 – Sightseeing Tour Fribourg

Tiny Train in Fribourg, Source:

Explore Fribourg by Tiny Train

Spend an hour weaving your way through the picturesque spots of the town of Fribourg and immerse yourself in the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town with this guided tour.

Meeting point: University of Fribourg, 17.30 (shortly after the last session)
Departure: 17.45
Tour end: 18.45 / 19.00 at Grand-Places, Fribourg (city Center)

Wednesday, 10th September 2014 – Conference Dinner

Gruyères, Soruce:

Conference Dinner

The Conference Dinner will take place in Gruyères, which is located at the foot of the Pre-Alps, about half an hour from Fribourg. You will be enchanted by the charm and picturesque architecture of the medieval town of Gruyères. The town has given its name to the area and to its delicious cheese.

Meeting point: University of Fribourg, 17.00 (shortly after the last session)
Back in Fribourg: 23.00

Friday, 12th September 2014 – Excursions

On Friday, 12th of September 2014, we have organized two different excursions.  The tour / guides / entrance fee and the transport is free of charge for you, lunch is not included. Please note that you can only attend one of the following two excursions:

Option 1:

Bern, Source: http://www.bern.comWalking Tour – Bern

“UNESCO Stroll through the Old Town”

On this stroll through Bern’s Old Town, you’ll learn more about the city‘s 800-year history.

You’ll marvel at the late Gothic Cathedral (Münster) with its stunning portal and its depiction of the Last Judgment.

The Clock Tower (Zytglogge), our oldest city gate dating to the 13th century, awaits you and offers a fascinating show on the hour. And who knows, you might even meet up with a member of the Federal Council in front of the Parliament building. On rainy days, our arcades will provide shelter.

Come along and discover the Swiss capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site at its beautiful best.

Departure Fribourg: University of Fribourg, 09.15
Walking City Tour Bern: 10.00 – 12.00
Free time (e.g. for lunch): 12.00 – 13.30
Arrival Fribourg: 14.15 / 14.30

Please note: The costs for the city tour as well as the transport to and from Bern will be covered by the ARES Conference. Participants need to sign up for the tour. Lunch is not included, a restaurant will be recommended. Minimum 10 participants.

Option 2:

Gantrisch, source:

Hiking in Gantrisch, a natural preserve – Gäggersteg wood path

In 1999 the cyclone Lothar destroyed large areas of the forest between Schwarzenbühl and Ottenleue. High above the ground, on wooden footbridges, you can experience the forest’s recreation. On our way to the alpine restaurant Selitaal you can enjoy the breathtaking view on the Gantrisch mountain chain.

The guided tour will take about 2,5 hours. After lunch at the panoramic restaurant Selitaal the bus will pick us up. Although you don’t need a certain level of physical fitness or hiking skills to enjoy the tour, please make sure to wear appropriate shoes (trekking shoes or ones with good sole profile).

Watch the video about Gantrisch:

Departure Fribourg: University of Fribourg, 09.00
Hiking tour: 10.00 – 12.30
Lunch: 12.30 – 13.30
Arrival Fribourg: 14.30 / 14.45

Please note: The costs for the guided hiking tour as well as the transport to and from Gantrisch will be covered by the ARES Conference. Participants need to sign up for the tour. Lunch at the restaurant Selital is not included. Minimum 10 participants.