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Social Programme

An attractive social programme will be available, as the venue is located in the city center. One may enjoy winter(sports) in the Austrian Alps, explore the Swarowski Crystal World in the nearby city of Wattens.

Social events for Tuesday afternoon March 1

Guest Bobsleigh at the Olympic Bobsleigh Track Igls

BobsleighOn Tuesday, March 1, we plan an excursion to the Olympic bobsleigh track in Innsbruck Igls. A professional pilot will take up to 5 people in the competition bobsleigh from the ladies start down, reaching speeds of up to 80 km/h. Be thrilled by the speed and enjoy a fast ride covering an 800 m (2400 feet) altitude change. Note that you do not need special shoes but are requested to bring gloves. Helmets will be provided.

IMPORTANT, the ride is not recommended for people having problems with their back and neck; pregnant women cannot participate. Departure from the hotel at 1:20 pm, return approximately 3:45 pm.

Minimum attendance: 40 people!
Maximum attendance: 100 people (first come first serve!)!

You may indicate your preferred excursion in the travel form (online for accepted participants in January 2016). Please note that your registration for this excursion is binding!

ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMME - Silver Mine

Silver mineIf you don´t want to join us at the Bobsleigh Track you will have the chance to visit the world’s biggest medieval silver mine in Schwaz, close to Innsbruck. After the descent via mine railway you’ll walk on the paths of thousands of men that worked there 500 years ago.

Note that the temperature inside the mine will be approximately 12°C/53°F, so warm clothing is recommended.
During the tour you will cover approximately 1 km/0.6 mi by foot and will also have to climb steps, so please be sure to have proper footwear. The tour is not recommended for people with hip or knee injuries or people with claustrophobia.

Minimum attendance: 40 people!
Maximum attendance: 100 people (first come first serve!)!

The bus will leave from the hotel at 1:00 pm, return at approximately 4:00pm.

You may indicate your preferred excursion in the travel form (online for accepted participants in January 2016). Please note that your registration for this excursion is binding!

Alpine Skiing:

Patscherkofel skiingA complimentary shuttlebus service will be available in the afternoons to transfer interested participants to the "Axamer Lizum". Please indicate in the travel form if you would like to rent skiing gear. Further, electronic half-day ski tickets valid from 1-4 pm at the Axamer Lizum can be purchased in cash (Euros only) on a daily basis in the Sysbio2016 meeting office at the hotel. The discounted rate for Sysbio2016 participants is EURO 21 (incl. € 2 refundable deposit) per half-day. Private skiing lessons for beginners are possible - please contact "Ski und Snowboard Schule Innsbruck"!

Ski Rental

The ski rental "Die Börse" located in Innsbruck can be used to rent ski equipment. The equipment can be stored in the hotel (special room) during the whole course. Please indicate in the travel form if you would like to rent skiing gear.

Swarovski Crystal World:

Swarovski Crystal World Image kindly provided by WikimediaA daily bus leaves from Innsbruck to the Swarowski Crystal World in Wattens at 1 pm and 3 pm (30 min. ride). The “Swarovski Crystal World” - package at the rate of EURO 19,50 includes the bus ride and the entrance fee. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk in the Hotel Grauer Bär.

Download the bus schedule here.