Excursion to the Neandertal and the Old Town of Düsseldorf
It’s a long tradition during INA meetings to spent at least half a day with some recreational activities. As we are now close to the site where the first recognized Neanderthals was found, we’ll take that opportunity to visit the museum close to the congress venue. As Düsseldorf is also know as „the longest bar in the world“ we’ll spent an evening in the Old Town tasting the typical „Alt-Beer“.
12.30 – 1.30 pm: Lunch at the restaurant “Neandertaler No.1”
2.00 – 4.30 pm: Visit to the Museum with a guided tour and different activities
5.30 – 9.30 pm: Visit to the Old Town of Düsseldorf with „Alt-Beer“ Evening
The tour in details:
Lunch at the restaurant “Neandertaler No.1”
Enjoy your lunch in the historic house built in 1852 by the same workers who, two years later discovered the Neanderthal fossils in the valley nearby. It is a beautiful stone building with an ancient cave in it! The ground floor is a restaurant where you can enjoy homemade cooking, regional delicacies, our house-roasted coffee, and a selection of cakes from the in-house baker (see pictures below).
A short distance from the site where, over 160 years ago, the first recognized Neanderthal was found, stands one of the most modern museums in Europe. It tells the story of humankind from its beginnings on the African savannah more than four million years ago through to the present. Multimedia installations and audio presentations, along with traditional media like informational texts and the exhibits themselves, vividly convey the latest research findings from the fields of archaeology and paleoanthropology. In order to continue to present human history at its most up-to-date, the museum, opened in 1996, received an update for its 20th anniversary in October 2016.
After a guided tour, you will be able to choose between following activities:
A. Stone Age Action
An action-packed Stone Age experience in the renowned Neanderthal Museum. The museum team will take you on an exciting journey through human history. Did you know there were red-haired Neanderthals? Learn interesting and curious facts about the lives of Neanderthals. Test your hunting skills in the museum garden and learn fire-making techniques.
B. Stone Time with GPS: Geocaching in the Neandertal
Discover the Neandertal in a very special way: Go on an archaeological treasure hunt with GPS devices along the river Düssel, through the adjacent nature reserve and the famous Neanderthal fossils site. Solve Stone Age Riddle and find treasures that will bring joy not only to the Neanderthals! We will take you on a journey through time and human history – from the beginnings in the African savannah more than four million years ago to the present days.
Visit to the Old Town of Düsseldorf with „Alt-Beer“ Evening
5.30 – 7.30 Guided Tour in the Old Town of Düsseldorf
Leisurely stroll through the Old Town where you will hear about the history of Dusseldorf and visit the Kurzer brewery (here you can see the brewing kettle and learn about the brewing process). During the tour, you will be able to try different types of Alt beer.
7.30 – 9.30 Dinner at the brewery restaurant “Zum Schlüssel”
Joint dinner at the restaurant “Zum Schlüssel” where you will be offered one of Düsseldorf’s typical dishes „Rheinischer Sauerbraten“ – pickled roast beef with potato dumplings and stewed apple, but there are also many other regional specialties to choose from. Dinner is accompanied by a glass of old beer – the original Schlüssel-Alt, brewed according to the ancient tradition. The natural, top-fermented brewing process gives the Schlüssel-Alt its mild, full-bodied taste, combined with maximum digestibility. It has been praised by experts in 2012, when Original Schlüssel-Alt received the gold medal at the European Beer Star Award.
History of the brewery
The History of the Brewery “Zum Schlüssel“ (“The Keys”) is strongly connected with the history of two buildings – Bolkerstrasse 45 and 47 – in the heart of the old town of Dusseldorf. One of the two houses was mentioned for the first time in 1632, when it belonged to Johann von Monheim and beared the illustrious name “Zu den drei Königen” (“The three Kings”). Followed by several changes of landlords, in 1850 Jakob Schwenger became the owner of the buildings, where he established a brewery and a bakery. Later on the two buildings were merged into one and became the property of the brewer Josef Aders. By this time the name “Zum Schlüssel” appeared for the first time. The name was related to the custom to keep the keys for the town gates in the nearby public houses.
Finally, in 1936 “Karl Gatzweiler” inherited the brewery with his wife Maria and his two sons Simon and Jakob. Since then “Zum Schlüssel” has been family property with an extraordinary experience of hundreds of years in brewing. Since 1313 there has always been one strip in the Gatzweiler family that was engaged in the art of brewing.
After a long, extensive and detailed renovation in 1990, we combine in our house tradition and history with modern standards and the art of brewing of top-fermented beers. Once again the brewery “Zum Schlüssel” became a popular venue where people from all social ranks come together for convivial gatherings.