TRAVEL INFORMATION

How to get there...

As one of the three main centers of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, the seventh-largest conurbation in Germany, Heidelberg is very easy to reach. An extensive autobahn network spans the whole length of the city (take A5, Exit Heidelberg). High-speed trains stop at the main station, while one of the most important ICE terminals in Germany (Mannheim) is just 15 minutes away by rail. Frankfurt International Airport, one of the largest in the world, is only about 1 hour away by car, bus or train (FRA, 80 km, 50 min).

Airport-Shuttle

Lufthansa Bus

Train

or one of many other bus and taxi providers

 

Sightseeing

If you have a little time before or after the conference, or chose to come as accompanying person, Heidelberg has a lot to offer:

Philosophers walk – enjoy a nice walk above the Neckar River. Wonderful views of the old town and the castle. Start at Brückenstraße with a short steep climb which levels off after about 200 m. Continue until you reach Philosophers garden (750 m, 30 min), take a rest and enjoy the view! You can continue the path slowly downhill to Klosterhof Neuburg (4km, 1 hr, nice Biergarten in a monastery, possibility to return by bus or boat) or descent using the “snake path” winding down to the Alte Brücke (old bridge) and visit the old town on the other side of the bridge. Here you will find Germany’s longest shopping street, many historical buildings and plenty of cafes and restaurants.

  

Heidelberg Zoo – in close walking distance to the conference venue, across campus you will find Heidelbergs Zoo. Entrance (€ 10,50).

 

Geological Museum - directly adjacent to the conference venue you can find the Geological Museum of the University of Heidelberg. Next to interesting information about 300.000 different minerals and fossils you can see the jawbone of the Homo Heidelbergensis. Entrance is free.

 

Studentenkarzer (students' prison) – in Augustinergasse. Until 1914, students were imprisoned here for minor transgressions.

 

Many museums and churches, such as the German pharmacy museum in the castle, the Palatinate Museum, the Ethnographical Museum, the Museum of Church Art and Liturgy or many others. Please visit the homepage of Heidelberg City Marketing for more information.

 

Boat Tour on the Neckar River

Start next to the city hall every full hour (10 am – 5 pm), 40 min/8 €, daily

http://www.weisse-flotte-heidelberg.de/#!linienfahrten_rundfahrten_en

Start at Old Bridge (10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 3pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm), 50 min/8 €, Tue-Sun

http://www.hdsolarschiff.com/

 

Guided City Tours - from Segway Safaris to historic tours

http://www.heidelberg-marketing.de/en/tours/public-tours.html

 

Restaurants in and around Old Town Heidelberg

Gasthof zum Roten Ochsen - the Red Ox Inn, the oldest traditional student pub in Heidelberg - a must for all visitors!

Vetters Alt Heidelberg Brauhaus, Steingasse, close to the old bridge, brewery, German food

Salerno, Brückenstraße, Italian restaurant, fresh pasta, pizza & more

Seppl, Hauptstraße, historical student restaurant, nowadays good food, little pricy, worth seeing!

Hackteufel, Steingasse, close to the old bridge, simple but good local food

Backmulde, Schiffgasse, excellent German cuisine

Kulturbrauerei, Leyergasse, local brewery, local food, casual atmosphere

Red - Die grüne Küche, Poststraße, vegetarian and vegan restaurant

Café Schafheutle, Hauptstraße, excellent for cakes and coffee, and small dishes, nice garden

Same Same, Steingasse, close to the old bridge, excellent Sushi

Konomi, Untere Neckarstraße, good Japanese Restaurant

Goldener Stern, Lauerstraße, close to the old bridge, excellent Greek dishes

Zum Ritter St. Georg, Hauptstraße, next to Heilig Geist Church, historic building, modern interior, touristic, excellent, seasonal food

Or one of the many restaurants in and around the city!

Weather

In July the weather is usually warm (25-35°C) during the day, and mild at night (18-25°C), with occasional thunderstorms. As exceptions become more frequent in recent years we advise to check the local weather forecast a few days before the conference.