Local and Practical Information


The registration will start at 12:00 on Monday, June 11th. The registration fee of 150 DM is payable at the registration desk in German currency only (cash preferred, travellers cheques and Eurocheques accepted - no credit card facilities available). The registration fee includes a copy of the workshop proceedings, the welcome buffet, bus transportation, and coffee and tea breaks.  


The poster papers will be on display in the poster room (room 114) for the entire duration of the workshop. The display area available per poster is around 100 x 100 cm.

Contact phone number

+ 49 89 3200 60 (ESO Reception)

Contact fax number

+ 49 89 320 23 62


Munich is located in southern Germany. ESO Headquarters are situated just north of Garching, a charming small town to the north of Munich (overview map). Munich offers excellent public transport, although Garching itself can only be reached by bus in combination with U-Bahn (underground).

How to get there

The airport is called Munich/München Franz-Joseph Strauss. From the airport, you can choose between the S-Bahn (local train) + Bus or taxi (fare approx. 65-75 DM) to go to your hotel. 

If you arrive by train at the Munich Central Station (Hauptbahnhof), you can reach Garching by taking the S-Bahn (rapid transit) to Marienplatz (two stops), then the U-Bahn (metro link) U6 to Garching-Hochbrück (see map below for connections), and from there the bus 291 to Garching.

Map of Munich U-Bahn and S-Bahn trains (PDF file)   

See also: Travelling to ESO Garching

Please note that it is not advisable to bring a car to the conference venue because of limited parking space.

Hotel information

The workshop hotels are all situated in Garching. The location of the hotels is shown on this map of Garching. Detailed information (in German) on all hotels in Garching can be found here.  

Workshop bus service  A bus service will be organized to take you from your hotel to the conference venue and back. See the timetable here. If you prefer local public transport, please see the information below.  

Local transport - Overview

Means of transport
Approx. cost
Munich airport - Garching 17 km S-Bahn (rapid transit train) S8 to Ismaning, then Bus 230 to Garching (40-60 min) 11.40 DM*   
Taxi ~ 65-75 DM 
Munich airport - Munich City 40 km S-Bahn S1 or S8, airport bus (30 min) 15.20 DM*   
Taxi ~ 90-100 DM 
Garching - Munich City 23 km Bus 291 to Garching-Hochbrück, change to U-Bahn U6 (30 min) 7.60 DM*   
Taxi ~ 50 DM 
Garching - ESO 2 km Bus 291 or 230 to Boltzmannstrasse (5 min) 1.90 DM   
Taxi ~15 DM 
* prices are only estimates and can vary depending on what kind of ticket you buy

Welcome buffet

On Tuesday evening, 12 June, a welcome buffet will be held at ESO from 18:45 to 21:00.


The closest canteen (3 min) is the canteen of the Max-Planck Institute (see map; number 28 shows the canteen, and number 37 the ESO Headquarters). Opening hours: 11:15 - 13:45. The Cafeteria is open: 8:30 - 11:00 and 11:30 - 16:30. Only cash is accepted. Due to a public holiday on Thursday 14 June, the canteen will be closed on Thursday and Friday. A free sandwich lunch will be offered at ESO on Thursday.  

Public holiday

Thursday, 14 June, is a public holiday ("Corpus Christi"), and shops and services will be closed on this day.  

Travel agent

The ESO travel agent Carlson WagonLit, located at ESO Headquarters (room 203), can help you with travel arrangements. The opening hours are Monday-Wednesday 9:00-16:30 and Friday 9:00-16:00. The telephone number is: + 49 89 32006 208.  

Bank service

Banks and cash-points can be found in Garching. All main credit cards are accepted (with PIN code). Please note that the banks close during lunch time.

The city of Munich

See the home page of the Munich Tourist Office to find out about events in the city.


Munich daytime temperatures in June are typically in the range 15-30 C. Showers can occur. For more information, see the Yahoo Munich weather forecast.

Useful links

Deutsche Bahn, Lufthansa, Munich airport, Bayeriche Staatsoper (The Munich Opera House), Cinemas in Munich, Restaurants in Garching, Beer.