Local and Practical Information

Local and Practical Information

Workshop venue

The workshop will be held in the auditorium of the ESO Headquarters building.

Contact phone number

(+49) 89 3200 60 (ESO Reception Desk)

Contact fax number

(+49) 89 3200 6480


Registration will take place from 8:30 onwards on Monday, 19th May, in front of the ESO auditorium.


A reception will be held at ESO after the last session on Tuesday evening, 20th May.

Internet and e-mail

Internet and email connection (only via a WEBMAIL service at the home institution) will be available. The username and password to be used will be indicated in the "Note to Participants" document in the folder which the participants will receive at registration.

Geographical location

Munich is located in southern Germany. The ESO Headquarters are situated on the institute campus just north of the town of Garching, which is itself about 20 km north of Munich (overview map; map of Garching). Munich offers excellent public transport. Garching can be reached by bus in combination with U-Bahn (underground) or S-Bahn (commuter train).

How to get there

The airport is called Munich/München Franz-Joseph Strauss. From the airport, you can choose between the S-Bahn+Bus or taxi 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 to Marienplatz, then U-Bahn U6 to Garching-Hochbrück (see map below for connections), then bus 291 to Garching. Ismaning has a direct S-Bahn connection (S 8) from the airport and the Hauptbahnhof.

Local transport

In the mornings and in the evenings of the workshop, there will be a bus transfer service between the hotels and ESO. Here is the - still tentative - timetable (pdf file).

See the Overview Table for a summary of public transport possibilities between the airport, Garching, ESO, Ismaning and Munich city centre.

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

More travel instructions can be found on the ESO Travel and Local Information pages.


The closest canteen (5 minutes walk from ESO) is the canteen of the Max-Planck Institute (see map. Number 28 shows the canteen, and 37 the ESO Headquarters). The opening hours are: Dining hall: Mo. - Thu. 11:15 - 13:45; Fr. 11:15 - 13:30. Cafeteria: Mo. - Thu. 8:30 - 11:00 and 11:30 - 16:30; Fr.: 8:30 - 11:00 and 11:30 - 14:00. Only cash is accepted. Prices for a main course range from about 3 to 5 Euros.


In order to reach the Max-Planck-Institute Canteen it is necessary to pass a security check at the gate on entering the Max-Planck-Institute area. The Workshop name badge together with an identity card has to be shown to allow access.

Bank service

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

Travel agent

The ESO travel agent Carlson Wagonlit, located at ESO Headquarters in room 203, can help if you need to make arrangements for your travel after the workshop. The opening hours are Monday-Thursday 9:00-16:30 and Friday 9:00-16:00.


Munich daytime temperatures in May are typically in the range 10-25 C. It can be rainy. For more information, see the Yahoo Munich weather forecast.

Useful links

Deutsche Bahn (German Railways)
Munich public transport (MVV)
Munich Airport
Munich Tourist Office
Bayerische Staatsoper (The Munich Opera House)
Cinemas in Munich
Restaurants in Garching