Local and Practical Information

as at 12-Sep-2011

Travelling to Garching

Garching lies about 13 km north-east of Munich and 17 km south-west of Munich international airport  (Franz Josef Strauss). Please follow these instructions to travel to Garching.

See this Overview for an indicative summary, with some caveats, of public transport possibilities between the airport, Garching, ESO, Ismaning and Munich city centre. We recommend to consult the electronic time tables of the Munich transportation network MVV, and of the German Railways.

Instructions for travelling to the workshop venue

We advise all participants to travel to the workshop venue with the underground train (U-Bahn), line U6. The U-Bahn stationin Garching is centrally located and within close reach of all hotels and is indicated with a large blue "U"-sign. Take the underground train (U-Bahn) line U6, with destination "Garching Forschungszentrum" (Garching Research Campus) - this is the last stop on the line. Exit the station at the rear end of the train and follow the sign for ESO (see map). Here is some more information on the use of public transport. Timetables can be found here.

Workshop venue

The workshop will be held in the ESO Auditorium, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2, Garching b. München. To accommodate the large number of participants, there will also be a (non-interactive) videolink from the Auditorium to room 231/232.

Workshop bus

Please see the Schedule for details.

Contact phone and fax number

Contact phone number: +49 89 320 060 (ESO Reception Desk)
Contact fax numbers: +49 89 320 23 62


Registration will take place on Tuesday, 11 October from 08:45 to 09:25 in front of the ESO Auditorium.

Registration Fee

The registration fee of 150 Euro (waived for PhD students) is payable not later than 20 September by credit card using our secure on-line facility.


We will make available in the meeting room a Windows laptop and a Mac laptop with standard presentation software. Please bring your presentation on a memory stick (pdf preferred) and give it to one of the ESO persons wearing a yellow badge well before the session in which you talk. Using your own laptop is strongly discouraged.

Poster Papers

The poster papers will be on display in the Council Room (114) at the ESO Headquarters for the duration of the workshop. IMPORTANT: The display area available per poster is limited to 60 cm (w) x 100 cm (h). Hence the accepted poster size is A1 portrait (59.4 cm x 84.1 cm). The numbers assigned in the list of poster papers correspond to the respective display area. Pins, etc. will be available in the poster room.

There will be dedicated poster sessions during the afternoons of the 11th and 13th October.

Internet and email

Open wireless internet is available in most parts of the ESO building. In addition, 3 PCs will be set up in Room 231/232.


We suggest that you have lunch at the canteen of the Max-Planck Institute, located about 5 minutes walk from ESO. Tables will be reserved in the dining hall. (See map of the campus. The canteen is marked C2.) The opening hours are: Dining hall: Mo.-Th. 11:15 - 13:45; Fr. 11:15 - 13:30. Cafeteria: Mo.-Th. 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 4 to 6 Euros. Tables will be reserved in the dining hall.

Workshop Dinner

The workshop Dinner will take place at Gasthof Neuwirt in the centre of Garching on Wednesday evening, 12 October. All workshop participants are invited to join, without additional charge. The cost for accompanying persons is EUR 30 which can be paid IN CASH at the time of registration. If you do not plan to attend the dinner, please let us know.

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 may close during lunch time and have otherwise opening hours grossly different from shops. There is also a cash-point (Kreissparkasse) on the Campus, at the bus stop Lichtenbergstrasse 4 (TUM Chemie).

Useful links

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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