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 Tuesday, August 27th, in front of the ESO auditorium. The registration fee of 100 Euros is payable either at the registration desk in Euro (cash) or travellers cheques, or in advance via Credit card. The registration fee includes a copy of the workshop proceedings, the welcome reception, bus transfers between the hotels and ESO, and coffee and tea breaks. It does not include the cost of meals.

Welcome reception

A welcome reception will be held at ESO on Tuesday evening, 27 August, after the last session.


The poster papers will be on display in the poster room (room 114) at ESO Headquarters for the entire duration of the workshop. The display area available per poster is around 100 x 100 cm. Poster presentations will take place each afternoon followed by a 1-hour coffee break with poster viewing.

Internet and e-mail

Internet and email connection (only via a WEBMAIL service at the home institution) will be available in the poster room. 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.

Workshop proceedings

The Workshop proceedings will be edited by M. Kissler-Patig and will be published in the Springer-Verlag series "ESO Astrophysics Symposia". The deadline for submission of manuscripts is October 15, 2002. Here are the Instructions for Authors.

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 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 late August are typically in the range 15-30 C. It can be rainy. For more information, see the Yahoo Munich weather forecast.

Excursion to the Bavarian Alps

On Saturday August 31st there will be an optional excursion to the Wendelstein. We depart from Garching at 9:00 sharp, and arrive at Wendelstein at 10:30. Once there, we take the cable car up (up at 11:00), have a visit of the observatory and lunch at the restaurant (ca.12:30 til 13:30).

Then we form 2 groups:

1) We can hike down: The descent is 930m, and takes about 2.5 hours. Good shoes and proper hiking clothes are needed, as well as water to drink. After arriving down at 16:00, we take the bus to the cafe.

2) We can take the cable car down (arriving down at 14:00) and hike to the cafe via Fischbachau/Birkenstein. The route is level, and the walk takes about 1.5 hours. Only normal walking shoes are needed.

All have coffee and cake there till ca. 18:00, then return to Garching, arriving ca. 20:00.

We have organized a bus for the journey to the Wendelstein and back. The cost of this is covered by ESO. All other expenses (cable car, restaurant, etc.) will be paid by the participants themselves.

Keen hikers may be interested in the following links (in German):
Deutscher Alpenverein (German Alpine Club),
Deutscher Alpenverein Sektion München (Alpine Club, Munich Section).

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