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Local and Practical Information

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 tranportation network MVV, and of the German Railways.

Workshop venue

The workshop will be held in the Neue Seminarraum (New Seminar Room) of the Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (MPE), Giessenbachstr., 85748 Garching. The MPE seminar room is at two minutes walking distance from the ESO headquarters.

Instructions for travelling to the workshop venue

The conference venue is easily reached by public transport from either Garching or Munich. 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. Ahead and to the left, you will see the main entrance gate of the Max Planck Institute campus.The MPE auditorium is only a 5-minute walk from the station (see map).Here is some more information on the use of public transport. Timetables can be found here.

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 number: +49 89 320 23 62
Contact phone number (during the workshop only): +49 89 30000 4444


Registration will take place in front of the Neue Seminarraum at the MPE on Monday, 12 October, from 8:00 till 14:00. NOTE: Since the workshop is overbooked, no new participants can be accepted, i.e. on-site registration will not be possible.

Registration Fee

There will be a registration fee of 100 Euro (waived for PhD students) payable at the registration desk in cash or by credit card. For payment by credit card, please fill in the form and fax it to the organisers at the secure fax number (+49) 89 320 06 480 (note that this is different from the number given above) or bring it to the registration desk already filled. This will help to save time at the registration.

Poster Papers

The poster papers will be on display in the Alte Seminarraum (old seminar room) at the MPE. The display area available per poster is 140cm (high) x 115cm (wide) (paper size A0). Note that there will be 2 poster display periods: the first from Monday through Wednesday noon, and the second from Wednesday noon through Friday. It will be indicated in due time in the List of Poster Papers which posters belong to which display period.

Internet and email

Wireless internet is available at the MPE building. Instructions will be posted. Owing to the very large number of participants and safety regulations, the usage of power cords in the auditorium will have to be strictly controlled. Some PCs will be made available in the Council Room at ESO.


We suggest that you have lunch at the canteen of the Max-Planck Institute, located about 2 minutes walk from the conference room. (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.

Welcome Reception

The welcome reception will be held in the Cafeteria of the MPI Canteen on Monday evening, 12 October, after the last session (due to the large number of participants the inital venue, the ESO HQ, is no longer feasible). All registered participants and accompanying persons are invited.

Workshop Dinner

The Workshop Dinner will take place at Gasthof Neuwirt in the centre of Garching on Wednesday evening, October 14, from 19:00 to 22:00 hrs, starting with a welcome drink. All workshop participants are invited to join, without additional charge. The cost for accompanying persons is EUR 30 which can be paid 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.


Munich weather in October can be warm and sunny or cool to cold and rainy. So you should come prepared for either. Daytime temperatures are anywhere between 0-15 C. For more information, see Weather Online.

Useful links

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