Local and Practical Information

as at 07-April-2010

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.

Instructions for travelling to the conference venue

We advise all participants to travel to the conference venue with the underground train (U-Bahn), line U6. The U-Bahn station in 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.

Conference venue

The conference will be held in the ESO Auditorium, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2, Garching b. München. There will also be a videolink from the Auditorium to room 231/232.

Conference 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, 13 April 2010, between 12:00 and 14:00 in front of the ESO Auditorium.

Registration Fee

There will be a registration fee of 120 Euro (waived for PhD students) payable at the registration desk in cash or via credit card. For payment by credit card, please fill in the form and either fax it to the organisers ahead of time 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.


We will have 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 conference. The display area available per poster is ~ 100 x 120 cm.

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 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 Council Room (114) on the Tuesday evening, 13 April, after the last session. All registered participants and accompanying persons are invited.

Conference Dinner

The conference Dinner will take place at Gasthof Neuwirt in the centre of Garching on Wednesday evening, 14 April, from 18:30 to 22:00 hrs, starting with a welcome drink. All conference 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 at the end of March can be still cold with some snow or rain or already warmer and sunny. So you better come prepared for either. Average maximum temperatures are 15 C and average minimum temperatures are 5 C. For more information, see Weather Online.

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