We have selected a number of hotels for the conference; see map below for their locations and walking time to the venue. The advantage of booking via this link is that many colleagues will be in the same hotel and you will get a ticket for free local transport.
Travel to Bonn
The conference is in the main building of the University of Bonn (Hauptgebäude; Regina Pacisweg 3).
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
The venue is in the centre of Bonn and close to the main railway station (Bonn Hbf) and the main bus station next to it, 6 to 8 minutes by foot. At the moment you cannot entre the building at the backside, where the large lawn is ("Hofgarten). You have to enter the building at the front, where the centre is. The main entrance is opposite the Fürstenstraße.
When you enter the building through the gate, you will come to a court yard. This is where the city tour on Tuesday evening (17:30-19:30) starts and ends. On the day of the conference you have to go right, enter the building through the doors at your right and go up to the first floor via the monumental stairs to the auditorium ("Aula"). There will be signs to show you the way.
The railway station of Bonn is well connected to the German railway system, including fast ICE trains. Alternative is the station called Bonn/Siegburg, which is not in Bonn, but on the fast rail track from Frankfurt to Cologne. From Bonn/Siegburg you can go to Bonn Hbf with the subway/tram (U-bahn) line 66 (in the direction of Bad Honnef) in about 25 minutes.
If you come from the direction of Frankfurt (Airport) route planners will often give you the route via Bonn/Siegburg because it is faster (about 1.5 hours). It is also possible to travel from Frankfurt to Bonn along a scenic middle Rhine route. Tell the route planner you want to travel via Koblenz to see this option, which is more beautiful and cheaper, but also slower (20 minutes to an hour more).
Note that in Germany you buy tickets for a specific route from A to B. Another route may cost more. Prices are different for regional trains (IRE, RE, RB), long-distance trains (IR, IC, EC) and fast trains (ICE; free WiFi and power). Seat reservations are possible until shortly before departure and cost 4.50€ they are a good idea on busy times (Friday afternoon and Sunday evening). Except for regional trains, it is possible to buy tickets in the train, which cost 12.50€ more. All stations have ticket machines, which accept cards, bills and coins; larger stations also have ticket offices ("Reisezentren").
The airport has a train station from which you can go to Bonn by train via Cologne (Köln) or with a train and tram (changing in Bonn-Beuel).
Train and bus signs. The bus signs may be additionally marked with "bus". But do not follow the signs additionally marked with "Fernbus" or "Fernbusterminal"; those are for long-distance buses.
The most common way is the airport bus, line SB60, one-way ticket 8.20€ can be bought in the bus (driver has change, also bills), but if you have time the ticket machine is preferred; the machine works in Germany, English, French, Turkish and Italian and accepts cards, bills and coins, but only returns coins. Time table, most of the time a bus leaves every 30 minutes; the trip takes 24 minutes. The Airport and the Central Station are the terminals, so you cannot do much wrong.
The airport and bus have free WiFi. The airport has a modest sized Rewe supermarket, which in the period of the conference is open 24/7. A taxi from the airport to Bonn would cost about 45 € during the day (06.00-22.00) or 48 € at night (22.00-06.00).
Alternative airports are:
- [[Frankfurt Airport]] (especially for intercontinental flights). It is about 1 hour by train via Siegburg/Bonn and 1:45 to 2:15 via Koblenz.
- [[Dusseldorf Airport]]. It is 1 to 1:20 hours by train.
- [[Schiphol Aiport]] may sometimes be an alternative for intercontinental flights. It is about 3 to 5 hours by train to Bonn
- [[Dortmund Airport]] is sometimes an alternative for cheap direct flights. With bus and train it is 2 to 3 hours to get to Bonn.
The Monday before the conference is the second Eastern day, an official holiday. Daily life will be similar to Sundays: Shops in Bonn will be closed and public transport will follow their Sunday schedule.
Tips are generally not expected, except in restaurants and bars. A typical tip would be about 10%. Supermarkets (and other shops) in the centre of Bonn are mostly open until 20.00, bigger supermarkets outside the centre until 22.00.
You should be mostly able to get by with English in Bonn. 56% of Germans are able to have a conversation in English (PDF, Table D48T). Still everyone appreciates foreigners making a little effort and knowing a few words are helpful.
|You're welcome||Nichts zu danken!|
|How much is that?||Wieviel kostet das?|
|Could we have the bill?||Die Rechnung bitte!|
|The airport||Der Flughafen|
|The train station||Der Bahnhof|
|The central train station||Der Hauptbahnhof|
|The platform; track||Der Bahnsteig|
|The bus station||Der Busbahnhof; das Gleis|
|The bus stop||Die Haltestelle|
|The hotel||Das Hotel|
|The toilet||Die Toilette; das WC|
|Sunday and holidays||Sonntag und Feiertage|
|The university||Die Universität|
|The main building||Das Hauptgebäude|
|The centre||Das Zentrum|