About Hamburg

Conference Venue and Info in Hamburg

The conference will be held at HafenCity University Hamburg, Überseeallee 16, 20457 Hamburg. The university is located within an approximately 15 minute walk away from the city center and 25 minute walk from the main train station (Hauptbahnof).

Public transport connects the university to the city. Participants can take Metro (U-bahn) U4 to the station “HafenCity Universität“ or Bus number 111 to the stop “Shanghaiallee“

For more information on public transport in Hamburg: http://www.hvv.de/en/index.php

Parking is available in the Contipark parking garage on Überseeallee 3. The parking garage is open 24 hours and parking costs €12.00 for the whole day. For more details on Contipark: http://www.contipark.de/de/find-parking/hamburg-tiefgarage-ueberseequartier/

Accommodation in Hamburg

Conference participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements in Hamburg. The two hotels closest to the venue are: 

25hours Hotel Hamburg Hafencity
Überseeallee 5, 20457 Hamburg, +49 40 2577770

Ameron Hotel Speicherstadt Hamburg
Am Sandtorkai 4, 20457 Hamburg, +49 40 6385890

For more hotels in Hamburg, please consult http://hotelbuchung.hamburg.de/

Arriving to Hamburg

Hamburg Airport is one of the busiest in Germany and offers regular flights to Europe, the US, and Asia. The airport is located in the north of the city. Direct metro connections (S1 S-Bahn) from the airport to the main central station only take 25 minutes and are offered every 10 minutes. Fare: 3.20 €. For more information about Hamburg Airport, please consult
http://www.hamburg-airport.de/en/

Hamburg Main Train Station (Hauptbahnhof Hamburg) connects the city to train stations across Europe. For more information on Hamburg Main Station, please consult
http://www.bahnhof.de/bahnhof-de/Hamburg_Hbf.html. For train connections and tickets use www.bahn.de

Useful Information about Hamburg

Tourist Office Information Hamburg Main Station, Kirchenallee, 20095 Hamburg, +49 40 30051701

Electricity
220 Volts, continental European 2-pin plugs are standard

Language
Apart from the native German, Hamburg being a global city many locals speak English.

Currency in Germany
Euro (€). 1 Euro (€) = 100 Cents. Notes: 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 & 5. Coins: Euros: 2,1 and Cents: 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 & 1. ATMs are available throughout the city and international credit cards are widely accepted. It is advisable to carry cash for purchases under 10 Euros.

Places to Eat and Explore

Hamburg offers endless choices of various cuisines from across the globe.  The different districts of Hamburg each have their own charm. The venue is located in the “Hafen City”, a docklands’ urban development project with a few good restaurants. Downtown, the Neustadt is more vivid for shopping and eating than the office-dominated Altstadt. If you walk downtown from the conference venue, pass by Deichstraße, the only alley left giving an impression of historic, pre-industrial Hamburg. Jungfernstieg on the Alster is for fashionable shopping. A cruise on the Alster lake (from Jungfernstieg, http://www.alstertouristik.de/English/home.html) is a relaxing way to experience Hamburg as a green metropolis. To see the harbour, take a boat ride on harbor ferry 62 from Landungsbrücken to Finkenwerder. It’s included in the city’s mass transit system and thus cheaper than the organized harbour tours. The city also offers a large variety of cultural activities at reasonable prices.

Altona
Altona was an independent city until 1937, and under Danish administration until 1864. It’s no coincidence that Hamburg’s red light district, St. Pauli, is located in the former no-man’s land between Hamburg and Altona. Today, Altona is known for its multi-cultural scene and its numerous bars, pubs, and restaurants.  Altona's closeness to the Elbe River makes it the ideal location for the Hamburg Fish Market, which takes place every Sunday. Altona is also known for its beer. The Holsten Brewery, which has been brewing beer since 1879, is located in northern Altona.

Bergedorf
Bergedorf, 20 min. from downtown by S-Bahn, is still somehow a city of its own. To the south lie the “Vier- und Marschlande”, “the” agricultural district of Hamburg. It’s characterized by many traditional German timbered houses (Fachwerkhäusern) and historic churches and buildings, as well as the Bergedorf Castle. If you have time, you can take a 3 h river cruise to Bergedorf from Jungfernstieg (or vice versa), http://www.alstertouristik.de/klassiker/vierlandefahrt.html.

Hamburg Mitte
Known as the "Heart of the City," Hamburg Mitte is a favorite destination for tourists. It is filled with site-seeing opportunities, and offers its inhabitants and visitors plenty of places to shop, eat, and drink.

Eimsbüttel
Filled with Wilhelminian architecture and plenty of parks, Eimsbüttel is a favorite of students and young families. It is known for its shopping and its numerous cafes, restaurants, and bars. Just across, Eppendorf is the most fashionable district of Hamburg. The “Isemarkt” under the metro-viaduct between Hoheluftbrücke and Eppendorfer Baum stations (U 3) is the city’s best market for fresh food and exotic specialties (Tuesday and Friday, 8.30-14 h).

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