How to Reach Saarbrücken ⤴
GandALF 2018 will be held in Saarbrücken, the capital of the Saarland, the smallest federal state of Germany. Conveniently located on the high-speed railway halfway between Frankfurt and Paris and close to the French border, Saarbrücken is a truly European City. For more information, visit http://www.saarbruecken.de/en/tourism and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saarbrücken.
Saarbrücken is connected to multiple highways both in Germany and France. It can be reached from Mannheim via the A6 (130km approx.), from Koblenz via the A1 (200km approx.), from Stuttgart via the A8 (250km approx.), from Metz via the A4 (80km approx.), or from Strasbourg via the A4 (130km approx.).
The city of Saarbrücken is located on the high-speed railway between Frankfurt and Paris. There are multiple high-speed connections in both directions each day, calling at Kaiserslautern and Mannheim. This service is augmented by multiple regional trains connecting Saarbrücken to Trier and Koblenz.
Saarbrücken has an airport (Saarbrücken Ensheim (SCN)) providing scheduled direct flights to Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Luxemburg. Moreover, there are connecting flights from Bologna, Barcelona, Dublin, Florence, London, Nice, Venice, and Verona.
Frankfurt airport (FRA) is easily reachable by train (see above).
Where to Stay ⤴
We have collected some information on hotels in Saarbrücken under Accomodation.
How to get around ⤴
Saarbrücken has an extensive bus network that, among others, connects the city center to the university. For up-to-date timetable information, the Saarfahrplan-App has proven to be very useful. This app is available for both Android and iPhone. Moreover, you can query the timetable online.
Tickets can be purchased from the bus driver. A ride between any two stops inside Saarbrücken costs 2.60 Euro. Although the bus drivers can give out change, exact change is often appreciated.
The bus stop “Hauptbahnhof” is situated directly opposite the main station (View on map). To get to the university from here, take either line 102 towards “Dudweiler Dudoplatz”, or line 124 towards “Universität Busterminal”. A timetable for these connections can be found here. The ride takes around 20-25 minutes and busses leave approximately every 15 minutes.
If you are staying closer to the city center, the bus stop “Rathaus” is situated in the middle of the city (View on map). To get to the university from here, take either line 101 or 102 towards “Dudweiler Dudoplatz”, line 109 towards “Universität Busterminal”, or line 150 towards “Neuweiler Sulzbach EKZ”. A timetable for these connections can be found here. The ride takes around 15-20 minutes and busses leave approximately every 5-15 minutes.
If you are staying on the far side of the river Saar, the bus stop “Hansahaus/Ludwigskirche” is the main stop on that side of the river (View on map). To get to the university from here, take either line 101 or 102 towards “Dudweiler Dudoplatz”, or line 109 towards “Universität Busterminal”. These busses all leave from platform E. A timetable for these connections can be found here. The ride takes around 20-25 minutes and busses leave approximately every 10-15 minutes.
You can find more information on the location of the conference under venue.
What to do ⤴
If you would like to have dinner in the city, St. Johanner Markt is located in the center of the city and ringed by multiple restaurants that feature a lot of different cuisines (View on map). The conference dinner will be held in the restaurant “Der Stiefel”, which is situated directly at the market.
For drinks, we recommend visiting the Nauwieser Viertel which is densely dotted by bars and pubs serving all kinds of drinks (View on map).
Furthermore, if the weather permits it, the beer garden “Am Staden” is always worth a visit (View on map). The vendors offer a variety of beers and wines as well as barbecue.
If you are staying longer, you can find a list of local sights here.