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local arrangements


Local Arrangements

This page contains information for participants. We have also prepared a booklet for you containing usedul local information. See below for notes on how to get to Tübingen.

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Transport to Tübingen

by Air

The nearest international airport is Stuttgart. If your are arriving on a flight to Stuttgart, the best connection to Tübingen is offered by the bus line 828 (pdf timetable, in German), which leaves directly outside the terminal and ends at the main train station in Tübingen.

Larger, and also within reach of a 2-3 hour train ride from Tübingen is Frankfurt International. The best connection from there to Tübingen is via high-speed rail link from the airport to Stuttgart main station, then on from there with a local train. See "by train" for more information.

by Rail

Detailed train information is available on the website of Deutsche Bahn. Use the pulldown on the top of that page to select your preferred language, then enter your starting station (e.g. "Frankfurt Flughafen") and end station ("Tübingen Hauptbahnhof") in the relevant fields at left.

The main train station is at the southern end of the city centre, within reach of either bus, taxi or even a walk to most hotels and hostels.

Public transport in Tübingen and finding your way to the campus

Here is a map marking the Max Planck House on campus and surrounding bus routes. The best way to campus depends on where you are staying. For most people out of walking distance, the best bus lines will be 4, 17 and 3, with their stops at "Ochsenweide", "Corrensstraße", and "Max-Planck-Institute". We are happy to report that we have secured a conference transport ticket for you, valid for travel on all public transport in the city, for the entirety of the MLSS. You will receive this ticket upon check-in at the Max Planck Haus. So don't buy more than your very first single trip ticket to campus.

How to find us on campus: The Max Planck Campus on Spemannstraße (see map above) is in a leafy residential area on a hill above Tübingen's old town. As you enter the campus on Spemannstraße, you'll see the greenhouse of the MPI for developmental biology on your left. On the opposite side of the road, to the right of the central square, you will find the entrance to the Max Planck House. We will also put up signage. For those of you fond of geocaching, the entrance is at 48°32'10.68''N and 9°03'31.47''E.

The lectures will take place on the campus of the Max Planck Society, in the brand-new building of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems at Spemannstraße 34. You can find more information on how to get to the campus, including bus links, at this local page, or using the map below.

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Arrival and registration

While the MLSS officially starts on Monday morning, we are aware that many of you will already arrive on Sunday. For those people, there will be an informal reception at the Max Planck House, and a registration desk open, from 4pm to 8pm on Sunday 18 June. Please feel free to come up to campus, beat the queues on Monday morning, take in the sunset from the porch, and meet some of your colleagues already. Everyone arriving late on Sunday, don't worry, just come up on Monday morning at 8am to register (the registration desk closes at 9am, in time for the opening lecture, so please arrive early)


Reserved Accommodation

The following accommodation options are only reserved until 30 April 2017.

We have reserved both shared and single rooms in hostels and hotels across town. The prices below are prices per person per night. You can book beds in these rooms directly with the landlords. The staff at these places generally speaks (sometimes limited) English. When booking online or by phone, please mention that you want to book one of the "MLSS 2017" rooms, otherwise the landlords may tell you they are booked out.

Other Options

Participants who would prefer to organize accommodation themselves can find a list of hotels, private rooms and apartments in Tübingen on the page of the tourist board.

The extreme end of the budget options is the campsite on the river banks in town, which costs about 18 EUR per night, for a single person sleeping in a tent and 4 EUR for each additional person, including free showers, free wifi, but no breakfast. We have not been in contact with the site, but if you are on a very tight budget, this is the cheapest commercial option available.