SIEF2017 13th Congress: Göttingen, Germany
26-30 March 2017
The address of the main congress venue is ZENTRALES HÖRSAALGEBÄUDE, Platz der Göttinger Sieben 5, 37073 Göttingen.
Delegates have been sent an informative email - the essence of which is in this downloadable Travel PDF.
Getting to Göttingen
For those who live too far away to take trains, buses or a private car to Göttingen, here are the best ways to reach our lovely middle town by plane and ground transportation. You may want to plan your trip to include a day or two in one of those larger and vibrant cities, if you have the time for it.
N.B. Tickets for intercity buses generally need to be reserved ahead of time!
Berlin – Göttingen
If you arrive at Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SFX) you can travel to Göttingen by bus or by train. You can take an intercity bus to Göttingen, taking off directly at the airport. But these buses usually need up to 10 hours to get you to Göttingen, so we would recommend instead that you take intercity buses from Berlin central station, they are much faster. You can get to Berlin central station (Hauptbahnhof) with regional trains from Schönefeld airport and find intercity buses there (reserve a ticket ahead of time!). If you arrive at Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) you will need to take the bus to Berlin central station. From there you can continue your journey to Göttingen by intercity buses or take the train. ICE and IC trains will take to Göttingen within 3 hours. ICE trains are the most expensive option. If the schedule fits your travel plans, you could also use the new Locomore train (see Links and further information).
Frankfurt – Göttingen
Intercity buses to Göttingen are waiting for you at Frankfurt Airport! They depart from Terminal 2 and need 3 to 4 hours for the trip to Göttingen. Alternatively, you can take ICE or IC trains from the airport which will need 2 hours. From Frankfurt central station you also have the choice between a journey by train (for example ICE) or by intercity bus. If the schedule fits your travel plans, you could also use the new Locomore train (see Links and further information).
Hamburg – Göttingen
Everyone arriving at Hamburg Airport needs to take the S-Bahn (S1) to Hamburg Central Station. From there IC or ICE trains will take you to Göttingen within 2 hours. A cheaper alternative would be using the intercity bus. The bus needs about 3 to 4 hours. Besides, you can take the regional train Metronom (ME) which is usually in Göttingen within 4 hours. If you want to travel with the regional trains in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), there’s the option to buy a regional day ticket for Lower-Saxony (Niedersachsenticket). It costs € 23 for one person and can also be used for the S-Bahn and almost all public urban and rural buses in Lower-Saxony (but not for the fast overland buses).
Hannover – Göttingen
Hannover Airport is quite close to Göttingen. You will need to take the S-Bahn (S5) to Hannover central Station. An intercity bus takes off from the bus terminal right behind the central station. The tickets are low in price and travelling by bus from Hannover takes between 1.5 and 2 hours. If you prefer the train, you can take ICE or IC trains from Hannover central station which need about 45 minutes or you can also use the regional train Metronom (ME) which is usually in Göttingen within 1.5 hours. If you want to travel with the regional trains, there’s the option to buy a regional day ticket for Lower-Saxony (Niedersachsenticket). It costs € 23 for one person and can also be used for the S-Bahn and almost all public urban and rural buses in Lower-Saxony (but not for the fast overland buses). If the schedule fits your travel plans, you could also use the new Locomore train (see Links and further information).
Prices: ICE trains are expensive but wonderfully fast. IC trains are slightly less expensive and almost as fast.
Links and further information
Most of the links have an English (and French and other languages) button!
Locomore is a relatively new railway transport company. Every day the train travels from Stuttgart to Berlin in the morning, and from Berlin back to Stuttgart in the afternoon. On its way, the train also stops in Frankfurt, Göttingen and Hannover. The price for a ticket varies between €7 and €20.
Local transportation in Göttingen
While Göttingen is not a large town, some of the accommodation may be a bit farther out from the centre. Your accommodation will be able to provide you with information about the good local bus system. The website of the regional bus system (Verkehrsverbund Südniedersachsen) allows you to search online, but it is only in German – practice makes perfect! There is also an app.
There are taxis; with the (important!) rise of the minimum wage, taxi prices are quite high. They line up at the front and back exits of the station.
You will not need public transport once on the central campus, as the conference venues are all close.
Göttingen is a cyclists' city - you may also want to adapt. You can find links to a number of rental option here.
Weather in Lower Saxony at the end of March
Unpredictable! In 2016, the cherry blossom season began in the first week of April, but it is equally possible that there might still be unpleasant, cool, rainy weather. Be prepared, have spring clothing as well as a warm sweater and rain equipment with you. It is not customary to have air-conditioning here, so you do not need to worry about sub-zero temperatures in the conference rooms…