How to get to Bremen University (symposium venue/hotel)

From Bremen airport
Take Tram number 6 and get off at the stop "Universität-Zentralbereich".
You can buy a ticket in the tram or at the Airport tram stop (look for a blue vending machine).
From Bremen central station (Hauptbahnhof)
Take Tram number 6 and get off at the stop "Universität-Zentralbereich".
You can buy a ticket in the tram (look for a blue vending machine).
By car
Leave highway number A27 at the "Universität Bremen" exit and follow the "Zubringer" (connector) to the street Universitätsallee.
Here you turn right. After 500 m you turn right again into "Enrique-Schmidt-Straße". You can use the university parking lot outside or inside.
© Universität Bremen
Bremen University
More information about the conference venue and getting around in Bremen are available.

Life in Germany

The currency in Germany is Euro (EUR/€).
Electrical appliances
If you are planning to bring electrical equipment with you (e.g., battery chargers, laptop power supply), please check whether you need an adapter.
Electrical power is rated 220-230 V at 50 Hz. Most power sockets are designed for two-pin Europlugs (German style CEE7/4 "Schuko", see Wikipedia).
In Germany, the main language is German; most people speak (some kind of) English as well.
There are some specific German letters (ä, ö, ü, and ß) that are usually displayed as ä = ae, ö = oe, ü = ue and ß = ss in an international context.
Tap Water
It is safe to drink tap water, as it is strictly controlled in Germany. Hence, many Germans drink tap water instead of bottled water.
Telephone Code
The Country Calling Code for Germany is +49, the area code for Bremen is (0)421.
In order to call telephone number 1742 in Bremen from outside Germany, you therefore dial +49-421-1742. From Germany, it would be 0421-1742.
Time Zone
In winter, time in Germany is one hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time / Greenwich Mean Time (UTC +1 / GMT +1).
In restaurants you usually give a tip of about 10%.
Late February can still be quite wintery in Bremen. (Night)Frost is still possible, and by day temperatures probably range somewhere between 0°C and 10°C (32°F - 50°F).
Bremen is also windy. It is therefore advisable to bring warm and weatherproof clothes with you.
Weather-update: Apparently we will not freeze. Better bring all your umbrellas, though.
© BTZ Bremer Touristik-Zentrale
Roland statue

Information about Bremen

With about 550,000 inhabitants, the Hanseatic city of Bremen is one of the larger German cities. It is also the capital of the federal state of Bremen.
Bremen is situated on the Weser River in Northern Germany, about 60 km south from its mouth on the North Sea, and about 100 km southwest from Hamburg.

Bremen has a long history. A settlement called Bremen was first mentioned in a written record in the 8th century AD.
It rose to wealth around 1400 during the Hanse times. Today, many secular and sacral buildings in Bremen's old town date back to the 13th to 16th centuries.
There are lots of sights in Bremen (for a more complete list see Bremen's Main Sights or Must-see attractions in Bremen):

We will take a tour around some of these sights (Market Square with Roland statue and Town Hall, maybe Cathedral, maybe Schnoor quarter, Böttcherstraße) on our way to dinner on Thursday.

© Meike Gerster / BTZ Bremer Touristik-Zentrale
Market Square with Roland statue and Town Hall (right)
© Ingrid Krause / BTZ Bremer Touristik-Zentrale
The Schnoor quarter
© Manuela Gangl / BTZ Bremer Touristik-Zentrale
Entrance to Böttcherstraße

There are also lots of interesting museums, for example:

Getting around in Bremen

Luckily, all places relevant for this symposium are connected by just one tram line: Tram number 6

  • It commutes between Bremen Airport and the University (venue and hotel) via Bremen city center and central station.
  • It also operates both quickly and frequently, so it is likely to suffice for all symposium-related activities.
  • By day, there is no need to check its timetable as you will have to wait no more than a few minutes anyway.
  • Between 21:00 and 0:00, it departs from the city center at :13, :33, and :53. Better get the 23:53 tram at the latest:)
  • The approximate distances are: Airport — 12 min — city center — 5 min — main station — 15 min — University.
  • From both stops, "Universität Süd" and "Universität Zentralbereich", you walk about 2 min to the symposium venue and 3-4 min to the hotel.

For other adventures, please check the website of the local transport company, BSAG: BSAG website.


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