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Animal Models: Tips And Tricks From Nature
May 12th to 14th, 2005



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Maps of Heidelberg

Getting to Heidelberg
by Plane
        Frankfurt Main
        Frankfurt Hahn
        Baden Airpark
        Stuttgart Airport
by Car
by Train

Additional Information
Visa requirements
Weather in Heidelberg

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Maps of Heidelberg

Interactive maps of Heidelberg can be found online at the website of Map24.
Follow these links for:

Getting to Heidelberg by Plane...

There are 4 airports in the vincinity of Heidelberg (within about 100 km). The closest one is the Frankfurt International Airport (FRA), the others include Frankfurt Hahn (HHN), Karlsruhe-Baden (FKB) and Stuttgart (STR).
Many affordable flights are available to these airports, for a full list of inexpensive flight operators flying to Germany, read this page.

...via Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)

Frankfurt International Airport is the closest and most convenient airport for Heidelberg. There are several ways to get to Heidelberg from Frankfurt:

...via Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) or Baden Airpark (FKB)

Frankfurt Hahn airport is a small airport west of Frankfurt International Airport. The Baden Airpark is a small airport near Baden-Baden, about one hour south of Heidelberg. Both of these aiports offer cheap flight connections (e.g. with Ryanair) to many destinations.
A shuttle bus service is running between the two airports and several cities in the area. Travel time from and to Heidelberg is about 1.5 hours and the bus costs about 15 euros.

...via Stuttgart Airport (STR)

The Stuttgart Airport is another big international airport in the area of Heidelberg, although somewhat further away then the others. It offers many connections, including many affordable ones with German Wings.
It is possible to travel from the airport to Heidelberg with a train. The journey lasts about 1.5 hours and costs approximately 30 euros. The train needs to be changed in Stuttgart main station. To check available connections visit Die Bahn and search for a connection between STR StuttgartAirport and Heidelberg Hbf.

Getting to Heidelberg by Car...

If you plan to travel to Heidelberg by car, try using Via Michelin or a similar website to get directions on driving to Heidelberg from most places in Europe. Simply type in your departure and destination address and press ok.

Upon reaching Heidelberg by the motorway A5 [Karlsruhe-Frankfurt], take the exit Heidelberg-Schwetzingen and head for Heidelberg-Emmertsgrund-Boxberg. Go up the hill, turn left at the Aral petrol station into Boxberg and go straight through the Boxberg residential area, keeping left after the EMBL guesthouse. EMBL is located in Meyerhofstraße in the forest on your right, shortly after you have left Boxberg.

This printable map (PDF) should assist you in reaching your final destination.

Getting to Heidelberg by Train...

Take a train to the Heidelberg main station (Heidelberg Hbf). The cheapest are the regional trains (Regionalexpress); the fastest are ICE trains. You can take a taxi to EMBL from the station, which costs approximately 12-15 Euro. You may also take trams no. 1, 3 or 5R direction Bismarkplatz. At Bismarkplatz, take a bus no. 21 direction Königstuhl (goes every hour at 07.00, 08.00, etc) to "Kernphysicalisches Institut". From the bus stop, walk along the main road through the Max Plank Institute for Particle Physics. As an alternative, use bus no. 29 direction Boxberg (goes every 20 minutes) to "Boxbergring" (or to "Buchwaldweg", if you go to the ISG Hotel), then walk along street called Forstquelle until sharp left turn and take a footpath uphill into the wood. You may buy a ticket from the tram/bus driver. It costs 2.00 Euro and is valid for both trams and buses for 90 minutes.

Additional information


For police, dial 110. For ambulance and fire, call 112.

If you become ill during the course/conference/workshop, please notify the organisers immediately.

Visa requirement

EU citizens can enter on an official identity card.
Americans, Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders and Japanese just need a valid passport (no visa) to stay no longer than 3 months. Please check with German embassy/consulate in your country.


Germany operates on Central European time (CET), which means that the country is 6 hours ahead of eastern standard time (EST) in the United States and 1 hour ahead of Greenwich mean time (GMT).
Summer daylight saving time begins in Germany in April and ends in September - there's a slight difference in the dates from year to year-so there may be a period in early spring and in the fall when there's a 7-hour difference between U.S. EST and CET. Always check if you're traveling during these periods, especially if you need to catch a plane.

EMBL Address

EMBL (Europaisches Laboratorium für Molekularbiologie)
Meyerhofstrasse 1
D - 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
telephone +49 (06221) 387 0

Business Hours

Most banks are open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 1pm and 2:30 to 4pm (on Thursday until 5:30pm).
Store hours can vary from town to town, but shops are generally open Monday to Friday from 9 or 10 am to 7 or 8 pm. Saturday hours are generally from 9 am to 6pm. Stores are closed on Sundays except in train stations and airports.


In most places the electricity is 220 volts AC (50 cycles). A transformer and a plug that fits the German socket may be needed for your appliances/laptop (i.e. American, Japanese, etc.).


Taxi Zentrale
Telephone +49 (06221) 30 20 30


If a restaurant bill says Bedienung, that means a service charge has already been added, so just round up to the nearest euro. If not, add 10 to 15%.


Post offices are normally open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 1pm. Sending a letter within Europe costs €0.70, €0.65 for a postcard. To send a letter outside of Europe, you will have to pay €1.70 or €2 for a heavier letter (up to 50 grams). More information can be found on the pages of Deutsche Post.


Use the word Toilette (pronounced twah-leh-teh). Women's toilets are usually marked with an "D" for Damen, and men's toilets with an "H" for Herren.


The current weather forecast for Heidelberg can be found HERE.


The country code for Germany is 49. The city code for Heidelberg is 6221 from outside Germany, and 06221 from within Germany. Local and long-distance calls may be placed from coin-operated public telephone booths. More than half the phones in Germany require an advance-payment telephone card from Telekom, the German telephone company. Phone cards are sold at post offices and newsstands.