Public Transportation in Hamburg
The conference is hosted by the DESY Theory Group. All talks will take place in the Main Auditorium, building 05 on the map.
For schedule and trip planning go to the HVV website .
A single ticket from the airport or the main train stations should be 3,10 € ("Grossbereich"). Ticket machines are located on all train stations and accept cash, debit cards, and credit cards. You can also pay the bus driver (they have change for small bills).
Coming by Train
Coming by Plane
From Hamburg Altona station (or Hamburg main station) take the S-Bahn (local train) line S1 or S11 (direction Blankenese/Wedel) to Othmarschen station.
At Othmarschen exit the station toward the back of the train. Take the metro bus line 1 (all directions except Altona) to the main entrance of DESY (bus stop Zum Hünengrab/DESY).
Flying from the US, United has a direct connection to Hamburg (HAM) from New York Newark (EWR). Otherwise, most major European hubs (e.g. Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Munich, Paris) have frequent connections to Hamburg.
From Hamburg airport take the S-Bahn (local train) line S1 (direction Blankenese/Wedel) to Othmarschen station.
At Othmarschen exit the station toward the back of the train. Take the metro bus line 1 (all directions except Altona) to the main entrance of DESY (bus stop Zum Hünengrab/DESY). Total travel time from the airport by public transportation is about 1h.
You can also take a taxi from the airport. Travel time is approx. 40+/-10 min. Cost is about 35 €.
The most convenient option for accomodation is the DESY hostel located on the DESY campus. Cost is 31 € per night excluding breakfast.
To reserve a hostel room please fill out the Registration form, indicating that you are participant of the "Gravitational Waves and Cosmology" conference. Only a limited number of rooms are available for conference participants, so please reserve early.
Other Hotel Options
Hotel Schmidt Othmarschen, phone: +49 40 88907-0
approx. 70€ (single room incl. breakfast), Reventlowstr. 60-62 (next to Othmarschen station)
Mercure Hotel Hamburg Am Volkspark, phone: +49 40 899520
approx. 100€ (single room incl. breakfast), Albert Einstein Ring 2 (walking distance/1 bus stop to DESY). You might be able to get a lower rate if you call and explicitly ask for a discount for visiting DESY.
The Bistro next to the cafeteria serves dinner in the evenings. There are also a number of restaurants in walking distance from DESY, in particular near the S-Bahn stop Othmarschen. See p16 here for a more complete list.
With Hamburg being a big city, there are many areas where good food can be found. This includes the area around Altona train station and nearby Ottensen, the Reeperbahn area, the Fish-market, the area near the S-Bahn stop Sternschanze, etc. These slides of the DIS conference have more details.
Some personal favorites:
Green Papaya in Ottensen, Bahrenfelder Str. 105, Vietnamese/Thai and Sushi
Restaurant Kleine Brunnenstrasse, Kleine Brunnenstrasse 1, Ottensen, Modern German cuisine
Il Locale, Grosse Brunnenstrasse 41, Ottensen, Italian
Aurel, Bahrenfelder Str. 157, Ottensen, nice alternative bar
Fisch Club Blankenese, Strandweg 30a, 22587 Hamburg, fish restaurant, great location on the river