By high energy physics standards, the DESY site is relatively compact
and all points important to workshop participants can easily be
reached on foot. Hamburg is well-served by a public transportation
the DESY site can easily be reached by a combination of
S-bahn and bus.
Hostel rooms, the main auditorium and seminar rooms are equipped with
WLAN, accessible to guests w/o prior registration.
Workshop secretariat and registration
The workshop secretariat (registration desk) will be located in
the lobby of the main auditorium. Participants
arriving on Tuesday afternoon are asked to indicate the
time of their arrival, so we can adjust the opening time
of the registration desk appropriately.
For presentations there will be a central windows-based PC. Overhead
projectors are also available. Speakers are asked to provide their
slides in pdf or ppt-format by email to
email@example.com. Please specify
the time of your talk.
Transport in Hamburg
Public transport tickets cost 2.60 € and can be obtained from the bus
driver, or at large stops (including the airport) and s-bahn stations,
from ticket machines. The ticket is valid for a one-way trip of up to 2
hours after time of purchase on all buses, S-bahns, U-bahns (and even
some Elbe and Alster ferry boats). Many other ticket types exist such
as the ``9-Uhr-Tageskarte'' for 5.10 € which is valid for 9 hours from
time of purchase and the ``3-Tage-Karte'' at 15 € which is valid for 3
days. All can be obtained from the ticket machines or the bus
The following links provide an overview of the main bus routes [Metrobus]
and the rail based public transport [U- and S-Bahn].
To order a taxi you can call the guards at the entrance at the phone
extension 3333 and ask them to order a taxi for you.
Let them know about your location on the DESY site. The taxi driver
receives directions from the guards and can pick you up on site.
Getting to DESY from the airport
By taxi: the trip takes 20-30 minutes. Taxi fares are about 35 €.
By public transport: the trip takes about 1 hour. Take bus number 110
(Airport Express) from in
front of the terminal (ground level) to the Ohlsdorf S-bahn station
which is the end of the line (12 minutes). From there, take the S-1 or
S-11 -- direction Wedel or Blankenese -- to the Othmarschen station
(35 minutes). Leave the platform heading East (direction from which
you came), cross the street and take bus 1 to Zum Hünengrab/DESY (7
minutes). The bus leaves you near DESY's main entrance.
Getting to DESY from the train stations
Hamburg has two train stations (the Hauptbahnhof and the Altona
Bahnhof). Both stations are serviced by S-bahn lines S1 and S11. Take
either one -- direction Wedel or Blankenese -- and follow the above
instructions, starting from getting off at Othmarschen station. (18
minutes from the main station or 5 minutes from Altona.)
The location of the meeting rooms and the canteen is indicated on
the DESY site map.
The same map without annotations is available as [high-res jpg].
Site maps on paper can be obtained from the guards at the entrances. In any case you will
find one in the information pack you receive when you register.
Access to the DESY site
DESY has two entrances. The main entrance on Notkestrasse is open 24
hours a day to both pedestrians and vehicles. The side entrance, on
Luruperstrasse is open for both pedestrians and vehicles on Monday
through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is open for pedestrians at
all times -- outside of opening hours, you will need to press the
obvious button to remotely alert the guard at the main gate to open
the gate for you.
On foot: Access to DESY on foot requires no special ID card. The
guards will not stop you.
By car: You are required to have a DESY pass displayed in your
wind-screen. Temporary passes can be obtained from the DESY guards.
Places on site of interest to participants
Except for seminar room 1 and the cafeteria, the places of interest
are all in building 6 and 5 (which are joined). The cafeteria is just
across the street from the main auditorium. To reach building 6 from
the main entrance, go straight to the round-about and turn left, taking
either of two roads. Building 6 is the grey/white 4-story building with
red blinds. The auditorium is just beyond.
Hostel office: bldg 6, room 118
There is no ATM machine on the DESY site.
Credit cards and bank cards can be used to retrieve cash money
(withdrawal up to 200 €) during cashier opening hours
(Mon - Thu: 9:30 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 15:00, Fri: 9:30 - 13:00).
Nearby ATM machines are located at the shopping mall
"Elbe-Einkaufszentrum" and S-Bahn Othmarschen (about 2 km).
International office: bldg 6, room 114
Cashier: bldg 6, room 215
Main auditorium: bldg 5
Seminar room 1: bldg 1
Workshop secretariat: lobby, bldg 5
Hamburg Tourist Information
For detailed information about sights and events in Hamburg we refer to the
pages of the Hamburg Tourist Board.
A nice overview is available at Alb's Hamburg Pages.
A lot of Hamburg photographs are collected at www.panoramio.com.
A convenience store "Penny Markt" is in walking distance from
DESY. Exit the lab through the main gate, cross the street (Notkestrasse)
and go straight on into the small stree (Zum Hünengrab). The store
is located a few hundred meters down the street at the next traffic lights
to the right.
The Elbe-Einkaufszentrum is a large shopping mall. Take bus no.1
in the direction "Sieversstücken"/"Rissen"/"Schenefelder Holt"
and get off at the 3rd stop.
Shops and restaurants are in Waitzstrasse (near S-Bahn Othmarschen).
Take bus no.1 in the direction "Bf.Altona" and get off at "Othmarschen".
Many more restaurants are in Altona. Take bus no. 1 in direction "Bf Altona"
and get off at Othmarschen. Take the S-Bahn to Altona (total trip about 20 minutes). At the Altona station, take the exit to the West ("Ottenser Hauptstrasse"), which leads to a pedestrian zone with plenty of opportunities
for food and shopping.
For real serious shopping you may want to go to the City ("Mönckebergstrasse").
Participants staying at the Hostel
Registering and obtaining hostel room keys
You can register and obtain your keys at the hostel office, if it is
open. The opening hours are 9:00 - 13:00 Mon through Friday.
Outside of these times
you can register and obtain your key from the guards at the main
Paying the hostel bill
Your bill will be ready for you on the day after you check in and
can be picked up at the hostel office. You can only pick it up only
during working hours -- so Friday afternoon or later is too late! To
avoid a last minute rush, it would be best to pick it up on
After having obtained your bill, you can pay at the cashier which is
on the next floor up, just at the top of the stairs (cash, credit
and bank cards are accepted). The opening hours are Mon -- Thu: 9:30
-- 12:00 and 13:00 -- 15:00 and Friday from 9:30 to 13:00.
You must return your key before 10.30am or you will be charged for
and extra night. Outside of working hours you can return your key
at the main gate.
Participants receiving financial support
Participants receiving financial support who have been invited through
the DESY international office should receive their money from the DESY
cashier. In order to receive the money the appropriate form
(obtainable from the international office) as well as the DESY hostel
bill are required.
Other participants receiving financial support are required
to submit their original tickets and bills after the trip.
The money will then be reimbursed by check or bank transfer.
Breakfast: the DESY canteen is open from 7am on weekdays. You will
need to pay by cash. On the weekend, the bistro is open starting at 10am.
The bistro accepts bank and credit cards.
On Saturday breakfast will be provided in front of the main auditorium.
Lunch: On Wednesday through Friday the DESY canteen is the easiest.
On Saturday we will provide Sandwiches and Salad for lunch.
Dinner: There are very few restaurants within walking distance of
DESY. DESY's bistro is open from 5pm to 11pm (weekdays) and
10am to 4pm (weekend days).
and serves dinner. It is also a good place for relaxing and chatting
before or after dinner (until 11pm). Many restaurants can be
found in Altona and elsewhere.
last update: 17.10.07, A.Meyer