Sep 4 – 7, 2018
IKP, University of Cologne, Germany
Europe/Rome timezone

Travel Information

Institut für Kernphysik

Zülpicher Straße 77
50937 Köln, Germany
Tel: +49 (0) 221 / 470 2796
Fax: +49 (0) 221 / 470 5168

Directions to Cologne

If you are coming by plane to Cologne, the closest and most convenient airports are Cologne-Bonn (CGN) and Düsseldorf (DUS), from where you can reach Cologne Central Station by train in 1-2 hours respectively. If arriving on an intercontinental flight, you might consider flying to Frankfurt/Main airport (FRA), two hours by train to Cologne Central Station (if you use the high speed train). Cologne Central train Station also has an IATA code (QKL).

How to arrive to IKP:

[1] by car:
On the freeway A4/E40 take exit number 11 Klettenberg and follow signs to Cologne. When reaching the junction with Universitätsstraße (you see a highrise on your left) follow the signs to the university: cross the junction, make a u-turn and turn right into Universitätsstraße. After approximately 300 meters you will see a sign leading to the parking lot of the physical and chemical institutes. There you will face two large white buildings, the left of which is the department of physics.
Our advice is to find parking near your hotel and arrive to the IKP by public transportation.

[2] by train from Köln Bonn Airport:
Take train S13 to Köln (Ticket Zone 1b) and get off at Cologne Central Station. Then you can follow indications [4] or you can continue by train to Köln-Süd and from there follow [5].

[3] by train from Düsseldorf airport:
From the railway station “Düsseldorf Flughafen” at the airport, travel to Cologne Central Station and then follow [4].

[4] From Cologne Central Station:
Follow the "U" signs to one of the two underground stations next to the main station. Take streetcar line 18, direction Klettenberg or Brühl or Bonn (Ticket Zone 1b). After about 10 minutes travel time, exit at station Eifelwall and cross an wide meadow half right in the direction of travel to reach the department of physics.

[5] From Köln-Süd railway station:
Take the northern exit (Zülpicher Straße) and turn left. After about 500 m you will reach the institute for nuclear physics.

Getting about

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Cologne is blessed with an excellent urban transportation network. Check out the website of the KVB for more. The single ticket (Einzelfahrschein) at 2.50 Euro will get you to most places in the city, including the airport.

German Rail services are usually highly efficient and its worth checking out their website while planning a journey anywhere in Germany (or even to a nearby country in Europe). The site also serves as a timetable. Booking in advance, having a yearly railcard (called Bahncard), traveling as a group, or any combination of these will lead to very significant savings on the fare.

Cologne is a hub of budget air travel so there are cheap flights available from Cologne airport to many cities in Europe. Here are links to some of the main budget airlines Germanwings, Hapag-Lloyd. Also, Frankfurt airport is less than one hour away by high-speed train.

Note that most likely your visa is valid for all countries of the Schengen agreement, so you can travel to many countries on the continent without further hassle.