Local Information

The workshop will be held at the main building of the University of Hamburg:

  Universität Hamburg, Hauptgebäude
  Hörsaal H / Lecture Hall H – Eduard-Heimann-Hörsaal
  Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1
  20146 Hamburg

View Larger Map – Regarding the photo, please note that the number of cyclists on the way is subject to change.


Room Contingent

There are 10 rooms (€90 per night, including breakfast) available for booking until 7th June 2013 at Hotel Wagner im Dammtorpalais, which is quite close and where you may get to see the invited speakers having breakfast.

More Rooms

There are several hotels in the area that will show up in your favorite hotel search engine when you enter the address of the university. Random selection of hotel search engines:

  • Booking.com (the map should show Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, Hamburg, Germany, labelled “Hauptgebäude” and distances calculated from that position; the workshop dates should be pre-selected)
  • Hotel Reservation Service (HRS)

Travel Information


Hamburg is convenient to reach either by plane or by train. Hamburg airport (HAM) has many European flights and an intercontinental connection to Newark. If you are attending CogSci 2013 in Berlin, the easiest way to reach Hamburg is by train from Berlin (see below).

Train from and to Berlin

Hamburg and Berlin are connected by a fast train connection (ICE train, approximately 100 minutes) leaving once an hour until about 10pm. It is possible to have dinner in Berlin and leave for Hamburg afterwards or vice versa. The regular price for the train ride is €76 one-way. Tickets can be bought from humans (“Reisezentrum”) or at machines at the station, or on-line. You can buy a print-at-home ticket on-line and then need to bring an identification card with you for your travel (more details on the Deutsche Bahn webpage).

Discounts — Normal Fare

Normal Fare tickets can be used on any train of the same class (or below) during one day, so you do not need a seat reservation. (The highest class of trains is ICE, which is what we recommend between Hamburg and Berlin.)

It is possible to get discounted (labelled “Saving Fares”) tickets if you book in advance (sometimes with discounts over 50%) on the website of Deutsche Bahn. However, these discounted tickets are for specific trains and if you miss the train, the ticket cannot be used for other trains.

In Germany, the train ticket does not include a seat reservation. With a valid ticket, you can take any empty seat that is not reserved. During busy times, it could be that there are no such seats and that you'll have to travel standing or sitting on the floor. To avoid this, you can also reserve a seat at an extra cost (€4). We do not expect that this is necessary for the train ride from Berlin to Hamburg on Saturday evening or from Hamburg to Berlin on Tuesday evening.

Which train station in Hamburg?

The central railway station is called Hauptbahnhof (Main Station, Central Station), the one closest to the workshop site is Bahnhof Dammtor. Most long-distance trains stop at both stations, so it would be convient to buy your ticket to Dammtor. In case your train does not stop at Dammtor, you can take a suburban train (“S-Bahn”) from Hauptbahnhof to Dammtor; this transfer is included in long-distance tickets. (Underground trains or busses are not included, as they only belong to the local network.)

From Dammtor station, follow the signs to the university. In front of the station, turn left and walk about 200 m along Edmund-Siemers-Allee. Then you'll see a large university building on your right which is the workshop location.

Arrival at the airport


The easiest, but most expensive way to get to the workshop site from the airport is the taxi. There is a taxi rank right in front of the terminal building, and the trip should cost about €20. When you enter the taxi, tell the taxi driver that you want to go to the main building of the university (“Universitätshauptgebäude”). The street address is Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1. The trip takes between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

Public Transport.

You can also take the suburban railway (S-Bahn) from the airport. Buy a ticket for €2.95 (“Großbereich”) at a machine and take the S-Bahn to Hauptbahnhof where you change into line S11, S21 or S31 to go to Dammtor.

Public Transport during the Workshop

The HVV Website has information on public transport in and around Hamburg.

General info

Basic touristic and travel information on Hamburg is available on the official webpage of Hamburg.