Accommodation will be arranged by the University of Leipzig for all
invited speakers. An e-mail with detailed arrival and accommodation information
will be sent to you approximately two weeks prior to your arrival.
In the following, please find some suggestions on accommodation in
For information on German visa regulations, please see the website
of the Federal Forein Office.
Leipzig's Public Transport System in General:
The city of Leipzig and its surrounding areas are part of "MDV"
local public transport association. It consists of tram and bus lines as
well as a metro-like railway called "S-Bahn" (and some regional trains).
Trams and buses are operated by the "LVB",
while the S-Bahn is operated by "DB" (Deutsche Bahn). However, they all
share the same ticket system. Ticket fees are distance-based (zones). Here
are some examples:
Tickets are bought at ticket machines located on most platforms and in
some trams (not S-Bahn!) as well as directly from bus drivers. The machines
accept cash. Tickets have to be validated prior travelling using the stamping
machines located on the platforms (S-Bahn) or inside the vehicle (trams
"Kurzstrecken-Fahrkarte" (short distance ticket) is valid for a maximum
of four stops within the city of Leipzig (Zone 110) without interchange
option (fee 1.60 EUR).
"Einzelfahrkarte - 1 Zone Stadt Leipzig" (full single ticket for 1 zone
city of Leipzig) is valid for 1 hour for travel within one zone (e.g. the
city of Leipzig) with the option to interchange to any other tram, bus,
and S-Bahn lines (fee 2.40 EUR).
"Einzelfahrkarte - 3 Zonen" (full single ticket for 3 zones) is valid for
2 hours for travel within three zones with the option to interchange to
any other tram, bus, and S-Bahn lines (fee 4.20 EUR).
There also options for day or week tickets which again are distance-based.
General information on Leipzig's public transportation system, timetables,
and a connection planner can be found at www.lvb.de.
There, you also find network maps for day
One word of warning to avoid confusion: "DB" (Deutsche Bahn) also operates
regional and inter-city trains (IC and ICE) which are not included in the
"MDV" local public transport association. These trains have a separate
ticket system. DB ticket machines offer both, MDV tickets and DB tickets.
So be careful what you choose when using DB machines. LVB and MDV ticket
machines, on the other hand, offer MDV tickets only.
Arrival by Airplane at Leipzig-Halle Airport:
your arrival with airplane at Leipzig-Halle airport, go to the airport's
train platform where you can take either an S-Bahn train, an RE train,
or an RB train to the city center of Leipzig. (You may also take an IC
train or an ICE train, but they are more expensive because they are inter-city
You can by tickets at the ticket machine on the platform. For S-Bahn,
RE, or RB trains, you by a light rail ticket (called "MDV ticket" for 3
zones, 4.20 EUR) which has to be validated by yourself at the stamping
machine on the platform before entering the train.
There are two stops, one at the big exhibition hall ("Neuwiederitzsch
/ Neue Messe") and the other (yours!) in the city center at the main train
station ("Leipzig Hbf - Hauptbahnhof"), which will be reached after about
Arrival by Train at Leipzig Main Station:
the main train station of Leipzig ("Leipzig Hbf - Hauptbahnhof"), there
is a major tram stop. Since you will travel more than four stops, you have
to buy a full "single ticket" ("Einzelfahrt" for 1 zone, 2.40 EUR) at an
automat on the platform. If you already arrived via airplane and took a
S-Bahn, RE, or RB train to the main train station, your "MDV ticket" is
also valid for changing to the tram (within a time frame of 2 hours). In
this case, you do not need to buy a separate tram ticket.
Take tram line 16 in direction "Lößnig". (With the main
train station in your back, the proper direction of the tram is to your
left.) After six stops you will arrive at our destination "Deutsche Nationalbibliothek"
(German National Library) at "Deutscher Platz". At your target stop you
the Russian Memorial Church and the book tower and new building of the
German National Library.
After your arrival at the German National Library, use the map on the
page for your oriantation to find the "Center for Biotechnology and Biomedicine
(BBZ)" where the conference takes place.
Arrival by Car:
can reach Leipzig by car via autobahn A9 (Berlin - Nürnberg) or A14
(Halle - Dresden), see left map below. In case you are on A9 coming either
from north or south to the interchange "Schkeudizer Kreuz", change to A14
in direction Dresden. Leave the autobahn at the exit "Leipzig-Mitte". Follow
the B2 in direction to the "Alte Messe" (old trade fairground) and "Deutsche
Bücherei" (German National Library) at "Deutscher Platz".
After your arrival at the German National Library or the old trade fairground,
use the map on the Location page for your oriantation
to find the "Center for Biotechnology and Biomedicine (BBZ)" where the
conference takes place.
||Map of Leipzig and its neighborhood showing the autobahn network (in
red) around the city and Leipzig-Halle airport at the upper-left. The city
center of Leipzig is marked by the rectangle in the middle of the map.