How to get to Germersheim
The Faculty of Applied Linguistics and Cultural Studies (FASK) is located in Germersheim, a small town on the river Rhine between the cities of Mannheim and Karlsruhe, 100 km south of the main campus of our university in Mainz. Do not go to Mainz!
If you travel by plane
The two nearest airports are Stuttgart and Frankfurt am Main ("the" Frankfurt, not to be confused with Frankfurt/Oder, which is on the German/Polish border). Both are at a distance of about 100 km from Germersheim. Frankfurt has the advantage of more and often cheaper connections, and public transport from the airport is also better. We therefore recommend that you fly to Frankfurt/Main.
Frankfurt Airport has two railway stations, which are both directly connected to Terminal 1. This means that if you arrive at Terminal 2, you should first take the direct shuttle bus service to the Airport railway stations. The bus stop is situated directly in front of the exit on Level 2. The bus arrives every ten minutes between 5 a.m. and 00.30 a.m. Between 00.30 a.m. and 5 a.m., follow the signs for "Railway Stations via Sky Line". If you arrive at Terminal 1 the way to both railway stations is signposted. The regional railway station (platforms 1 - 3) is for local trains to and from the vicinity, while the long-distance railway station (platforms 4 - 7) connects the Airport to destinations in Germany and its neighbouring countries via high speed trains ("Inter City" trains EC, IC, ICE). If your train is due to leave from platforms 1 - 3, make your way to the regional railway station. If your train leaves from platforms 4 - 7, go to the long-distance railway station (platform information is given on the German Rail website, see next section). There are frequent trains to Germersheim leaving from both stations, with the ones from the regional railway station generally being somewhat slower but less expensive (price range: 33 to 52 DM one way, twice the amount for a return ticket). Both stations have a travel center and a service point where you can ask for train connections and buy a train ticket to Germersheim (all major credit cards accepted).
Please note that there are no direct train connections from Frankfurt Airport to Germersheim. You always need to change trains in Mannheim, on some connections also elsewhere, e.g. in Frankfurt Central Station (Hauptbahnhof), Ludwigshafen or Schifferstadt. Travel time varies between 30 minutes and two hours from Frankfurt Airport to Mannheim, but is a consistent 45 minutes from Mannheim to Germersheim. Further information on trains see below.
If you travel by train
Germersheim can be reached from the North via Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, from the East via Stuttgart/Bruchsal, and from the South via Karlsruhe/Wörth. Please note that there are no trains to Germersheim during the night: the last trains reach Germersheim between 9 and 10.30 p.m. If your hotel is in Speyer, Römerberg, or in Lingenfeld, you can get off the train there.
You can find out about train connections anywhere in Germany by accessing the German Rail website http://www.bahn.de. There is a button in order to switch from German to English. The system tends to give expensive connections only, therefore press the button "Means of Transport" (Verkehrsmittel) and deselect the expensive ICE (Inter City Express) and/or IC (Inter City) trains in order to find out about cheaper connections. On this website you also find information on special tickets, e.g.:
From the North (trains depart approximately every 30 minutes):
Mannheim Hauptbahnhof ® Ludwigshafen ® Mundenheim ® Rheingönheim ® Limburgerhof ® Schifferstadt Hauptbahnhof ® Schifferstadt Süd ® Speyer ® Berghausen ® Heiligenstein ® Lingenfeld ® Germersheim
From the South (trains depart approximately every 30 minutes):
Karlsruhe ® Wörth ® Jockgrim ® Rheinzabern ® Rülzheim ® Bellheim ® Sondernheim ® Germersheim
From the East (trains depart approximately every hour):
Bruchsal ® Karlsdorf ® Graben-Neudorf ® Graben-Neudorf Nord ® Huttenheim ® Philippsburg ® Rheinsheim ® Germersheim
Once you have arrived at the train station in Germersheim, you can either walk to the FASK (1 km) or you can take a taxi (8 DM; if there are no taxis waiting, call 3567). There are two telephones outside the station, one for phone cards, the other for coins.
The ticket counter at the train station is only open during normal office hours (Monday to Friday 9.00 - 11.30 a.m. and 12.30 - 5.40 p.m.). Departures at other times are nevertheless possible with a short distance ticket from the vending machine, or contact the driver/conductor immediately upon entering the train.
If you travel by car
See map provided or the Routing Service on the Internet: http://www.reiseplanung.de/. Take the exit "Germersheim Mitte" on route B9 (the exits before and after are "Germersheim Süd" and "Germersheim Nord"). Follow the signs "Universität", "FASK", or "FAS". The university has a car park directly adjacent to the main building (south side) which is available to the conference participants. There are other parking possibilities around the building, but be careful: some are private, others have a two hour time limit.
Survival in Germersheim
All accommodation in Germersheim can be reached on foot. For accommodation outside of Germersheim see next section.
Important Notice: Please keep in mind that the hotels will charge you 80% of the room price should you decide to cancel your reservation at short notice.
List of Conference Hotels in Germersheim: Addresses, Payment
List of Student's Residences:
Both halls of residence are self-catering. Bed linen will be provided in both halls, but you'll have to bring your own towels.
Private rooms are self-catering. Bed linen will be provided, but you'll have to bring your own towels.
Please see us at the conference office upon your arrival. We'll give
you further instructions.
Payment: 30-45 DM per night (depending on room size); cash on arrival to the organisers
How to get to the halls of residence / private rooms / hotel "Germania":
Delegates booked into one of the halls of residence, a private room
or into the "Germania" are required to proceed to the Colloquium's conference
office upon their arrival.
=> Walk (1 km) or take a taxi from the station to the FASK, which you will find at this address:
An der Hochschule 2, D-76726 Germersheim
Once you've arrived at the FASK, follow the signposts to our conference
office. Here, you will have the opportunity to register, and we will show
you the way to your respective accommodation.
We will charge a 50 DM key deposit upon your arrival. You will get the
money back when you hand over your keys to us.
Delegates arriving in Germersheim at an unearthly hour, please contact Ms. Dyrken-Elisabeth Schulze-Ottmers as soon as possible at:
Accommodation outside Germersheim
If you have not yet booked a room in Germersheim, you may have to make a reservation in one of the surrounding villages or towns. Up-to-date information on accommodation can be found on our website at http://www.fask.uni-mainz.de/lk/. This is our recommendation: If you have a car you will have no problems finding a room within a distance of 8 km in the surrounding villages, e.g. in Lingenfeld, Römerberg, Schwegenheim, or in Bellheim. All others should book in Speyer, which is the neighboring town 15 km north of Germersheim. We will provide free bus transport from Speyer "Festplatz/Messplatz" (this is a large parking lot close to the Cathedral with most hotels within walking distance) to the conference site in Germersheim and vice versa (morning and evening only). The bus will depart at 8.30 a.m. from Speyer Messplatz and will bring you back in the evening. However, please make sure that you inform us in advance if you intend to use this bus (the size of the bus will depend on the number of requests).
We believe that you will not regret staying in Speyer. It is the town Germany's former Chancellor Kohl used to come to on the occasion of other state leader's visits. Speyer offers a beautiful old town center, the UNESCO-protected Cathedral (Kaiserdom), the Museum of Technology (with two IMAX-theatres) and the Historical Museum featuring the temporary exhibition "Schätze ferner Welten" (Treasures from Distant Worlds). In particular, we recommend a visit to the Old Town festival in Speyer which takes place on Sept. 10 and 11 (just after the conference).
During the day, there are train connections between Speyer and Germersheim approximately every 30 minutes. Inside Speyer, you can get around by bus ("city shuttle"). A day ticket for the shuttle costs only 1 DM.
Sights and Events
The main attractions in and around Germersheim include its fortress, the German "wine road" with its beautiful villages St. Martin and Deidesheim, the Palatinate Forest with Hambach Castle, the Black Forest and Baden Baden, Speyer, Worms, Mainz, Heidelberg, Mannheim, Karlsruhe, the Palace Gardens in Schwetzingen and the Old Abbey in Maulbronn. The weekend before the conference there is a small street festival in Germersheim (Sept. 4 to 6). The weekend after, there is the Old Town festival in Speyer (Sept. 10 & 11; great atmosphere in the evenings), the autumn market in Landau (Sept. 11 to 20) and the "Wurstmarkt" in Bad Dürkheim (Sept. 10 to 14 and 17 to 20). The Wurstmarkt is said to be the world’s largest wine festival – a major event in the region.
Conference Office: Location and Opening Hours
Address: FASK (Fachbereich Angewandte Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaft)
An der Hochschule 2, D-76726 Germersheim, Germany
Telephone: (+49) 72 74 / 508-457; Fax: (+49) 7274 / 508-429
To find us, see enclosed town map and follow the signposts at the university’s entrance.
Monday, September 6th: from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, September 7th: from 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, September 8th: from 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, September 9th: from 8.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (excursion starts at 1 p.m.)
Friday, September 10th: from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Delegates who need to pick up their keys outside the above-mentioned
opening hours, please contact Ms. Dyrken-Elisabeth Schulze-Ottmers as soon
as possible at: firstname.lastname@example.org