NK2013 in Heidelberg - Germany

Information

GENERAL INFORMATION

Visa information:

No Visa is required to enter Germany if you are a citizen of an EU member country, Norway, Switzerland, the United States, Canada or Mexico.
For a full list of countries and their Visa requirements, please see:
http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/EinreiseUndAufenthalt/StaatenlisteVisumpflicht_node.html

 

HOW TO GET TO HEIDELBERG:

Airports and connections

Frankfurt International (FRA) is the airport typically used by visitors and residents of Heidelberg. It is the largest nearby airport and has a variety of connections via train, shuttle and taxi. Connections are generally about 1 to 1 ½ hours. Car rentals are also available there, but are not recommended. Taxis are expensive.

The shuttle is 40-42€ round trip (as of December 4, 2012) and stops at the Crowne Plaza Hotel which is adjacent to the Old Town. For shuttle information and to purchase tickets, please see:
http://www.lufthansa.com/online/portal/lh/de/info_and_services/from_to_airport?nodeid=3163691&l=en&cid=18002

The train takes about an hour. And it is usually necessary to switch trains in Mannheim.
For train information:
http://www.bahn.de/i/view/USA/en/index.shtml

For those flying via Lufthansa, you can purchase a train connection when purchasing your flight ticket. Please see:
http://www.lufthansa.com/online/portal/lh/de/info_and_services/from_to_airport?nodeid=1771075&l=en#ancAbT1

 

Other airports in the area include Frankfurt Hahn (for passengers of Ryan Air) and Stuttgart.
The bus from Hahn to Heidelberg takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes and lets you off at the train station. It is bus # 140 which is located at  bus stop 12. Adult round-trip fare is 36€ (as of December 4, 2012). You can purchase your ticket in € (small bills only) from the driver. See this page and click on Heidelberg on the map for additional information.
http://www.hahn-airport.de/default.aspx?menu=by_bus&cc=en#

The best connection from Stuttgart is via train. Please see:
http://www.bahn.de/i/view/USA/en/index.shtml

 

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION

There are trams, buses, taxis and rental bicycles to get you around Heidelberg. It is possible to rent a car but not recommended. Most of the Old Town is a pedestrian only zone and parking is difficult and expensive.

Trams  and buses run frequently between the train station (HD Hauptbahnhof) and the Old Town (Altstadt) and taxis are always waiting out front. Here you can find a schematic map of the public transportation in Heidelberg:
http://www.rnv-online.de/liniennetz/heidelberg.html

 

Bicycle rentals

Please verify prices before renting.
Radhof Bergheim (City and Trekking bikes): Bergheimer Str. 101 (located in the courtyard behind the bicycle shop altavelo!); Tel. 06221-6599452; Business hours: Mo-Fr 10:00-6:00, Sa 10:00-1:00; email: radhof@vbi-heidelberg.de; Cost: 8 EUR/day cash
In the old town: Fahrradverleih an der Alten Brücke (City, trekking and mountain bikes): Neckarstaden 52 (Altstadt); Tel. 06221-6544460; closed Mondays; email: info@fahrradverleih-heidelberg.de; Cost: 15 EUR/day (10-30% off longer rentals); 50 EUR cash deposit
Radolino (City, Trekking, Mountain, Tandem, Kids bikes, antique bikes, Helmets, Bicycle bags and trailers, tours): Lahrer Str. 24 (Rohrbach); Tel. 06221-7272703; very flexible pick up times; email: info@radolino.de; Cost: 15 EUR/Day (from 40€/ week); 50-100 EUR cash deposit.

 

WEATHER

Weather conditions in Heidelberg in September:

Average temperatures:
HIGH: 20°C                68°F
LOW: 10°C                 50°F

Average monthly precipitation:       56 mm                        2.2 inches

For a 10 day forecast click here:
http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/Heidelberg+Germany+GMXX0053

 

WHAT TO PACK

Dress for the conference is casual, but you might want to dress up a bit for the gala dinner at the castle.
An umbrella and a jacket are a good idea for fall travel in Germany.
Heidelberg is a tourist destination with a beautiful old town and castle, so don’t forget a camera.  

 

LINKS

 

Official city of Heidelberg website:
http://www.heidelberg.de/servlet/PB/menu/1088101_l2/english.html

Heidelberg tourism site:
http://www.heidelberg-marketing.de/content/index_eng.html

 

 

THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN HEIDELBERG

Organic Farm/monastery/restaurant/brewery
http://www.heidelberg-marketing.de/content/tourismus/sehenswuerdigkeiten/stift_neuburg/index_ger.html

 

Solar boat ride:
http://www.heidelberg-marketing.de/content/tourismus/touristische_angebote/schifffahrten/index_ger.html

 

Segway safari:
http://www.heidelberg-marketing.de/content/tourismus/touristische_angebote/segway_stadtsafari/index_ger.html

 

Heidelberg Zoo:
http://www.heidelberg-marketing.de/content/tourismus/sehenswuerdigkeiten/heidelberger_zoo/index_ger.html

 

Botanic Garden:
http://www.heidelberg-marketing.de/content/tourismus/sehenswuerdigkeiten/plaetze_parks/botanischer_garten/index_ger.html

 

Guided Tours:
http://www.heidelberg-marketing.de/content/tourismus/stadtfuehrungen/fuer_gruppen/index_ger.html

 

Gallery Tours:
http://www.heidelberg-kongresse.de/content/rahmenprogramme__incentives/art_walk/index_ger.html

 

Make-your-own–chocolate truffle tour and tasting (with sparkling wine too!):
http://www.heidelberg-kongresse.de/content/rahmenprogramme__incentives/pralinenseminar/index_ger.html