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Summer School 2013 in Cologne

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The school is organized by the Mathematics Institute of Cologne University. Since its main building is undergoing renovation currently, the morning lectures and afternoon sessions will NOT be held in the mathematics building. All lectures will take place in "Hörsaal C" in "Hörsaalgebäude" (also see here), whereas the working groups will be held in "Seminarraum S14, S15 and S16" in "Seminargebäude" (also see here), both close to the university's main buildings at Albertus-Magnus Platz. Although not immediate from the pictures, "Seminargebäude" is just opposite of "Hörsaalgebäude".

There will be an information desk near "Hörsaal C". Coffee and refreshments will be available close to "seminar rooms S14, S15, S16".


All participants, apart from the main speakers, are expected to make their own hotel booking. A contingent of rooms has been reserved at:

Hotel Flandrischer Hof
Flandrische Straße 3 - 11
50674 Köln

We expect to be able to cover a substantial part of the accomodation costs for people staying at "Flandrischer Hof", so we recommend to make a booking there. Mention "HAMILTON" at your booking and you will be offered a reduce rate of EUR 69 for a comfort single room and of EUR 76 for a business single room. A comfort twin/double room is EUR 94 (could be shared with another participant). All rates include breakfast, the rooms may be cancelled 24 hours before arrival at no cost. The contingent of rooms is blocked for us until 16 June 2013.

How to get to Cologne

Most European visitors will either take the train to Cologne main station ("Köln Hauptbahnhof") or arrive by air at Cologne/Bonn Airport (Code: CGN). Visitors from overseas will usually fly to Frankfurt/Main Airport (Code: FRA). From Frankfurt, there is an efficient and fast ICE train connection to Cologne. Therefore do not try to change flights in Frankfurt and fly into Cologne. If you arrive with Lufthansa or StarAlliance, note that the train connection Frankfurt Airport <-> Cologne has a Lufthansa flight number. You can very conveniently check in and out at Cologne Main Station (Airport code: QKL), and you will often get the train ride for free as a "connecting flight". Düsseldorf airport (code: DUS) is also close to Cologne. At Düsseldorf airport there is a train station from where there are frequent connections to "Köln Hauptbahnhof".

How to get to Hotel Flandrischer Hof

From Köln Hauptbahnhof

If you arrive at Cologne main station ("Köln Hauptbahnhof"), then proceed downstairs to the subway station that is located under the main entrance hall of the train station at the side of the cathedral. From there take a subway (# 16 or 18, direction to "Neumarkt") and get off at "Neumarkt" (2 stops). Then walk up the stairs to find the tram station (take # 1, direction to "Weiden" or # 7, direction to "Frechen"). Get off at the next stop called "Rudolfplatz". The trip costs EUR 1.90 (look for K="Kurzstrecke"=short trip; up to 4 stops in total including stop of origin) and tickets can be bought from the vending machines in the stations, at some stops and inside the trams. Unfortunately only coins are accepted. If you know a bit of the city center, maybe you prefer to walk directly to Rudolfplatz; this should take about 15 minutes from the main station. Once you are at "Rudolfplatz" the hotel is within 1 minute walking distance: cross Rudolfplatz and take the next street to the right.

From Köln Messe/Deutz

Many regional or long-distance trains also stop at "Köln Messe/Deutz", from where you can directly get on tram # 1, direction to "Weiden" or # 7, direction to "Frechen", without changing at "Neumarkt". Then follow the instructions from the last paragraph. From "Köln Messe/Deutz" it is too far to walk to the hotel.

From Köln-Bonn Airport

Take a local train or S-Bahn from Köln/Bonn airport to either "Köln Hauptbahnhof" or "Köln Messe/Deutz" and then follow the instructions above. You will need a ticket "Preisstufe 1b" which costs EUR 2.70. A taxi will be about EUR 40-50.

How to get from Hotel Flandrischer Hof to the university

Walk to "Rudolfplatz" which is just around the corner from the hotel. There look for buses # 136 (direction to Hohenlind) or # 146 (direction to Deckstein) and take either bus to exit at "WISO-Fakultät". From there to your left you will see the university's main buildings. For each of the trips you will need a ticket "Kurzstecke", which is EUR 1.90.

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last changed: 16 November 2013