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Contact and Directions

Chair Prof. Dr. Ralf H. Reussner

Institute for Program Structures and Data Organization (IPD)
Department of Computer Science ("Informatik-Fakultät")

Postal address:

Building 50.34 (main CS building "Hauptgebäude Informatik")

Am Fasanengarten 5, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany

1. First of all, you'll need to get to Karlsruhe. This is described in sections "by car", "by train", "by airplane", and "other ways to get to Karlsruhe".

2. Once in Karlsruhe, you'll have to find building 50.34 on the main campus (see the precise address above). A map of the main university campus is available at this page.

3. Once on campus, enter the building 50.34 and go to the last floor ("3. 0G" is the fourth floor, since the first floor is denoted "EG" ["Erdgeschoss"]). Our room is 334 (cf. members page), there is even the floor map of the IPD for your convenience. There is also a payphone in the basement, near the big spiral staircase.


Getting to Karlsruhe by car

Karlsruhe is served by several freeways (the famous "Autobahn"), which are denoted by blue signs.

You can travel to Karlruhe via:

  • A5 from Hamburg, Frankfurt, Mannheim/Heidelberg in the North
  • A5 from Basel, Freiburg, Straßburg in the South
  • A8 from München/Munich, Ulm, Stuttgart in the East, via an interchange with the A5 directly to Karlsruhe
  • A65 from Landau, Neustadt an der Weinstraße, France in the West which turns into the B10 directly ahead of Karlsruhe

Once you've entered Karlsruhe, proceed towards the university ("Univeristät" on road signs). There is a small parking lot immediately to the east of building 50.34 and a large, free one to the north of it (cf. campus maps).

Parking possibilities are pointed out on the campus map. There also is a free parking lot called "Waldparkplatz" within 300 m walking distance from building 50.34. The exact location of the Waldparkplatz is shown on the map.


Getting to Karlsruhe by train

Karlsruhe has an excellently served station connected to the high speed train network. The main operator is the German Railways (Deutsche Bahn AG) which provides a multilingual online service at http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de which allows you to plan and/or book your journey. It is advised to choose the main station "Karlsruhe Hbf" as destination. Train tickets can also be purchased at counters or multilingual vending machines within the stations. Credit and debit cards are accepted.

After you have arrived at the main station you can use taxis or the excellent local transportation to get to your hotel or the computer science building. Both are available outside of the "exit city / Ausgang City". Local transportation is operated by the Karlsruher Verkehrs Verbund (KVV). If you want use it you will find ticket vending machines for the KVV in the station's main hall. For a single ticket, press "Einzelfahrkarte" (topmost left button), afterwards press 002 to select Karlsruhe. The ticket costs 2 EUR (opposed to taxi trips which most probably lie between 8 EUR and 15 EUR).


Reaching Karlsruhe by airplane

When traveling to Karlsruhe, the nearest airports are (the listing is sorted according to the ease with which the airports are reachable):

  • Frankfurt International Airport
    If you arrive in Frankfurt, the easiest way to Karlsruhe is by train. Frankfurt Airport has an ICE high speed train station directly attached to it. Follow the signs "long distance trains"/"Fernbahnhof" in Frankfurt. As a rule of thumb, the trains operate every hour from Frankfurt Airport to Karlsruhe and the trip itself also takes about one hour. For traveling with the train from "Frankfurt (M) Flughafen Fernbf" (airport station) please look at Arriving By Train.
  • Stuttgart International Airport
    If you arrive in Stuttgart, the easiest way to Karlsruhe is by train. You can take the airport metro (S-Bahn) to Stuttgart main station from which trains to Karlsruhe operate every half hour as a rule of thumb. Your time of overall time of travel is going to be between one and two hours (depending on the train type and connections). For traveling with the train from "STR StuttgartAirport" (airport station) please look at Arriving By Train.
  • Karlsruhe-Baden (mainly served by low-cost carriers)
    If you arrive at Karlsruhe-Baden, there is a shuttle-bus having a non-stop trip to Karlsruhe train station. It takes about half an hour drive to Karlsruhe. The schedule can be found at the operator's site http://www.hahn-express.de.

Other airports

There are other airports that are located around 2 hours or less away from Karlsruhe (you'll need to find out how to get to the Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof main train station by digging into the web pages linked):

  • Airport Strasbourg (around 1 hour by car; public transportation available but requires many changes)
  • EuroAirport Basel (around 2 hours by car; coach to/from Freiburg and city bus to/from Basel SBB available)
  • Frankfurt Hahn (around 2 hours by car; public transportation connections to different cities are avaiable). Please note that Franfurt Hahn is neither identical nor near Frankfurt (International) Airport!


Other ways to get to Karlsruhe

Some (more or less exotic) options include intercity/international bus (Eurolines, which is not very popular in Germany because of the low frequency) and by bicycle (see ka-mobil (in German language only) for a list of renting locations).

The tourist information of Karlsruhe also provides you with plenty of information as well.


Finding building 50.34 by car

Apart from consulting the maps and looking at satellite pictures, this aerial photo might prove useful for you: StadtWiki.


Finding building 50.34 by city public transportation or by taxi

Karlsruhe has an excellent public transportation network that integrates light rail ("Stadtbahnen"/"Straßenbahnen"; aka streetcars/trolleys/tramways) and buses. The web page of the authority KVV is http://www.kvv.de. Your destination is "Durlacher Tor", which can be reached from the main station by light rail lines 2 and 4 (low-floor vehicles) as well as line S4 (note that 2 and S2 are COMPLETELY different lines!). Each of these lines runs every 20 minutes or every 10 minutes (depending on time and day), so you'll never have to wait for a longer time; pay attention to the destination of the particular train, as all three named lines can have two different destinations when they start at the main station. A one-way fare is 2,10 Euros, a ticket lasting 24 hours after validation is 4,70 Euros for one person or 7,10 Euros for up to 5 persons.

The "Durlacher Tor" stop itself is a 10 minute walk from the department (consult the maps!), but there's a taxi stand. If you choose to take the taxi for the entire trip for the main station, you'll find plenty of taxis at the front exit (where the light rail lines depart, too).

The PDF with the network of light rail lines is available as PDF file; the overview of light rail stops and buses at the main train station [PDF] and at the Durlacher Tor stop [PDF] might facilitate orientation.

Taxi Services

Phone numbers for taxi services:
Taxi hotline: +49 (0)721 / 94 41 44
Minicar & Citycar:  +49 (0)721 / 8 40 00 84, +49 (0)721 / 8 40 00 11

Rental Cars

Phone numbers for several rental car companies:

Europcar: +49 (0)721 / 3850 23
Hertz: +49 (0)721 / 37 40 40, +49 (0)721 / 37 40 30
Rent A Wrack: +49 (0)721 / 55 11 55
Sixt: +49 (0)721 / 86 64 47

This is not a complete list of numbers. For further addresses, please consult the yellow pages http://www.gelbeseiten.de.