WELCOME TO MAINZ!
ECS 2018 – May 28-30 2018, Mainz, Germany
Mainz, a picturesque town in the Rhine valley, a capital of Rhineland-Palatinate state, is Germany’s “best small large city”. It is located in the heart of Europe – in the middle of the Rhine-Main metropolitan region. Mainz is just a twenty-minute drive from Frankfurt Airport, with direct train connections to the airport every few minutes. It is also one of Germany’s national railway hubs. The city of Mainz has 3000 hotel rooms in all categories.
ECS 2018 VENUE
The conference venue is Rheingold Halle, a congress centre located in Mainz downtown, within walking distance to all major places in Mainz.
Address: Rheinstraße 66, 55116 Mainz, Germany
Phone: +49 6131 2420
Mainz is positioned centrally in Germany and in Europe, close to Frankfurt Rhine Main Airport, one of the largest European airports.
BY AIR – FRANKFURT RHINE MAIN AIRPORT (FRA)
Frankfurt Rhine Main Airport is the second largest airport in Europe, and easily reachable from everywhere in the world. From the airport, there are train connections to the Mainz Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) every few minutes, from rail track 3. The train ride to Mainz central station takes approximately 20 minutes.
Alternatively, you can take a taxi from Frankfurt Airport, but please be aware of high fares.
BY AIRPLANE – FRANKFURT HAHN AIRPORT (HHN)
BY AIR – FRANKFURT HAHN AIRPORT (HHN)
If you are arriving at Frankfurt Hahn Airport, which is a hub for many low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and Wizz Air, please use bus route 600 to get to Mainz. The ride from Frankfurt Hahn to Mainz takes about 75 minutes.
The Bus Route 600 schedule can be found here:
Mainz is a railway hub, and thus very well connected with high-speed ICE trains to every part of Germany. Alternatively, you can arrive at Frankfurt Central Station, Frankfurt Airport, or Wiesbaden Central Station, and use local public transport from there to downtown Mainz.
When you arrive in Mainz, you can use the public transportation – Bus from Mainz Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) with bus lines: 6, 9, 54, 55, 56, 57, 60, 61, 68, 71, 90, 91 to bus stop “Rheingoldhalle / Rathaus”. This will get you directly to the venue.
For detailed information about public transportation leaving Mainz Hauptbahnhof (central station) please refer to www.mvg-mainz.de.
Alternatively, you can take taxis in Mainz. Since there is no Uber app in most of Germany, please use the MyTaxi app. It functions in the similar way and includes the most Mainz taxi companies. Download the MyTaxi app for all major operating systems here: https://de.mytaxi.com/en/index.html
ARRIVING BY CAR
Travelling from the south:
A60 freeway – Exit: Mainz-Weisenau/Innenstadt (downtown) – after the Mainz city sign, follow the preference road (with the yellow diamond sign) keeping straight ahead. After approx. 4.1 km, turn right into the Parkhaus (parking garage) “Rheingoldhalle”.
Travelling from the north:
A643 freeway – Exit: Mainz-Mombach/Innenstadt (downtown) heading towards Mainz-Innenstadt. After 6.4 km, turn left for the Parkhaus „Rathaus/Rheingoldhalle“.
Travelling from Frankfurt
From A5 Northwest Crossing Frankfurt via the A3 freeway „Frankfurter Kreuz“ (past the airport), take the „Mönchhofdreieck“ exit and follow the sign for „Rüsselsheimer Dreieck“ on the A60 freeway, follow „Mainz-Weisenau/Innenstadt“, after Mainz city sign, follow the preference road (with the yellow diamond sign) keeping straight ahead. Park in the Parkhaus (parking garage) „Rathaus/Rheingoldhalle“.
Travelling from Wiesbaden downtown
On the A643 freeway heading towards Bingen/Mainz/Frankfurt/Rüdesheim; after approx. 4 km take the Mainz-Mombach/Innenstadt (downtown) exit heading towards Innenstadt (Caution 2 lane changes!) after approx. 6.4 km turn left for Parkhaus (parking garage) „Rathaus/Rheingoldhalle“.
Germany (officially the Federal Republic of Germany) is a federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe. It includes 16 constituent states, covers an area of 357,021 square kilometres (137,847 sq mi), and has a largely temperate seasonal climate. With about 82 million inhabitants, Germany is the most populous member state of the European Union. After the United States, it is the second most popular immigration destination in the world. Germany’s capital and largest metropolis is Berlin. The country’s other major cities are Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Mainz, Bremen, Dresden, Hannover and Nuremberg. (Wikipedia)
Mainz is the capital and largest city of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany. It was the capital of the Electorate of Mainz at the time of the Holy Roman Empire. In antiquity Mainz was a Roman fort city which commanded the west bank of the Rhine and formed part of the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire; it was founded as a military post by the Romans in the late 1st century BC and became the provincial capital of Germania Superior. The city is located on the river Rhine at its confluence with the Main opposite Wiesbaden. The city is famous as the home of the invention of the movable-type printing press, as the first books printed using movable type were manufactured in Mainz by Gutenberg in the early 1450s. Until the twentieth century, Mainz was usually referred to in English by its French name: Mayence. (Wikipedia)
CURRENCY AND PAYING
The German currency is the Euro which is divided into 100 cents. VISA and MasterCard are widely accepted, but some smaller cafés or bakeries might not want to accept them, so carrying smaller amounts of cash is generally a good idea. American Express is accepted at some places, but it is not standard. ATMs can be easily found; VISA and MasterCard can be used to withdraw cash. Contactless credit cards payment possibilities are just emerging, and not yet widely available. Apple pay and Google pay are not supported in Germany.
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS
Police 110 or 112
Fire Brigade 112
National Directory Inquiries 11833
National Directory Inquiries (in English) 11837
International Directory Inquiries 11834
The conference venue provides free broadband Internet in all rooms and free WLAN in all public areas and halls. The Conference area has full Wi-Fi coverage.
Since June 2017, internet roaming within the EU has been abandoned, so if you have a valid EU cell phone contract with internet volume, that can also be used without additional charge in Germany.
VISA AND INSURANCE INFO
Check if you have valid travel and health insurance for travelling abroad. EU Citizens do not need any additional insurance.
- ID card, passport and/or visa (if required).
- EU Citizens can travel with their valid ID cards
- US and Canadian citizens need their passports, but no visas.
- All other visitors, PLEASE CHECK YOUR VISA REQUIREMENTS ON THIS LINK:
WHAT TO DO WHEN NOT ATTENDING THE SESSIONS?
Mainz and surrounding are one of the most beautiful parts of Germany and Europe, so it is generally a good idea to stay around for few days, before or after conference. The gorgeous medieval Mainz with its cathedral and museums, the castles and fortresses along the Rhine Valley with legendary Lorelei Gorge or the wines in the Rheinhessen area – the choice is yours.
Mainz, capital of the Land of Rhineland-Palatinate and an old university town, lies on the left bank of the Rhine opposite the mouth of the River Main (hence its name). One of the oldest cities in Europe, archaeological excavations have shown Mainz can trace its roots back to the 1st century AD when the Romans built a fortress here. Nestled in the fertile Mainz Basin, it’s the most northerly part of the Upper Rhine plain and is known the world over as Gutenberg’s city, where the first movable metal type printing press was created, and remains a hub for some of Germany’s oldest publishing houses. The city also has a rich cultural history, and is home to a number of internationally-renowned festivals, including Fassnacht, a 19th-century carnival that draws crowds of up to half a million spectators.
The Lonely Planet has complied a nice list of the places well worth visiting in Mainz:
RHINE AND WINE
Germany’s largest wine region, Rheinhessen, lies just behind Mainz in a valley of gentle rolling hills. Steep vineyard sites are confined to small areas near Bingen and south of Mainz along the Rhein Terrasse. Varied soils and the favorable climate make it possible to grow many grape varieties, old and new. In fact, most of Germany’s wines, including their famous Riesling, have their origins Rheinhessen.
If you love wine, and have time prior or after European Collaboration Summit, visiting Bingen (“The wine capital of Germany”) and some of the vineyards and wine cellars there, or visiting the “Vinothek” restaurant where all local wine cellars are represented, might be a very good idea.
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE: THE ANCIENT LEGENDS AND RHINE CASTLES
The 65km-stretch of the Middle Rhine Valley, from Bingen to Coblenz, with its castles, historic towns and vineyards, famous and romantic Lorelei gorge, graphically illustrates the long history of human involvement with a dramatic and varied natural landscape. It is intimately associated with history and legend and for centuries has exercised a powerful influence on writers, artists and composers.
Read more about this UNESCO world heritage here:
SHOULD YOU LEARN SOME GERMAN?
The language of the conference is English, so for that purpose, there is no real need to learn German. However, learning German is generally a good idea, and starting with a few survival phrases would be a great way to start with it. 🙂