15-17 September 2015
Caravelle Hotel im Park
Europe/Berlin timezone

Information for Participants

1. General Information

The annual retreat 2015 starts on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. The program ends on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 5:40 p.m.

Arrival check-in starts on Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. Earlier arrivals are possible on request. Please notify the organizers in advance.

Participants of PRISMA or the Graduate School 'Symmetry Breaking' of Mainz university are invited to use the bus shuttle. All other travel arrangements are at your own expenses.


2. Location

The Caravelle Hotel im Park is located close to the River "Nahe" within the spa gardens ("Kurviertel") and only a walk away from the city center.

Caravelle Hotel
Weinkauffstraße 1
D-55543 Bad Kreuznach

Tel.: +49 671 374-0

3. Accommodation

All doctoral students will stay in double rooms. You are requested to please use the field in the registration form to indicate your room mate.
The Caravelle Hotel im Park is a 3-stars-superior hotel. It offers a spa area on its top floor with an indoor pool, infrared and Finnish sauna, cardio bikes and showers.

4. Travel Information

4.1.1 By plane:
Airport  Frankfurt International (-> 70 km),
then train to "Bad Kreuznach", please see indications below;
Link to Homepage of Frankfurt Intl. Airport: http://www.frankfurt-airport.com

4.1.2 By plane (alternative):
Airport Frankfurt-Hahn (-> 60 km);
bus to Simmern, change for Bad Kreuznach in Simmern. There are no direct lines; it takes 1:30 h to 2:00 h from the airport to Bad Kreuznach main station. Then take a bus line 201 to Ebernburg, get off at bus stop "Oranienpark", or a taxi.

4.2 By train:
Regional Express (or RE) line to Saarbrücken: trains leave twice an hour or so, get off in Bad Kreuznach-Bahnhof, it takes 50 minutes from the airport;
from Bad Kreuznach train station to the hotel take a walk (1.4 km) or take a bus (line 201) to "Ebernburg", bus stop "Oranienpark",  or a taxi (5 minutes).

4.3 By car:
Highway A61; Exit "Bad Kreuznach", B48 to centre, then Salinenstraße in direction "Bad Münster am Stein", take a right before Oranienpark and then a left into Kaiser Wilhelm Ring. At the corner, you will find the Caravelle hotel.

4.4. Car park
There is a hotel car park in front of the hotel for short term-parking (up to 1/2 hour) and an underground parking for a longer stay.
Parking is 4,00 EUR per day. You need to purchase a ticket at the reception and deposit it in your car.

4.5.  Bus shuttle from Mainz University
(cost free for all members of PRISMA and the Graduate School)
Meeting point: Car park Ackermannweg (on the university campus, next to the IMB building).
The meeting point for the shuttle bus is at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning (September 15th, 2015).
For the return trip on Friday (September 17th, 2015) the bus will leave at around  6:00 p.m. in front of the hotel.
Arrival time in Mainz will be at around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evening depending on the traffic situation.

Please register for the bus by ticking the box on the registration form.

5. Internet Access
Internet W-LAN connections are available. You will get an access code at the reception desk.

6. Meals 
Vegetarian food will be offered upon request. Please tick the box on the registration form.

Meals are served at the following times:
Breakfast buffet:    7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Lunch buffet:         1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Dinner (hotel):       6:00 PM (Tuesday)
Conference Dinner: 6:30 PM (Wednesday)

Coffee, tea and water will be served during the day and is free of charge for all participants. During our meals one soft drink is included. Wine, and beer can be purchased at your own expense.

7. Conference Dinners

The conference dinner is planned for Wednesday night outside the hotel.
After the last talk on that day and some free time, we will gather at 6:00 PM in front of the hotel to walk to the restaurant together. It is a 15 minutes walk alongside the river Nahe.