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15th ICRSS General Information (PDF)


Venue for the ICRSS Symposium: arcona Hotel Am Havelufer, Potsdam
Venue Contact Details:
Address: Zeppelinstrasse 136, 14471 Potsdam, Germany
Telephone: +49 (0)331 98150


Please be aware that Potsdam is a key tourist destination in Germany and hotel space is always in high demand during all seasons. Make reservations for your rooms early and consider sharing accommodations with other symposium attendees. Hotel Contingent Availability: 01.03.2018 - 30.06.2018. There are several lodging options available in Potsdam, including several hotels, B&Bs, and plenty of small and neat apartments for visitors. Some are within walking distance of the arcona Hotel Am Havelufer, where the symposium will be hosted, while others may require a short commute with easy public transport (tram or bus). Here's a short list to guide your lodging search but feel free to explore other unique and charming options available in Potsdam. Check or Trip Advisor for additional options for staying in the city centre. The first hotel listed is the conference venue. We have small room contingents reserved for the first four places on this list (for these, please book your accommodation till 30th June, 2018 and mention the keyword "15. ICRSS").

The symposium venue is located in the arcona Hotel am Havelufer in Potsdam and shown here in Google Maps.

Transportation Options

Nearest international airports: Berlin-Tegel and Berlin-Schönefeld.

Public Transport: Public transportation by train, tram, or bus is excellent and safe. The network is dense both spatially and temporally.

Train transportation: Potsdam's central station is connected to the excellent Germany-wide train network. A connection from Berlin's main station takes about 35 minutes.

Rental Cars: available at both airports or via major international rental car websites.

Traveling Tips on how to get to Potsdam: Potsdam Tourism Website

How to get to Potsdam

By airplane

  • Airport Berlin Schönefeld (SXF):Take regional train (Regionalbahn) RB 22 from airport until Potsdam Central Station (Potsdam Hauptbahnhof). Total travel time: ca. 50 minutes. TICKET: Berlin ABC Ticket: 3.40 EUR (year: 2018)
  • Airport Berlin Tegel (TXL):
    • Option 1: Take the Bus 109 in direction of "Zoologischer Garten" until "S-Bahnhof Charlottenburg". Then take regional train RE1 until Potsdam central station (Hauptbahnhof). Total travel time: ca. 60 minutes. TICKET: Berlin ABC Ticket: 3.40 EUR (year: 2018)
    • Option 2: Take the Bus X9 in direction of "Zoologischer Garten" until "Zoologischer Garten" (last stop on the line). Then take regional train RE1 until Potsdam central station (Hauptbahnhof). Total travel time: ca. 60 minutes. TICKET: Berlin ABC Ticket: 3.40 EUR (year: 2018)
    • Option 3: Take the Bus TXL until "Washington Platz" at Berlin central station (Hauptbahnhof). Then take regional train RE1 until Potsdam central station (Hauptbahnhof). Total travel time: ca. 60 minutes. TICKET: Berlin ABC Ticket: 3.40 EUR (year: 2018)
    From all train stations above you can alternatively use the S-Bahn Line S7 to "Potsdam Hauptbahnhof". Trains run more frequently than RE1-trains, but take about 15-20 minutes longer.

By train

  • From Berlin Central Station with S-Bahn (S7) or Deutsche Bahn (RE1) until Potsdam central station (Hauptbahnhof); Total travel time: ca. 25-40 minutes. TICKET: Berlin ABC Ticket: 3.40 EUR (year: 2018)

Items of Interest

Geography of the Potsdam Region

Potsdam is the capital and largest city of the German federal state of Brandenburg. It directly borders the German capital, Berlin, and is part of the Berlin/Brandenburg Metropolitan Region. It is situated on the River Havel 24 kilometres (15 miles) southwest of Berlin's city centre, which can be reached with a short train ride.

The Potsdam area was formed from a series of large moraines left after the last glacial period. Today, the city is three-quarters green space, with just a quarter as urban area.

There are about 20 lakes and rivers in and around Potsdam, such as the Havel, the Griebnitzsee, Templiner See, Tiefer See, Jungfernsee, Teltowkanal, Heiliger See and the Sacrower See. The highest point is the 114-metre (374 ft) high (Kleiner Ravensberg).

Potsdam – A UNESCO World Heritage also called City of Palaces & Parks

The past 300 years have seen the transformation of Potsdam from a garrison town to one of Europe's most imposing royal capitals. Potsdam's architectural masterpieces, the 17 palaces that are surrounded by an abundance of landscape gardens lining the banks of the beautiful Havel waterscape have considerably determined Potsdam's World Cultural Heritage status.

Around the city there are a series of interconnected lakes and cultural landmarks, in particular the parks and palaces of Sanssouci, the largest World Heritage Site in Germany. Potsdam was a residence of the Prussian kings and the German Kaiser until 1918. Its planning embodied ideas of the Age of Enlightenment: through a careful balance of architecture and landscape, Potsdam was intended as "a picturesque, pastoral dream" which would remind its residents of their relationship with nature and reason.

Science and Higher Education in Potsdam

Potsdam is a city of science. More than 10,000 of the 170,000 citizens of Potsdam work in scientific institutions in the Brandenburg state capital. In no other city in Germany are there more scientists per capita than in Potsdam. There are more than 40 scientific institutions located in the region. In addition, Potsdam hosts the University of Potsdam, the University of Applied Science, the College for Sport and Management, and the Film University Babelsberg, altogether providing a home for about 25,000 students.