Travel and accommodation #
Getting to Kaiserslautern #
Kaiserslautern is located in the southwest of Germany, about halfway between Frankfurt and Strasbourg. Kaiserslautern can be reached:
By Plane #
Frankfurt airport (FRA), the second largest hub in Europe, is one hour away by car or shuttle bus.
Instructions on getting from Frankfurt airport to Kaiserslautern by train
Paris’s two major airports (CDG and ORY), are also an option. Use public transportation or a taxi to travel from either airport to the Gare de l’Est train station. From there it is a 2½-hour journey by direct high-speed train.
By Train #
Kaiserslautern is connected to the Deutsche Bahn’s (German Railways) ICE and IC/EC high-speed network.
For train schedules and tickets please use the Deutsche Bahn, or Trainline. Enter your destination as “Kaiserslautern Hbf” (the Kaiserslautern Central Station). For directions on how to get to campus from the Kaiserslautern train station, please see “Getting to campus” below.
By Car #
Kaiserslautern is connected to the German Autobahn system, and within a few hours drive of a number of major cities in Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Switzerland.
49° 25’ 35.20" N
07° 44’ 59.38" E
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Getting to Campus #
The institute is located on the Kaiserslautern campus of the Rheinland-Pfälzische Technische Universität.
By Taxi #
A taxi ride from the main train station or the city center takes about 5 minutes (EUR 7). Tell the driver you want to go to “Trippstadter Strasse and Paul-Ehrlich-Strasse.”
By Bus #
A bus from the main train station or the city center takes about 5 to 10 minutes (EUR 2.40). From the main train station (stop: Kaiserslautern Hauptbahnhof) you can take bus 105, 106, 115, 116, or 150. The bus stop is outside the main (i.e., north) exit of the train station. Exit the bus at the Uni West stop. See the exact location of the bus stop on the campus map below.
Most bus lines depart every 30 minutes. For more detailed information, please see the bus timetables.
Getting to the MPI-SWS building #
The institute is located in building G 26 in the northwest corner of the Kaiserslautern campus of the Rheinland-Pfälzische Technische Universität. The main office is in room 405, at the north end of the building.