Travel & Logistics
Göttingen is quite conveniently located, pretty much right in the middle of Germany. As such, it is fairly easy to reach by most means of transportation (MAP/Germany?).
Express trains to major cities with international airports, such as Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, and Munich, pass by roughly every 30-60 minutes, with Hannover being reachable in only 40 minutes by train. Trains are probably the most convenient and most ecological means of travelling to and from Göttingen. If you book early or have a flexible travel schedule, you may get a very good offer from the German Railways (bahn.de). Both the German Railways website and the corresponding App provide good coverage of local transportation as well, to help you get around within most cities, including buying local transportation tickets in many cities as well as end-to-end public transport navigation and tickets.
In case a train is not an option, the A7 motorway runs along the western outskirts of Göttingen. Germany has an established caring community (LINKS?) and Göttingen is a popular destination, both due to its location and due to its large student population. If you choose car sharing, city buses (goevb.de) pass by the shopping park located at the exit from the motorway every couple of minutes and can take you to the city centre in about 15-20 minutes (MAP/A7- Kaufpark-City?). Some of the lines are already switching to hybrid and electric busses, so thatʼs another sustainable proposition. The best way to share a car is, of course, with other dancers! Connect with other dancers travelling by car and start the Liesel Hop already on the way, before everyone else!
Due to the proximity to the A7, Göttingen is also reachable by long-distance buses, which may be cheaper in some cases, but will probably take longer than a train.
Finally, if you are travelling from really far away, the most convenient airports are Hannover and Frankfurt. Direct trains to the Frankfurt airport take about 2 hours, whereas the Hannover airport is reachable in about 60-90 minutes, with a switch to a local train at the Hannover central station. For certain routes, even as far away as Paris, a train ride is still a more convenient option with only a single switch, while taking about the same amount of time in total, all things
considered. Night trains are another option worth checking out when travelling from far away. So it may be worth to double check if flying really makes sense. If there is really no way around flying, consider donating to an environmental cause or buying carbon offset to compensate for your travels.
Within the city / During the event
The most popular and convenient way of getting around within the city is by bicycle. There are several places where you can rent a bicycle for a shorter or longer period (LINKS?) and the city is well equipped with dedicated lanes, expressways, and parking spots for bicycles. Due to the city size and layout, you can also get around by walking just fine. Finally, local busses (goevb.de) provide good and frequent connections to all parts of the city.
Germany is one of the leading countries when it comes to waste separation and processing. Please respect the waste separation guidelines during your stay (LINKS?: e.g. https://www.gruener-punkt.de/en/consumer/recycling-tips.html, or more detailed, e.g. http://beglika.org/en/waste-management/ )
A big part of this yearʼs edition is centred around food. While we got you covered for a part of your stay, you will probably need to grab a bite elsewhere every now and then. We would like to recommend a few cool places where you get to experience the local city life while enjoying sustainably sourced food and drinks - all are located within walking distance from one another in the city centre: Birds, Esprit, Cafe/Eis Hus, Eislust, Vietal?, Cafe Botanik? (LINKS? Further suggestions?)