Practical information

Practical information

On this page you find information about Saarbrücken and Germany, your venue to the School center, practical information for the school duration.

About Saarbrücken and Germany


Visas are not required for citizens of most European countries, permanent residents of a Schengen state, as well as for a series of other countries. If you need a visa a personal invitation letter may be necessary (see annex documents right below), which you may request from the Organizing Committee. Conditions such as the remaining validity of your passport may also apply. Here are some documents to assist you. We leave it under your responsibility that you check that these conditions still hold at the time of your departure.

  • Full legal information about entering Germany from the German visa service. Please check carefully that the dates for the visa include the full range of the School!
  • Holders of permanent residence permits issued by a member Schengen state can enter without a visa. The residence permit and passport should be valid at least 90 days after the entry date.

Practical information

  • Euro is the only currency in use.
  • Power plugs and sockets are on the Europlug compatible standard, voltage 220V.
  • EHIC: European Health Insurance Card. This card is free and allows attendees coming from European member states to receive medical treatment for free or at a reduced cost. Probably to be requested from your provider of health insurance.

Tourist information

Saarbrücken is the lively capital of Saarland, at the border of France.

Travel information

Saarbrucken can be easily reached by train, which we encourage you to consider, to minimize the carbon footprint resulting from your participation in the school. Yet, in some cases this may not be practical. In case you use the plane, consider avoiding taking several flights in a row, as each take-off and landing highly contributes to carbon emissions. Saarbrucken is well connected by train with Frankfurt and Paris airports, and by a 45 min bus drive from Luxembourgh airport.

The youth hostel is in-between Saarbrucken city center and the campus of Saarland university, and can be easily reached by regular bus service or by a 25 minute walk.

Local information

Conference site

  • The conference site is the Saarland University.
  • Accommodation is covered by the registration fees, and will take place in town at the Jugendherberge Saarbrucken, on the basis of two persons per room. You should bring with you toiletries (soap etc.). Linen/blankets and towels are provided. Rooms are available from Sunday 11 September (arrival, evening) to Friday 23 September (departure, morning).
  • There is a laundry at a 10 minute walk from the Youth Hostel (Wäscherei am Rotenbühl, Scheidter Strasse 79).
  • Catering: breakfasts at the youth hostel and lunches at the mensa or Saarland University are covered by the registration fees. Dinners are not included, we encourage you to discover Saarbrucken city center. Bars and shops are available downtown. There is also a bar at the youth hostel.
  • Familycare can be considered upon request.


  • Climate: the average temperature at the time of the School is in the range 8-18°C, with 30% probability of raining days. Please bring suitable warm and waterproof clothes.
  • Casual wear: one outing and one or more sport sessions have been scheduled, including indoor pool. Please bring casual wear and a bathing suit for such purpose.
  • Posters: we encourage participants to bring posters to present their work. Posters will be hanged during coffee breaks and special sessions. The preferred size of the posters is A0 portrait. Early in the time schedule oral sessions have been scheduled for quick presentations of the participants as an introduction to their poster (two slides max). Please have such slides prepared in an electronic format! Poster prizes wil be awarded, including voucher for free participation to the next Joint European Magnetic Symposia conference.