Next ENVRI week will be organised in Dresden, Germany, 3-7 February 2020
February 3, 2020 - February 7, 2020
Registration is open until 6th January 2020.
What is ENVRI week?
ENVRI week is a week dedicated to Environmental Research Infrastructures. During the runtime of the ENVRI-FAIR project it is organized once a year. ENVRI week hosts ENVRI-FAIR project related sessions as well as several other sessions targeting different groups of stakeholders.
An outline of the preliminary agenda can be downloaded from here.
A detailed session agenda will be available soon.
The registration site can be accessed here. Please, register as soon as possible, at the latest by 6th January 2020.
By registering, you only confirm you attendance to ENVRI week. It does not secure you the accommodation. To secure your accommodation, read the section below.
Hotel Elbflorenz Dresden
Address: Rosenstraße 36, 01067 Dresden
Phone: +49 351 8640-0 (reception)
Hotel Elbflorenz Dresden is located in the same building complex as the World Trade Center Dresden.
We have reserved 120 hotel rooms in the hotel hosting the ENVRI week (Hotel Elbflorenz Dresden) for a fixed price of 89 € per night including the breakfast.
The contingent of 120 rooms is decreasing in the following steps:
- 120 hotel rooms are reserved until 6th December 2019.
- 50 % of the hotel rooms, which are not booked by 6th December 2019, fall out of the contingent
- Another 50 % of the hotel rooms, which are not booked by 23rd December 2019, fall out of the contingent
- All bookings should be made until 6th January 2020, since no more rooms are reserved after that date
Please be also aware that on 7th February the Semper Opera Ball will take place in Dresden, which is why many other hotels will soon be fully booked!
Please book your hotel room as soon as possible and refer to “ENVRI-FAIR” to make sure you get a room out of the reserved contingent for the agreed price.
On Wednesday evening we will have a social dinner. Further information will be shared soon.
GUIDED TOUR THROUGH THE OLD TOWN
We are planning to organise a guided tour through the old town of Dresden for Tuesday evening (about 90 min). Dresden’s historical centre is characterised by buildings from the Renaissance, the Baroque and the 19th century. Despite being devastated in the Second World War, the old town has kept or regained its attractiveness and is part of the picturesque cultural landscape of the Dresden Elbe Valley, which was listed as UNESCO World Heritage until 2009.
Further information on the tour offered will be shared soon.
HOW TO GET TO DRESDEN
There are several ways to get to Dresden:
There are a couple of bigger German cities that are directly connected to Dresden Central Railway Station, like Berlin, Frankfurt (Main), Hannover, Hamburg, and Cologne. As mentioned before, you can also reach Dresden via a non-stop connection from Prague. Booking the trip well in advance, you have the option of buying cheap tickets.
You can check the timetables and book online at: https://www.bahn.com/en/view/index.shtml.
Airports with non-stop connection to Dresden airport are Amsterdam, Basel, Cologne / Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Zurich
By plane and train
If your nearest airport is not listed above, you may also consider flying to the airports Berlin Schönefeld or Tegel, Leipzig/ Halle or Prague first and then to get on the train to Dresden.
Airports with non-stop connections to Berlin Schönefeld and Tegel airport are e.g. Oslo, Stockholm, Kopenhagen, London, Manchester, Paris, Toulouse, Lyon, Barcelona, Madrid, Rom, Pisa, Danzig, Krakau, Wien, Salzburg, Budapest and many more.
Berlin Schönefeld and Tegel are connected to Berlin Central Train Station by local (S-Bahn) and regional train and by bus, respectively. The total travel time from both airports to Dresden Central Railway Station is approximately 3,5h.
Train connections are available from the airport Leipzig/ Halle to Dresden Central Railway Train station with an approximate travel time of 2h. The bus and train connection from Prague airport takes approximately 3,5h.
If Frankfurt (Main) airport is most suitable, you may consider taking the train from Frankfurt to Dresden Central Station instead of flying. The connection from Frankfurt (Main) airport to Dresden Central Railway Station takes approximately 5h.
HOW TO GET TO THE VENUE
… FROM THE AIRPORT
Starting at the airport, the train number S2 towards Pirna is going directly to the station closest to the hotel (170m), called Freiberger Straße. The estimated time of travel is about 20 minutes; the train leaves every half hour. Tickets can be bought via a ticket vending machine on the platform itself. The ticket needed is Single Ride, Zone 1, for 2,40€.
As destination you may give World Trade Center, since it may be better known than the hotel itself. A ride from the airport to the city centre costs about 16€ to 20€ with an estimated time of 15 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic.
… FROM THE CENTRAL TRAIN STATION
You can take either the train number S1 towards Meißen Triebischtal or number S2 towards Dresden Flughafen (Airport) with a departure every ten minutes. The station closest to the hotel is right the next one, called Freiberger Straße, The estimated time of travel is a 1 minute. Tickets can be bought via a ticket vending machine on the platform itself or at the service center in the train station. The needed ticket is Single Ride, Zone 1, for 2,40€.
You can also reach Freiberger Straße by tram number 7 towards Weixdorf (Rathenaustraße) or number 10 towards A.-Wolf-Platz, departure every 10 minutes. The platform is in front of the Central Train Station and the ride takes about 4 minutes with 1 station in between. Tickets can be bought via a ticket vending machine on the platform itself or in the tram after boarding (please note that the vending machines inside of the tram only accept coins, meaning 5ct to 2€). The ticket needed is Single Ride, Zone 1, for 2,40€.
When will the next bus or train / tram depart?
You prefer to discover the city by bike?
FROM TRAIN / TRAM STATION “FREIBERGER STRAßE” TO THE VENUE (BY FOOT)
WHAT TO SEE IN DRESDEN
Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) and Neumarkt Square
Dresden’s most famous symbol is the rebuilt Frauenkirche. This monumental Protestant church was constructed between 1726 and 1743, reduced to ruins on 13/14 February 1945 and rebuilt from the 1990s. In 2005 it was reconsecrated. On the surrounding Neumarkt square, the typical Baroque gabled houses were rebuilt section by section. After more than half a century, the city’s new old centre has returned.
Situated in the heart of the Saxon state capital, the Dresden Zwinger ranks among Germany’s most well-known Baroque buildings of Germany and is, apart from the Church of Our Lady, certainly the most famous building monument in Dresden. It accommodates internationally renowned museums and is a place for staging music and theater performances.
Good to know: from 10 am to 6 pm you can visit the “Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon”, a permanent exhibition which shines a spotlight on objects that show how we began to understand our world; from the development of the clock to a 3D model of the calculating machine developed by the French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal. The Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon has been housed in the Zwinger since 1728 and counts among the oldest collections of historical instruments worldwide. Further information on the exhibition can be found here.
Semper Opera House
Built between 1838 and 1841 by Gottfried Semper, the opera house fell victim to the bombing of Dresden in 1945. Today, the Semper Opera House is considered one of the world´s loveliest and is the residence and main venue for Dresden’s Saxon State Orchestra.
Dresden is of course not limited to a beautiful old town. Don’t miss the chance to visit Dresden Neustadt with its diverse cultural and night-life scene.
More touristic information can be found here.