Living in Osnabrück
Osnabrück is a lively student city with many historical buildings. It is located in the north-west of Germany. Even though Osnabrück with its 165.000 inhabitants is fairly small in comparison to other cities in Germany, it has a lot in store, especially for students. It offers a wide variety of bars, restaurants and clubs as well as cultural facilities. Quite a few festivals take place in Osnabrück on a regular basis.
You will find more information on Osnabrück here.
Hotel rooms for all participants will be booked by the organizers.
The summer school will take place at the Institute for musicolgy and music education in the main building of the 17th-century palace of Osnabrück (postal address: Neuer Graben 29).
You will find a plan of the city on google maps or (incl. car parks and hotels) here.
You will find a survey map of the buildings of the university in the city center here. (The "Schloss", i.e. the palace, is no. 11).
Travelling by Car
Car parks close to the palace are liable to fees, so make sure to ask for a parking at your hotel before you arrive.
You will find directions to Osnabrück via the Autobahn here.
Travelling by Train
You will find information on the German train system in English and many other languages on the webside of Deutsche Bahn (klick "Deutschland" in the top line of the web side). Please always check the connections for your specific day and time of travel since they may vary.
It takes a 15 minutes walk from Osnabrück main station to the palace (see the map: walk straight out of the "Hauptbahnhof"/station, cross a little river, pass a Hospital and a church to your left. Having passed the church turn right and at the second street left, walk straight until you reach the "Schloss").
In front of the station you will find taxis and busses. Busses from bus stop 1 ("Bussteig 1") go to the city center. The two bus stops closest to the palace are "Neumarkt" and "Osnabrückhalle/Universität" (not all busses stop here).
Travelling by Plane
The most convenient airport is Münster/Osnabrück (FMO). Although no transatlantic carriers land directly at the Münster Osnabrück airport itself, there are domestic carriers that fly regularly from London, Munich and Frankfurt. You will find the current flight schedule here.
The X150 Express Bus connects the airport with Osnabrück city center. The journey takes approx. 40 minutes, and costs approx. 10 €. You will find information here and a schedule including a plan of stops in Osnabrück here.
You may reach Osnabrück by train from other airports in Germany and the Netherlands. (Taking a train may in some cases be faster and less expensive then waiting for a commuter flight to Münster/Osnabrück).
If you arrive via Hannover Airport (HAJ):
Take the local commuter train S5 („S-Bahn“) to Hannover Hauptbahnhof (main train station). The S5 leaves the airport every 30 minutes, and takes 15 minutes to reach Hannover Hauptbahnof. From Hannover Hauptbahnof, trains leave hourly for Osnabrück (IC trains every two hours). The fast IC trains to Osnabrück take approx. 1,5 hours.
If you arrive via Düsseldorf Airport (DUS):
Take the sky train in the terminals to the Düsseldorf Flughafen Bahnhof. From Düsseldorf Flughafen Bahnhof, regional trains to either Duisburg or Dortmund(IC) leave hourly. In Duisburg and Dortmund you aill have connecting trains to Osnabrück. Train time to Osnabrück c. 2 hours.
If you arrive via Hamburg Airport (HAM):
Take the tram S-1 to the Hauptbahnhof. The S-1 leaves the airport in frequency of 10-minutes and takes about 25 minutes to get to the main station. From Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, take an intercity (IC) or intercity express (ICE) train to Osnabrück. Trains leave hourly for Osnabrück. IC / ICE train time to Osnabrück: approx. 2 hours
If you arrive via Cologne / Bonn Airport (CGN):
Take the S13 local commuter train (the „S-Bahn“) that is going in the direction of „Horrem Bahnhof.“ Take the S13 to Köln Hauptbahnhof (Cologne central station). The S13 leaves the airport approximately every 20 min., and takes 15 minutes to reach Köln Hauptbahnhof. From Köln Hauptbahnhof, intercity trains (IC) leave hourly for Osnabrück. IC train time to Osnabrück: approx. 2.5 hours.
If you arrive via Berlin Tegel (TXL):
Take Bus „TXL“ from Berlin Tegel to Berlin Hauptbahnhof (central station). Bus TXL leaves the airport every 10 minutes, and takes approx. 30 minutes to reach Berlin Hauptbahnhof. From Berlin Hauptbahnhof, intercity trains (IC) leave hourly for Osnabrück. Travel time to Osnabrück: btwn. 3.5 and 4 hours.
If you arrive via Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS):
There are connections to Osnabrück by train every hour. Travel time between 3,5 and 4,5 hours depending on connections. After 8 pm connections become extremely slow.
If you arrive via Frankfurt Airport (FRA) (without connecting flight to Münster):
Take an intercity express train (ICE) that leaves directly from Frankfurt Airport train station („Fernbahnhof“). IC and ICE trains with connections to Osnabrück leave the airport every 30 minutes. Train time to Osnabrück: btwn. 3 and 4.5 hours, depending on connections.
If you arrive via Munich Airport (MUC) (without connecting flight to Münster):
Take the S1 or S8 local commuter train („S-Bahn“) to München Hauptbahnhof (Munich central station). Both the S1 and S8 go to Hauptbahnhof, leave the airport every 10 minutes and take about 40 minutes to get to the München Hauptbahnhof. From München Hauptbahnhof, intercity express trains (ICE) leave hourly for Osnabrück. ICE train time to Osnabrück: btwn. 5.5 to 7 hours, depending on connections.