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Frequently Asked Questions

Cooking facilities?

  • Dinner during the week is at the hotel, except on Fridays (when it takes place at the BCF).
  • The hotel has little kitchenettes with fridges and kettles that you can use.
  • Plates and glasses are provided at the hotel, coffee mugs at the institute.


  • There is a washing machine and a dryer in the Bernstein Center.

What about towels, linen, soap, toilet paper?

  •  It's all there, don't worry about any of it.

Will we have shared bathrooms?

  • Each room has its own bathroom.

Internet access?

  • The machines at the BCF are all connected to the internet, wireless LAN is available.
  • The hotel has wireless LAN available in some rooms; a computer with internet access (medium-band) is available in the lobby. Internet access at the hotel is not designed for high-throughput, though.


Is there a telephone at the hotel?

  • There's a telephone in each room.


Are visa costs reimbursed?

  • Unfortunately, we cannot cover costs for visa.


Do I need health and travel insurance?

  • We recommend strongly that you get a travel health insurance that covers all medical costs that might arise during your stay in Germany.
  • We also recommend a travel cancellation expenses insurance and a third party liability insurance.
  • Unfortunately, insurances cannot be reimbursed.


Are there sports facilities for us to use?

  • Cycling. You will all be supplied with a hire bike for the whole duration of your stay in Freiburg. Freiburg is a very cyclist friendly city with cycle paths on most roads. We can also supply you with cycling maps if you wish to explore the city's surroundings.
  • Table tennis. A table tennis table and a few paddles are available next to the computer lab in case need a short break from mental work.
  • Jogging. The hotel is located in a residential area at the slopes of the Black Forest, and a number of paths criss-cross the woods.
  • Football. There are a few public football grounds scattered over Freiburg, and one can find a vacant one most of the time.
  • Swimming. An open air pool can be found 5 km from the hotel, and opening hours allow for a quick swim before the course starts in the morning.


What's the weather like in Freiburg during August?

  • Good question! It is the warmest time of the year, with temperatures rising up to 35 °C. During rainy days with thunderstorms, the temperatures can drop to 15 °C, though. Our building has no air-conditioning, except in the computer lab, so bringing a range of clothes is a good idea.


More questions? Send an email to Fiona Siegfried,

by Dancoisne last modified 04.03.2010 04:27

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