The train station closest to our university and downtown Witten is called "Witten Hauptbahnhof", often abbreviated as "Witten HBF" - which means "Witten central station". Since Wittten is close to the train connection hub stations of Bochum, Dortmund and Hagen, you can arrive Witten conveniently from almost everywhere! If desired, we can pick up all participants on their date of arrival from the train station and guide you around.
You can find the webpage of the German Railway line at: www.bahn.de
(Hint: There, you can also change the language to English)
Frankfurt (FRA) is Germanys biggest airport and Europes second-biggest airport! As it is a little distant to Witten so you should choose to arrive there only if you can not find an adequate connection to an closer airport. From Frankfurt to Witten there is an ICE high-speed train connection which will bring you to Cologne main station or Bochum main station. There you will have to change trains once and use the regional trains to Witten. The transfer by train will take between 2½ and 3½ hours.
Duesseldorf (DUS) is the closest International airport. You can fly directly to Duesseldorf from most of the countries. From Duesseldorf to Witten there is a local train connection every thirty minutes. You will have to change at Essen main station and the ride will take roughly about one hour.
Cologne/Bonn (CGN) is a regional airport relatively close to Witten which is approached mostly by low cost carriers. Flights are offered to and from the European countries and those close to Europe. From Cologne/Bonn to Witten there is a train connection about every hour. You will have to change at Essen or Bochum main station and take the local train to Witten. The ride takes about 2 hours.
Dortmund (DTM) is the closest regional airport. It is approached only by low cost carriers. Flights are offered to and from the European countries. From Dortmund to Witten there is no train connection. You will have to take the bus to Dortmund main station. From there, it takes only 10 minutes by regional train to Witten.
Should you be wanting more informations about your way to the Winter School, other airport possibilities or your flight generally: don't hesitate to contact Mathis from the organization team!
Participants carrying an identity card or passport of an European Union state or a Schengen-state do NOT need a visa to travel to Germany. Visas are mainly needed for participants outside of Europe.
You can find more information on the internet page of the German Embassy responsible in and for your country of origin. You can contact Emma from the organization team whenever you need help on your way to Germany. If needed for your visa application, we of course can issue you a document stating your a participant!