February 27 - March 1, 1997
Hansestadt Lübeck (218000 inhabitants) is located in Germany, only 20 km away from the Baltic Sea with direct connection by the Trave delta. Lübeck was founded in the 12th century. In the Middle Ages, it became the leader of the Hanseatic League. Since 1987 the old part of Lübeck is included in the list of "Cultural and Historical Heritage of the World" by the UNESCO.
All technical sessions of the conference will take place at the Mövenpick Hotel which is conventiently located between the main station and the old part of Lübeck. For a plan how to reach the Mövenpick Hotel, please use these links for an overview (26 KB) and for a more detailed plan (799 KB).
The weather at the end of February may be cold, wet or windy. Day heights vary from 5 to 10 degrees Celsius, night lows vary from 0 to -5 degrees Celsius. Rain or snow is likely.
There are several ways to reach Lübeck.
For traveling by car, use the motorway A1/E22 which runs from Hamburg and Bremen to Oldenburg/Holstein. Parking space in Lübeck is very rare; the Mövenpick hotel offers parking facilities at DM 10.- per day.
The airport at Hamburg offers various connections to international airports. From the airport, a bus shuttle is going to Hamburg main railway station.
The Deutsche Bahn offers trains
from Hamburg to the main station in Lübeck
every hour. Tickets for this section cost DM 15.40 (at the moment)
and are available from the ticket
machine at Hamburg main station or from the ticket inspector on
board of the train. Besides, Hamburg and Lübeck
can be reached by ICE and IC/EC trains.
Detailed information on train connections to Lübeck can be obtained via this link.
The conference venue at Lübeck is located close to the main railway station within a five minutes walk.
The registration desk will be open from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26, and during the day on Thursday and Friday. For more information concerning registration, please contact the extra page.
A reception will be held on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Audienzsaal at the Town Hall. On Friday afternoon, a guided tour of the Old Town, an organ concert in the Jakobikirche, and the conference dinner in the "Historischer Weinkeller unter dem Heiligen-Geist-Hospital" will give a taste of the culture of Lübeck.
A lunch buffet will be served in the Mövenpick hotel on Thursday and Friday.
Additional copies of the proceedings will be sold during the conference at the registration desk.
The city of Lübeck looks back on over 850 years of history. It was originally founded in 1143 by Earl Adolf II. von Schauenburg and newly founded in 1159 by Duke Heinrich dem Löwen after the town was destroyed by a great fire. In the Middle Ages, Lübeck developed to become the political and financial centre of Northern Europe due to its economically and geographically advantageous position. It became the leader of the Hanseatic League, a seafaring rights-and-trading alliance of over 200 towns. Lübecks influence is documented in its appearance which is dominated by five monumental churches, namely the Dom, St. Jakobi, St. Petri, St. Marien and St. Aegidien, all built from the 12th to the 14th century. Their seven steeples can still be seen today, climbing high above the brick Gothic buildings which form the shape of the Old Town nowadays. There are over 1000 protected historical buildings in Lübeck. The Old Town is completely surrounded by water and can conveniently be explored by feet. Not far from the conference venue, there lies the Holstentor (look at the STACS'97 poster!), somehow the "entrance" to the Old Town. The centre of the town is the market place with the Town Hall, built in the 13th and 14th centuries. Other interesting sights are the Salzspeicher (salt lofts), the Schiffergesellschaft (assembly hall of sailors), the Heiligen-Geist-Hospital (former hospital for ill and old people), the Burgkloster (monastery belonging to the castle) and the Alte Seefahrtschule (former merchant navy training college, now part of the Computer Science Department). Apart from these famous historical buildings, there are a lot of narrow alleyways stretching from the front of the buildings and leading to romantic courtyards, giving the Old Town a very characteristic and charming appearance.
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Last modified: February 25, 1997 by K. Genther.