The venue provides an intense working atmosphere in a relaxing environment. It is located in a remote region in Saarland near the small town Wadern. Dagstuhl offers several seminar rooms and a cafeteria in addition to leisure rooms open during the evening, including a wine bar, billiard room, music room, reading room, table tennis, sauna, etc., all of which provide opportunities for intense discussion and communication.
The center is divided in two buildings - the old Schloss Dagstuhl and the modern section with participant rooms in the center.
The workshop will be start on Monday October 1st at 9:00 a.m. and will end on Friday October 5th at approx. 3:00 p.m. Participants are strongly advised to arrive at Dagstuhl on Sunday September 30th. Staying until the morning of Saturday October 6th is possible.
Arriving from Frankfurt Airport
Coming from Frankfurt Airport it is strongly recommended to take a combination of train and taxi. The trip requires approx. 2.5 hours altogether. Take the direct train (31.30 Euro) from Frankfurt Airport (“Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Regiobahnhof”, regional train station) to Tuerkismuehle (“Türkismühle”, direction “Saarbrücken Hbf”). Tickets can be bought at the train station in the airport or on-line. It isn't possible to purchase tickets on the trains. Please note that Frankfurt airport has two train stations: the regional train station ("Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Regiobahnhof") and the long-distance train station ("Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbahnhof"). Take a taxi from Tuerkismuehle to Dagstuhl (43.00 Euro). Make arrangements for the taxi at least three days in advance (further rates and contact details). The taxi company tries to organize shared rides with lower costs. Payment for the taxi is only possible in cash (Euro). The participants list will be distributed two weeks before the workshop. People can get then in contact for possible sharing of taxis or rental cars.
If you are familiar with public transport systems, don't mind waiting for the bus (waiting time of almost 2 hours in St. Wendel), and would like to avoid the taxi fee, you can take a connection (train 33.60 Euro to St. Wendel, bus 8.50 Euro to Wadern). The bus ticket is available at the bus station or at the driver. See the website of the Deutsche Bahn for train and bus schedules. Use "Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Regiobahnhof" for Frankfurt Airport as start (station/stop) and "Wadern, Oktavie-Allee 1" for Dagstuhl as destination (address). A local map for walking to Dagstuhl will be additionally provided (click on “Map view” / “Destination station”) to the schedule for a specific connection (train and bus). Please make sure that you get into the correct bus in St. Wendel. The bus driver stops on demand at the Dagstuhl institute. Then you can avoid the walk from the bus stop “Bahnhofstr. Dagstuhl, Wadern” to Dagstuhl (map).
We take care for accommodation. Rooms are already reserved. All rooms have private baths. Accommodation cost at Dagstuhl including full board is 70 Euro/night/person (this rate is subsidized by the Dagstuhl institute). Food, coffee, tea, and water are included in the accommodation rate. Several double rooms exist, so some partners can be brought to Dagstuhl. Additional costs would apply.
The rooms at Dagstuhl cannot be locked from outside. It is the policy of Dagstuhl, that the delegates trust each other. So please take this into account. If you would like to lock any valuables, you can use the small safe in your room or ask for a locker.
Check-in takes place on Sundays, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Some people will arrive after hours. They can do a self-service check-in (starting from 9:00 am). A door code (see below) will be required. Please note that there is a light dinner is at 6 pm on the arrival day. The check-in counter is located in the new building. The entry door is at the road between old and new building under the footbridge just near of the marker on this map.
The door code will be provided in the week prior to the workshop.You will need this code to open the main entry doors to the Dagstuhl buildings. The code is valid during the whole week.
The workshop identity badge provided to the participants must be worn all times in the Dagstuhl buildings.
The final accounting for expenses in Dagstuhl is prepared one day before the guest leaves the center. That would be for accommodation costs and the personal expenses like beverages, phone costs. These costs must be paid to the Dagstuhl institute. Each guest is expected to write down these expenses on the expense sheet handed out upon arriving at the Center and to pay for them with the final bill. Visa, MasterCard, and Maestro cards are accepted at Dagstuhl.
Free wireless Internet access is available in most parts of Dagstuhl. A computer lab is available for email. The lab will be shared with the group of the Dagstuhl seminar. Ethernet outlets are available in some meeting rooms additionally to the wireless access. If you would like to use Ethernet with your laptop computer please bring a RJ45 connection cable with you.
Electrical power in Germany is 250V/50Hz as in most countries of Europe. A plug adapter is usually sufficient for notebooks. Other electric devices can be destroyed by too high voltage, so check carefully the requirements of your devices. Power plugs common in Germany: "Schuko" plug (the usual power outlet) and European 2-pin plug.
Mobile phone reception can be weak at some places in the area.
Free parking space is available. A detailed road map is necessary for getting to Dagstuhl.
Central European Time (CET) is used in Germany. It is still daylight saving time while the workshop week. The daylight saving time will end at October 28, 2018. Central European Summer Time (CEST) is two hours ahead of the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), UTC + 2 hour. For the time difference to your location see the world clock.
Parallel to the DDI workshop, an official Dagstuhl seminar will take place with approx. 40 people. The leisure rooms are shared with that group. It is an informatics seminar with the title "Automating Data Science".
The week before this event, another DDI workshop - focusing on "Train the Trainers" - takes place in Dagstuhl.