Joint Annual Conference
August 15-19, 2023
TU Dresden

Science Fiction Research
Gesellschaft für

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Getting to Dresden

Dresden, the capital of Saxony, is renowned for its baroque architecture and rich cultural history. The city’s Airport (DRS) has multiple daily flights to other major European airports (e.g. Frankfurt FRA, Berlin BER, London Heathrow LHR, Zürich ZRH, Amsterdam Schiphol AMS).

Travelling to Dresden by train (Deutsche Bahn) is easy and comfortable. Dresden is connected to almost all major cities, with connections to the major airports Berlin Brandenburg BER (about 2 hours), Frankfurt am Main FRA, Köln/Bonn CGN, Munich MUC, or Prague PRG. All long-distance trains stop at Dresden Main Station (close to the city center) and Dresden Neustadt (the alternative arts, culture, and bar neighborhood).

Dresden Airport (DRS) is located 12 km north of the city center and well connected through tram line S2 to Dresden Main Station (20 minutes) and other stations, running frequently during the day.

Public Transport

Within the city, Dresden’s public transport offers trams, trains, buses, ferries, as well as bike services which make it possible to get around the city and its surroundings easily and inexpensively.

The conference venue at August-Bebel-Straße (ABS) is about 20 minutes from Dresden Main Station and well connected via bus (line 66) and tram (line 11). The closest stations to the conference’s main venue ABS are in walkable distance (from Weberplatz 4 minutes, from Strehlener Platz 8 minutes, from Lennéplatz 10 minutes). The closest stations to the German Hygiene Museum are Georg-Arnhold-Bad (tram lines 10 and 13) and Deutsches Hygiene-Museum (tram lines 1, 2, 4, 12).

Dresden’s public transport system is well established, affordable and operates well into the night. The transport service DVB operates all trams, busses, ferries, as well as some rental bike and car services in the city. Trains are generally operated by the Deutsche Bahn but accept tickets from the DVB within the city as well.

The DVB operates a mobile app service and several service points (e.g. at Dresden Main Station and Prager Straße) which allow visitors to buy single fares, groups fares, day tickets or one-week-passes. Tickets for the DVB can also be purchased through the app of the Deutsche Bahn. The rental bike service MOBIbike/Nextbike allows visitors and inhabitants alike to get around with rental bikes all over the city.

Currency & Payment

The currency in Germany is Euros €. It is advisable to carry some cash with you as some places don’t accept payments by card – ATMs can be found at the airport, the main station and bank branches throughout the city. Generally, it is possible to pay via Visa/Mastercard or credit card in most areas of the city.

COVID-19 Travel Info

(status February 2023)

Germany has removed all COVID-19 restrictions at the time, with mandatory masks on public transport being the last restriction to be lifted on 02.02.23. Generally, visitors do not require proof of vaccination or negative PCR tests to entry the country with a current exception for visitors from the People’s Republic of China (excluding the special administrative region of Hong Kong). Please keep informed about changes in COVID-19 restrictions and travel info on:
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National Park Saxon Switzerland

(Sächsische Schweiz and Elbsandsteingebirge)

The National Park Saxon Switzerland with its iconic sandstone rocks and cliffside castle, famously explored by romanticist painters such as Caspar David Friedrich, is ideal for a day trip or hiking tour. Its most iconic site—the Basteibrücke—is an easy 45 minute-train ride away from Dresden. Take S1 to Kurort Rathen and then cross the river with the ferry. For more on the national park, see: https://www.saechsische-schweiz.de/en/