Travel Information


The meeting’s venue is the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing (MPI), which is located at Joseph-Stelzmann-Straße 9b, 50937 Köln (building no. 32 on the University Clinic map), opposite the CECAD Research Building.

Arrival by Plane

Following airports are recommended:

Cologne/Bonn Airport(CGN)
(distance to Cologne 20 km, 20 – 40 min. by taxi)

Düsseldorf Airport (DUS)
(distance to Cologne ~ 65 km, ~ 50 min. by taxi)

Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
A fast train (ICE City Express) operates every hour to Cologne Central Train Station (train travel time about 70 min.).

Arrival by Train and Public Transport

In cooperation with the Cologne Convention Bureau and Deutsche Bahn railway company we can offer our Symposium participants a special Event-Ticket (49,50 EUR for specific trains or 69,50 EUR for any train) that can be used to travel from any train station in Germany to Cologne. You can book your train ticket here.

From Cologne Messe/Deutz you can take tram line 9 underground (direction “Sülz”) directly. Follow the signs for “U” and tram line 9 (direction “Sülz”).

If you will arrive by plane at Cologne/Bonn Airport take a direct train to train station Cologne Messe/Deutz(travel time approx. 10 minutes) and change to tram line 9 from there.

From Cologne Central Station take either the underground tram line 16 (direction “Sürth”, “Bonn / Bad Godesberg”) or line 18(direction “Klettenbergpark”, “Brühl”) to “Neumarkt” station. Please note, that you need to take the steps/escalator up to street level because then you have to change to tram line 9 (direction “Sülz”) at street level.

Take the tram line 9 and get off at the stop “Sülz Lindenburg (Universitätskliniken)”. Then walk in the direction of travel (you are at “Zülpicher Straße” at that moment). Turn right into “Joseph-Stelzmann-Straße” and walk straight ahead. Crossing the next street (Kerpener Straße) you will find the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing with house no. 9b (building no. 32) on the left side of the street, right next to the “Studierendenhaus” of the University Clinic Cologne. The white parasols on the terrace belong to the MPI building.

You have to buy a City Ticket of category 1b for 2.80 €; KVB ticket machines are also located in every tram; only coins are accepted. You may need to validate the ticket at the platform or in the tram/bus.
During business hours, you can also purchase tickets at the KVB counter at Cologne central station, at any other station with a KVB office.


The taxi driver should drive you to the venue address (Joseph-Stelzmann-Straße 9b).
Price from Cologne-Bonn Airport to MPI: ~ 40 EUR.
Price from Cologne central station to MPI: ~ 20 EUR.

Arriving by Car

For directions please use the venue address Joseph-Stelzmann Straße 9b, 50937 Köln. Please note that parking spaces on the University Clinic Campus are very limited and that you will need to pay for parking.

Hotel Accommodation

In order to find a suitable accommodation, you may use this link provided by HRS and the Cologne Convention Bureau. It also includes a free Köln card which can be used for public transportation.

Invitation letter

In case you need an official invitation e.g. for travel reimbursement from your institution please contact us at sfb-829(at)

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