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                        Obergurgl March 14 - 17 2011

The 2011 spring HESS collaboration meeting will take place at the Obergurgl University Center from Monday, March 14 to Thursday, March 17.

Please read the information first, especially "How to reach Obergurgl".

We recommend Sunday, March 13 for travel and arrival at Innsbruck, where you should stay overnight. Early on Monday, March 14 we will transfer jointly by bus to Obergurgl.

For those of you who asked for assistance for accommodation in Innsbruck:
    you will be accommodated in the Hilton Innsbruck Hotel and departure will be on Monday, March 14, at 8:30 h from the Hilton.

Obergurgl University Center (http://www.uz-obergurgl.at/):

The Obergurgl University Center is located at an altitude of 1940 meters above sea-level, right by the ski slopes and just five minutes from the heart of the village. The listed historical buildings carefully refurbished and equipped with the latest technical systems, house conference rooms, the Alpine Research Center, laboratory, sports medicine, lounges, restaurant, and 40 bedrooms. On the doorstep: one of Europe´s finest Biosphere Parks and the Ötz Valley glaciers. Breakfast, conference breaks, a light lunch, afternoon coffee, a conference dinner – from local specialties to international cuisine or vegetarian, we are happy to cater for your specific needs. For the healthy body, the center has its own sauna, steam bath, infrared cabin, workout room and massage facilities.

The University Center can serve up to 125 persons for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner. We decided for half board, which allows us to have a joint lunch (12.00 – 13.30) of all meeting attendees, regardless whether accommodated at or off the University Center, so we can keep schedule for our afternoon sessions. In order to allow meeting attendees to explore alternative gastronomy in the village on their own, you are on your own for dinner within Obergurgl with one exception, our collaboration dinner on Tuesday, March 15.


Obergurgl University Center offers accommodation in 43 bedrooms. As you’ll notice, this creates a discrepancy in the number of on-site accommodations and maximum number of attendees in the lecture hall or restaurant. That, however, is somewhat countered by the room arrangements.

Once we exceed the in-house accommodations at the Obergurgl University Center, their staff will help us to get additional accommodation in the village at comparable conditions. Late deciders will predictably encounter difficulties given that a winter sport center like Obergurgl is usually booked out a year in advance. We therefore urge you to register before mid-January.

Accommodation outside the University Center would also be the choice for people unable or unwilling to accept the default shared accommodation at Obergurgl.

For people who secure their accommodation through our registration (and thus the University Center), breakfast and lunch will be included (half board), regardless if the accommodation will be at the University Center or not and breakfast and lunch will be served at the University Center. The University Center will issue individual invoices to be paid at departure day (in Euro or by Maestro, Visa or MasterCard).

For people who make their accommodation in any other way, accommodation and breakfast are to be paid elsewhere, but lunch is served and needs to be paid at the Obergurgl University Center.


There will be a modest registration fee accounting for drinks & snacks served at meeting breaks, parts of the conference logistics at Obergurgl, and (optional) our collaboration dinner. We can accept either electronic transfer prior or cash (€) upon arrival.

Collaboration Dinner

Our collaboration dinner will be held at the restaurant of the Obergurgl University Center. A four course dinner including two alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks will be offered for 35 Euro. Special nutrition/dietary needs will be acknowledged by the Obergurgl staff upon arrival.

How to reach Obergurgl

As said, we recommend arrival at Innsbruck on Sunday, March 13 and will bring you up to Obergurgl by bus on Monday. You can reach Innsbruck in various ways, but be prepared for Alpine winter conditions on any part of your final approach to Innsbruck.

By air:

Innsbruck Airport (INN) connects to a few meaningful and several non-helpful places. In winter, charter will be another option in addition to regularly served air routes. Nearest major airport would be Munich (MUC), about 2 hours by train to the north.

By train:

Innsbruck can be reached from the South (from Italy via Brenner), the West (from Zürich/Bern/Bregenz with e.g. RailJet), and from the East (from Munich or Salzburg with e.g. IC/EC/ICE). Given that Deutsche Bahn/ÖBB exclusively operates the railway lines up to Verona nowadays, you can anticipate fairly good standards as being offered by SBB/DB/ÖBB on all incoming directions to Innsbruck.

If you fail to catch our transfer to Obergurgl, it’ll be more challenging: Innsbruck connects via commuter trains to Bahnhof Ötztal at the lower end of the Ötztal Valley. This is as far as it gets by rail.

By car:

Innsbruck can be reached via Autobahn from the same directions as by train (South via A13, West via A12, East via A12). Beware, winter equipment is mandatory (even if not actively used) and the above motorways require the Austrian toll sticker (Vignette) bought before entering. In order to reach Obergurgl by car it is likely that you’ll indeed need snow chains on the winter tires.

From Innsbruck to Ötztal the A12 is the principal motorway. Leave the A12 at "Ötztal" and continue on B186 towards "Kühtai" into the valley, thereby passing Längenfeld, Sölden, and Zwieselstein.

From Bregenz to Ötztal it’ll be the A12 from the other direction. Leave the A12 at "Ötztal" and continue on B186 towards "Kühtai" into the valley, thereby passing Längenfeld, Sölden, and Zwieselstein.

By bus:

At Bahnhof Ötztal, public transportation connects into the whole valley, including Obergurgl. Obergurgl is the very end, so remain seated as long as it’s going up.

There is also Ötztal Shuttle (http://www.obergurgl.com/main/EN/GG/WI/orte/anreise_oetztalshuttle/index.html), connecting Innsbruck–Airport directly with the Ötz Valley for those that do not wish to use our bus transfer from Innsbruck on Monday morning.