ESO Headquarters is located in Garching, near Munich, Germany. This is the scientific, technical and administrative centre of ESO, where technical development programmes are carried out to provide the observatories with the most advanced technology.
The town of Garching lies about 13 km north-east of Munich. ESO Headquarters are located roughly 2 km north-east of Garching. The ESO building is situated in the "Forschungszentrum" area.
For an interactive overview of the Munich area with the location of Garching and of ESO, please take a look at the Google map here.
The Munich FJS Airport is 17km north-east of Garching. The easiest way to get to Garching or ESO Headquarters from the Airport is by taxi. The fare is about EUR 40 and takes roughly 15 to 20 minutes.
Alternatively, if you wish to use public transport, you can take the train (S-Bahn S8) from the airport to Ismaning (20 minutes; EUR 8.40) and from there either a taxi (EUR 12–15) or Bus 230 (first bus at 06:11 and then every 20 or 40 minutes until 18:52 on weekdays). Please note that Bus 230 only goes to Garching-Forschungszentrum on working days (Monday–Friday), with a stop in Garching. There is an hourly bus service from Ismaning to Garching on Saturdays and Sundays. For detailed information, please check the Bus 230 time table.
To reach ESO from the Bus 230 stop, please see this map.
The easiest way from the main railway station is to take a taxi to Garching or ESO Headquarters (the fare is approximately EUR 40).
Alternatively, if you wish to use Public Transport (single fare: EUR 5.80), take the S-Bahn (underground railway) from the Main Railway Station (Hauptbahnhof) to Marienplatz and then the U-Bahn U6 to Garching-Forschungszentrum. Exit the train at station Garching for the town of Garching and station Garching-Forschungszentrum for the ESO Headquarters.
There is a system of motorways (Autobahn) and ring-roads in and around Munich. For details see the schematic map. Follow these to the Autobahn for Nürnberg (A9). To reach Garching there are two turnoffs (Ausfahrt): Garching-Süd (Garching South) and Garching-Nord (Garching North). Both exits lead you directly into the town of Garching.
If you wish to get to ESO Headquarters, you need to take the turnoff Garching-Nord (Garching-North), which leads you directly to the "Forschungsinstitute" area. Go straight ahead at the traffic lights and continue until the road makes a sharp turn to the left. Do not turn left: ESO is straight ahead.
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- German railway (Deutsche Bahn) information and German railway (Deutsche Bahn) time table.
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