Strasbourg is located in the plains of the Rhine Graben and is a truly European place; it is home to many institutions such as the Council of Europe and the European Parliament, and has historically been a crossroad of trade and politics, sharing both French and German heritage. It is a conglomerate of truly beautiful spots – old houses, the stupendous cathedral (Münster), quiet corners on the river Ill – and, above all, a place famous for excellent food and wine!
EGC 2016 will be held in the newly refurbished Strasbourg Convention and Exhibition Centre and is easily accessed from around Europe and beyond, by all means of transport.
- Strasbourg-Entzheim International is about 20 km from the city centre
- On the German side, Airport Baden Airpark is located some 60 km from Strasbourg
- EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg is a bit more to the South, ca 130 km from Strasbourg (see trains below)
- Frankfurt International Airport, the major German airport and one of the busiest airports in Europe, connected to virtually everywhere in Europe and the world, is just 200 km to the North, and connected to the region by fast trains (see below)
Image Courtesy of Strasbourg Congress and Exhibition Centre
- Fast trains (TGV) operate from Paris to Strasbourg; by the time of the conference, the 2nd stage of the fast line shall be operational, cutting the travel time from Paris to under 2 hours
- Also from the South (eg Marseille, Lyon, Mulhouse) and East (eg Stuttgart and Munich) TGV trains operate to Strasbourg
- Strasbourg is connected by shuttle trains to Offenburg in Germany, stop of the fast ICE trains, and thus connected to all of Germany and beyond
- Travel time from Frankfurt airport is slightly over 2 hours, with changes either in Karlsruhe to TGV or in Offenburg to the shuttle for Strasbourg
- French motorways reach Strasbourg from West/North (A4) and South (A35)
- On the German side, an exit off the main North-South motorway A5 is just 12 km from downtown Strasbourg; A5 is connected in Karlsruhe to A8 for all destinations in the East