General Info


Historic Fish Auction Hall

Photo Credit – Tim Brüning

Conference Venue

Altonaer Fischauktionshalle
Grosse Elbstrasse 9
D – 22767 Hamburg, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 40 – 570 105 – 200

How to get to Hamburg

Hamburg is well connected to international destinations in Europe, America, Africa and Asia by air. With
its long-distance rail station, it is perfectly embedded in the European high-speed train network.

The city can be reached via
Hamburg Airport
(Hamburg-Fuhlsbütte) and by rail via Hamburg Central Railway Station (Hamburg Hauptbahnhof). There are also well developed road links
though the German motorway

Helpful Links for Planning and Booking your journey:

Acting today for tomorrow:
Travel by train from Euro 99 completely carbon-free to Future MegaCities Conference

2nd International BMBF Conference

Future Megacities
in Action

Innovative Solutions for Energy- and Climate-
Efficient Urbanisation

May 14 – 16, 2013
Hamburg (Germany)


Welcome to Hamburg!

The world is at home in the Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg.
For centuries trade and shipping have ensured a climate of
openness to the world in this city on the water. As Germany's
Gateway to The World Hamburg is well known for its world-famous
port for cargo ships as well as for cruise liners, which is located
right in the centre of the city. Of special interest is Hamburg's
characteristic red-brick architecture. You will find a many museums
and a wide range of concerts and musicals as well as various
theatres and an opera.

The conference will take place in the Altonaer Fischauktionshalle.
The building, built in the style of a Roman basilica in 1896 was
used for freshly fish actions until 1955. Being restored in the 1980s
the historical building is now used as an event location. The
Altonaer Fischauktionshalle lies directly at the Elbe river, right in
the heart of Hamburg harbor.

IGS International Garden Show

International garden show 2013: new Volkspark with 100 hectares

The international garden show 2013 (igs 2013) is the green impetus of the Free and Hansestadt Hamburg, boosting the urban development policy concept for the south of Hamburg. Since 2007, the garden show organizers have been planning and designing the transformation of an approximately 100-hectare green and derelict area in the Hamburg district of Wilhelmsburg, turning it into an international garden show. At the same time, a twenty-first century park is being developed: a green oasis in the middle of the city with sports and activity amenities, attractive catering services and surprising water and garden facilities.

In collaboration with the International Building Exhibition Hamburg (IBA Hamburg), the igs 2013 is the main driving force behind the Hamburg urban development programme “leap across the Elbe”. The goal is to strengthen the appeal of the southern districts of Hamburg located close to the city centre through innovative architecture and open spaces. The design of the park in the heart of the Elbe island plays an important role in the development of the urban district and the participation of the district’s international residents.

Photo Credit – igs 2013/Andreas Bock

Hamburg Port Anniversary

The City of Hamburg celebrates the anniversary of its port with the world's greatest port festival every year. In 2013 the festivities go on for four days from May 9th until and including May 12th. The feast is visited from more than one million people each year.
This year the 284th Anniversary is celebrated over a length of six kilometers from HafenCity to the Oevelgönne Heritage Harbor and the programme offers a variety of maritime attractions and exciting displays both in the water and on land from the early morning until late in the night with highlights on the Festival Promenade, in the Speicherstadt warehouse district and the port areas.

The highlights each year include the Grand Arrival and Departure Parades where majestic sailing vessels, modern naval units, imposing cruise liners, modern naval units and traditional ships are presented and the unique Tugboat Ballet.

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How to reach the Fischauktionshalle

Public transport information

The Hamburg Public Transport Network (HVV) operates a comprehensive system of rapid transit and regional rail services and bus. There are also harbour ferries and night buses to complete their service. To help visitors out with their travelling costs there is a range of favourably-priced tickets on offer, for example one-day travelcards as well as the Hamburg CARD. The last entitles the holder not only to travel on public transport but also grant many further reductions on various cultural and leisure activities in Hamburg.

Tickets for public transport can be purchased either at ticket counters of the HVV, on the platforms U- and S-Bahn trains or on the buses.

Single Journey tickets
(valid for one person and one trip)
  • Short Trip/Kurzstrecke 1.40 €
    see timetable at station for range
  • Close Range/Nahbereich 1.85 €
    see timetable at station for range
Day ticket
  • Greater Hamburg Area
    (Grossbereich) or 1–2 rings 6.95 €
    valid all day until 06:00 the following day
  • 9 am Day Ticket, Greater
    Hamburg Area (Grossbereich) or
    1–2 rings 5.60€valid from 09:00 – 06:00 the following day

Hamburg Card Unlimited travel and discounted
ticket prices on about 150 offers
from 8.90 €

Arrival by planetotal travel time about 50-60 minutes

To reach the Fischauktionshalle from the airport:

  • take urban train (S-Bahn) line S 1
  • stop at "Reeperbahn" and
  • make a 10-minute walk to the hall.

Arrival by traintotal travel time about 20 minutes

To reach the Fischauktionshalle from
Hamburg Central Station:

  • use the S1 as mentioned above
  • Alternatively take the bus 112 towards "Neumühlen/Övelgönne",
  • leave the bus at the "Fischmarkt" stop
  • and make a short walk to the hall.

Arrival by car 

There are only few and chargeable parking lots in
the area around the hall. We advise you to leave
your car at the hotel and use public transport.