ARRIVAL June 6http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Germany/Land_Sachsen/Leipzig-42312/Transportation-Leipzig-Getting_Around_By_Public_Transport-BR-1.html Take a train from airport to Hbf (HauptbahnhofLeizpig) then tram to Lumumbastrasse 4 where the interDaf Herder Institut offices and classrooms are. Exchange money at the airport or use a credit/ATM card to draw money. Be prepared that paying with a credit card is not always possible. 6 Euro from airport to Hbf; 1.40 Euro for tram ride. When you arrive at Lumumba you will get a tram pass and need not pay again
From Airport to Lumumbastrasse 4http://www.leipzig-halle-airport.de/de/index/reisende_besucher/an_abreise_parken/nahverkehr.htmlFrom the Airport take the train “Flughafen Express” to Leipzig Central Station(Hauptbahnhof) then take the tram to LumumbastrasseTrain Schedule: http://www.leipzig-halle-airport.de/de/index/reisende_besucher/an_abreise_parken/nahverkehr.html
Getting from the Bahnhof (MainTrain Station) to interDaf inLumumbastrasse1. Take the 16 tram all the way to Liebknecht Platz2. Cross the street and walk down Michaelisstrasse3. Then take a left on Nordplatz4. Follow Nordplatz as it bends to the right5. Then take a left on Lumumbastrasses6. The Herder Institute/interDaf is on the corner of Carl-Rothe- Strasse and Lumumbastrasse 4http://www.uni-leipzig.de/interdaf/
What to Pack (besides theobvious) Individual laundry detergent packs (save on buying detergent upon arrival) Sandwich bags/Tupperware (allows you to pack sandwiches for lunch) Breakfast Bars and snacks for your travel and first night Towel and Swimsuit Lotion (water is very dry) Ethernet Cable (WiFi is rare!) Canteen for water (there are not many drinking fountains) International Adapter (and Converter if necessary) Umbrella NOT MORE THAN ONE SUITCASE AND SMALL HANDLUGGAGE!!!
Mensa Purchase a Mensa Card for 10 Euros (refundable at end of trip) upon check-in Pay money upfront to load on card; can be redeemed at end of trip Average meal: €5-6 – bring your own water to lower the cost! Worth a visit, but also crowded and not always the cheapest A Typical Mensa Meal 3 Price Tiers (Students, International students, and Go to their website for menus, guests) prices, etc. here: http://www.studentenwerk- You will pay the second tier leipzig.de/mensen-und- price cafeterien/speiseplan
Transportation Strassenbahn (City-tram system) will take you everywhere you need to travel to in the city http://www.lvb.de/fahrplan Leipzig Strassenbahn passes will be given to you upon arrival from university Trains at Hauptbahnhof will take you to other cities A travel agency in the center of Hbf (Hauptbahnhof) can help you plan your ticket, orLook up train schedules at visit their website.their website: Tickets can be purchased at ATM-like machines near thewww.bahn.de entrance
Studentenwohnheim Single, Suite-Style room Will share a bathroom and kitchen with 1-3 other university students Sheets included with room Towels not provided recycling of glass, paper, etc. required No Wi-Fi (known as WLAN in Germany) Ethernet available with a 20 GB cap Getfree Wi-Fi for two hours at Starbucks, Sol y Mar, etc.
Communication So you’re attached to your iPhone? Let go of it. You don’t need it. Turn your phone to Airplane mode and turn off data roaming to avoid charges US phones generally charge $1.50 or more per minute If you intend on using a phone, call your carrier ahead and ask for an international plan Consider a German phone with a pay per minute chip Can be purchased at Karstadt or other local stores Or, just stay connected via Facebook, Skype and snail mail! Consider making a private Facebook group so you can all coordinate plans on weekends and afternoons
Where to get groceries Lidl, ReWe, Rossman, and Konsum are chain grocery stores. Be sure to bring your own bag with you, as they are not provided. Karstadt: Department store to get anything you forgot Grocery store on the lowest level Farmer’s Market on Augustusplatz There are many markets around town where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables. If you see the Farmer’s Market on Augustusplatz, make sure you check the prices at the different stands. Strawberries at one stand may be €2 while at another they may be only €1. Either way, you are in for some great fresh fruits and vegetables from all. *Note: Bioware, which you will see written on food items, means that the food is organic.
Food: Cheap food Bratwurst: €1.50 at most stands Ice Cream (italienischesEis): €.90 per Kugel (scoop) Döner: €3 Turkish food that is sort of like a Greek Gyro. Döner stands can be found all over the city, on virtually every street corner. Pommes (French fries): €2 Ketchup Packets: €.20 Asian Noodlebox: €3.00 Lidl: Get 3 take-and-bake pizzas to cook at your apartment for €2 The Hauptbahnhof: The Leipzig Hauptbahnhof is open until 22 Uhr (10 PM). Head there for a late night meal. There are numerous places inside to get food, including American choices like Subway, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, and even KFC. What better way to spend money in Germany than on American food you can eat every day back in the States!
Weather Average Climate: 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit Few days getting up to 90 degrees with days in the summer as low as the 50s Bring layers and a decently thick fleece Pants are the most appropriate bottom No humidity compared to the Midwest Rains frequently, blows over fast. July has the most rain of the year
travel and photo blogs by 2011 MU students:http://sallyfrench.tumblr.com/http://www.flickr.com/photos/jsu mpterphotodesignhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/sall yfrench/ blog on European popular culture by University of Missouri students:http://eurokulture.missouri.edu/
http://www.uni-leipzig.de/journalistik2/index.php?id=324 at the US Consulate in Leipzig
Contact Info Monika Fischer +1 646-591-1290 +49 172 573 6038 from a US phone Within Germany: 0172 573 6038 In Würzburg: 0931 / 6192345