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German bookcrossing-UnConvention in Konstanz/Germany from October 1st – 3rd 2011 - registration deadline 15th of August!!!!!!!!!
from October 1st – 3rd 2011 there will be the German bookcrossing-UnConvention in Constance/Germany. As Constance is located in the very south at the beautiful Lake Constance the UnConvention will be called südSEEcrossing. The lake is located at the borders of 3 different countries and we would be happy to welcome loads of participants from all around the world. Here is the link to our homepage.
We’re all crazy (for books), sexy and cool! It’s gonna be so much fun!
So be there or be square!
The next bigger airport would be Zurich.
Of course you can go to the Black Forest by train starting in Constanz.
It takes about 2h 40m to go to Baden-Baden and will cost between 21,- and 39,- € and you don't even need to change trains.
I can help you buying the cheapest ticket if you want. And tell you what you need to know about the price system.
I don't know Ortenberg but the hostel manager of the Baden-Baden youth hostel is a friend of mine and I know for sure that public transportation will bring you safely from the station to the hostel. :-)
I don't own a car since many years and I can go almost anywhere I like with public transportation. It only needs a little organization and sometimes a little help from the aboriginals. (A big smile will lure them out of their hidey-holes ;-)
to book trains or buses on-line. I plan to go from Konstanz to Freiburg im Breisgau, then to Baden-Baden and then Heidelburg and then finally to Munich. I had hoped to go to Ortenburg but couldn't find public transport to the Hostel. Also how do I find out the station that is closest to the hostels.
Wyando just directed me to this thread ;) Seems I have some reputation as the resident public transport geek. Not without a reason, I have to admit.
It is usually not necessary to book trains or buses in advance in Germany. You might get a better price for prebooked tickets, but only in long distance traffic. For shorter distances there is no reason to buy a ticket in advance.
As long as you stay within of the state of Baden-Württemberg - and all places you list do that except of München/Munich - the maximum you really have to pay is 21 EUR. This so called "Baden-Württemberg-Ticket" is a daypass valid from 9 am (Mon-Fri) or all day (Sat/Sun) for all _local_ trains, buses and trams within of the state and sometimes a little bit beyond. It is _not_ valid on the fast long distance trains (IC/EC/ICE/TGV), though. They have their own pricing scheme and usually are much more expensive. Of course it's not always the cheapest solution to take the Baden-Württemberg-Ticket, and not always the best solution to restrict oneself to local trains, but it's an upper limit for a necessary price. And it always includes the city bus.
For the trip from Heidelberg to München, IMHO a prebooked "Sparpreis" discount ticket on a fast train would be recommendable. It's possible to book them online if you own a credit card. Prices start at 29 EUR but vary between connections, also these tickets are subject to availability - there's only a limited quantity for each price level. Prices for "Sparpreis" tickets generally raise 14 days before departure, and latest they can be booked is 3 days before departure. After that, only the higher standard price is available. If you tell me when you need to go, I might be able to recommend you something specific, and maybe even get a few euros of additional discount for you.
About public transport to the hostel:
http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de allows you to enter adresses instead of stations for an itinerary. The computer will then try to find a station or bus stop in reasonable distance by itself, and even display a map of the remaining walking part. However, the results are sometimes a bit weird, and sometimes these connections won't really work, so it might be a good idea to let someone double check them. It will give you a hint where there's a bus stop nearby which has useful connections at least.
Please note: I'm not going to read this forum or just this thread. I don't plan to attend the convention either. So please send questions by mail/PM if you want an answer ;)
Thanks for this and it might be just as easy for me to buy my tickets when I arrive in Konstanz.
which place are you going to stay in Konstanz?
If you have enough time in Konstanz, don't forget to take the ferry from Konstanz Staad (bus Nr. 1 or 15) to Meersburg (on the other side of the lake), it is a wonderful view !!! and not too expensive, the ferry is leaving every 10 min. Just ask any BCer from Konstanz, I am sure somebody is willing to show / go with you.
I really do miss the ferry... *sigh* it is one of my favourite things to do in Kostanz (I lived there for 4,5 years)
Do you mean Ortenburg in Bavaria? It is in the middle of nowhere and seems to be kind of tricky to get there with public transport - and it takes very long! (2,5-3h+)
I found two possibilities from Munich:
Train to Vilshofen, then Bus 6108 to Ortenburg
Train to Passau, then Bus 6173 to Ortenburg
I <3 Bucherhund(Robbe) and BC-hund :-)