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18th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium
Munich, Germany – Hosted by OHB
18th-20th September 2019



Munich in front of the Alpine panorama. © München Tourismus / Thomas Klinger

Munich is the capital and the most populated city in the German state of Bavaria, on the banks of the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is also the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg, and the 12th largest city in the European Union, with a population of around 1.5 million. The Munich Metropolitan Region is home to 6 million people.

The city is a major centre of art, technology, finance, publishing, culture, innovation, education, business, and tourism in Germany and Europe. Munich enjoys a very high standard and quality of living, reaching first in Germany and third world-wide according to the 2018 Mercer survey, and being rated the world’s most liveable city by the Monocle’s Quality of Life Survey 2018. According to the Globalisation and World Rankings Research Institute Munich is considered an alpha-world city, as of 2015.

The name of the city is derived from the Old/Middle High German term Munichen, meaning “by the monks”. It derives from the monks of the Benedictine order, who ran a monastery at the place that was later to become the Old Town of Munich; hence the monk depicted on the city’s coat of arms. Munich was first mentioned in 1158. Catholic Munich strongly resisted the Counter-Reformation and was a political point of divergence during the resulting Thirty Years’ War, but remained physically untouched despite an occupation by the Protestant Swedes. Once Bavaria was established as a sovereign kingdom in 1806, it became a major European centre of arts, architecture, culture and science. In 1918, during the German Revolution, the ruling house of Wittelsbach, which had governed Bavaria since 1180, was forced to abdicate in Munich and a short-lived socialist republic was declared.

In the 1920s, Munich became home to several political factions, among them the NSDAP. The first attempt of the Nazi movement to take over the German government in 1923 with the Beer Hall Putsch was stopped by the Bavarian police in Munich with gunfire. After the Nazis’ rise to power, Munich was declared their “Capital of the Movement”. During World War II, Munich was heavily bombed and more than 50% of the entire city and up to 90% of the historic centre were destroyed. After the end of post-war American occupation in 1949, there was a great increase in population and economic power during the years of Wirtschaftswunder, or “economic miracle”. Unlike many other German cities that were heavily bombed, Munich restored most of its traditional cityscape and hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics. The 1980s brought strong economic growth, high-tech industries and scientific institutions, and population growth. The city is home to major corporations e.g. BMW, Siemens, MAN, Linde, Allianz, MunichRE and OHB Systems AG.

Munich is home to many universities, museums and theatres. Its numerous architectural attractions, sports events, exhibitions and its annual Oktoberfest attract considerable tourism. Munich is one of the most prosperous and fastest growing cities in Germany. It is a top-ranked destination for migration and expatriate location, despite being the municipality with the highest population density in Germany (4,500 people per square km) . Munich hosts more than 530,000 people of foreign background, making up approximately 38% of its population. (text taken from Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich 31st August 2018)

Gasteig Cultural and Conference Centre

Gasteig Cultural and Conference Centre Floor Plan

  • ESMATS 2019 will take place in the Carl Orff hall
  • The Cocktail Reception on Wednesday evening will be held on the second floor foyer and the terrace of the Gasteig, next to the Carl Orff hall
  • Meals will be served in the Gasteig restaurant
  • Training courses will be held in The Eurostars Grand Central Hotel, Arnulfstrasse 35
esmats ESMATS, Gasteig Cultural and Conference Centre (also Cocktail reception Weds pm)
training Training Courses, Eurostars Grand Central Hotel, Munich
OHB OHB Systems AG - Host company and industrial visit, Friday pm
banquet Augustiner Keller, Bavarian Style Conference Dinner(Thursday evening)
closest airport Munich Airport - closest
airports  Other Airports
Train station Railway Stations
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Located in the South of Germany in the heart of Bavaria, Munich is very accessible by road, rail or air from most countries worldwide.
The address for The Gasteig Cultural and Conference Centre is Rosenheimer Str. 5, 81667 Munich, Germany.
The address for The Eurostars Grand Central Hotel is Arnulfstrasse 35, 80636 Munich, Germany.

Airports: The 6 closest airports in Southern Germany to Munich are as follows:

  • Munich Airport (Franz Josef Strauss Airport): approximately 45 – 60 minutes by car
    • Taxis from Munich Airport to Munich city centre – approx. €60-70 traffic dependant
    • S-Bahn train, S8, to  Munich Rosenheimer Platz Station – approx 40 minutes with short walks
  • Augsburg Airport (80km): approximately 60 minutes by car
    • No direct rail connection
  • Allgaeu Airport Memmingen (120km): approximately 1hr 45 mins by car
    • Flexi bus connection plus S-Bahn train S2 or S3: approximately 1hr 30 mins to 2hrs
  • Salzburg Airport – Austria (140km): Approximately 1hr 30 mins by car
    • Approximately 2hrs 30 mins by public transport – 3 connections
  • Innsbruck Airport – Austria (150km): approximately 2hrs by car
    • Approximately 2.1/2 to 3hrs by train – numerous connections
  • Nuremberg Airport (180km): approximately 2 hrs drive by car
    • Approximately 2hrs by train – 3 connections
  • Friedrichshafen Airport (200km): approximately 2 hrs drive by car
    • Approximately 3.1/2 to 4hrs by train – 3 connections


The arrangements OHB made with local hotels regarding accomodation at reduced rates has now closed. If you still require assistance finding a hotel then you can contact:

ARC Hotel Reservations Service
Contact person: Birgit Feicht
phone: +49 / 8142 / 3058470

Birgit is happy to assist you in finding a suitable hotel.

Please note that credit card details will be required.