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City Transportation

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All classes and parties are located very near each other, in the Bergheim area of the city. However, in case you need to travel across town to get from your hosting to the venues, here is how you can best go about it.

Bicycling:
Heidelberg is quite easy to bike around – it’s compact, and quite flat for all the places you’re likely to go. You can rent a bike, for example using the VRNnextbike service. Be sure to lock your bike securely at night, especially in the city centre or near the train station.

Public Transit:
Heidelberg is quite well connected through streetcar and bus service. The local transit service is called VRN (or RNV – for some weird reason they like to use both!).

Generally within the city centre you only need to pay a “city ticket” (€1.70); for general travel around town you need zone 2 (“Preisstufe 2”; €2.60). For streetcar travel you need to purchase your ticket BEFORE you get on the streetcar – there are machines at every stop; for buses you can purchase from the driver directly. IMPORTANT: unless you are on a bus and just bought your ticket from that driver, you always need to validate your ticket — stamp it using one of the machines just inside the bus or streetcar doors (otherwise you could be fined for not having a valid ticket!!). Individual tickets are valid for one trip in one direction, however allow a change of transportation and short breaks (as long as you keep traveling in the same direction).

Night Buses:
At night you need to plan ahead a little, because bus service is limited. Many of the so-called “Moonliner” buses pass by the main train station (“Hauptbahnhof”) once per hour going to various neighbourhoods. We recommend you plan your route in advance using the VRN website.

HeidelbergCARD
If you will use public transit frequently, it might be worth it to get a “HeidelbergCARD” (€17, €19 or €21 for 1, 2 or 4 days). You can ride all buses, streetcars, and local commuter trains for free – including the funicular railway up to the castle. You also get free admission to some museums and discounts for some bars and restaurants in town. You can buy it at a few locations including the tourist office by the main train station.

Taxis:
If you want to call a cab, use the central taxi dispatch for Heidelberg: 06221-30-20-30 (or “+49-6221-30-20-30” instead if you’re on a foreign phone). Also there are a few taxi stands where cabs will simply wait for you; the one convenient to our location is Hauptbahnhof.

Parking:
Tanzhaus has its own parking spots dedicated for us. These spots are free of charge throughout the long weekend. However, just outside the Tanzhaus area and within the same block there are more spots that are not for free so please pay attention to where you park.

area around tanzhaus