BNAIC 2010

Conference Venue

Conference Site

The BNAIC 2010 conference is held at the University of Luxembourg, Campus Kirchberg and at the Public Research Center Henri Tudor, Headquarters building . The two institutions are located next to each other.

Information on how to reach Campus Kirchberg is available here and CRP Henri Tudor here .

The conference site is in a part of Luxembourg City called "Kirchberg", which also hosts various EU instititions, as well as a big part of the Luxembourgisch banking industry. Kirchberg is located between the city centre (10 to 15 minutes by bus) and the airport (10 minutes by bus).

Campus Kirchberg CRPHT

Travelling to Luxembourg

From the Netherlands

For participants coming from the Netherlands, one of the easiest ways to reach Luxembourg is by train. Those coming from the West of the Netherlands may prefer the connection by means of Brussels, which goes every hour. Those coming from the East of the Netherlands may prefer the connection by means of Maastricht and Liège ("Luik"), which goes only once every two hours, but follows a very scenic route.

Return tickets Luxembourg can be bought at the standard NS vending machines (click on "To Belgium / Luxembourg / France" at the start menu). When buying tickets, one has to specify whether to travel by means of Roosendaal and Brussels or by means of Maastricht and Liège, so please check at the international trainplanner which connection is most convenient. One also has to select a "starting date" of the ticket. Both the forward and return trip have to take place within one month of this starting date, to the ticket is not bound to a particular time or date. It is also possible to buy the ticket at the domestic (!) counter, which will charge a € 3,50 booking fee.

One could save an hour of travel time by taking the Thalys between Amsterdam and Brussels, instead of the regular intercity, but this requires a special (and more expensive) ticket that is not available from the standard NS vending machine. Furthermore, the ticket can only be used in the trains it is booked for, allowing no flexibility at all (unless one is again willing to pay a heavy additional fee). Travellers might choose to take the regular intercity train instead.

Participants travelling on a really tight budget can also come by coach. Eurolines Netherlands offers return tickets starting from € 28, to those that book early.

From Belgium

For participants coming from Belgium, one of the easiest ways to reach Luxembourg is by train. Most travellers will probably prefer to take the train Brussels-Luxembourg, which goes every hour. Those living in the East of the country can also choose to take the train Liège-Luxembourg, which goes once every two hours.

From France

Travelling to Luxembourg from France has become a lot easier since the opening of the TGV connection Paris-Luxembourg. Travel time from Paris Est is only two hours. Participants coming from Metz or Nancy can also choose to take the TER, which takes 50 and 90 minutes, respectively.

From Germany

There is only one railway line between Germany and Luxembourg, originating from Trier. Since Trier is not an ICE station, participants from Germany may prefer to travel to Saarbrücken instead, from where there is a hourly highway bus that even stops right in front of the conference site.

From other origins

Participants coming from places that are too far to conveniently reach Luxembourg by train could choose to travel by airplane instead. The following regional airports can be recommended.

  • Lux Airport. By far the most convenient way of air travelling to Luxembourg is to arrive at the national airport. The airport has recently been reconstructed and the shiningly new terminal indeed looks very appealing. Some of the advantages of Lux Airport are its relatively small size and fast and efficient procedures (one has to be at the airport only one hour before departure). Only a limited number of airlines fly to Luxembourg, including CityJet. The national carrier LuxAir is also a very decent option. From the airport, it's only 20 minutes to the city centre by bus. A good choice is to take bus 16 which stops nearby all hotels mentioned later on this web page (€ 1.50 one-way). For hotel Français, Molitor or Alpha, it would also be possible to take bus 9. Our experience is that a taxi from the airport to the city centre can easily cost € 35.
  • Frankfurt Hahn. Several budget airlines fly to this German regional airport, that is 1 hour and 50 minutes away from Luxembourg by shuttle bus. Expect to pay about € 30 for a bus return ticket Frankfurt Hahn - Luxembourg. This is one of the favourite options of the staff at the University of Luxembourg.
  • Charleroi Airport. This regional airport in the south of Belgium, sometimes also called "Brussels South Airport" hosts Ryanair as well as several other budget airlines. Luxembourg City is 2 hours and 15 minutes away by a shuttle bus service which uses a pricing scheme similar to that of budget airlines (book early!).
Hotel Melia La Coque

Local Transport

The bus network in Luxembourg is well distributed and efficient. There are various bus lines between the city centre and the conference site. These bus lines are indicated by the sign "EUROBUS" (they also stop at the EU institutions). From the city centre, take any EUROBUS (like line 1, 16 and 194) to Kirchberg. The conference site is located at bus stop "Coudenhove-Kalergi" (this is the first stop after "Kirchberg, Erasme/d'Coque").

Bus tickets come in two forms:

  • One way tickets, valid in Luxembourg of a period up to two hours.
  • Day cards, valid for all trains and buses in the entire country

Both one-way tickets and day cards are available on the bus itself (€ 1,50 and € 4, respectively). It is also possible to buy a carnet of 10 one-way tickets (€ 12) or 5 daycards (€ 16) at newspaper stands (like for instance at the airport or railway station). Tickets bought in advance (carnet) need to be stamped in the bus. Many of the city buses have stamping machines; if your bus does not, then ask the driver to simply write the time and date on your ticket.

Paper tickets are gradually phased out in favour of electronic tickets, which are stored on an E-GO card. The card itself is for free; one only pays for the tickets that are loaded on it. When entering the bus, just hold the E-GO card to the card reader until it says "bon voyage". Unlike many other places in the world, this only needs to be done when entering the bus (and not when leaving the bus).

When planning to go by public transport, one can use the online travel planner, which covers the entire country.

Another interesting local transport alternative is to move around by bicycle. The City of Luxembourg has several fully automated bicycle rental stations, including one that is nearby the conference site. A subscription for one week costs only € 1. The idea is take a bicycle from one rental station and return it to perhaps another. If the trip takes less than 30 minutes, it's for free. Otherwise one starts to pay € 1 euro per hour, after the first 30 minutes, with a maximum of € 5 per day. Please keep in mind that you're allowed to keep your rented bicycle for at most 24 hours.

Although the city centre itself is small enough to navigate by foot, we do not recommand walking as a way to reach the conference site, unless your hotel is located in Kirchberg.

Maps of the city of Luxembourg are available at pretty much every newspaper stand. Free maps, covering only the city centre and Kirchberg, are available at the Luxembourg City Tourist Office.

When arriving by train, one could take a taxi to the hotel (when leaving the station hall, the taxi stand is on the left). Alternatively, one could take the bus, since the EUROBUS bus stop is right in front of the station hall (don't cross the street). If the hotel is in the Gare area (which is the name of the neighbourhood in front of the station) it's also possible to walk.

Where to Eat?

Luxembourg, like any of the world's capitals, has a large range of possibilities for dining out. Hereby some suggestions of the University of Luxembourg staff:

  • An all-time classic amoung native Luxembourgish people is Restaurant Ems (69, rue du Fort Neipperg. Tel: 487799) which serves good local food (try the "judd mat gaardebounen") for quite decent prices. Although the restaurant is located in a street with some shady night time entertainment, once inside of Ems everything is OK.
  • There is a big Portuguese community in Luxembourg, and as a result there are various Portuguese restaurants. Lisboa II (90-92, Dernier Sol. Tel: 26481880) is one of the better, and some of our staff members were quite satisfied. It is not a place for vegetarians, however. The restaurant is south of Gare, just across the bridge over the railroad tracks.
  • Some good and decently priced Italian food is available at Ristorante Pizzeria Il Cherubino (10, rue Notre Dame. Tel: 471794). The place is not too big, and it makes sense to make a reservation when coming with a group. Other Italian restaurants include Onesto (11, rue de Nord. Tel: 223818) and Bachus (32, rue du Marché-aux-Herbes. Tel: 471397)
  • Good and affordable Thai food is available at Café Sawasdee (20, rue du Verger. Tel: 26123908). To reach the restaurant, take the pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks, just left of the station hall.
  • A good quality Indian restaurant is Indian/Tibetian restaurant Khana Khazana (17b, rue les Bains. Tel: 228545). Expect to pay € 35 for a full meal with drinks.
  • There are several Chinese restaurants in the City of Luxembourg, but Restaurant Palais du Chine can be seen as one of most attractive, for its food, decoration and central location nearby the palace of the Grand Duke. (18-20, rue de l'Eau. Tel: 460283). Native chinese food (non-westernised) can be found at Restaurant Lu Ya Home (44, rue St Zithe. Tel: 491818). This restaurant has recently changed owners, and the old name "Le Village des Dragons" is still on the wall at the time of writing.
  • Those just wanting to have a snack but not willing to go to Quick or McDonalds could go to Snackbar Ankara (6, avenue Monterey. Tel: 225201) just behind the post office and let themselves be impressed by the phenomenal knowledge of languages of the owner.

Lots of restaurants can also be found at the Place d'Armes, which is one of the two main squares in the city centre.

Where to have a drink?

Apart from its famous Mousel wine, Luxembourg is also known for its good quality of beers. The country has no less than five national beer brands: Bofferding, Diekirch, Mousel, Simon and Battin. Don't leave Luxembourg without at least having tried Battin Extra.

There are several bars worthwhile having a drink at:

  • Scott's Pub (Bisserwee 4, L-1238 Luxembourg), which is in Grund and has a terrace at the Alzette river. Those wanting to avoid the long climb back up to the old city can instead walk into the nearby tunnel to take the lift (operating until 2am).
  • Bistro de la Presse is just opposite to the palace of the Grand Duke. It attracts mostly an elderly clientele and is nicely decorated with various portraits of the Grand Duke and his family.
  • Various trendy bars can be found at the Rue d'Hollerich, nearby Gare. This is also where one has a decent chance of getting service in English.
  • A relatively new night time hotspot is Rives de Clausen, which is located on the terrain of the former Mousel beer brewery (rue Emile Mousel), at the end of the Bock. This is probably the best place to enjoy Luxembourg's night life.

What else to do?

With more than 1000 years of history and very pleasant landscapes, the City of Luxembourg offers many sightseeing opportunities. The City Tourist Office provides a list of possible activities including free walking tours. Some museums worthwhile visiting include the National History and Art Museum, the Historical Museum of the City of Luxembourg and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

It can be worthwhile to stay a few extra days before of after the conference to do some sightseeing in the region. This is made easy by the fact that many hotels offer discounts during the weekend. Also, the kind of tickets used on the Luxembourg city buses are actually valid for all trains and buses in the entire country. A good online travel planner is available at Mobilitéits Zentral (it's also possible to call them at +352 2465 2465; normal rates apply).

Some places outside Luxembourg city are also worth a visit on a day-trip, for instance:

  • Echternach, a pleasant small town at next to the border with Germany, which starts at the other side of the Sûre river. The place is best know for the Abbey of Echternach, founded by St. Willibrord. It is possible to continue to, for instance, Diekirch, where one can take the train back to the City of Luxembourg. It is also possible to take a (direct) bus from Gare (see Mobilitéits Zentral for timetables).
  • Vianden is of historical interest, as it hosts the castle of William of Orange, the founding father of the Netherlands. The place attracts a lot of tourists from the Netherlands, and we can particularly recommend the broodje kroket at the local Dutch snackbar. From the City of Luxembourg, take the train to Ettelbrück, and change there for the bus to Vianden. Detailed travel info can, as usual, be found at Mobilitéits Zentral.
  • The Sûre (Sauer in German) is the river that defines part of the border between Luxembourg and Germany. It is possible to rent a kayak and go downstream to Echternach, which takes about 2 hours. Although the river has some accelerations, the route is suitable even for beginners. Renting a two-person kayak costs € 25. It is also possible to rent a one-person kayak, but these tend to be unstable ;-) To get to the starting point, take the train to Ettelbruck, and then bus 500 towards Echternach. Get off at bus stop "Dillingen Déiljen".
  • Trier, just across the border, is the oldest city of Germany and has a quite charming centre. One of the most famous landmarks is the Porta Nigra, the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps, nowadays a World Heritage Site. A return ticket ("Tagesrückfahrkarte") for the direct train between Luxembourg and Trier (43 minutes by InterCity) costs € 8.40.
Grund Alzette