(An invitation from ISU President Frank Lorenz.)
Registration to the ISU Congress is now open and all information can be found at isu2019.org
The past two congresses were held in Korea and at the West Coast of the United States, so that many of you may not have bothered to go for the sheer length of the journey. You may rejoice and will be happy to hear that next year, the congress will be just around the corner in the North of Germany.
The congress will take place from 20 to 26 August 2019 in Lübeck, several miles from Hamburg. Lübeck is a beautiful city with a maritime touch. In fact, it was an important city of the Hanseatic League at the time and is famous today for its picturesque town centre with the emblematic seven church towers.
The congress itself will take place in an old maritime shed, right by the river Trave. For accommodation, all rooms in the Holiday Inn hotel just across the bridge have been reserved for the duration of the congress. You can find detailed information including a video invitation or details on outings on the dedicated website www.isu2019.org.
How do you get to Lübeck from the UK?
The easiest and quickest way is to catch a flight to Hamburg. Many airlines offer direct flights to Hamburg. You can fly directly from Birmingham (Flybe), Bristol (bmi), Dublin (Aer Lingus, Ryanair), Edinburgh (Easyjet, Ryanair), London Heathrow (British Airways, Eurowings), Gatwick (Easyjet), Stansted (Ryanair) and Manchester (Easyjet, Ryanair). From Hamburg, it is only a short one hour train ride to Lübeck that will cost you about 14 euro with trains running every hour. Take the metro to the main railway station and catch the train to Lübeck there. Alternatively, coaches are leaving directly from the airport to Lübeck for as low as 5 euro. You can book them at flixbus.com On the second page, make sure to unselect all stops but Hamburg Airport and Lübeck on the left side.
If you are afraid of flying or you feel the need to take half your household along? Take your car then! Gisela Will, the vice-president of the German Society for Stereoscopy and congress manager of the ISU congress 2019 has been coming to the conventions of the Stereoscopic Society in the UK by car from Hamburg for years. So, I imagine it works in the other direction just the same. The empirically tested route is by Stenaline ferry from Harwich to Hook of Holland. From there, it is a five and a half hour drive to Lübeck on the right side of the road.
During the convention in Buxton, I have been asked several times whether you could not take the train. This is a mode of transport I would not have thought of, but yes, in fact you can! Board the Eurostar at St. Pancras Station to Brussels. In Brussels, hop on a train to Cologne. You will have to change one more time in Hanover and after shortly under ten hours you arrive at Lübeck Hbf station. You can buy tickets through www.trainline.eu.