34th Annual IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference

Planned Events, Attractions, Banquet, and Reception

Reception on Tuesday, July 19, at the Bavarian Parliament "Maximilianeum"

Two outside views of the Maximilianeum.

The COMPSAC 2011 reception will be in the central hall and the facade area of the Maximilianeum.  This spectacular building is not only fascinating to see and be in, but also provides a beautiful panorama view over Munich.  The planning of this palatial building was started in 1850 through an international architecture competition as a place for particularly gifted students to live in order to help bring institutions of higher learning to Munich.  The funding came from the Bavarian King Maximilian II, who reigned from 1848 to his sudden death in 1864 and the location is at the end of the luxurious boulevard "Maximilianstrasse" (Maximilian Street) and right next to the Maximilian Bridge, notice a pattern? Maximilian II was the father of Ludwig II of Bavaria (known for having created the (Disney-like) "Neuschwanstein" castle near Fassen, ) and some other impressive castles in Bavaria.


The Maximilianeum now houses the Parliament of the state of Bavaria.

An arial view of the Maximilianeum.


Banquet on Wednesday, July 20 in a typical Bavarian Beer Hall

A barell of Augustinerkeller beer.

The COMPSAC 2011 banquet will be held in a typical Bavarian Beer Hall, the Augustinerkeller. Splendid old paintings, imposing chandeliers and a wooden ceiling with numerous carvings make the room “Festsaal” something special. It is also one of the few remaining halls with barrel vaults in Munich. The brewery Augustiner is widely known for its beer. And the best thing? In the Augustinerkeller you can enjoy Edelstoff beer freshly tapped from the barrel all year round, both in the beer garden and in the various corners of the restaurant as well as on the terraces. That’s pretty special.

Dress up in your Dirndl dress or your Lederhosen (leather shorts) and enjoy the evening!


A shot of the Augustinerkeller banquet hall.

Public Transportation in Munich

Travel from Munich Airport to the Conference Location Holiday Inn Munich City Centre Hotel

Which train to take: The S-Bahn Lines S1 and S8 commute to downtown Munich. There is a stop near the Holiday Inn Munich City Centre Hotel which is called: ‘Rosenheimer Platz’. S1 takes 51 minutes, S8 takes 35 minutes from the Airport. We recommend S8. The airport is the end-of-the-line so (from the airport) you can’t go in the wrong direction, but S8 will get you to the hotel faster. Once you get to Rosenheimer Platz (where the hotel is) look for the exit named “Hochstrasse/Gasteig”. Follow the signs to the hotel Holiday Inn Munich - City Centre. At the very end of the arcade, some stairs and an elevator lead directly to our hotel lobby.

How to find the public transportation: Watch for and follow signs for a big green circle with a white “S” in it (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-Bahn). In a courtyard area between Terminal 1 and 2 there are escalators going down to the S-Bahn platform. 

Kind of ticket to get: We recommend to buy an Airport-City-Day-Pass that costs 10.80 Euro and comes pre-validated. This allows you to travel anywhere between the airport and the city (and also within the city) any time until 6 a.m. the next morning. You can also buy a “Single Day Ticket” for the whole network for the same price and validate it yourself in one of the small blue boxes on the train platform). If there are more than one in your group and you are travelling together, it is highly recommended to get the “Partner” version of these cards. That costs 19,80 and is good for up to 5 persons!

Where to buy the ticket: If you have change or small bills, you can buy the public transportation ticket from machines on the train platform

Many of the ticket machines at the airport do allow payment with credit card. See: http://www.mvv-muenchen.de/en/home/tickets/creditcardpayment/index.html

Web Page of Public Transportation in Munich


The main locations you are likely to want to look for are

  • Flughafen Manchen (airport)
  • Rosenheimer Platz (Holiday Inn Munich City Centre Hotel)
  • Marienplatz (central square / City Hall)
Theoretically, one can also take a taxi, but that is very expensive (about 70 €).


Tourist Information

It's not only fun at Oktoberfest and Hofbrauhaus, but also at the Deutsche Museum and BMW. In 2006 the FIFA world cup was inaugurated at the newly built Allianz Arena formerly the Olympia Stadium in the heart of the Olympic Park in Munich - a bluely-wafered brilliant piece of architecture by star architects Herzog & De Meuron who also built the new shopping mall at the Marienplatz named "5 Hafe".

Next to the "5 Hafe" and its spectacular splendour you will find the Feldherrnhalle near the Residenz where "Adolf Hitler" himself led an assault of riflemen against the local government of the German Reich - the German Reich that was struggeling hard after the catastrophy of World War I to turn from a thousand year old Kaiser-Reich into a modernized republic.

World War II left Munich in ruins. Few buildings were left untouched by the Allies' bomber fleet. However, Munich is way beyond the "post war brutality" of many German cities that were eradicated during the air raids. One of the best examples of the preserved medieval feel is the Frauenkirche, a symbol of town. Not very far from Frauenkirche is another, astounding sacred building, a church in an almost metaphysical baroque style - the Asamkirche. It was built as a private church in the middle of a street.

If you ever have been astounded by lp-covers of "Pink Floyd" - that famous rock group of the 70ies - you might not want to miss Glyptothek, Pinakothek and Propylaen where legendary and "crazy" Bavarian kings tried to resurrect classical Greece in an attempt to stop the final countdown of the Bavarian monarchy. There you will see a mysterious black monolith that seems to have landed from outer space.

For cultural education you can visit the Deutsch Museum, Tollwood and the National Garden Festival in Munich.

You can reach all destinations by our sophisticated infrastructure - by train, bus and/or subway with the head node Main Station in the middle of Munich.

English Garden

Deutsche Museum - (Science and Technology Museum, on island in the Isar River just west (walking distance) of hotel)

Allianz Arena Munich

Olympia Park Munich

Hofbrauhaus Munich (only parts in English)

Deutsch Museum Munich

BMW-Museum Munich

Marienplatz - (St. Mary's Square, heart of downtown)


Kanigsplatz: Glyptothek & Propylaen 

Bavarian Palaces and Castles

Gasteig - cultural center very close to hotel.

Bavarian State Parliament

The best Biergartens in Munich

Rivers and Lakes

The Isar and Munich's Lakes
Unbelievable - but you can go swimming outdoors within the city limits. Lakes and particularly the Isar River are very popular spots all year round for locals and tourists. Although the majority of Bavaria's larger lakes lies outside of Munich, the city also has some beautiful lakes and rivers within its boundaries. The main attraction for most city dwellers is by far the Isar River.

The Isar River, which runs directly through Munich, is a favourite of both children and adults during the warmer months. Its key location makes it ideal for sunbathing, picnicking, studying, and countless other activities. At the southern end of the English Garden (near Prinzregentenstrasse 1, Haus der Kunst) you can see one of the locations where people on surf boards surf on the waves of the Eisbach stream that flows into the Isar River. See link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eisbach

Lakes in Munich - if it's calmer water you're searching for, Feringasee, Fasaneriesee, Feldmochinger See and Lerchenauer See are also just within your reach.

If we've caught your interest, get further insight on Munich's lakes by clicking on the links.
The Bavarian Alps

The Bavarian Alps offer some of Germany's most breathtaking views. From the slops of these ancient mountains, one can survey the German landscape in all of its glory.


Shopping in Munich
There is a small shopping center in the underground area under the hotel, including also a grocery store and a drug store. The main shopping areas are Neuhauserstrasse and Kaufingerstrasse, both lined with large department stores and international chains. Smaller, more exclusive boutiques can be found around Maximilianstrasse and Theatinerstrasse. http://www.locationsite.de/muenchen/shoppinge.htm

Mehrwertsteuer - VAT
Here you can find background information which will help you to spend a pleasant shopping day in Munich. Please note that tax refund and duty free shopping are only for non-EU citizens going back to a non-EU country. If you are coming to Munich from another EU country or are going to another EU country after your stay in Germany, you will not have to declare anything.

Depending on what you buy, Mehrwertsteuer (abbreviation: MwSt.), meaning Value Added Tax, can be either 7% or 19%. This tax is always included in the price you pay and appears on the bill and receipt, respecitively. If you are a non-EU citizen and buy something that you're going to take outside the European Union, you can claim a tax refund once you're back home. Below you'll find a link to a detailed description of how to do this.

Opening hours
Opening hours vary according to where the store is located and the type of shop. In general, shops are open from Monday to Saturday. Smaller shops, such as bakeries, open very early in the morning and may close a bit earlier, especially on Saturdays. All shops except petrol stations and bakeries are closed on Sundays. In general, the following opening times apply, although it is up to every individual shopkeeper how long they want to keep their shop open.


  • Department stores: Mon - Sat 10am - 8pm
  • Supermarkets: Mon - Sat 8am - 8pm
  • Bakeries: Mon - Sat 7am - 6pm, Sun 7am - 12pm

Grocery stores, butchers, small shops, etc. have individual opening hours which, by and large, correspond to the following scheme. Please note that this is only an estimation and that you should check with the individual shop. Mon - Fri 8am - 12:30pm and 3pm - 6pm Sat 8am - 12:30pm. Petrol stations are allowed to be open 24/7.

Duty Free
Duty-free sale of alcohol and tobacco products to people travelling within the European Union was abolished in 1999. A few alcoholic beverages are still offered in airport shops at lower prices, but not duty-free. Tax-free purchases are still possible; see above at "VAT" for more detail.
If you are coming from a non-EU country, you are allowed to take the following items to Germany with you: 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillios or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco; 1 litre of a beverage with more than 22% of alcohol or 2 litres of an alcoholic beverage with up to 22% of alcohol or 2 litres of sparkling wine; 2 litres of table wine; 500g of coffee or 200g of coffee extracts; 50g of perfume or 250ml of Eau de Toilette; Gifts with a value of up to €178.95.

N.B.: Tobacco products and alcohol may only be imported by persons of 17 years or over; coffee only by persons of 15 years or over. Wine exceeding the limit of alcohol percentage will be taxed by 16%.

Global Refund - Tax Free Shopping




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