Optics and Photonics for Energy & the Environment (E2)

14 - 17 November 2016
Kongresshalle am Zoo Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

Travel & Transportation

About Leipzig
Leipzig is the largest city in the federal state of Saxony, Germany. It is a place where tradition rubs shoulders with zeitgeist, and where great art can be enjoyed just a few steps away from an exciting world of outdoor activities. Whatever you quest, you won’t have to go far to find it in Leipzig. There are cultural events for music connoisseurs and art lovers, a thriving coffee house culture and traditional pubs, shops aplenty in the intricate network of historical passageways and arcades, and a host of highly attractive leisure and recreational activities, not to mention a vibrant and diverse night life.

Kongresshalle am Zoo Leipzig
Built in 1900, the Kongresshalle am Zoo Leipzig now appears in its new splendor after an extensive and elaborate renovation. It is unique in being immediately next door to the zoological garden. The scientific topics presented at Zoo Leipzig offer numerous points of contact for conferences and congresses. The historic building, with its exciting architecture was constructed in Gründerzeit era and combines historical and contemporary elements in a uniquely elegant atmosphere.


Individuals requiring letters of invitation to obtain travel visas to present their papers may access the online form at Invitation Letter Request Form.
  • Please fill out a separate form for each person requesting a letter According
  • All letters of invitation will be sent by a locked PDF unless otherwise requested.
  • Please allow up to 15 business days to process your request.
  • OSA is not able to contact Embassies in support of an individual attempting to gain entry to attend an OSA meeting.
  • We recommend that you secure your travel visa before registering for the conference as cancellations after the preregistration cutoff can result in a cancellation fee.

Questions about the Visa Invitation Letter application process, e-mail: invitations@osa.org

OSA Management – Invitation Letter
The Optical Society
2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

Apply now for your visa!

If you need a travel visa, begin the visa application process now! The application process can take up to 6 months or more. We strongly encourage you to apply for your visa as early as possbile. Please find out if you need a visa to enter Germany here. If you do not need a visa to enter Germany, you may still need to meet some specific requirements. If you do need a visa, find out how to apply.

OSA provides the following information to help foreign travelers understand the process and requirements of obtaining visas and some of the rules for foreigners to stay in Germany. The information is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, there is considerable complexity as there are several types of Visas; it can be applied for in your own country, the rules vary according to your nationality, and the regulations can be changed at any time. The information is relevant to holders of ordinary passports.

On-line Resources:
German missions in the United States
Visa Frequently Asked Questions
Visit on Business Visa Information
Customs Information

According to the so-called Schengen agreement, tourist and business visas issued by a mission of one of the following countries are valid for travel to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. However, you always have to apply at the consulate of the country which is your main destination.

Getting to and From Leipzig, Germany

Travel by Air
Transportation from Airport
Ground Transportation
Driving Directions
Parking Information

The Kongresshalle am Zoo Leipzig is just a few minutes’ walk from the city center and three tram stops away from the main railway station.  Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ) is located 10 miles away from Kongresshalle am Zoo Leipzig.
Flughafen Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ)
Terminalring 11
04435 Flughafen Leipzig/Halle, Germany
P. +49 (0) 341 224-1155

Please note, information below are approximate rates to and from the Kongresshalle am Zoo Leipzig. Pricing may vary.
Flughafen Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ)
  • Car Rentals
    Several rental car companies are located inside the airport terminal for your convenience.
  • Airport Shuttles
    A one-way shuttle service approximately costs EUR 36 per person. More shuttle options here.
  • Taxi service
    Several taxi companies are available directly in front of Terminal B.
  • Public Transportation
    Train from airport to Leipzig Hauptbahnhof (Hbf) costs approximately EUR 4.40.

Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) is the nation’s leading train service company and operates in 130 countries. For more information, please refer to the DB Bahn website.
The Leipzig tramway network is part of the public transport system in Leipzig. With its 13 lines, route length of 92.1 miles and 510 trams stops, it can easily help you travel around the city. Please visit Leipziger Verkehrsbetrieben (LVB) for information on current fares and timetable.

Flughafen Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ)
Distance from the Kongresshalle am Zoo Leipzig: 10 miles
Travel Time: 18 minutes without traffic
Google Map Directions
Depart terminal and head west on S8a (1.4 miles)
Turn right to merge onto A14 toward Dresden/Leipzig (5.2 miles)
Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 23-Leipzig-Mitte to merge onto Maximilianallee/B2 toward Leipzig-Mitte (3.4 miles)
Turn right onto Theresienstraße (1 mile)
Bear left onto Delitzscher Str. (980 ft.)
Turn right onto Balzacstraße (1312 ft.)
Turn right onto Nordpl. (1246 ft.)
Arrive Pfaffendorfer Str on the right
Important information for all drivers: Leipzig has a low emission zone where only cars, buses and commercial vehicles bearing a green sticker are allowed to travel. Further information can be found here.

Go towards the city center and follow the signs to the Zoo. Please follow the guidance system to the car parks. You will find the Zoo multi-story car park directly opposite the main entrance to the Kongresshalle. Please click here for more information.

Special Discounts for Congress Attendees

OSA continues to enhance the benefits we provide to all meeting participants. We actively work with the host city, hotel and local area business to provide amenities and discounts. Additional discounts will become available from now until the conference begins. Please continue to check back for up-to-date discount programs and information!
Airline Discounts
Ground Transportation Discounts

Airline Discounts
Delta Airlines is offering discounted flights for Congress Attendees when using the following global meeting code: NMLYX. This code is only valid at Munich (MUC) airport during the dates of 9 – 22 Nov, 2016. Reservations and ticketing are available via www.delta.com/ or by calling the Delta Meeting Network Reservations at +1 800.328.1111. Please note that a Direct Ticketing Charge will apply for booking by phone. When booking online, select “Advanced Search” option and enter the code above in the Meeting Event Code box provided.

Ground Transportation Discounts

Avis Rent-a-Car is pleased to offer low rates with unlimited mileage to participants attending the Congress. If you wish to reserve a car please contact the Meetings and Convention Department at + 1 800.525.7537. They can ensure that you maximize your rental dollars. Please mention AWD # D340737 when you call. Reservations may also be made on the Avis website by entering the code in the Discount Code box provided.   

SuperShuttle is pleased to offer 10% discount off a roundtrip or one way reservation to participants attending the conference. Please refer to the discount OPTIC. Discounted reservations must be made on the SuperShuttle website. Discount does not apply to exclusive vans (which are already discounted) or pre-existing reservations.  Discounts cannot be applied retroactively. It is valid on select (Booking codes: ATF, EMG, EWC, and VAN) SuperShuttle and ExecuCar services nationwide.

November Temperatures in Leipzig
Average High Temperature: 46°F (8°C)
Average Temperature: 41°F (5°C)
Average Low Temperature: 36°F (2°C)
For the most current weather forecast, please visit here.
Electrical outlets in Germany usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC, which is different from 110-120 volts in U.S. Please find out more about voltage converter here for your electrical appliances.
Euro is the currency of Germany. It is normally abbreviated with the sign . All Euro coins have a common side showing their value, while the national side shows an image chosen by each country. The Euro notes, front and back side, are the same in all countries. Credit cards are widely accepted, although paying with credit cards is not as common as in the USA. Super markets, department stores and restaurants, especially in smaller towns outside tourist regions, might only accept a German bank card, or cash. You can get money from a Geldautomat (ATM) at major train stations, airports, large shopping centers and in banks. For the latest currency exchange please click here.
Time Zone:
Leipzig, Germany is on the Central European Time (CET), 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST) and 9 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST). The Daylight savings time is in effect from March 27, 2016 to October 30, 2016.