Local Info


Our aim is to make ALGO inclusive to vulnerable groups. Therefore, masks will be mandatory at ALGO while inside buildings except when giving a talk or eating/drinking. Additionally, the university has a mask mandate. We will provide some masks at the conference. Note that FFP2 masks are also mandatory in public transport in Germany. Additionally, medical or FFP2 masks are required in flights entering or leaving Germany.

We recommend taking a covid test, e.g., a self-test before travelling to the conference and will also provide some self-tests at the conference site.


ALGO 2022 will be held at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany, which will also organize the conference. The campus is located right at the train station Griebnitzsee which has multiple train and bus options. Most useful is probably the line S7 which connects to the central stations of Potsdam and Berlin every 10 minutes. Find more detailed instructions how to reach the campus here. Both Google Maps and Apple Maps generally work well with public transport in Potsdam/Berlin. Within Potsdam you can also try Nextbike, a bicycle sharing service which has a station next to the train station.

You can plan your route and buy public transport tickets with the VBB app for Android and iOS. You will need a ticket that covers at least zones Berlin BC or Potsdam AB, but the app will handle that for you, if you put in the correct start and destination.

First Arrival

When arriving by S-Bahn: After going down the stairs from the platform, turn right. Follow the corridor to the end, go up the stairs and then go left. The conference will mostly take place in the auditorium building (HS), where you can pick up your name tag and have to sign a sheet certifying your attendance. Please plan some time for this. On Wednesday only, some WABI talks will take place in Building L. All conference venues are at most a 5 minute walk away from the train station. See arrival instructions from the S-Bahn below.


HS1, HS2 and HS3 are all located on the ground floor in the building HS.
H-E.51 is on the ground floor of building H.
H-2.57 is on the second floor of building H.
For all of these, follow the signs to Hasso-Plattner-Institut Campus 1.

For WABI on Wednesday morning only:
L-E.03 is on the ground floor of building L.
For this one, follow the signs to Hasso-Plattner-Institut Campus 2.


From Monday to Thursday, lunch will be provided by our university canteen. Unfortunately they do not provide an English menu, so a translated menu will appear on this page on Monday morning. On Friday we offer lunch directly in front of the conference rooms and there will also be some options to take away. Vegan options will be available.

Option 1: Vegan Rice porridge with cherries (Vegan)
Option 2: Diced Pork with red cabbage and german potato dumplings or normal potatoes (contains alcohol)
Option 3: Mac and Cheese with broccoli and roasted onions (Vegetarian)
Option 4: Cheeseburger with beef

Option 1a: Breaded pork sausage with pasta and tomato sauce
Option 1b: Vegan patty with pasta and tomato sauce (vegan)
Option 2: Coconut curry with lentils and rice (vegetarian)
Option 3: Turkey Strindberg style with cream sauce, peas and baked herb potatoes
Option 4: Wheat tortilla with regional sunflower minced, au gratin with cashew butter, served with tomato salsa, cucumber salad with dill and radishes (vegetarian)

Option 1: Tom Kha soup with rice, coconut and coriander (vegan)
Option 2: Coconut curry with lentils and rice (vegan)
Option 3: Moussaka with grilled vegetables (vegetarian, contains alcohol)
Option 4: Avocado-Quinoa-Burger with coleslaw (vegetarian)

Option 1: Pasta Gremolata (vegan)
Option 2: Vegetable wheat patty with creamy potatoes and cauliflower (vegetarian)
Option 4: Fried fish fillet with lemon dill sauce, served with potato and cucumber salad

Food served in lecture building with takeaway options

Hotel Recommendations

If you want to stay in Berlin, we recommend looking for accommodation close to the train lines S1 and S7 (e.g. in the district Charlottenburg) as other places might be too far away to comfortably reach the conference.

Child Care

If necessary, we organize and offer child care.

Other Practical Information

  • Tap water is drinkable
  • Some places (e.g. kebabs, some bakeries) only accept cash
  • Tipping is expected in restaurants
  • Supermarkets are closed on Sundays
  • There is no ATM anywhere close to the conference venue
  • eduroam is available, but we also have a guest wifi