Travel information

Address of the venue
Evangelische Tagungsstätte Löwenstein
Altenhau 57
74245 Löwenstein

Citizens of the EU
For visitors from most countries, Germany requires a passport, which needs to be valid for at least 6 months. EU nationals do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany.

Non-EU citizens
All Non-EU citizens require a visa. However, a visa is not required for visits of up to 90 days in an 180 day period for nationals of those countries for which the European Community has abolished the visa requirement.

You may apply for short stay visas (Schengen Visas) at missions of the German Federal Foreign Office, such as embassies and consulates.

Please also visit the homepage of “Auswärtiges Amt” to find a detailed table of all countries requiring a visa and more information on visa regulations, as well as a list of German missions around the world.

Invitation Letter
An invitation letter for the purpose of obtaining a travel visa or permission to attend the meeting will be handed out on request after registration for the conference. For the invitation letter we need the following information of your passport: 

  • date of birth (day.month.year):
  • nationality: 
  • passport number:
  • expiry date of passport (day.month.year):
  • place of birth (city, country):

If you need a letter of invitation in order to apply for a German visa, please contact the Symposium Office vie e-mail to:
After receipt of your passport details we will issue the invitation letter and send it to you by email.

As in most countries of the European Union, the official German currency is the Euro (€). Please note that there are no general bank hours in Germany. Most banks are open in the morning hours and just a few hours in the afternoon or early evening. Major credit cards are accepted at most cashpoints, stores, restaurants and hotels.

Telephone and Internet
Germany's international pre-dial is +49 (0049).
Public places like airports, universities, libraries, restaurants and cafés may offer "free"-WiFi Hotspots.

The electrical power supply in Germany is 220v, 50 Hz, AC. Official plugs in Germany are:

  • "Schukostecker" (round) Type F/ CEE 7/4
  • "Eurostecker" (flat) Type C/ CEE 7/16

Germany's standard time zone is UTC/GMT +1 hour. 

Current Local Time in Löwenstein, Germany



… by car
Located nearby Heilbronn, Löwenstein can be reached quickly and easily by car or bus via the A81, A6 motorways. When arriving by car, orientate yourself in the direction of “Breitenauer See”. Then follow the sign "Tagungsstätte".Free parking spaces are available in front the “Evangelische Tagungsstätte Löwenstein”.


… by train and bus: Use the DB Conference Ticket to book your journey!
ETL can be reached directly and regularly by public transport: From Heilbronn central station or the direction of Crailsheim/Schwäbisch Hall with the S4 light rail or regional express to the Obersulm-Willsbach train station. From there, take the bus (636) to the stop "Evangelische Tagungsstätte Löwenstein".

BioINSP 2024
7th BioInspired Materials 18 - 20 March 2024 | Hybrid Conference in Löwenstein (Germany) & online

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