Smashing Conference


On this page you will find the information about the venues for the workshops and for the conference. We also wrote a description about how to get to us and you can check the WikiTravel for additional information. If anything is missing, or you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Historical Merchants Hall


The historic "Kaufhaus" (Merchant's Hall, built 1520-30) is the venue for the two days of conference and one of the workshops.

It is a symbol of the importance of trade in medieval Freiburg. The municipal market, customs and financial administration building is identified as a center of trade by its arcades hall. Its façade is decorated with coats of arms and statues indicating the city's links with the House of Habsburg.

The beautiful ambience of the Historical Merchants Hall underlines our goal to create something special for you.


Historisches Kaufhaus
Münsterplatz 24
79098 Freiburg


Zum Roten Bären


The hotel "Zum Roten Bären" is the venue for two of our workshops. It is located in the upper part of Freiburg's historic centre, the likable quarter with its tiny alleyways and nice stores between Schwabentor and the cathedral.

From the medieval cellar to the baroque roof framework, the walls tell the story of its 700 years' history. Each one of the more than 50 landlords over the last 700 years followed the philosophy to make things as comfortable as possible.

We hope we manage to follow this philosophy with our workshops as well.


Zum Roten Bären
Oberlinden 12
79098 Freiburg



There is a variety of hotels close to the Smashing Conference venue in Freiburg. Please have a look at the list below where we've marked the number of rooms that have been reserved for the attendees of the conference. Once you have bought your ticket, please do not wait too long and book your room as soon as possible since many hotels are already fully booked. Also consider using online hotel booking services, who have plenty of nice hotels in their lists.

Travel Directions

By plane

Basel, Switzerland.
One of the closest airport is the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. The airport is only 70km away from Freiburg and offers over 450 scheduled flights per week to 50 different destinations in the whole of Europe, e.g. Berlin, Hamburg, London, Paris, Prague, Madrid, Rome, Barcelona, Stockholm, Reykjavik and many more. From the Airport you can easily take a train, bus or even a taxi. The taxi, of course, is the most expensive solution.

Strasbourg, France.
Also close to Freiburg is the Aèroport international Strasbourg. It is only about 60km from Freiburg. For information which Airline flies to this Airport, check the list of Airlines at their site.

Karlsruhe, Germany.
Another way to get to us by plane is to use the Baden-Airpark in Karlsruhe. It is about 100km away from Freiburg and you can use the ICE train or a bus to get to Freiburg. You can also use a bus called Baden-Airpark-Express that is driving to Freiburg for about 20 Euros.

Zürich, Switzerland.
Another possible airport is Zurich Airport. Only 150km away and with a direct train connection to Freiburg, it is another good solution to get to the Smashing Conference.

Stuttgart, Germany.
Stuttgart Aiport is about 200km away, but also good connected with Freiburg via train. Check which airlines are flying to this airport.

Frankfurt, Germany.
Last but not least you can get to Freiburg by flying to Frankfurt Airport. Frankfurt is the biggest airport in Germany and thousands of – also international – direct flights are available to Frankfurt. The only issue with this airport concerning Freiburg is, that you have to take a train from there that needs approximately 2 hours for the 270km to Freiburg central station.

Traveling by train

The central station in Freiburg is a 10–15 minute walk away from the conference venue and the workshop venue. Since Freiburg lies within the network of the European railway system and is also an Intercity Express (ICE) station between Frankfurt and Basel, it is well accessible by rail from all directions. For example, 40 minutes from Basel or 2 hours from Frankfurt.

See the following sites for detailed info:


Freiburg has a huge amount of parking areas and parking garages. Most of them are in walking distance of the conference and workshop venues. Please check our little map or check google maps, where we marked the parking places for you as well.

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