Potsdam, the capital
of the Land Brandenburg,
lies at the south-west border of Berlin.
The ``Neues Palais'' is located at the Western end of the Sanssouci castle park.
The campus Neues Palais is located close to the small railway station Potsdam Park Sanssouci. There you have direct connections to Berlin, Frankfurt (Oder), and Brandenburg (RE1, once per hour), to Potsdam Hauptbahnhof, Golm, and Wustermark/Berlin Spandau (RE21, once per hour), and to Potsdam Hauptbahnhof, Golm, and Oranienburg (RE20, every two hours on weekdays).
The "Berlin ABC" ticket (4,50 DM) is valid also in all buses, trams and local trains in Berlin and Potsdam.
With the Bus 109 (destination Hertzalle) to S-Bahnhof Charlottenburg, then take the S-Bahn (line "S7") destination Potsdam Hbf.
With the Bus 171 (destination U-Bf. Rudow) to the train station "Flugahfen Berlin Schönefeld", then take the train (RB22) destination Potsdam HBf.
With the Bus 104 (destination Brixplatz) to the train station "S-Bf. Westkreuz", then take the S-Bahn (line "S7") destination Potsdam HBf.
The easiest way to reach the university are direct trains from Berlin
(RE1, destination Brandenburg) to Potsdam Park Sanssouci. They cross Berlin
city via Ostbahnhof (hh:13), Alexanderplatz (hh:17), Friedrichstr.(hh:20)
and leave the train station Zoologischer Garten at hh:30 and Wannsee
at hh:42 to arrive at Potsdam Park Sanssouci (the second stop afer Potsdam
Hauptbahnhof) at hh:55. (Note, that two trains in the afternoon rush
hour in the hours 14, 15 and 16 do not stop in Park Sanssouci.)
RE1 trains to Magdeburg do not call Park Sanssouci, and it is necessary to change the trains in Potsdam Hauptbahnhof. These trains start at Berlin Ostbahnhof at (hh:43), Alexanderplatz (hh:47), Friedrichstr. (hh:50), Zoologischer Garten (hh:00), Wannsee (hh:12). They arrive at Potsdam Hauptbahnhof (hh: 18). There you have to change to the trains of the RB21 to Wustermark from the same platform; these trains leave at (hh:25) and arrive four minutes later in Park Sanssouci.
From Berlin to Potsdam, you can also take the S-Bahn (line S7) to Potsdam Hauptbahnhof (every 10 min). The S-Bahn takes about 45 min from Alexanderplatz (leaving hh:09) and 30 min from Zoologischer Garten (leaving hh:22), arrival at Potsdam Hauptbahnhof hh:55.
Potsdam Hauptbahnhof has two direct ICE connections per day on the line Munich - Frankfurt (Main) - Berlin. Every two hours, there are InterRegio connections from Magdeburg to Potsdam - (Berlin). Direct connections (via RegionalExpress) also exist from Magdeburg, Brandenburg, Frankfurt (Oder), Eisenhüttenstadt. From Krakow Glowny (Poland) and Hamburg with InterCity connection one per day. From Insbruck (Austria), Stuttgart, Frankfurt/Main, Amsterdam and Cologne (via night train).
The most convenient way to reach the university from Potsdam Hauptbahnhof is to take a taxi. The taxi stop is at the entrance of the Hauptbahnhof station. The physics building is house no. 19 of the University Campus Am Neuen Palais.
Another alternative are the Potsdam city buses or RegionalBahn that takes you to Park Sanssouci. More details are given below; for a complete list of connection see here (destination Potsdam Park Sanssouci or Neues Palais, Potsdam).
Trains from Potsdam Hauptbahnhof to Park Sanssouci leave every hour at the minuts hh:25 (RB21 to Wustermark) and hh:50 (RE1 to Brandenburg; not Mo-Fr 14:50, 15.50 and 16:50). Potsdam Park Sanssouci is the second stop after four minutes. Mo-Fr there are a few additional trains, for details see here.
Once you have arrived at Park Sanssouci, follow the sign Neues Palais, Park Sanssouci and/or Universität.
You can also take buses from Potsdam Hauptbahnhof. A ticket for the zones ABC bought in Berlin is valid in the urban buses.
With both buses, get down at the bus stop Neues Palais.
The physics institute building is named ``house no. 19.'' It is located
in front of the entry to the University, on the left side of the road Am
Neuen Palais if you are coming from the train stop Park Sanssouci.
A plan of the Campus with the physics building marked is available here.
On the fourth floor you find the groups of Martin Wilkens (room 425,
Jürgen Kurths (room 413, Nonlinear
Dynamics) and of Arkadi Pikovski (room 431, Statistical
Physics). The Astrophysics
Group is on the third floor (Wolf-Rainer Hamann, room 324).