Catering and accommodation


Meal options

The MFO attaches great importance to offer you a wide choice of meals during your stay. You can choose one of five meal categories for lunch and dinner. Please let us know your choice in advance. Kindly note, that this selection then applies to the entire stay. We offer

  • a standard meal (may include all kinds of vegetable and animal products; usually one meal per day is meatless)
  • a vegetarian meal (excludes meat, fish and seafood; milk products and eggs may be included)
  • a vegan meal (excludes all sorts of animal products).

Further on, we can consider

  • non-celiac gluten sensitivity
  • lactose-intolerance.

We are very sorry that we are not able to realize other special wishes concerning food, or fulfill additional restrictions arising from cultural or religious rules. The lack of additional room in the dining hall does not allow us to serve a suitable equipped buffet. Many participants in the past have felt that sticking to the vegetarian or vegan option always available met their dietary restrictions.

Besides, we offer a big fruit basket on the buffet of our dining room every day. In our snack cupboard you can find a variety of sweet and salty snacks, nuts and in addition special diet products.

We kindly ask for your sympathy that additional individual requests cannot be fulfilled. If you still do not feel comfortable with one of our offered options we can recommend the restaurants Hotel Hirschen and Hotel Walkenstein nearby the institute where additional preferences might be considered.

Meal times

The meals are served in the dining hall. Breakfast is from 8:00-9:00 a.m., lunch is at 12:30 p.m., and dinner is at 6:30 p.m. There is a break for coffee and cake at each day from 3:00-4:00 p.m., except for Wednesdays when traditionally a hike takes place. Further snacks are provided in the cupboards in front of the dining hall and can be bought at the cost price. Upon your arrival on Sunday evening dinner packages will be available in the dining hall from 6:30 p.m.

Seating order

As far as possible, the seating arrangement is randomized. Kindly note, that it may be necessary to place participants with the same meal options together, in order to ease the serving.

Dining room, people sitting around a table


The guest house and the bungalows offer comfortable accommodations for up to 65 guests. We try to accommodate each participant in their own room. Each room has its own bathroom facilities. The rooms are cleaned daily and towels can be changed on Wednesdays. Special accommodations, including kitchenettes and additional working spaces, are provided for our long-term guests in the Oberwolfach Research Fellow and Oberwolfach Leibniz Fellow programs.

Guest room with beed, desktop, chair, cupboard and bench

Some of our accommodations are also suitable for researchers who wish to bring their children with them. Please contact us in due time prior to your stay, in order to check the availability of these rooms. Please also contact us if we should help you to arrange child care.