General Information

What is the “Oberwolfach Atmosphere”?

The Oberwolfach atmosphere is based on the beautiful and calm location of the Institute, the availability of one of the best math libraries and excellent research facilities in an open environment with good food and friendly staff. We hope it will contribute to a productive and comfortable stay.

Do I have to pay for anything?

Accommodation and food are provided by the Institute. You have to cover expenses for traveling, telephone, beverages, prints and photo-copies (at the cost price). Please leave the respective amounts in the corresponding cash boxes before Friday afternoon. In the guest services office in the guest house, we can provide you with smaller amounts of change or cash. We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express credit cards and German EC-Cards. In general, we recommend to carry some cash with you, since in our very rural area credit cards are not everywhere accepted (e.g. in taxis).

How can I apply for a Workshop or any other program?

Please consult the guidelines for each program on our website at

What should I do in case of emergency?

Try to contact one of the staff members and call the following numbers. Dial a leading 0 for all outgoing calls, when using one of the Institute’s telephones (including emergency calls as shown below)! When using your own cell phone skip the leading 0 and except for emergency calls start with the area code +49 7834.

Emergency call (ambulance, police, and fire fighters) 0-112
Hospital Wolfach (provides medical assistance also on weekends) 0-970-0
Physician Ms. Rombach (consultiation hours Monday to Friday) 0-869656
Dentist Dr. Uhl 0-4533
Pharmacy Linden-Apotheke 0-6565

These numbers are also given at all telephone spots in the Institute. Please memorize beforehand the best ways to leave the building from any place you visit - in case of emergency. Furthermore see our evacuation plan for the nearest fire extinguisher. A first aid box and a defibrillator are located on the ground floor of the guest house, next to the dining hall. If you are concerned about ticks or snakes, please feel free to contact the guest services office for further information.