GFMC Address, Communication and Location Maps
The GFMC is located in Freiburg, Germany, and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Mailing and telecommunication coordinates:
Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC)
Fire Ecology Research Group
Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and Freiburg University
Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC)
c/o Regional Central Asia Fire Management Resource Center (RCAFMRC)
National University of Mongolia
Room 209, University Building 6
Tel: +976-7575-4400 (ext 3207)
Directors of GFMC
Prof. Dr. Johann Georg Goldammer, Dr. Oyunsanaa Byambasuren
Fernando Casillas Bernal MSc, Dr. Jameson Karns
Directions and maps showing the location of the GFMC:
Directions via train (S-Bahn schedule between Freiburg Central Station and Airport Campus / GFMC) (Starting December 2020; PDF, 0.4 MB).
The Airport Campus of Freiburg University can be reached by local train (approx. 3 minutes). The train departs every 30 minutes from Freiburg “Hauptbahnhof” (main station) from platforms 5 or 6 (please verify!) in direction “Breisach”. Exit the train at the stop “Neue Messe / Universität”. Look for signs “Feuerökologie – 075”.
Directions via tram
From Freiburg “Hauptbahnhof” (main station), take the tram number 4 Line “Zähringen – Bertoldsbrunnen – Messe”. Exit the tram at the stop “Technische Fakultät”. Look for signs “Feuerökologie – 075”.
Directions by car (coming from the freeway “Autobahn”)
Exit “Freiburg Mitte” and drive in direction city center. Take the third exit (at road sign “POLIZEI”) and turn left at the first traffic light which leads into the “Berliner Allee”. Now go straight until the road leads beneath a railway bridge. Turn left at first traffic light after passing beneath the railway bridge and enter the University Campus. Look for signs “Feuerökologie – 075” or “Global Fire Monitoring Center”.
Arrival by air
Visitors arriving at Frankfurt, Zurich or Basel are recommended to use public transport to connect between the airport and Freiburg Main Railway Station
Frankfurt: After leaving immigration and/or baggage claim follow the sign “Long-Distance Trains”. Every two hours direct ICE trains leave to Freiburg; every other hour, an ICE must be changed at Mannheim Station. Please check the schedule of Deutsche Bahn.
Basel: Arriving at the tri-national airport of Basel use the exit to France and take the shuttle bus to Freiburg Central Bus Station (at the Main Railway Station): Bus schedule.
Zurich: There are train connections from Zurich Airport Railway Station to Freiburg (via Zurich Main Station and/or Basel) departing every full hour plus 4 and 43 minutes respectively. Average travel time is between 2 and 2.5 hours.
The GFMC has a contract with special rates in two hotels conveniently located close to Freiburg Central Railway Station (Hauptbahnhof). Those who have been booked through the GFMC please see this information:
Hotel Barbara is a family-style Hotel located in Poststrasse No. 4 (Tel. +49-761-296250, locally dial 296250 only; Fax +49-761-296250). Arriving at the Central Station by rail or by airport shuttle bus (from Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport) please go to the main exit of the station (50 m from arrival point of the Airport Shuttle. Go straight ahead towards downtown, entering Eisenbahnstrasse for ca. 150 m and turn next street to the left where you will find Hotel Barbara.
Hotel Minerva is a similar family-style Hotel located 50 m down from Hotel Barbara (see above) in Poststrasse No. 8 (Tel. +49-761-386490, locally dial 386490 only; Fax +49-761-3864944). Arriving at the Central Station by rail or by airport shuttle bus (from Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport) please go to the main exit of the station (50 m from arrival point of the Airport Shuttle. Go straight ahead towards downtown, entering Eisenbahnstrasse for ca. 150 m and turn next street to the left where you will find Hotel Minerva. The hotel provides a cost-free ticket valid for all public transportation lines in Freiburg Region during the stay in the hotel. The ticket can be used for the very rapid S-Bahn shuttle connections between the “Hauptbahnhof” (main station) and the GFMC site (station “Neue Messe / Universität”) (see above).
Park Hotel Post is located nearby, close to the corner between Eisenbahnstrasse and Poststrasse (Tel. +49-761-385480, locally dial 385480 only; Fax +49-761-31680).
Arriving by car: The left map shows the greater Freiburg Area. Take the Autobahn exit “Freiburg Mitte” and drive downtown. Follow the traffic signs to “Hauptbahnhof” which is also marked “HBF” on the more detailed piece of the map inside the left map. Use the central map of the GFMC website to identify “Hauptbahnhof”. Coming from the Autobahn you will be driving towards the center, then turn left and drive toward the “Hauptbahnhof”. Opposite the “Hauptbahnhof” main exit (Hauptbahnhof with “Intercity Hotel” must be on your left-hand side) turn right and enter Eisenbahnstrasse.
History of the GFMC site
The GFMC is located in the Old Airport Tower, which is looking back to a vivid history of more than one century. The poster provides a collage of historic and recent contemporary photographic documents.
Another historic GFMC site
Another site of GFMC in Freiburg had to be abandoned in 2011. The former experimental site of the Faculty of Forestry of Freiburg University, which was managed by GFMC since 2004, was dissolved in 2011. The history of this development – unfortunately going along with the decline of the Faculty of Forestry is available on this German web page of GFMC: