Information in English

Thanks for visiting the Night of the Sciences Hamburg (Nacht des Wissens) website!

On November 4th 2017, more than 50 universities, research institutes, universities of applied science, and technology-oriented companies in Hamburg and metropolitan are opening their doors between 17:00 and 24:00. With over 1.000 programme items, local scientists and researchers from universities and research institutes invite you to come and be amazed!

As a visitor, you can expect spectacular experiments, exciting lectures, science shows, guided tours through normally inaccessible laboratories, and much more. This unique event allows you to have the chance to take a nocturnal look at the diverse worlds of science and research. Hundreds of researchers will be ready to answer your questions and discuss their current work.

Don’t speak German? Although most of the events are in German, a few events are offered in English, so the Long Night of the Sciences is still worth a visit! Also rest assured that most scientists can converse in English and respond to questions fluently. This is particularly true of events with one-on-one exchange between scientists and visitors (for example, information booths and hands-on experiments). A variety of installations, live experiments, presentations and exhibitions are also enjoyable without any knowledge of German.

Programme in English

List our English Programme here

Getting around with our bus shuttles

Bus shuttle service will be provided to all participating science institutes. Six of these lines (buses 411 to 414 as well as 417 and 420) begin and end at Jungfernstieg; the other two lines (418 and 419) begin and end at S-Bahn station Bergedorf. The shuttles are recognizableby by the destination text on the bus which reads „Nacht des Wissens“ as well as the associated bus line number.

Free Rides

The bus shuttle services is provided free-of-charge, there is however no guarentee on seats or entrance in the case of high demand. Please be aware that you will be required to purchase a ticket in order to enter the regular public transit system. Further information about the HVV can be found on the web at


The buses will run at 10, 15 and 20 minute intervals between 16.30 h and 0.30 h. On the Day of Open Doors (Tag der offenen Tür) at DESY, there will be an additional bus shuttle travelling between Jungfernstieg und DESY running at 15 minute intervals between 12.00 h and 16.30 h.


Also happening on November 4, starting at 12:00 pm: The DESY DAY, where the DESY together with it’s partner and neighbouring institutes EMBL, European XFEL, MPSD, CUI will open its doors for you . For this, we arranged additional bus shuttles that take you from “Jungfernstieg to the DESY campus (every 8 minutes, 12.00 pm untill 16.30 pm).