The Congress will be held in Colmar, France. Considered the capital of the Alsatian wine region, Colmar is built on the Lauch River, hence its nickname ‘Little Venice’.

Situated near Germany and Switzerland between the Vosges and the Rhine, Strasbourg and Mulhouse, the town offers visitors an exciting glimpse of 1000 years of European history.

Colmar will welcome you with its many attractions and undeniable charm of its own including half-timbered houses, canals, and the flower-decked town centre.

Hotel L’Europe

In the heart of Alsace, the hotel L’Europe **** welcomes you in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The hotel is located just 4 kilometres from Colmar town centre, a 15-minute drive from the train station and 3 kilometres from the A35 and the E25 motorways. Not far from the wine road and easily accessible, the hotel is situated in a quiet area where a large and free car park and lockable garages are at your disposal.

Its newly renovated Privilege rooms, gourmet restaurant, and relaxation area are all additional assets for your stay during the 15th International Aluminium Recycling Congress.

The Neuf-Brisach plant is one of Constellium’s largest sites with a capacity of 450 000 tons. Perfectly located in Europe’s industrial heartland, this unique integrated aluminium rolling, finishing and recycling facility designs and produces a wide portfolio of coil and sheet products, servicing customers in can stock and food stock, automotive (body sheets, heat exchangers and equipment parts), as well as industrial application sectors.

The Neuf-Brisach site began operations in 1967 and was originally built to serve the growing needs of aluminum in the automotive sector. However, with aluminum the material of choice for beverage cans, the plant primarily services the packaging market. Neuf-Brisach has an integrated offering, recycling among others the equivalent of more than 3 billion cans a year, corresponding to more than half the cans used in France yearly.

Over the last decade, the growing presence of aluminium in automotive has led Neuf-Brisach to increase its activity for this sector and reconnect with its original purpose. Combining lightness, formability, corrosion resistance, and endless recyclability, aluminum enables manufacturers to lighten vehicles in order to meet the increasingly stringent requirements for energy efficiency without compromising safety or design.

European Aluminium has organised a field trip to the plant exclusively for the Congress participants. Please note that this visit has limited places, therefore, the booking is on a first come, first served basis.


The Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse is the largest automobile museum in the world that presents the leading collection of cars. Named the Louvre of automobiles, it has some of the most beautiful and rare cars in the world. Enthusiasts come from near and far to admire fast cars, unique models and superb bodywork.

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Getting there

Colmar lies between Basel and Strasbourg.

Arriving by bus

The bus stop is located directly in front of Breisach train station. If you are visiting from Freiburg, it is cheaper to get a RegioElsassTicket, as it is valid for this bus, as well as the entire RVF (Regio-Verkehrsverbundes Freiburg) network.

Arriving by train

There is a direct train connection from Basel and Strasbourg. If you arrive from the German side, there is a bus leaving near the border at Breisach (to which there is a direct train from Freiburg).

TGV Rhin-Rhône and East TGV
TGV station near to the hotel: Colmar (3km)
TGV Friedrichshafen (40 km)
TGV Strasbourg (72 km)

Arriving by plane

If you arrive by plane, you will probably use one of the closest airports: Euroairport Basel at a 59 km distance (with a variety of low-cost flights) or Strasbourg at 69 km distance. Other airports in the area are Baden Airport, Stuttgart and Zurich.

Useful links

  • For train timetables and journey planning, please visit
  • For bus services timetables and journey, please visit


The official language of the Congress is English.


The climate in Colmar during February can be summarised as cool and reasonably dry. February is in the winter in Colmar and is typically the 3rd coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cold 6°C, whilst at night -1°C is normal. On average February is the driest month of the year in Colmar with around 1.4 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 14 days, although this may vary considerably. We advise you to have sufficient clothing for the prevailing weather conditions.


The organisers are not liable for any loss, injury or damage resulting from any action taken or reliance made by you or any third party during the conference. We advise delegates to subscribe to private travel insurance.


For further information please contact our secretariat