re:publica touches down in Thessaloniki for the very first time this year. The city has a lot to offer, so why not head out on expedition? We put together a few tips for you. Check out the full #rpTHE programme, side events, as well as our speakers and the #rpTHE parties.
How do you say hello in Greek?
Γεια σας (Yassas)
What are some hard facts about Thessaloniki?
It is Greece’s second biggest city and the economic and cultural centre of Greek Macedonia. Thessaloniki is a coastal city with a large port. Just like the rest of Greece, it is steeped in history and has a vibrant cultural scene which includes lots of museums. The currency is the Euro.
How do I get from the airport to the city?
Take the A25 motorway to the centre of Thessaloniki (Aristotelous Square). It’s about a 17 kilometre drive and should take around 25 minutes.
The OASTH busses 78, 78A and 78N drive between Thessaloniki Airport and Macedonia Intercity Bus Station (KTEL). Bus stops in the city centre (Platia Aristotelous) or main train station (Neos Sidirodromikos Stathmos). The bus ride should take 30-40 minutes with a one-way ticket costing around 2.00 €.
Taxis are located in front of the arrival hall. They can get you to Thessaloniki in about 30 minutes for around 20 €.
Where will #rpTHE be taking place?
Museum of Cinematography/Filmmuseum, Limani, Apothiki A, 541 10 Thessaloniki, Griechenland.
Here you will find a site map.
Tips for exploring the city?
The archaeological museum in Thessaloniki allows you to learn more about one of the oldest cultures in the world. The Agia Sophia church from the 8th century is well worth a visit, but please remember to dress appropriately. Zorba is a great restaurant where you can grab some relatively cheap Mediterranean and vegetarian food. And to build another bridge between Greece and Germany, you can head over to the Berlin Bar for a drink together.
You want to get a real feel for the city with an immersive tour provided by a local insider? Then be in front of the Thessaloniki Film Festival (TIFF) at noon on Monday. Right this way for the site plan and look forward to a two hour guided tour of the most beautiful corners of Thessaloniki.
Looking to network?
Then come to the Welcome Party on 11 September, starting at 9 pm. We’ve got organic tunes and electronic sounds from SoulFood Thessaloniki. This is an open event, so feel free to bring along friends and colleagues.
Dancing in Thessaloniki?
When 13 September rolls around, it will be time to say goodbye. That’s why we want to get together with you and celebrate a Farewell Party from 9 pm onward. #rpTHE farewell party with Reworks Agora. This is an open event, so feel free to bring along friends and colleagues.
Got some more time and a tech fan?
The Noesis is Thessaloniki’s science centre and technology museum, which also houses a planetarium. It is located about halfway between the city centre and Thessaloniki airport.
Photo credit: Marc Nicoleit, Anna Neifer