About Berlin

Berlin - the city

Berlin has undergone rapid and dramatic change from being divided by the wall to a metropolis of diversity! New architecture at the Potsdamer Platz and the government area are thrilling contrasts to Berlin’s historical core. World-renowned museums, a creative alternative scene and great nightlife complete the picture of this city today. The Berlin nucleus "Dahlem Domain of Science", the so-called "German Oxford", has been formed by the original institutes of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society (as of 1912) and later by the modern structures of its successor organization, the Max Planck Society. Berlin-Brandenburg is nowadays an outstanding academic, scientific, research and development landscape and has a wide range of institutions and universities forming a dense network of science with a strong industry, new businesses, sector-specific technology and start-up centers.


View the trailer of the Berlin official tourist site, or visit the official Berlin website.

Getting around in Berlin

We expect many delegates to fly in to Berlin. Note Tegel (TXL) is the commercial airport of the city. The other one is Schönefeld (SXF) and is the low budget airport. If you come in to TXL you can take a taxi to go to Estrel, the taxidrive would cost approximately €50.

Another option is to travel around the city by public transport. Find the best connection between two places with this journey planner.

View the interactive map of Berlin with info on public transport etc. Note the closest stop near the Estrel Hotel (the meeting venue and headquarter hotel) is called Sonnenallee.

Visitors will see that part of Berlin's charm is that it's rough and ready but also friendly and full of character. There is an international flavour to Berlin with lots of young people. Note that in the area around the meeting venue, the Estrel Hotel, you will undoubtedly notice grafitti, bohemian types and lots of different ethnicities. For a big city Berlin is a comparably safe place, but just as in any other large city around the world we advise you to use common sense especially when going out late.