The 2018 conference will be taking place in Berlin, which is not only the capital but also the largest city in Germany with a population of nearly 3.7 million. A fascinating city rich in culture, history, music and science, it is also the political heart of Germany.
Berlin’s history is intricately linked with its role during the Cold War and the (in)famous Berlin Wall. Following the end of the World War II in 1945, Greater Berlin itself was divided up into American, British, French and Soviet sectors. When East Germany was formed out of the Soviet occupation zone in 1949, East Berlin was chosen as its new capital. In contrast, West Germany was formed from the American, British and French zones and had its seat of government in Bonn. The Berlin Wall symbolized the Cold War and the lack of freedom under communism. Its fall in November 1989 officially marked the end of the Cold War and the start of the reunification between East and West Germany. Visitors can personally experience and learn more about this difficult period in Germany’s history, as well as the city’s rich and interesting history from its emergency in the 11th century and its developments over the period of the Margraviate of Brandenburg (1400 – 1700), the Kingdom of Prussia (1701 – 1871), the German Empire (1871 – 1918), the Weimar Republic (1918 – 1933), the Third Reich (1933 – 1945), the separation into West and East Germany (1945 – 1990) till today in numerous places and museums throughout the city.
Since Germany’s reunification, Berlin has established itself as an attractive, fast-paced and forward looking city which is bustling with creativity and open to the world. In particular the FIFA World Cup Finals in 2006 contributed significantly to a positive image of Germany and Berlin worldwide. The so-called “Sommermärchen” (summer fairy-tale) attracted millions of visitors from the four corners of the world to the famous fan mile between the Brandenburg Gate and the Siegessäule (Victory Column), where enormous numbers of fans peacefully and joyfully cheered on the teams. The city has something to offer to everyone, ranging from its collection of amazing museums, grand monuments and memorials, a nightlife that’s both glamorous and edgy, an exciting performing arts scene, fascinating neighborhoods and historical culture as well as a wide range of food and shopping opportunities. A city that truly never sleeps, Berlin is truly one of the most exciting cities in Europe and not to be missed.
Further Information about Berlin: Berlin Tourist Information
The conference hotel – InterContinental Berlin – is a modern upscale hotel situated near Kurfürsten dam (“Ku’damm), one of the most famous avenues in central Berlin. Located next to the expansive Tiergarten Park with the Zoo Berlin, it offers elegantly appointed rooms with unique designs as well as a stylish indoor pool and spa. The refined Marlene Bar is the place to sip a classic cocktail, while gourmet dining in the elegant, 14th-floor Hugos restaurant is enhanced by panoramic city views.
InterContinental Berlin will be reserving rooms for conference participants until 20.04.2018. A special conference rate is available for conference participants for room reservation from June 3-8 2018 (160€/185€ for single/double rooms with breakfast). Please note that there is limited availability for this special rate. As such, we encourage conference participants to make their room reservations as early as possible.
Room bookings can be made directly with InterContinental Berlin via telephone at +49 30 260 20 or online at following LINK (available from October 2017). To take advantage of the special conference rate, please indicate the booking code "International Freiberg Conference" while carrying out your room reservations.
Further Information about the conference hotel: InterContinental, Berlin
*Please note that the City of Berlin charges a “Berlin City Tax” on hotel accommodations which is usually not included in the hotel’s accommodation rate. This tax is waived for business trips. In order to obtain a waiver from this tax, it is necessary to fill in a form stating the reason of your trip. A company stamp on the form is essential in order for the application to be valid and recognized by any Berlin hotel. The completed form can be either sent in advance to the hotel or be submitted at the hotel reception during check-in.
Approximate distances from the conference hotel:
- Berlin Main Station: (Hauptbahnhof / HBF): 4 km (10 min by car/taxi; 25 min by public transport)
- Berlin Tegel International Airport (TXL): 10 km (20 min by car/taxi; 45 min by public transport)
- Berlin Schönefeld International Airport (SXF): 23 km (30 min by car/taxi; 60 min by public transport)
- Frankfurt International Airport (FRA): 550 km (1 h via plane; 5 h via car or train)
- Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS): 555 km (1 h via plane; 4.5 h via train; 5.5 h via car)
- Munich International Airport (MUC): 570 km (1 h via plane; 5 h via car; 7.5 h via train)
- Prague International Airport (PRG): 350 km (1 h via plane; 3.5 h via car; 6 h via train)
Travelling to the conference hotel:
From the Berlin Main Train Station (Hauptbahnhof/HBF):
- 10min by car or taxi
- 25min with public transport
- 40min by foot
From Berlin-Tegel Airport:
- 20min by car or taxi
- 30-45min with public transport
From Berlin-Schönefeld Airport:
- 30min by car or taxi
- 60min with public transport
The bus lines 100 and 200 stop just outside the conference hotel.
Special offer for those travelling with Deutsche Bahn: Deutsche Bahn Congress Railway Tickets
Price for a two-way ticket to and from Berlin at 99€ (2nd Class) or 159€ (1st class), one-way tickets start at 49.50€ (2nd class) or 79.50€ (1st class). Train tickets can be booked via telephone at +49 (0)1806 311153 or online with the keyword “BCO”. The booking will be binding after Deutsche Bahn’s confirmation. Please have your credit card ready for the booking process.
Further information: Congress Railway Ticket