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Berlin - a city with a difference
Berlin is a city with a difference, forever changing and with a unique flavour that each year attracts million of visitors from all over the world. Everyone finds something to their taste in the German capital which is also why the international congress and events community keeps coming back. The choice of venues is staggering and in recent years, new and innovative additions have increased capacity and competitiveness.
Germany's biggest city
Since the Fall of the Wall, Germany’s biggest city with about 3.3 million inhabitants has evolved into a cosmopolitan hot spot, renowned for its extraordinary variety of attractions and outstanding cultural scene. What sets it apart from many other cities of this size, is its laid back atmosphere, making it an extremely liveable and attractive location. The contrast between history and modern developments and the fascinating reminders of Germany’s contemporary history at every corner add to Berlin’s unique character.
The German capital is also one of the most innovative academic hubs in Europe. A multitude of universities and private and public academic institutions engage in research with a focus on the healthcare, energy, transport, mobility and logistics, media as well as information and communication technologies sectors. Close cooperation between research institutes and companies create ideal conditions for business plus a perfect environment for sector specific meetings and conferences.
Transport & Location
Transport and Location
Berlin’s Tegel airport is only about five miles from the city and serviced by international airlines. Frequent bus services into town are integrated into Berlin’s extensive local transport network which includes buses, S- and U-Bahn as well as tram lines. Berlin’s second airport, Schönefeld, is about twelve miles from the city centre and connected to central Berlin via S-Bahn trains and an Airport Express. The city’s conveniently located central station, Berlin Hauptbahnhof, provides frequent Intercity-Express (ICE), Intercity (IC) and Eurocity (EC) services .
One of Berlin’s greatest advantage is that it has the largest number of hotels in Germany. More than 130.000 beds are available in around 800 hotels and value for money is excellent. Compared to other major European cities, Berlin offers very competitive prices for rooms in the 3- to 5-star range. Options include elegant superior properties such as The Regent Hotel Berlin, the Scandic Berlin Potsdam as a sustainable accommodation provider or Estrel Berlin, Europe’s largest hotel and convention complex.
Messe Berlin, the city’s exhibition grounds, has added CityCube Berlin as a new multifunctional venue for trade fairs, conferences and events that is directly connected to Berlin ExpoCenter City. The latter, right in the heart of town, is home to many leading trade shows such as ITB, IFA or InnoTrans. CityCube Berlin adds another 12.000 square metres of exhibition space to the ExpoCenter City’s altogether 26 exhibition halls and enables organisers to seemlessly connect trade fairs and conventions. A third Messe Berlin location, Berlin ExpoCenter Airport, opened in 2012 in the vicinity of Berlin’s future main airport Berlin Brandenburg, hosting, for example, ILA Berlin Air Show as a major international event for the airospace and defence industries.
Berlin excels when it comes to unusal locations. There are listed buildings such as Funkhaus Berlin, the former headquarter of the radio broadcasting organisation of the GDR, or AXICA, which is part of the DZ Bank building near Brandenburg Gate as a state-of-the-art, Frank O. Gehry designed venue for special occasions. Radialsystem, a former turn of the century pumping station, now offers an extraordinary space for conferences and events and a mix of 19th century industrial architecture and modern design. Among the many of Berlin’s museums, the Jewish Museum Berlin and the Museum for Communication as the world’s oldest postal museum, are also stand out options for events.
In 2009, the Berlin Convention Office launched the ‘Berlin Green Meetings‘ initiative with the aim to establish the city at the forefront of environmentally aware meeting locations. The dedicated www.berlin-green-meetings.com site provides information about a range of Berlin event and tourism service providers.
Things to see & do
Things to see & do
Any Berlin newcomer will not want to miss iconic sights such as Brandenburg Gate, the TV Tower or the Reichstag. And rightly so. However, there is so much more and visitors are spoilt for choice. With the Museum Island, the landscape of palaces and gardens between Berlin and Potsdam and six Modernist housing estates, Berlin is also home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites. Plus, the many reminders of World War I and II or the division of Germany during the Cold War that can be found everywhere in the city make Berlin a veritable open-air stage of history.
Foodies will delight in the lively and cosmoplitan scene that has developed in the German capital in recent years, taking in everything from Michelin-starred restaurants and innovative, young chefs to quirky street food ventures. There is almost no type of cooking, be it Turkish, Thai or Sudanese, that cannot be found in Berlin and typical regional specialities should not be overlooked either.
Berlin: A leader in progress.
Berlin, Germany's capital city, is also a leading heavyweight in business and technology.
There is a high concentration of companies operating in the areas of chemicals + pharmaceuticals, technology + innovation, medicine + healthcare as well as transport + logistics in Berlin – and the city also hosts many events in these sectors.