Host City – Berlin
Berlin is where the future and the past come together. Separated by a wall for decades and reunified in 1989, it today has a multicultural and international atmosphere. But not only has world history shaped Berlin, it was and still is a hotspot of medical history. In 2010, the Charité, Berlin’s university hospital and medical school celebrated its 300th birthday.
With a population of 3.5 million people, Berlin is not only Germany’s capital, but is also its largest city.
It has a variety of museums and cultural buildings and is also known as a dynamic meeting and convention metropolis. With its two airports the city is easily accessible from anywhere in the world.
Germany – 82.2 million
Berlin – 3.5 million
German is the official language of Germany.
Berlin has a continental climate, which is distinguished by large seasonal temperature fluctuations. In summer the temperature can reach over 30oC. However, temperatures largely range between a pleasant 15oC and 25oC from May to September.
Berlin is in the Central European Time Zone.
Electricity is supplied at 230 volts and the plugs follow the European system (with two pins).
Germany is a member of the European Community, and uses the Euro as currency. There are numerous currency exchanges and banks across the city where money can be exchanged for Euros or withdrawn from cash machines. As well as bureaus de change, mostly situated around train stations and airports, there are branches of all major banks across the city. The opening times are convenient with many banks open for the full working day, several days a week. Outside banking hours, you will find cash machines on nearly every street corner.
EuroCheque and credit card (American Express, Visa, Diners Club, Eurocard, MasterCard) are usually accepted.
Important: Berliners prefer to pay with cash. Debit cards and major credit cards (American Express, Visa, MasterCard) may often also be used, but smaller shops and cafés might only accept cash payments. Therefore, visitors should always have some euro bills and coins on hand.
Banks operate daily and remain open during lunch. Almost all shops in the large shopping streets are open from 10 am to 8 pm, longer on certain weekends.
Berliners and guests meet at the late-night corner shop. Here you can find practically everything your heart desires – usually 24/7.