ESTREL Congress Centre
Berlin, Germany
10 - 13 September 2018
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Always as cultural centre, Berlin has continued this tradition with many museums and theaters, while continuing to deal with ongoing reintegration of the West with the East, as well as an economy that is shifting from the processing to the service sector. Many companies returned to Berlin, among them Daimler-Benz, Sony, IBM Germany and German Rail who now all have headquarters there. It is also a large banking centre, and the largest university city in Germany with 147,000 students in three major universities.

The Berlin-Brandenburg region is home to one of the most significant clusters for optics technologies in Europe. Many of these are based at Adlershof, where six buildings comprise 18,600 square metres of labs and office space and companies such as, e.g., Analytik Jena, FISBA Optik, Limmer Laser, and the OpTecBB cluster have found a home. The Adlershof cluster is a short ride away from the Congress Centre. 

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ESTREL Congress Centre
Sonnenallee 225, 12057 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 6831 0

Attached to the Estrel Congress & Exhibition Center, this contemporary hotel is a 4.6-km drive from the East Side Gallery and 8.1 km from Brandenburg Gate. The Estrel’s convenient location and ideal transportation connections mean that we are easy to reach both by car and when using public transport.

Airport Information

Currently, the nearest airport is Berlin’s Schönefeld Airport (SXF) which is 13 kilometres away from the hotel.  For more detailed directions, please visit the hotel’s site

Schoenefeld Airport (SXF)
Schönefeld Airport (SXF) in Southeast Berlin, 15 minutes’ drive from the Estrel Congress Centre (cost appx 35 EU by taxi).

Ground Transportation

Public transportation is the most convenient way to travel around Berlin. The Sonnenallee S-Bahn commuter train station can be reached on foot in only three minutes, and a bus stop and taxi rank are located right in front of the hotel. Check out our 101 link on Berlin public transportation below. 

Shuttles and Public Transportation
Public transport is available to the hotel. Please visit the BVG’s route planner to plan your journey. To book your public transport tickets in advance of your trip, please visit their ticket site.  At the time of going to print, a single journey from Schönefeld airport to the hotel costs EU 3.40 (Zones ABC). 

Driving Directions and Parking
The ESTREL is centrally located near the main highway surrounding Berlin.  For detailed directions, please visit the hotel’s site. The hotel has its own underground parking garage offering 450 parking spaces (18 euros per day).

Car Rental

Berlin, Germany
September 10-13, 2018

Hertz Car Rental has been selected as the official car rental agency for this Conference. To reserve a car, identify yourself as a Remotes Sensing or Security + Defence Conference attendee using the Hertz Meeting Code PC# 137480.

Discount rates apply for roundtrip rentals up to one week prior through one week after the conference dates. Note: When booking from International Hertz locations, the PC# must be entered with the letters PC before the number, i.e. PC137480. Discount Code Coupon


  • Call the Hertz International Reservation Center at 1-800-654-3001 in the USA or your local Hertz Reservations Center to receive a special discount for SPIE. Reservations may also be placed on-line at
  • You will receive 15% off qualifying rates at participating locations in Berlin.
  • Be sure to identify yourself as a SPIE attendee. The PC# above must be on your advance reservation to receive this special offer. You must present this coupon at the time of rental in order to receive this discount.
  • This special offer is available for rentals from September 1-30, 2018.

Visa Information

If you need a travel visa, begin the visa application process now. Strict security requirements may cause delays in visa processing. It is strongly encouraged travelers to apply for their visas as early as possible (at least 3 to 4 months before the visa is needed).

Individuals requiring letters of invitation to obtain travel visas to present their papers may access information and the form on the Visa Information and Invitation Requests page.

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