ESTREL Congress Centre
Berlin, Germany
10 - 13 September 2018
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Berlin, Germany’s capital, dates to the 13th century. Reminders of the city's turbulent 20th-century history include its Holocaust memorial and the Berlin Wall's graffitied remains. Divided during the Cold War, its 18th-century Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of reunification. Following reunification in 1990, Berlin once again became the capital of all of Germany. Around one-third of the city's area is composed of forests, parks, gardens, rivers, canals and lakes. The metropolis is a popular tourist destination.

Berlin knows what the cultural heart desires. The city is not only brimming with interesting sights; it also boasts of more than 9,000 restaurants, some 180 museums and over 200 different performance stages. In Berlin there is no simply no resisting a night out. The city's also known for its art scene and modern landmarks like the gold-colored, swoop-roofed Berliner Philharmonie, built in 1963. 

Its economy is based on high-tech firms and the service sector, encompassing a diverse range of creative industries, research facilities, media corporations and convention venues. Significant industries also include IT, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering, clean tech, biotechnology, construction and electronics.


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Event location

ESTREL Congress Centre
Sonnenallee 225, 12057 Berlin, Germany

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. 


Once You Are There

Major airports


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

Tegel Airport (TXL)
Tegel Airport (TXL) in Northwest Berlin, 30 minutes’ drive from the Estrel Congress Centre (cost appx 40 EU by taxi)




Ground transportation

Public transportation is the most convenient way to travel around Berlin. Check out our 101 guide on Berlin public transportation.




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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