About Berlin

“Berlin is constantly changing and never standing still.”

Although written in 1910, this quote by Karl Scheffer has never been as true as now. Berlin is constantly reinventing itself, changing its face and surprising continually.

The history-charged Berlin, host city of the 79th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, is the capital of Germany and known for its cross-cultural and creative coexistence. Berlin has a population of about 3,5 million from 187 different nations on an area of 892 sqkm and is the biggest city in Germany and Middle Europe. Many world famous restaurants, hotels and museums are located in Berlin and the city attracts 9.8 million tourists every year.

A short portrait of Berlin can be found on the city's official homepages:

www.berlin.de/en or at www.visitberlin.de/en

Berlin is easily accessible by car, train and airplane.

Arrival by plane

Berlin has two airports (Tegel - TXL and Schönefeld - SXF) with international flights from major cities all over the world.

Tegel Airport is situated in the northwest of Berlin, some 8 km (or 15 minutes) from the city center.
You can conveniently reach Tegel Airport using the JetExpressBus TXL (connecting Tegel Airport with the main train station Hauptbahnhof) or the Expressbus X9 (connecting Tegel Airport with train station Zoologischer Garten), as well as the buses 108 and 128.

Schönefeld Airport is situated in the southeast of Berlin, some 18 km from the city center. The S-Bahn (suburban train) lines S49 and S9, as well as several AirportExpress trains that run from/to the train stations Hauptbahnhof, Zoologischer Garten, Friedrichstraße, Alexanderplatz, and Ostbahnhof, connect Schönefeld Airport with the city center. S45 and S9 need about 45 minutes for the trip to the center and the trains take about 15 minutes (from/to Ostbahnhof) to 35 minutes (from/to Hauptbahnhof or Zoologischer Garten).

Arrival by train

You can reach Berlin from all directions by using the fast InterCity-Express-, InterCity-, EuroCity- and InterRegio Trains. The central station Berlin Hauptbahnhof, connecting east-west train lines with north-south train lines, in the heart of Berlin was opened in 2006.
Depending on the location of your hotel you may also choose Ostbahnhof, Bahnhof Gesundbrunnen, Südkreuz or Bahnhof Spandau as arrival train station. All train stations are well connected to the public transportation system.

Public transportation

Berlin´s public transportation system includes S-Bahn (express city train), U-Bahn (underground train), bus and tram. Route planer: www.bvg.de/en/Welcome

Line network  - credit: Verkehrsverbund Berlin Brandenburg GmbH

Apart from reaching the airports, the public transport in Berlin will take you almost anywhere you want to go. For more information just have a look on www.visitberlin.de/en/plan/on-site/out-and-about-in-berlin.

Taxis are generally easy to catch and bike rentals make it possible for you to tour the city as you please.  We strongly discourage to rent a car, as traffic in Berlin is usually heavy and gas prices are considerably above US standard.

How to get to the Museum für Naturkunde

The Museum für Naturkunde is located directly downtown Berlin and can be reach by the following means of public transport:

  • Underground line: U3 (station Naturkundemuseum, exit Invalidenstraße)
  • S-Bahn line: S1, S2, S25 (station Berlin Nordbahnhof), S5, S7, S75 (station Berlin Nordbahnhof)
  • Bus lines: N6, N40 (station Naturkundemuseum), 120, 123, 142, 245, N20, N40 (station Invalidenpark)
  • Tram: M5, M8, M10, 12 (station Naturkundemuseum)


How to get from the city centre to the congress venue

The following means of public transport connect the city centre with the congress venue Henry-Ford-Bau:

  • Underground line: U3 (station Thielplatz)
  • S-Bahn line: S1 (station Lichterfelde West)
  • Bus lines: X10, 115, 285 (station Oskar-Helene-Heim), M11 (station Hittorfstr.), 110 (station Thielplatz), X83 and N3 (station Dahlem-Dorf)


How to get to the Conference Banquet at the Wasserwerk

The Waterworks is located in the Western city center and can be reached by public transport, as follows:

  • Underground line: U3, U9 (station Spichernstraße) - please note that U9 is currently not fully serving in one section and we recommend to use the busses M85 or 285 between Rathaus Steglitz and Walther-Schreiber-Platz
  • S-Bahn line: S1 (station Zoologischer Garten)
  • Bus lines: 204, N3, N9 (station Spichernstraße), 249 and N3 (station Hohenzollernplatz)


For detailed information how to get to the different venues by public transport just have a look on www.visitberlin.de/en/plan/on-site/out-and-about-in-berlin and use the route planer: www.bvg.de/en/Welcome



Berlin overview map
Henry-Ford-Bau and vicinity map

The summer climate in Berlin is around 25 - 30 °C during the day and 15 - 18 °C at night. Despite the mild to warm temperature, Berlin has moderate rainfall throughout the whole year. We propose to bring an umbrella to be prepared for any weather condition.

The voltage in Germany is 230 Volts, 50 Hertz. Sockets meet European regulations and use the two-round pin system.

The time zone in Germany is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +2hours in summer.