We are looking forward to welcoming you in Berlin!
General information for sponsored participants: Flights (most economical, direct, economy class, round-trip), accommodation at the Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz Hotel (conference venue), all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on the conference dates, any necessary visa fees (reimbursement post-conference), health insurance, and terminal expenses will be covered. Please note that your per diems will be distributed by a member of the Conference Team upon check-in at the Scandic Hotel. Further information will be shared with you shortly.
The conference will be held at the
Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz
+49 30 700 77 90
For sponsored participants: Hotel reservations have been made on your behalf at the Scandic for the duration of the conference. Check-in begins at 3 pm. If you arrive earlier, please ask at the reception desk if the room is available. Check-out will be until 12 noon.
For non-sponsored participants: For rooms at the Scandic, please ask for a booking code at our Project Office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also stay at another hotel close by:
Mövenpick Hotel Berlin (4*)
Schöneberger Strasse 3
relexa hotel Berlin (4*)
Anhalter Straße 8-9
Grimm’s Potsdamer Platz (3*)
High Park by Palmira
Hotel Novotel Suites Berlin City Potsdamer Platz (3*)
Anhalter Straße 2
Hotel ibis Berlin City Potsdamer Platz (2*)
Anhalter Straße 4
Public transport to the venue
Please note: For sponsored participants, there will be a shuttle service from the airport to the hotel.
U = metro
S = urban railway
The closest public transport stations are
- Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Park (50m); U2
- S+U Potsdamer Platz (100m); S1, S2, S25, U2, Bus M41
… from Berlin Central Station (Hauptbahnhof)
Take the bus M41 (direction “Sonnenallee/Baumschulenstr.”) to “Potsdamer Platz”.
(Short distance ticket (“Kurzstrecke”), price 1,70€)
… from Tegel Airport (TXL)
Take bus X9 (direction “S+U Zoologischer Garten”) until you reach “Ernst-Reuter-Platz”. From there, take the metro U2 (direction “S+U Pankow”) to “U Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Park”.
(Ticket AB, price: 2,80€)
… from Schönefeld Airport (SXF)
Take the regional train RE 7 (direction “Roßlau, Bahnhof”) or RB 14 (direction “Nauen, Bahnhof”) to town until you reach “Berlin Alexanderplatz”. From there, take the U2 (direction “U Theodor-Heuss-Platz”) to “Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Park “. The RE 7 usually leaves at 40 minutes past every hour and the RB 14 at 59 past every hour.
Alternatively, take the S9 (direction “S+U Pankow”) to “S Bornholmer Straße”. From there, take S1 (direction “S Wannsee Bhf”) to “Berlin Potsdamer Platz Bahnhof”. The S9 usually leaves at 8, 28 and 48 minutes past every hour.
(Ticket ABC, price 3,40€)
You can get your ticket at the ticket vending machine on the platform (metro and urban railway) or on the bus.
Taxi: + 49 (0)30 20 20 20
City maps are available at the Scandic Hotel reception desk.
Participants are requested to make their own visa arrangements. Please be aware that vises will not be issued upon arrival. Many overseas visitors require a valid visa for Germany. Germany is a member of the Schengen Area.
Please visit the following website to verify whether you require a visa: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/visabestimmungen-node Please also check whether you need a transit visa for countries in which you have to transfer / stop over during your trip to and from Berlin.
Upon successful registration, please inform the Project Office in case you need a visa support letter.
As organisers of the Global NDC Conference 2019, we are pursuing a sustainable event management approach. This includes selecting the Scandic Hotel, which is known for its high sustainability standards. We reduce the use of paper by using digital displays at the hotel, by providing detailed information on the sessions online and as pdf’s and by using sustainable floor displays.
Further logistical information
Berlin is the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany. The federal city state Berlin, with around 3.5 million inhabitants, is the largest municipality by population in Germany and the second largest in the European Union. Berlin is the center of the metropolitan area of Berlin/Brandenburg. In addition to the rivers Spree and Havel, smaller rivers and numerous lakes and forests are located in the urban area.
For further information about tourist attractions please visit the following websites:
Berlin has a continental climate. Average daily temperatures in June range around 22°C but are difficult to predict. Sunny as well as rainy days and temperatures between 15°C and 30°C are to be expected.
Germany is in the Central European Summer Time Zone. Central European Summer Time (CEST) UTC +2h.
International dialing codes
The country code for Germany is 49. To make an international phone call, please dial 00 + country code + phone number.
Mobile phone information
Both protocols of GSM-900 and GSM-1800 are in operation.
The power supply in Germany is 230 volts, 50 hertz. Two-pronged plugs are used. Please check before using an appliance. Delegates are advised to bring adapters with them.
Currency, banking, credit cards and ATMs
The currency in Germany is the Euro. 24/7 ATMs are usually located at every bank and other central spots in the city center. You can withdraw money from any machine with a credit card. However, the ATM provider as well as your own bank may charge you for the transaction. The withdrawal fee charged by the ATM provider is usually a fixed amount of 4-6 Euros. All other rates are determined by the bank issuing your credit or debit card. On all ATMs, you can find small signs or stickers listing the banks, credit card networks and cashpools they are affiliated with. These normally include Master, Visa, and Cirrus. Please note that especially smaller shops and restaurants might not accept credit cards. There is often a sign at the door indicating what cards (if any) are accepted. The most popular credit cards in Germany are Master, Visa and American Express.
The following pharmacy is located near the conference venue:
Potsdamer Platz Apotheke
Tel: 030 2559220
Opening hours: Monday to Friday between 9 am and 9 pm
Berlin tap water is safe for consumption.
Contact information for logistical questions
Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Project Office Global NDC Conference 2019
Tel.: +49 (0)30 246328610