Conference Reception: All delegates, speakers and accompanying persons are invited to attend the Conference Reception which will be held at the Hotel Palace Berlin from 18.00 to 19.30 on the evening of Wednesday, 28 June 2017.
Conference Dinner: More information to follow.
Accompanying persons: All persons who are accompanying delegates in Berlin are welcome to join the Conference lunches, the Conference Reception and the Conference Dinner upon payment of the specified fee.
Berlin, the capital of Germay, with a population of 3.5m is the second largest city in the European Union.
There are 12 boroughs in Berlin, with the heart of the city centred around two – Mitte and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. HOtel Palace Berlin is to the west of these, near the Zoological Gardens.
Mitte is the centre of Berlin with many attractions, restaurants, bars and museums. Bellevue Palace, the German parliament in the Reichstag building, the Philharmonic Hall, the Chamber Music Hall and the State Library give way to the exciting modern architecture on Potsdamer Platz. Berlin's Museum Island and Gendarmenmarkt square are just a stone's throw from Brandenburg Gate.
The Spandau quarter is also a successful symbiosis of old and new. The lovingly restored Hackesche Höfe retail complex, Oranienburger Strasse and a number of smaller side streets offer a wealth of restaurants and cultural institutions, offering an insight into the diversity of the Berlin fashion scene.
More than any other German square, Potsdamer Platz reflects the history and fate of Germans in the 20th century. It attracts tourists from all over the world to the political, cultural and economic centre of Berlin. Also not far away is Checkpoint Charlie, the legendary border crossing that once separated the Soviet from the American sector. Situated right on the former border is the private 'Haus am Checkpoint Charlie' museum – one of the city's most popular attractions. Alternatively just take a break in the Tiergarten park’s Tea House in the English Garden.
To the east spanning either side of the River Spree, this is one of Berlin's most interesting districts. The most well-known landmark is the listed Oberbaumbrücke bridge with its striking towers.
A must for any visitor to Berlin is a stroll along the East Side Gallery, the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall. The 105 original works of art by 118 artists from 21 countries was restored in 2009. Other attractions include the longest architectural monument in Europe, Karl-Marx-Allee. Originally called Stalinallee, it was built in the 1950s on the Moscow model. The Jewish Museum in Kreuzberg is one of the most frequently visited museums in Germany.
Close by is the Berlinische Galerie, the state museum of modern art, photography and architecture. Just a stone's throw from Potsdamer Platz is the German Museum of Technology with its large museum park, a natural oasis in the heart of the city. Another nearby attraction is the Science Center Spektrum, which presents more than 250 experiments that visitors can use to test physical phenomena for themselves.
Built in the neo-Renaissance style in 1881, the Martin Gropius Building is renowned for its major themed exhibitions. Visitors can enjoy fantastic panoramic views from Viktoriapark in Kreuzberg with its Schinkel monument. Friedrichshain's spacious public park with its fairytale fountain is popular among young families, athletes and tourists alike. Unforgettable views of Gründerzeit villas and ultra-modern buildings such as the Energie Forum can be enjoyed on a riverboat cruise on the River Spree and Landwehr Canal. Parks and lush riverbanks offer an attractive place for tourists and locals to spend some time.
There are three World Heritage Sites in Berlin:
The Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin
Over a period of almost four centuries, an extensive park landscape has emerged between Potsdam and Berlin, taking its inspiration from the ideas of the French baroque garden whilst combining the styles of different eras.
Berlin’s Museum Island is a magnificent work of art in its own right, an extraordinary ensemble of five world-renowned museums on an island in River Spree right in the heart of Berlin’s city centre. The many highlights include the bust of Nefertiti and the Pergamon Altar.
Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
In July 2008 six representative Berlin Modernism housing estates were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The estates, built between 1919 and 1934, are outstanding examples of the residential architecture of the 1920s. In contrast to house building in Berlin in the time of the German Empire with dark backyards and cramped flats without any daylight and lacking basic hygienic facilities, bright, light-filled apartments were created. The buildings are important witnesses to the social housing not only of that period but also of the entire 20th century.