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About Berlin

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. The city’s also known for its art scene and modern landmarks like the gold-colored, swoop-roofed Berliner Philharmonie, built in 1963.  To learn more about Berlin see the links below.


Getting from the airport

Berlin Tegel Airport:

  • Bus connections to Berlin city centre
  • Express bus TXL Alexanderplatz (city center east)
  • Express bus X9: S + U Zoologischer Garten (city center west)
  • Bus 109: S + U Zoologischer Garten
  • Bus 128: U Osloer Straße
  • More information on public transport, car hires, and taxis


Berlin Schönefeld Airport

  • The Airport Express – just 28 minutes from Central Station to Schoenefeld Airport. Specially marked regional train lines RE7 and RB14 run daily every 30 minutes (5am – 11pm) between several city stations and the airport. Local public transport tickets are accepted on these trains. The journey is within fare zone ABC. At Schoenefeld railwaystation, the exits leading to the airport are clearly signposted. A covered walkway leads passengers directly from station to terminal.
  • S-Bahn: Lines S45 and S9
  • Buses: SXF1, X7, 162, 163, 171, N60, N70
  • Taxi: a taxi to the city will cost between € 30 and € 35.
  • More information on public transport, car hire, and taxis


Travel in Berlin

There are several forms of public transport to get around the city:

We recommend the TravelCard, which will give you access to all forms of public transport in one place.

Map of public transport:



In July in Berlin, the climate is wet (with 96mm of rainfall over 14 days). The weather’s not getting better compared to the previous month since in June there is an average of 68mm of rainfall over 12 days.

The climate pleasant there the month of July. Temperatures are up to 27°C. The seasonal minimum is 17°C. Thus, the mean temperature average in july in Berlin is 22°C. Note that seasonal normals are in contrast with those observed in Berlin in July with a maximum record of 39°C in 2010 and a minimum record of 9°C in 2009. You can hope to have about 7 days with temperatures up to 30°C, or 23 of time.

On average, in Berlin, the days of July last 16:21. The sun rises at 04:01 and sets at 20:22.  With a good climate, the month of July is a good month to go in this city in Germany. Read more at here.

For the PGA casual clothing is most welcome.

For the GFMD proceedings, semi-formal/professional attire is recommended.


Food and Meals



The German currency is the Euro. Currency Exchanges (Geldwechsel) – You can find currency exchange desks at any airport you arrive into, most train stations (Bahnhof) in larger towns and cities and all banks or you can use your ATM card at most ATM’s in Germany. ATMs are known in German as Bankomat.

We recommend that you exchange cash (or withdraw from an ATM machine) as upon arrival at the airport. Participants are advised to check specific currencies and the latest rates at: http://www.xe.com