Venue & Travel

IFAC 2020, the 21st IFAC World Congress, will be held in Berlin from the 12th to 17th of July 2020. Berlin, Germany’s capital, is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, offering a wide range of cultural and touristic attractions.

Berlin is a green city, with rivers and canals, and is particularly enjoyable in summer time.

All sessions of IFAC2020 will be held in the Estrel hotel and congress center. It is situated in the “Neukoelln” district of Berlin, and is easily accessible by public transport from everywhere in the city.

Neukoelln, which has traditionally been a working class area with a strong immigrant component, is rapidly transforming itself into a lively neighborhood attractive for students and artists, with lots of cultural and culinary attractions.

This is especially true for the nothern part of Neukoelln, bordering the “Kreuzberg” district of Berlin. This part, commonly known as “Kreuzkoelln” , full of interesting cafes and restaurants, is within easy walking distance of the Estrel congress centre.

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Conference Location

IFAC2020 will take place in the Estrel hotel and congress center.

Estrel Berlin is Germany’s largest hotel: 1,125 rooms and suites, four restaurants, three bars, a summer garden with its own landing pier and a modern wellness & fitness area.

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Berlin is centrally located within Europe and with its excellent train and flight connections is easily reachable.

Arriving by plane

Berlin has currently two airports, Tegel (TXL) and Schoenefeld (SXF). Tegel (TXL) is about 20km from the congress venue. By taxi, this takes about 30 minutes. By public transport (Bus and S-Bahn), the travel time is around 45 minutes.


Schoenfeld (SXF) is 13km from the congress center. By taxi, this will take about 15 minutes. Alternatively, using public transport (regional trains or S-Bahn), the travel time is between 20 and 30 minutes. There are several public transport variants that will take you from the airport to the congress center.

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Arriving by train

ICE (Inter City Express) trains stop at Berlin Hauptbahnhof and Berlin Ostbahnhof. From Ostbahnhof, it is a 10 minutes ride by S-Bahn to get to “Sonnenallee”, the stop serving the Congress center. From Hauptbahnhof, it takes about 20 minutes by S-Bahn.

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Travelling within Berlin or the Berlin metroplitan area

Berlin has a large and efficient public transport network comprising buses, trams, ferries, U-Bahn (underground), S-Bahn (local railway), and regional trains. They are all part of the Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (the public transport authority for Berlin and Brandenburg), or VBB for short, and can be used with the same ticket.

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