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.
Berlin is centrally located within Europe and with its excellent train and ﬂight connections is easily reachable.
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.
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.
See www.bahn.de for details.
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.
See www.vbb.de for details.