Chapters meeting 2009/Practical information

See wikitravel:Berlin for a detailed presentation and the detailed interactive map for Wikimedia Conferences 2009.

MapEdit

AccommodationEdit

Planned accommodation (hostel): Apartmenthaus am Potsdamer Platz [1]

Rooms contain 3 or 4 beds. People will be assigned by gender beforehand (switching will be possible).

Location
Schöneberger Schöneberger Ufer 75-77, close to Potsdamer Platz and the Zoo
  • Car park is available (5 € / day)
  • U-bahn (underground): "Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Platz", lines U2
  • bus station: "Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand", lines M29
  • Checkin from 2pm
  • Checkout until 11am
  • Breakfast 7:30 - 9:00 (included)
  • bring your own towels!

VenueEdit

Venue for the meeting: Deutsche Telekom Laboratories [2]

Location
Deutsche Telekom AG
Laboratories
Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7
D-10587 Berlin
  • U-bahn (underground): "Ernst-Reuter-Platz", line U2
  • See the map

TransportationEdit

Berlin has an excellent public transportation system (i.e. buses, trams, underground, rail) that runs day and night. Transportation between conference sites, as in between hostel, T-Labs, and c-base will all be by public transportation.

You will receive public transportation tickets at check-in for all three conference days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Please don't buy single or multiple day tickets on your own for those days.

Arriving in BerlinEdit

by plane at Tegel airportEdit

If you arrive on Thursday, there will be volunteers at the airport welcoming you. They will give you a single ticket for the bus and directions for how to get to the hostel.

If you cannot find a volunteer or you arrive before or after Thursday, please use the instructions below:

Tegel airport (TXL) → hostel
Buy a single ticket "Berlin AB" (€ 2,10) when entering the bus
# board at line direction get off at travel time
1 Tegel Airport   109 S+U Zoologischer Garten U Uhlandstraße 25 min
2 U Uhlandstraße   M29 U Hermannplatz Gedenkstätte deutscher Widerstand 8 min

by plane at Schönefeld airportEdit

If you arrive on Thursday, there will be volunteers at the airport welcoming you. They will give you a single ticket for the bus and directions for how to get to the hostel.

If you cannot find a volunteer or you arrive before or after Thursday, please walk to the train station (a few hundred meters from the terminal), buy a ticket and take a train:

Schönefeld airport (SXF) → hostel
Buy a single ticket "Berlin ABC" (€ 2,80) at a ticket machine and stamp it using one of these devices
# board at line direction get off at travel time
1 Flughafen Schönefeld Terminal
Platform 3 or 4
  RE 7 or RB 24
leaves every hour at XX:25 and XX:55
Nauen or Dessau Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) 28 min
2 Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)   M85 S Lichterfelde Süd Potsdamer Brücke 16min
3 Potsdamer Brücke   M29 U Wittenbergplatz Gedenkstätte Dt. Widerstand 1 min

by train at Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)Edit

Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) → hostel
Buy a single ticket "Berlin AB" (€ 2,10) when entering the bus
# board at line direction get off at travel time
1 Hauptbahnhof bus station (street level)   M85 S Lichterfelde Süd Potsdamer Brücke 16 min
2 Potsdamer Brücke   M29 U Wittenbergplatz Gedenkstätte Dt. Widerstand 1 min

Getting around within BerlinEdit

to T-LabsEdit

hostel → T-Labs
# board at line direction get off at travel time
1 Gedenkstätte deutscher Widerstand   M29 U Hermannplatz U Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Park (street level) 2 min
2 Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Park (aboveground)   Ruhleben or Theodor-Heuss-Platz Ernst-Reuter-Platz (underground) 11 min
c-base → T-Labs
# board at line direction get off at travel time
1 walk to Jannowitzbrücke station
2 Jannowitzbrücke (aboveground)   5, 7, 75 or 9 Westkreuz, Potsdam, or Spandau Zoologischer Garten (aboveground) 15 min
3 Zoologischer Garten (underground)   Ruhleben or Theodor-Heuss-Platz Ernst-Reuter-Platz (underground) 2 min

to c-baseEdit

hostel → c-base
# board at line direction get off at travel time
1 Gedenkstätte deutscher Widerstand   M29 U Hermannplatz U Moritzplatz (street level) 15 min
2 Moritzplatz (underground)   Wittenau Heinrich-Heine-Straße 1 min
T-Labs → c-base
# board at line direction get off at travel time
1 Ernst-Reuter-Platz (underground)   Pankow Zoologischer Garten (underground) 2 min
2 Zoologischer Garten
(aboveground, follow  -Signs)
  5, 7, 75 or 9
Strausberg, Ahrensfelde, Wartenberg, Flughafen Schönefeld Jannowitzbrücke 15 min
3 walk to c-base

to hostelEdit

T-Labs → hostel
# board at line direction get off at travel time
1 Ernst-Reuter-Platz (underground)   Pankow Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Park (aboveground) 11 min
2 U Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Park (street level)   M29 U Hermannplatz Gedenkstätte deutscher Widerstand 2 min
c-base → hostel
# start line direction get off at travel time
1 walk to Jannowitzbrücke station (underground)
2 Jannowitzbrücke (underground)   Hermannstraße Moritzplatz (underground) 1 min
3 U Moritzplatz (street level)   M29 U Hermannplatz Gedenkstätte deutscher Widerstand 15 min

Information for car-drivers: Environmental Zone in BerlinEdit

On 1st January 2008 the city of Berlin established an Environmental Zone. You need to have a special sticker (costs: 5-6€) to be able to drive in the inner-city (conference, accommodation, etc is here!), which marks your car to be classified in a certain exhaust emission standard. Please keep all documents providing any information on your car with you. Get a sticker before you enter the inner-circle.

  • Information and addresses needed to get a sticker de/ en/ fr/ it/ tr/ ru/ po

Other itinerariesEdit

WeatherEdit

Forecast looks like mixed spring weather, not too cold, mostly dry.

MoneyEdit

Bring cash, Germany is not credit-card-friendly at all.