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Berlin, Brandenburg Gate
Berlin, Brandenburg Gate ©Wolfgang Scholvien

Berlin – the place to be for conventions!

If you are looking to organise an event with a difference, then come to Berlin. In this continuously evolving city, train stations become museums, fragments of the Berlin Wall become open-air galleries and old factories become modern event halls.

The choice of venues ranges from the 368-metre-high television tower to a 5,000-capacity hangar in the grounds of the former Tempelhof airport. A new congress hall is also currently being built at the exhibition centre (Messe Berlin). Following the restoration of the ICC Berlin, congress capacities in the German capital have virtually doubled. The city on the river Spree also offers excellent value for money, some of the most modern hotels in Europe and superb transport links. In short: Berlin is the perfect host city.

This is reflected in the city's latest congress statistics. In the first half of 2011, around 53,450 conferences and congresses took place in Berlin. Delegate numbers were up two per cent to 4.3 million. According to the latest ICCA figures, the German capital is the fourth most important location in the world for association conferences.

Berlin Convention Office (BCO), part of visitBerlin, offers expert assistance with the organisation of congresses, conferences and incentive activities. Customers benefit from the team's many years of experience, a broad network of contacts and free booking of hotel allocations. The BCO website at convention.visitBerlin.de presents Germany's leading conference destination in a clear and interactive way. For event planners, it serves as a compass for incentive travel. 'BerlinCentives' provides comprehensive information free of charge about the fantastic experiences on offer in Berlin and helps customers to choose the right events.

Berlin at a glance:

  • Hotels/beds: 615/102,139

Nearest international airports:

  • Tegel airport (TXL): 8km
  • Schönefeld airport (SXF): 18km

3 June 2012: opening of the new Berlin/Brandenburg (BER) city airport on the grounds of the former Schönefeld airport