Why Berlin? 
Iris Lanz
Deputy Director Conventions, visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office
Did you know, that…?
+ Berlin is one of the most important destinations for meetings and congresses worldwide?
+ The German capital has been one of the top five cities for international association conventions for over ten years?
+ Modern hotels, unusual locations and a vast network of excellent service providers make Berlin the right selection for anyone who does not want to make any compromises?
+ Berlin is the place to be for digital and future conferences? Digital events, meetings about the digital world and the future are increasingly coming to Berlin. More and more organizers are choosing the German capital when it comes to discussions of the latest trends from classical to creative and other high-level international meetings.
+ Almost twice as many events take place in autumn than the average for the year as a whole?
+ Berlin is the only European city that has more museums than rainy days? There are on average 106 rainy days each year, while the city boasts around 180 museums.
+ The visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office is Germany’s most successful Convention Bureau and has been marketing the German capital proactively as a convention destination for more than 15 years?
+ The city is now considered a major center for science and start-ups in Europe and is a sought-after location for events that deal with the global future?
+ Berlin´s key sectors are medicine, research, science, IT and digital developments? Berlin's meetings and congress industry not only offers high-quality service, it is also closely linked to the city's technology and science scenes. These include world-renowned universities, more than 22 technology parks, and some 2,000 start-up companies. This environment makes the city an ideal venue for future-oriented events.
+ Berlin is the only city in the world with three active opera houses?
+ Berlin landmarks such as the TV Tower, the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Cathedral, and the Hotel Adlon are bathed in a different light during one special season of the year? The Festival of Lights and ‘Berlin leuchtet’ festivals are held each year in October.
+ There are approximately 1,000 so called Spätis (convenience shops which open until late or around the clock) in Berlin?
+ Berlin is home to the largest Chinese garden in Europe? It has been installed as part of the nine Gardens of the World.
+ Berlin is not only the largest, but also the greenest city in Germany? Nearly 32 per cent of the city’s total area of 892 square kilometres is green space or forest.
+ At 1,316 metres, the East Side Gallery is both the longest open-air gallery in the world and the longest stretch of the Berlin Wall still standing? It was painted in 1990 by 118 artists from 21 countries and contains 106 individual works.
+ A new service from the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office is the Berlin Speakers Pool which helps event organizers find suitable high-calibre speakers, local experts, and moderators for their programme to further ensure successful and inspiring events?
+ The Meeting Guide Berlin is integrated into convention. visitBerlin. com?
Where to meet?
+ The capital city has numerous unique venues – from former train stations to modern congress centres.
+ If you need a bit more space, especially if you are organising an event with more than 1000 participants, there are several major locations in Berlin that have therefore focused on exactly these types of events:
- CityCube Berlin
- Estrel Berlin - Hotel & Convention Center
- Berlin Convention Center (bcc)
+ All across Berlin, old industrial buildings are being creatively repurposed. The latest example is “von Greifswald”. Centrally located in Berlin, this former freight yard has two halls with a total of 800 m² of event space and a 4,000 m² outdoor area. The simple, unpainted masonry and the striking wooden roof give “von Greifswald” its own unique character.
+ Perfect for summer: locations with views of the River Spree
- Westhafen Event & Convention Center (WECC)
- the club restaurant Spindler und Klatt
- The Bolle Festsäle
+ The perfect Berlin venue in just a few steps: Meeting Guide Berlin
Where to stay?
+ Whether luxurious or inexpensive, Berlin offers its guests a wide selection of suitable hotels for any occasion. The German capital's diverse hotel landscape features more than 780 establishments offering excellent service and good value for money. And the number of new hotels in Berlin continues to increase.
+ 5 Stars: 28 (Stue Hotel Berlin Tiergarten, Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Hilton Berlin, Grand Hyatt Berlin)
+ 4 Stars: 110 (ABION Spreebogen Waterside Hotel, Vienna House Andel’s Berlin, Crowne Plaza Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Ellington Hotel Berlin, Park Inn Berlin)
+ 3 Stars: 76 (Grimms Hotel am Potsdamer Platz, Hotel Albrechtshof, Hotel AMANO Grand Central)
How to get there?
+ Berlin is excellently connected: situated in central Europe, the city is very convenient to reach by plane, train, bus or car.
Do you offer any special services / assistance for associations?
The visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office (BCO) is the official representative of the city of Berlin in the field of conventions, meetings and incentives. The BCO assists with official convention applications for Berlin, hotel contingents and their management, sources meeting and convention venues, helps with site inspections, accompanying programs, pre- and post-convention tours and incentives.
Whom to contact:
Berlin Convention Office of visitBerlin
Nadia Rokbani
Marketing Manager Conventions and Medical Congresses
+49 (0)30 26 47 48 - 497
convention. visitBerlin. com