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Travel Update: April (for real this time!)
« on: 27.04.2016, 20:44:29 »

Hi everybody!

Here's this month's update for you travelly types. The good thing about being in Berlin is that we're really getting accustomed to the venue, the bad thing is that I still need to rehash this stuff because people keep forgetting the vital things.  m( So give it a read nonetheless, even if you've seen this before.  ;D

Travel documents

Remember that you were told multiple times in the past that visitors from outside Schengen countries need both a valid government ID and may need a travel visa? If you didn't act back then - well, get your ass in gear NOW. I mean it.

You will find further information on the web site of the German Foreign Office and can find out there whether you need a visa for the Schengen area.

Waiting time for German embassies and consulates may be significant, especially in lesser developed countries. Also, some countries are notorious for taking a long time to process passport applications, especially for first-time issues.

Remember to sort out your health insurance well in advance too - visitors from the EU should get a EHIC card from their national insurer, others should get private travel insurance to be on the safe side. A trip to the hospital, for whatever reason, can easily cost you thousands when not insured.


There currently are no major roadworks announced on the regional road network.

However, please note that near the A100 / A113 exit AD Grenzallee a diversion is in place until Summer 2017 due to the construction of the new A100 tunnel.

Also, there currently is some heavy construction going on south of the hotel, where the new A100 exit Sonnenallee is being built. Sonnenallee is currently diverted because of that, but is scheduled to remain open during the time of the convention.

Do remember that the low-emission zone starts just around the corner from the hotel though, so if you feel like driving anywhere within the central districts of Berlin (i.e. you are totally crazy and in dire need of professional help) you will need the appropriate sticker for your vehicle.


Domestic and international train tickets will be bookable from the following days:
Tuesday, 16 August - 17 May
Wednesday, 17 August - 18 May
Sunday, 21 August - 22 May
Monday, 22 August - 23 May

Save the date!

For your convenience, there is a special search form for saver fares at the DB web site. For longer journeys, it is advisable to book early to get a good fare.

There is a fair amount of planned construction ahead for 2016, albeit nothing major during the time window of EF so far. Everything has been worked into the online timetable, so you should not run into problems when booking at this time.

Ostkreuz station is almost, but not quite finished. Minor issues may arise.

Further updates on construction and other timetable changes will follow about a month before the convention, when the full summer schedule has been released.

Air travel

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