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The following route descriptions should be able to direct directly to the Congress. If it is not sufficient, try to route via /dev/null.
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Probably the best way to travel to Berlin by train is from Hannover, Nuremberg or Hamburg via the ICE (InterCityExpress) routes. Most trains stop at "Zoologischer Garten" station in the western center of the city, as well as at "Ostbahnhof" station in the eastern city center. The German federal railways Deutsche Bahn facilitate its timetables, routing and an online booking system at http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/.
Participants planning to travel directly to the Congress by train should get off at "Ostbahnhof" station and take the bus no. 240 to "U Märkisches Museum" and leave at "U Heinrich-Heine-Strasse", from where it's only a couple of meters to the HAKP (Congress Center "Haus am Köllnischen Park"). The bus leaves the station every 20 minutes (every 10 minutes during rush-hour). Alternatively, you may take the rapid metro train (S-Bahn) heading towards Friedrichstrasse and leave at the next exit, "S Jannowitzbrücke" station from where it's ca. 150 meters to the HAKP.
If your train ends at "Zoologischer Garten" station, take the subway (U-Bahn) line U2 running to "U+S Pankow" and leave at "U Märkisches Museum" station. From there it is about a hundred meters walk to the HAKP.
The best way to reach Berlin by car is to use one of the "Autobahn"-routes, any of which will lead you onto the "Berliner Ring" (A10). Depending on which section of the A10 this approach leads you to, we advise different routes.
Hint: Berlin is notorious for its numerous construction sites and a rather lively activity in the area of street renaming. We therefore strongly suggest to use a fairly recent edition of a city map, in order to avoid confusion and frustration due to "missing" or "unexpected" buildings, stations, streets etc.
Arrival via A24 or A11 (the direct route)
In this case, it is best to use the A114 from "Autobahndreieck Pankow" (exit 32). The A114 turns into "Prenzlauer Promenade" after a while, then into "Prenzlauer Allee". Continue until "Alexanderplatz". Turn left at the "Forum Hotel", immediately right, then left again. Now you're on "Alexanderstrasse" leading towards an S-Bahn bridge. Drive underneath this bridge onto "Brückenstrasse". Take the second turn right (Rungestrasse), then the first left which incidentally is named "Strasse am Köllnischen Park". Voila!
Arrival via A2 or A9 (the scenic route)
Driving eastward, exit the A10 at "Dreieck Drewitz" and take the A115 ("Avus") towards Berlin central. After several kilometers straight onward you'll reach the big Autobahn-shebang where you need to take the 100 towards _Hamburg_ (!); but only for a little while - after a few hundred meters take the exit "Kaiserdamm". Once on the "Kaiserdamm" itself (a large town road) follow it eastward, straight ahead towards the "Brandenburger Tor" (yup, you're doing the "tourist thing" :-)
As of this writing, the Brandenburger Tor is closed for motorized traffic, so you need to take a right when you reach it. After this detour you'll find yourself back on track (street signs should now resemble something like "Unter den Linden"). Continue eastwards yet again, past the former "Palast der Republik", then turn right onto "Spandauer Strasse". Continue past the "Rote Rathaus" (the city hall) past two intersections onto "Stralauer Strasse" until you reach the S-Bahn bridge. Continue underneath the bridge and take a right at the next intersection (this will lead you underneath the S-bahn for a second time). You are/should be now on "Brückenstrasse". Turn into the second street (Rungestrasse), then immediately left again into the street "Am Köllnischen Park". Presto!
Arrival via A12 or A13 (the unspectacular route)
If you arrive on the A12, simply ignore the A10. Instead locate the A113 and take it straight into town. In case you arrive on the A13, enter the A10 until "Schönefelder Kreuz" where you exit onto the A113. Either way you'll end up on the A113. After a while the A113 turns into the B96, leading - eventually - to Berlin central. Be stubborn, play hard: stick straight to the B96 (don't let that little detour around the "Treptower Park" upset or deter you) until you reach a S-bahn bridge. Drive underneath it. Brace yourself. Continue dead straight ahead. The road you're taking will change its name several times en-route: Puschkinallee, Schlesische Strasse, Köpenicker Strasse. Towards the end of "Köpenicker Strasse" you'll intersect "Brückenstrasse" resp. "Heinrich-Heine-Strasse" at the U-Bahn station "U Heinrich-Heine-Strasse". Continue for one more intersection, then turn right into the street "Am Köllnischen Park". Bingo!
Berlin can be reached by commercial aviation through the international airports Tegel (TXL), Tempelhof (THF) and Schönefeld (SXF). Leaving Tegel you want to enter either bus X9 or 109 heading towards "Zoologischer Garten" station. There take the subway (U-Bahn) line U2 running to "U+S Pankow" and leave at "U Märkisches Museum" station. From there it is about a hundred meters walk to the HAKP.
At Tempelhof airport find "U Platz der Luftbrücke" station. There you may take bus no. 104 heading towards "Tunnelstrasse" and leave at "U Boddinstrasse". Check into the subway line U8 running to "S+U Wittenau" and leave at "U Heinrich-Heine-Strasse" station. The HAKP is situated just around the corner.
Schönefeld airport is way out. Take the rapid metro train S9 towards "Westkreuz" and change onto the U2 subway line running to "Ruhleben" at "S+U Alexanderplatz" station. Exit at "U Märkisches Museum" station. After about a hundred meters walk you reach the HAKP.
The subway station "U Heinrich-Heine-Strasse" (U-Bahn line U8, bus no. 240, 265) is just a few meters away from the convention centre "Haus am Köllnischen Park" (HAKP). This should be your station of choice to reach the Congress comfortably.
The subway station "U Märkisches Museum" (U-Bahn line U2) and rapid metro station "S Jannowitzbrücke" are a bit further off, but definitely within walking distance.
Time-tables of the "BVG" (the Berlin public transport authority) are available online at http://www.fahrinfo-berlin.de/bin/query.exe/d?L=. Inner-urban connections are also listed in Deutsche Bahn's online timetables at http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/.
The precise wording of the station there is "Heinrich-Heine-Str. (U), Berlin". Yes, this web interface sucks.