Getting there

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The Congress takes place in the centre of Berlin. Therefore it's easy to reach and easy to find. If you don't know the place, it's good advice to make sure you have a city map and a guide to the local train system as routes and street names are subject to continous change.

The Congress takes place at Berliner Congress Center (bcc) at Alexanderplatz (online map). The Alexanderplatz train station can be reached with S-Bahn, U-Bahn and regional trains.

The Berliner Congress Center is located south east of Alexanderplatz. Leave the train station at exit "Alexanderplatz" and turn right, pass along the World Time Clock and proceed to the pedestrian crossing at Grunerstraße and cross Alexanderstraße afterwards. Then you stand in front of the bcc.


Venue Location

 23. Chaos Communication Congress
 "23C3 - Who can you trust?"
 December 27 28 29 30, 2006
 Berliner Congress Center (BCC)
 Alexanderstrasse 11
 D-10178 Berlin, Germany

Arrival by train

Probably the best way to travel to Berlin by train is from Hannover, Nürnberg or Hamburg via the ICE (InterCityExpress) routes. Most trains stop at "Berlin Hauptbahnhof" station next to the eastern city center. Look up your connections with the Online Booking System of the Deutsche Bahn or with the verbose travel information of the Berlin tourist information.

Tickets to Berlin are valid for the S-Bahn on travelday, too, but not for subways, buses and similar stuff.

Participants planning to travel directly to the Congress by train should get off at "Berlin Hauptbahnhof". Take the S-Bahn heading east (having "Ostkreuz" or "Alexanderplatz" on their route is good, "Zoologischer Garten" is wrong. Dont care about the specific line, they all pass Alexanderplatz) to Alexanderplatz from there.

Special offers

  • You might want to consider the Surf&Rail ticket offers from Deutsche Bahn, available for this week on the routes Berlin-Erfurt (39€), Berlin-Bonn and Berlin-Stuttgart (59€). It's a two-way-ticket, so a fair price in my opinion.
  • From Austria, there's an offer called Sparschiene which allows you to travel to (and from?) Berlin from any austrian station for only 29€
    • WARNING: I have looked it up at the website, and it seems that there are no more such tickets avalaible; either they are sold out, or you have to preorder several months in advance (which of course is too late by now), or it was just some advertising thingie and they never really existed; currently cheapest way Wien-to-Berlin seems to be a little less than 130,- EUR (for each direction), so better also look somewhere else.
      • It really existed, but this offer started on Nov 1st and was sold out on Nov 4th, (I tried to get a ticket since Oct, but didn't get one). But with the "Vorteilscard" I got a ticket for one direction for 75 EUR
        • Yes! The Vorteilscard is an excellent hint, thanks a lot!

Arrival by plane

Berlin can be reached by commercial aviation through the international airports Tegel (TXL) and Schönefeld (SXF). Leaving Tegel you want to enter bus TXL heading towards "Mollstr./Prenzlauer Allee". Get off at Alexanderplatz. Airport Schönefeld has a direct express train connection to Alexanderplatz.

See these pages for cheap flights

Arrival by bus

Many bus companies operate lines to Berlin both from within Germany and from other countries.

Note: "Berlin ZOB" aka "Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof" is the default target destination for buses. You will have to take the public transport to the bcc. The congress centre next to ZOB is not the congress centre where 23C3 takes place.

Arrival by car

  • Make someone happy and give him or her a lift.
  • After arriving, be sure to bring your car to the parking area.

Useful Links

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