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Travel Info

Conference Venue

The venue for CogSci2013 is Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Humboldt University). Founded by Wilhelm von Humboldt in 1810, Humboldt University is the oldest in Berlin. Humboldt's idea to create an institution that brings together research and education has served as a raw model for Universities all over the world. Humboldt University is one of Germany's top research universities and it has been home to 29 Nobel Laureates (for more information, see: Humboldt University).

Unter den Linden 6
10117 Berlin

Use this link for directions. You can also find an overview map of the events here.

Host Hotels

Arrangements have been made with the Berlin Housing Bureau for discounts to a selection of hotels in the area surrounding Humboldt University (See the map here). Each is a short walk to the University and offers a wide variety of amenities. In order to receive the discount, it is important to register for your preferred hotel through the provided "Visit Berlin" link in English or German. Select the appropriate link below to review the hotels and to make your reservation. Please note that the discount room rate at the conference hotels will end on June 3, at which time the rooms will revert to market rate. If you are planning to attend the conference and would like the discount then please book your room before June 3.

Travel Visa

Upon request, the Cognitive Science Society will provide letters of invitation only to accepted paper/poster authors and presenters. You may send your request to the Society (cogsci AT austin.utexas.edu). The requestor will need to 1) provide the address for the Embassy where you will present the visa request, and 2) forward the acceptance e-mail from the CSS. The visa letters are posted to you, so please send on your post address. The deadline for requests is June 1.
The Society is not able to assist you with additional documents or requirements beyond a letter acknowledging your accepted presentation at the conference. Please note that the visa letters will not be sent by e-mail...please plan accordingly.

We strongly recommend that every attendee check the German visa requirements well in advance.
Some detailed information can be found here.

General Information

Timezone

Germany is on Central European Summer Time: Two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Money

ATMs are found throughout the centre of Berlin and are the most convenient way of obtaining cash. You will normally be charged a fee for withdrawing cash, but the exchange rate is usually good. The use of credit cards is not as prevalent as some other countries (notably the United States). It is therefore wise to always carry sufficent cash to meet most needs.
Foreign currency and travellers' cheques can be exchanged in most banks. "Wechselstuben" (Bureaux de Change) will be open outside normal banking hours and give better rates than banks, where changing money often involves long queues.

Postal Services

Most post offices (simply "Post" in German) are open from 8am to 6pm Monday thru Friday, and 8am to 1pm Saturday. For non-local mail use the "Andere Richtungen" slot in postboxes. Letters up to 20g (7oz) to anywhere in Germany and the EU need 0.58 cents in postage. Postcards require 0.45 cents.
For anywhere outside the EU a 20g letter or Postcard costs 0.75 euro.

Telephone

English speaking operator-services can be obtained by calling 11837.

Climate

The average temperature in late July/early August ranges from 22-28 degrees Celsius. So far, spring has been quite beautiful, but evenings can be a little cold (a jacket or sweater can be a good idea). Rain is a possibility but not very likely.

Travelling in Berlin

To and From the Airport

Tegel airport is located in the northwest of Berlin. If you arrive here you might want to take the TXL bus, which waits in front of the airport. The TXL is a kind of airport shuttle, running frequently, that brings you to the city centre and back to the airport.
Schönefeld airport is located in the southeast of Berlin. If you arrive here you might want to take either the S-Bahn line S9 (S-Bahn is one of the two public transport train systems in Berlin) or the Regional train RE 7 both of which depart from the nearby train station. When you leave from Schönefeld Airport you also take the S9 from the city back to the airport.

To plan your travel-itinerary once you landed, please check where your hotel or hostel is located and then use www.bvg.de or the "Fahrinfo Berlin" app available on iOS and Android to plan your travel itinerary to get there quick and safe.

Public Transportation in Berlin

There are four ways to travel: Bus (sometimes also called metrobus), S-Bahn (runs mostly above ground and can be recognized by a white S on green circle), U-Bahn (runs mostly underground and can be recognized by white U on blue background), and Tram.
Usually you can get around pretty well using only the S- and U-Bahn. But to find out which lines to use when you want to go somewhere specific, again use the www.bvg.de website to help find your way. There are also apps for iOS and Android which tell you exactly how to get to any place in berlin by public transportation.

Ticket Prices:
Inside Berlin (Districts A and B - which is all you'll most likely need) you can either buy a single ticket (adult AB) which is 2.40 euros and lasts for two hours. Alternatively you can buy an all-day-ticket, which costs around 6.50 euros. With those tickets you can use all public transportation (S-Bahn, U-Bahn, trams, and buses).
After you bought your tickets at the ticket-automat - which can be found on any S- and U-Bahnstation, within trams or on a bus buy directly from the driver - you have to stamp them to make them valid. This can be done by placing them in the funny red boxes on every train station (or on the bus). The fine for riding without a ticket is 40 euros.
On the weekend, beginning Friday night and ending Sunday night 1am most public transportation lines will run 24 hours with 15 or 20 minutes be-tween the trains at night. During the week trains, buses and trams will stop running at 1am at the latest and start running again 4am earliest. Check the BVG.de website to find out about frequency and duration.

Berlin Welcome Card

The Berlin Welcome Card might be an alternative to regular public transportation tickets, particularly if you plan to visit several museums. The Welcome Card gives you free access to public transportation and to Berlin Museums for 48hrs, 72hrs. or five days. Prices start at 18.50 (48hrs. public transportation only) or 34.00 (48hrs. public transportation and museums).

Taxis

Taxis are plentiful and cheap in Berlin. The city itself is relatively small. So don't be afraid of grabbing a cab to get somewhere fast or to get back to your hotel after a night of socializing.
The basic fee just for getting in any cabin Berlin is 3.20 euros. For a trip of about 10km you will pay about 15 euro total (this would be equivalent of going from the Academy to say Kreuzberg). If you want to go not more than 2km you should tell the driver "Kurzstrecke" as you enter (which basically means short distance) and you won't have to pay more than 4 euros for the ride. But don't forget to say this as you enter and not at the end of the journey.
There is also a Taxi Berlin app for iOS and Android available.

Taxi-Ruf (24hours, in English): +49 30 · 20 20 21 22 0
Cab-Call: +49-(0)30-261026
Taxi Funk: +49-(0)30-443322
City-Funk: +49-(0)30-21 02 02

Bicycles

Bicycles are very convenient, often much faster than cars or public transportation, bikes they are cheap and you can rent them almost eve-rywhere. Be careful, though, if you are not used to ride in city traffic even if there are dedicated bike lanes along most major streets.

In Case of Difficulties

Berliners are friendly and tolerant (most even talk English) so it's easy to find help and hard to get lost. The city itself is safe to walk at night (though like all cities it has its more dangerous spots). Generally with a little common sense it would be difficult to get into trouble.
In case anything does goes wrong you can call:

Police: 112
Emergency calls and Fire department: 110

Restaurants

In Walking distance from the conference:

Zwölf Aposteln, Georgenstr. 2, www.12-apostel.de
Via Nova, Universitätsstr. 2, www.cafe-vianova.de
Ständige Vertretung, Schiffbauerdamm 8, www.staev.de
Strandbar Mitte (Pizza), Monbijoustr., www.strandbar-mitte.de
For Dinner (reservation recommended):
Machiavelli, Italian, Albrechtstr. 13, www.machiavelli-berlin.de
Cinque, Italian, Reinhardtstr. 27d, www.ristorante-cinque.de
Boccondivino, Italian, Albrechtstr. 18, www.boccondivino.de
Monsieur Vuong, Vietnamese, Alte Schönhauser Str. 46, www.monsieurvuong.de (no reservation possible)

Beer Gardens:

Zollpackhof, Elisabeth-Abegg-Str. 1, www.zollpackhof.de
Café am Neuen See, Lichtensteinallee 2, www.cafe-am-neuen-see.de
Strandbar Mitte, Monbijoustr., www.strandbar-mitte.de
Brunch on Sundays:
Café am Neuen See, Lichtensteinallee 2, www.cafe-am-neuen-see.de

Tourism

For general information on tourism in Berlin look at the Berlin Tourism site: http://www.visitberlin.de/en.
More specific information on concerts, movies, theatres etc. can be found in three journals Exberliner (in English, www.exberliner.com) Zitty (in German, www.zitty.de), Tip (in German, www.tip-berlin.de)

Flea Markets

Overview: www.berlin.de/special/shopping/flohmaerkte/
Tiergarten, Saturday, Sunday, Straße des 17. Juni, www.berliner-troedelmarkt.de
Mauerpark, Sunday, Bernauer Str. 63-64, www.mauerparkmarkt.de
Boxhagener Platz, Sunday, Boxhagener Platz

Parks

Großer Tiergarten, Mitte, S-Bahn Tiergarten
Volkspark Friedrichshain, Friedrichshain - Prenzlauer Berg, Tram M4 Am Friedrichshain
Treptower Park, Friedrichshain, Treptow, S-Bahn Treptower Park
Pfaueninsel, www.pfaueninsel.info
Prussian Castles in Potsdam, Potsdam, www.potsdam-park-sanssouci.de