Berlin is centrally located in Europe and the greater Berlin area is a vibrant hotspot for cultural and vocational activities and central Europe’s capital for startup culture, particularly for IT and CS.
The area features the three world-class Berlin universities, as well as University of Potsdam, which was ranked top of Germany’s young universities by THE in 2018.
The area is home to several UNESCO world cultural heritage sites like the Sanssouci palace managed by the Foundation for Prussian castles and gardens. Several world renowned museums can be visited in the area as well, from the Museum Island in Berlin to the novel Barberini in Potsdam. Finally, the capital is also well known for its vibrant nightlife and international culinary scene.
The greater Berlin area features two international airports (the new BER will unfortunately not open in time for ECOOP’20), Tegel (TXL) and Schönefeld (SXF) and is well connected to high speed train lines via Berlin Hauptbahnhof. Local train tickets in Berlin (Berlin AB) can be bought online in DB’s app, the local provider VBB provides detailed timetables and ticket fares. You can find more information on the public transport system in the greater Berlin area.
The German Federal Foreign Office has a website with general travel information on Germany. Also, you might want to check germany.travel or Wikitravel as well as potential travel advice issued by our home country.
Please check whether a visa is required for your country of origin at the Federal Foreign Office.