AC Power Plugs and Sockets

Germany uses a 220 volt 50Hz system, sockets have the European standard and plugs are three-prong grounded.

Climate and Time Zone

Berlin is located in the Central European Time zone MEZ. Germany belongs to a temperate zone, which requires a wardrobe as flexible as possible. In summer, the temperature rises above 27°C/80F, but deviations are quite common.


The Euro “€” is the official currency in Germany. You can change money at banks, post offices and currency exchanges in airports or train stations. Common credit cards are American Express, MasterCard and Visa. Diners Club is rarely used, but is accepted by major hotels, petrol stations or large shops. Otherwise cash will be accepted.

Important Telephone Numbers

General Emergency - 112
Police - 110

Public Transport

The public transport companies of Berlin are called BVG and S-Bahn GmbH. They will take you quickly everywhere you need to go by underground, bus, train or ferry. Berlin is divided into three tariff zones: AB, BC und ABC. Tariff zone AB includes the urban area until the city boundary. Zone ABC involves also Berlin’s surrounding area and the city of Potsdam.

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Airports – how to get to the city centre

Berlin-Schönefeld Airport, SXF for short, is located in the south east of Berlin. Together with Tegel Airport it makes up the capital's two international airports.
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More than 7,000 taxis offer their fares a quick and comfy ride to their destination. Get safely and comfortably to where you want to go in Berlin whenever you want – airport or railway station, a business meeting or anywhere else you may have in mind.
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Berlin Welcome Card

Do you want to experience the panoramic view from the TV tower or plan a visit to Berlin’s famous Museum Island? Then we can recommend the Berlin Welcome Card – Berlin’s official tourist ticket. Save time and money!
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Berlin Sightseeing Tours

Berlin is a happening city, diverse and colourful – and never dull! Explore the urban jungle on a city tour through Berlin, past classic sights, historical locations and bustling neighbourhoods!
With the wide range of fascinating city tours, hop on/hop off bus tours, guided bike tours and adventure and activities tours on offer, it’s easy to discover Berlin’s fascinating diversity in your way.
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The organizers can accept no liability for personal injuries or for loss or damage to property belonging to the Workshop participants, either during or as a result of the event. Participants are advised to take out proper travel and health insurance before departing from their home country.

 Language of the VAS 2021

The official language of the VAS 2021 is English. Translation services will not be provided.


Smoking in the VAS 2021 area is not allowed.

Shopping hours

Berlin has the most liberal opening times in Germany. Almost all shops in the large shopping streets are usually open from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Apart from a few exceptions (airports and railway stations), all shops are closed on Sundays. Banks are usually open between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

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Congress secretariat

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