As the capital of Germany, Berlin is a vibrant city that offers a wide range of cultural and culinary experiences that is well worth a visit on its own. If you are planning to spend a few extra days in Berlin – the organising committee has compiled a list of their favourite sights and places. Take a look and get inspired!
Discover 300 years of medical history in the museum directly on the historic grounds of the Charité right next to the congress venue (400m). At the time of the conference there will also be a fitting special exhibtion titled "The brain in science and art".
Personal recommendation from Prof. Hans-Hilmar Goebel
Meet jet-black Tristan, one of the most complete T-Rex skeletons in the world just 500 meters from the conference venue. (One of David Cappers personal highlights)
Stroll along the remnants of the Berlin Wall with lots of information on this monument of the cold war. Best start at the stiftung-berliner-mauer.de/de/gedenkstaette-berliner-mauer just 1,5 km from the conference venue.
Personal recommendation from Prof. Frank Heppner
After strolling down the Museumsinsel ("Museum island"), it's the perfekt time to walk around the Monbijou-Ufer, the beautiful shoreline of the river Spree. When the weather is nice, you will find open air standard dancing in the beach bar Bodemuseum just 1.8km from the congress venue.
Personal recommendation from Prof. Werner Stenzel
Discover Berlin and its historical sights on boat and take a tour around the river Spree. The nearest departure point is just 1km from the conference venue.
Personal recommendation from Dr. Arend Koch
Do not miss the Brandenburg gate, one of Berlins most famous Selfie-Spots! Once in the no man's land between East and West Berlin, it has become one of the landmarks of reunified Germany and is just 1,2 km from the conference venue.
Visit the famous 3400 year old bust of Nefertiti, great royal wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten and world icon of beauty in her new home at Neues Museum (“New Museum”) that is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Museumsinsel (“Museum Island”) just 2 km from the congress venue.
Step through the world famous Ishtar Gate, the eighth gate to the inner city of Babylon built almost 2600 years ago by order of King Nebuchadnezzar II. The gate has been re-erected in the Pergamon Museum also on the Museumsinsel. The museum is currently under partial reconstruction and the name-giving Pergamon Altar is currently not open for visitors. And even the Ishtar Gate will close for public this year in October and will not be on display until the Year 2037. So take your chance, the gate is just 2 km from the conference venue.
Take a tour through the Bundestag, Germany's national parliament. Walk through the chambers where important decisions are made, learn about the workings of the government, and admire the architectural significance of this landmark. You will need to book a tour in advance!
If you love museums, there is a special deal for tourists visiting Berlin. For 29€ you get access to more than 30 museums in Berlin for three consecutive days, so you can see as much as possible during your stay. This includes all the museums on "Museum Island" as well as the Jewish Museum, Naturkundemuseum and the Museum of German History.
Every day, hundreds of people walk past a green door in the Gesundbrunnen underground railway station, unaware that, behind it, lies a subterranean labyrinth. Only accessible with a guided tour you can get an unusual perspective on the history of Berlin and Germany. There are several tours with different focus, this tour is arching 160 years of history.
Personal recommendation from Dr. Helena Radbruch
The original Berliner Stadtschloss (“City Castle”) was torn down after serious damage in the second world war. After an extensive debate a copy of the original building was built at the original site and finally reopened as the “Humboldt Forum” in 2021 and houses the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art. You can get there in 15minutes by public transport from the congress venue (3,4km).
Experience Berlin from new heights with the WELT Balloon Tour. Soar above the iconic cityscape iand capture panoramic views.
Public church tours, in which the Memorial Hall in the Old Tower and the new church are presented. Deviating from this, other parts of the ensemble can be guided if the circumstances on site make it necessary, such as church services, concerts or the like. Within the framework of our special tours, other non-public areas such as the secret passage through the blue light, the ascent of the ruins, the chapel or the organ can be visited.
An urban country house in the middle of the big city, under large trees, directly on the Neuer See in the Tiergarten. Berlin's probably most beautiful traditional beer garden is right next door. And to make the trio even more perfect we have a romantic lake view in the Tiergarten.
Personal recommendation from Dr. Simone Schmid
Discover the Jewish Museum in Berlin—a testament to Jewish history, culture, and resilience. The permanent exhibition about Jewish history in Germany is free of charge, but there are also additional changing exhibitions (at the time of the conference "Another country: Jewish in the GDR"). The Jewish Museum is located 5km from the congress venue, so around 30min ride by public transportation.
The Berlin Philharmonie stands as a world-renowned concert hall and cultural hub in the heart of Berlin. Home to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, this architectural masterpiece hosts an array of classical and contemporary musical performances, celebrated for its exceptional acoustics and influential role in shaping Berlin's cultural landscape.
Discover Berlin from a new perspective at the Fernsehturm. Enjoy panoramic views of the city's sights from the iconic landmark, providing an unforgettable way to appreciate Berlin's beauty.
The original Hop-On Hop-off sightseeing tour in Berlin! Experienced in City Sightseeing since 1995 • The Classic Tour takes you to all the main sights in Berlin in 2,5 hours & 24 stops • Follow the buses on the live tracker in our app • All buses have convertible roofs • We have the only Open-Top buses in spring and summer in Berlin
Looking for the best drinks and cocktails in Berlin? Then, in my opinion, you should pay a visit to Velvet Bar, located in Berlin Neukölln (9km from conference venue, 30minutes by car or public transport). It is pricy and a short trip away, but it's delicious, unique, always made from local seasonal ingredients and the bar itself is absolutely beautiful.
Personal recommendation from Marlene Oberwahrenbrock