Welcome to Cvent’s Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Berlin, a city guide for meeting professionals. The largest convention location in Germany, Berlin is one of the world's frontrunners for national and international conferences and for medical, economic, and trade congresses. A modern powerhouse of art, culture, and entertainment, Berlin's youthful vitality and sophisticated atmosphere draw visitors from around the globe.
Known for its exceptional value, Berlin allows meeting planners and delegates to get more value for their money than any other European city. Part of Berlin's affordability stems from its prime location. Situated in the heart of Europe, Berlin's national and international transportation links make it easily accessible from points around the globe. Its two airports receive flights from hundreds of destinations across dozens of countries, while extensive rail systems connect to cities across Germany and Europe.
Once in Berlin, an advanced, high-tech infrastructure makes it easy for urban explorers to navigate the city itself. From the elevated railway known as S-Bahn, to public buses and underground U-Bahn trains, the next stop in Berlin is never far off. Additionally, about 7,000 taxi cabs are on hand to ferry travelers from one end of Berlin to another. Such options are a welcome convenience to travelers, who may be journeying to one of the city's over 180 museums or more than 700 hotels.
Berlin is also ahead of the game when it comes to convention facilities. In fact, the city is home to four convention halls, each of which offers versatile spaces and top-notch amenities. With the CityCube Berlin, the German capital provides a state-of-the-art venue for fairs, conventions, and meetings. Freely movable walls allow the multi-purpose hall to be adapted to the requirements of the particular event. The cube-shaped building offers space for up to 11,000 participants over three stories. A glass-covered walkway connects the CityCube Berlin with Hall 7 on the exhibition grounds, creating enough space for up to 18,000 participants.
Elsewhere, the Estrel Hotel & Convention Center Berlin, Europe's is the largest convention, entertainment, and hotel complex are capable of accommodating up to 12,000 people. With 1,125 guest rooms and suites, five restaurants, three bars, and its own railway station, the Estrel allows meeting attendees to combine business with pleasure without ever having to leave the grounds.
Meeting planners looking to infuse events with something uniquely Berlin need look no further than the many alternative venues speckled throughout the city. Host a meeting alongside the city's iconic Brandenburg Gate at the grand AXICA Kongress-und Tagungszentrum. Exquisitely designed by famed architect Frank O. Gehry, this inspired space will no doubt create quite a stir among meeting attendees. How about a networking event in a hundred-year-old pumping station? Berlin's Wasserwerk, available for everything from gala dinners to banquets and media events, is a dynamic space with a modern edge that can accommodate groups of up to 800 guests.
A hub of art and innovation, Berlin's economy is centered on creative industries such as media, environmental services, and congress and convention venues. One of Europe's most widely visited cities; tourism is also a major contributor to Berlin's economy. High-profile corporations such as Siemens and Deutsche Bahn are headquartered in Berlin. “We market Berlin specifically to these industries because the city has a lot of potential with its well-known institutions for medicine and health management,” says Heike Mahmoud, Director of the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office. This also applies to technologies in the field of IT: “Berlin startups are again and again conquering the world. The city has exactly the right atmosphere for congresses which deal with innovation,” explains Mahmoud.
Additionally, the Berlin-Brandenburg Metropolitan area is one of the largest centers for higher education in the European Union. Freie Universitat Berlin, the Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin, and the Technische Universitat Berlin all call the city home.
The Berlin Convention Office (BCO) of visitBerlin is the city’s official convention bureau and promotes the capital all over the world as a destination for conventions, meetings, events and incentives and supports all meeting planners.