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Key facts

Congress presidents

Prof. Dr. J. Wöllenstein
Dr. Jochen Kieninger
Dr. Carolin Pannek
Dr. Katrin Schmitt


Konzerthause Freiburg
Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1
79098 Freiburg im Breisgau

Congress Management

Intercongress GmbH
Ingeborg-Krummer-Schroth-Str. 30
79106 Freiburg
+49 761 69699-0

Practical information


Some participants may require visas in order to enter Germany. Please consult with the German embassy or consulate nearest to you for specific details relating to visas.

EU nationals: Do not require a visa to enter Germany.
Non-EU nationals: Do usually require a visa for stays in Germany. You can find an overview on visa requirements here. This visa enables you to move within the entire Schengen area throughout its validity.

Credit Cards

Credit cards are widely accepted. MasterCard & Visa dominate within Germany. American Express is accepted in some stores and of course you can use it with the ATM. Furthermore, you can check shop windows and entrance doors for credit card logos to see which cards you can use.


National language: German (Alemannic dialect alongside)

Many locals and business and service employees speak English, particularly the younger ones.


The German currency unit is the euro (EUR).

You can get cash from any Geldautomat (ATM) at major train stations, airports, large shopping centres and in and outside banks. Within the eurozone charges for ATM withdrawals and credit card payments include domestic payments and it is possible that you get domestic fees charged.

Electricity / Voltage

Electrical sockets in Germany are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The “Type C” Euro plug and the “Type E” and “Type F” Schuko. The electric current in Germany is 220 volts. Be aware that you may need a travel adapter for certain electric devices.

Gratuities / Tipping

In restaurants in Germany it is common to round up to the next euro or add a few Euros (5 – 10 % for good service). Generally, you give the gratuity directly to the waiter or you add it to the bill. Often the waiter only tells you how much you owe. Then, you can tell how much you intend to pay when handing over the money. To leave the tip on the table is not common in Germany.


Pay phones are no longer common in Germany and hard to find. The International direct dial code for Germany is +49 and the city code for Freiburg is 0761.

Useful Telephone Numbers:

Police 110
Medical emergency / Accident services 112
Fire service 112
Toxic substance emergency 19240

Time Zones

The time zone in Germany is Central European Time (UTC+01:00) and Central European Summer Time (UTC+02:00).

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