Citizens of the EU
For visitors from most countries, Germany requires a passport, which needs to be valid for at least 6 months. EU nationals do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany.

Non-EU citizens
All Non-EU citizens require a visa. However, a visa is not required for visits of up to 90 days in an 180 day period for nationals of those countries for which the European Community has abolished the visa requirement.

You may apply for short stay visas (Schengen Visas) at missions of the German Federal Foreign Office, such as embassies and consulates.

Please also visit the homepage of “Auswärtiges Amt” to find a detailed table of all countries requiring a visa and more information on visa regulations, as well as a list of German missions around the world.

How to get there from the airport
You can easily reach Festung Mark from Berlin's BER Airport by using the efficient German railway system, known as the Deutsche Bahn (DB). The journey typically takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours, making it a convenient option for travelers.

To ensure a smooth and hassle-free trip, it's advisable to book your train tickets in advance. By doing so, you can secure your seats and have peace of mind as you embark on your journey to explore the historical and cultural delights of Festung Mark in the heart of Magdeburg.

How to get there from Magdeburg Main Station
To reach Festung Mark from Magdeburg Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station), you have several public transportation options:

Tram: Take tram lines 1, 2, or 8 from Magdeburg Hauptbahnhof towards the city center. The tram ride takes approximately 10-15 minutes. Change to line 4 or 6 and disembark at the "Askanischer Platzt" stop or “Listemannstraße” stop.

Taxi: For a quicker and more convenient option, you can also grab a taxi from Magdeburg Hauptbahnhof to Festung Mark. The taxi ride usually takes about 10-15 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.

Festung Mark is located in the heart of Magdeburg, and these public transportation choices, along with taxis, provide you with flexible and efficient ways to reach your destination.

Invitation Letter
An invitation letter for the purpose of obtaining a travel visa or permission to attend the meeting will be handed out on request after registration for the conference. For the invitation letter we need the following information of your passport: 

  • date of birth (day.month.year):
  • place of birth (city, country):
  • passport number:
  • expiry date of passport (day.month.year):
  • nationality: 

If you need a letter of invitation in order to apply for a German visa, please contact the Congress Office vie e-mail to:
After receipt of your passport details we will issue the invitation letter and send it to you by email.

As in most countries of the European Union, the official German currency is the Euro (€). Please note that there are no general bank hours in Germany. Most banks are open in the morning hours and just a few hours in the afternoon or early evening. Major credit cards are accepted at most cashpoints, stores, restaurants and hotels.

Telephone and Internet
Germany's international pre-dial is +49 (0049).
Public places like airports, universities, libraries, restaurants and cafés may offer "free"-WiFi Hotspots.

The electrical power supply in Germany is 220v, 50 Hz, AC.Official plugs in Germany are:

  • "Schukostecker" (round) Type F/ CEE 7/4
  • "Eurostecker" (flat) Type C/ CEE 7/16

Germany's standard time zone is UTC/GMT +1 hour. 

Current Local Time in Magdeburg, Germany

CellMAT 2024
8th Cellular Materials 27 - 29 November 2024 | Hybrid Conference in Magdeburg (Germany) & online

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