Entry into the country is granted to all foreigners taking part in congresses organized in Germany, regardless of their nationality. Paper presenters must, of course, meet the normal requirements; i.e. they must possess valid travel documents and sufficient means of support. Paper presenters requiring a visa for entry into Germany are strongly advised to submit the application in their home country at least three months before the intended date of travel. Visa application procedures are easier when the acknowledgement of registration is included. Note, however, that this may require early submission of your paper or abstract.
Münster is also well connected with the German high speed train system.
Münster is located in the northwest of Germany, near Dortmund and Bremen and fairly close to the Netherlands. Whether you are traveling on two or four wheels, take the A43 and A1 Autobahn (motorway) to the Münster-Süd junction and exit either at Münster-Süd or at Münster-Nord. You will be in the city centre within a few minutes.
Germany is a part of the Euro zone. Money can be drawn from the many Automatic Teller Machines (ATM’s) that are located throughout the city and are accessible 24 hours per day. Most banks are open from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 4 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays banks are closed. All major credit cards are accepted widely, but not everywhere.
Local climate in July
German weather is as unpredictable as the country's national soccer team. Average day-time temperatures in July are around 25 oC (77 oF), with night-time temperatures of around 15 oC (59 oF). But actual weather conditions may be quite different from these averages. Current weather conditions and forecasts can be found here.
The voltage in Germany is 220 volts. Hotels may have a 110-volt or 120-volt outlet for shavers. Depending on your country of residence, you may wish to bring along a universal travelers’ plug.
German is the national language of Germany. However, almost everyone speaks English, and many people speak some French, Spanish or Russian.
Germany is in the Central European Time Zone.
Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, pubs and restaurants, except for designated smoking areas.
Value Added Tax and service charges are included in your check in hotels, shops, taxis and restaurants. Tipping is always appreciated but not necessary. It is customary to give taxi drivers and waiters a tip of around 10 percent.