In the heart of Europe

Frankfurt am Main is located in the centre of Germany and the heart of Europe. Frankfurt Airport is a major hub served by a large number of airlines. Frankfurt am Main with its attractive surrounding countryside has much to offer in terms of culture and cuisine: from the famous Frankfurter sausage and the apple wine known locally as „Äppelwoi“, to the city‘s historical architecture, the legacy of the Roman era or the Paulskirche, the cradle of democracy in Germany. Further information on Frankfurt am Main can be found at www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/en.

Additional information about Germany can be found at www.deutschland.de/en.

Accomodation

How to book your hotel

To benefit from the preferential IEC rate, please book via MRS through the link at your online Registration.

Additional hotels can be found at www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/en.

You are solely responsible for all financial obligations arising from reservations made by you or on your behalf. This includes all charges for cancellations, late or non-arrival. A credit card number is required to secure hotel bookings.

Tips and General Information

Climate and clothing

Germany is located in the moderately cool region influenced by the westerlies between the Atlantic Ocean and the continental climate to the east. The weather is changeable. In October, the weather in Germany can still be pleasant, with golden days ablaze in colorful fall foliage. Germans call these last warm days of the year “Altweibersommer” (Indian summer). But, German weather is unpredictable, so be prepared for cold and rainy spells. Visitors should therefore bring clothing that is as flexible as possible.The average temperature in Frankfurt in October is around 10 °C to 14 °C. The latest weather information can be found at www.dwd.de/EN.

Credit cards

Major credit cards can be used for payment at filling stations and in stores, hotels and restaurants. American Express, Diners Club, and in particular MasterCard and Visa are the cards most widely accepted. For more information, please contact your credit card company.

Currency/exchange

The official currency is the EURO (€, EUR). 1 € = 100 cents. Bank notes exist with denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 €, and coins with a value of 1 and 2 € and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents. It is not common to pay with 100, 200 and 500 € banknotes. Delegates are advised to check the current exchange rate before travelling to the General Meeting.

Electricity supply

Electrical sockets in Germany match the Type C and Type F plugs and sockets described in IEC TR 60083 and illustrated at www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm. If necessary you should bring along a suitable adaptor.

Emergency numbers/healthcare

We recommend that you take suitable travel and health insurance before beginning your journey. The organizing committee does not have insurance cover for delegates attending the IEC 80th General Meeting and can assume no liability for any accidents which may occur during the meeting. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) gives you access to medical necessary healthcare provided by the state system during a temporary stay in Germany. You are eligible for a card if

  • you are a citizen of any member state of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland and insured by or covered by a state social security system;
  • you are from a non-EU country but legally reside in the EU and are covered by a state social security scheme.

Emergencies

In the event of an emergency, call 110 for the police and 112 for the fire and/or ambulance services. An emergency doctor‘s service is available in all towns to provide assistance at night and weekends. The telephone number of the service can be found in the local phone book.

Pharmacies are generally open from 9:00 to 18:00 Mondays to Fridays and from 9:00 to 12:00 on Saturdays. (Pharmacies at the main railway station and the airport have longer opening hours.) Information on the night and Sunday service provided by doctors and pharmacies can be found outside any pharmacy.

Internet connection

Free high-speed WiFi Internet access is provided to all delegates within the General Meeting Business Centre and all General Meeting Locations (meeting rooms). Internet access at hotels may involve substantial daily charges. We recommend that you check connection rates at your hotel.

Language

The national language of Germany is German. In business communication English and German are common.

Meal facilities

Please ask the concierge in your hotel for recommendations.
Food court at Skyline Plaza (within walking distance from Kap Europa).

Safety

The organizing committee of the IEC General Meeting 2016 considers the safety of all participants of IEC events to have top priority. We assure you that we will take all measures needed to provide a safe and convenient participation in the forthcoming meetings. For obvious reasons we cannot disclose any details – thank you very much for your understanding.

Shopping hours

Shops, supermarkets and department stores generally open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 20:00. For information on shopping in Frankfurt am Main, see www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/en.

Smoking

In a number of public venues in Germany (governmental institutions, health, culture, education, trade and consumer services, public catering, as well as stations, subway and public transport) smoking is permitted in designated areas only.

Telephone, internet and postal services

Country dialling prefix: +49

Most public telephones do not accept coins, but only Deutsche Telekom (DT) telephone cards. These can be purchased in values of 5, 10 and 15 € at post offices, kiosks, and some tourist information centres. Prepaid Cards with a PIN from other providers may be a cheaper alternative. Credit Cards cannot generally be used to make telephone calls.

Mobiles/cellulars are known as „Handys“ in German. Germany uses the GSM network (GSM 900 and GSM 1800). Multi-band mobiles or to rent a mobile can be an appropriate solution.

Internet cafés are numerous in all cities.

Postal services

Postage stamps can be purchased in post offices, from stamp machines, in hotels and in tourist areas.

Time zone

The local time is Central European time (UTC+1). This is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Tipping

Service is generally included in the price of meals or drinks. If you are satisfied with your meal or drinks and with the service, a tip of approximately 5 to 10 % of the total amount is usual. Tipping is at your own discretion.

Vaccination

For entry into Germany no compulsory vaccination is required.

Travelling by car

German motorways are toll-free for cars. Strict laws apply to driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs; the blood alcohol content must not exceed 0,05 %. Wearing seatbelts is mandatory for both front- and rear-seat passengers. Drivers are prohibited from using mobile telephones, other than by means of a handsfree device. Those wishing to hire a car must be in possession of a valid driving license and a credit card. Some agencies specify a required minimum Age.

Traffic rules

In the absence of other rules (signs, traffic lights), the general rule is to give way to the right at junctions, including T junctions. Traffic drives on the right and overtakes on the left.

Speed limits

The speed limit is 50 km/h in built-up areas and 100 km/h on trunk roads. Except where indicated otherwise, there is no speed limit on German motorways; however, the recommended maximum speed is 130 km/h. Observance of speed limits is strictly controlled and radars are frequent.

Driving licence

Any valid driving licence is acceptable. Visitors from countries outside the EU require either an international driving licence or a valid driving licence in conjunction with an official German translation.

Environmental badge obligatory for green zones (e.g. Frankfurt am Main) in Germany – also for foreign license plates.
Purchase your badge prior to your visit to Germany! Vehicle restrictions in environmental green zones can be issued in cities and local districts in Germany.

Vehicles without environmental badge may not pass through green zones, violation is subject to a penalty of 80 €. This also applies to all vehicles registered in foreign countries. For this reason we recommend drivers to inform themselves about the environmental badge, and to purchase it on time.

Further information can be found at www.environmental-badge.co.uk/en