General Information

City Information
Munich is the capital of Germany’s southermost state, Bavaria. Munich is one of Germany’s most prosperous cities, and regularly makes it in the Top Quality of life rankings.

Climate
The average temperatures in Munich during the period of the General Assembly would generally be as follows:
Average High  35°C (95°F)  |  Average Low  15°C (59°F)
Average  26°C (79°F)
Humidity  65%
In August, heavy rains and thunderstorms are sometimes to be expected.

Credit Cards
Important credit cards such as VISA and MasterCard are often accepted in Germany. Traveller’s Cheques are accepted in some shops, restaurants and hotels as well as at banks and exchange offices. American Express cards are only accepted to a limited extent. There are many ATMs that you can use throughout Germany. There are also ATMs in some supermarkets, post offices, petrol stations and train stations, but these are often associated with higher fees. Cash is most accepted.

Electricity
The German standard voltage is 220-240 volts. You need a converter. But not all of them convert from 220 to 110, so double-check what you buy.  In addition, the number of watts can vary, so don’t buy a converter that’s only suitable for up to 1000 watts if your hair dryer for example needs 1800.

Emergency
The nationwide emergency number for the fire brigade and rescue service in Germany is 112. This number can be called free of charge from any telephone (landline, mobile phone or telephone box). The German police can be reached free of charge at 110. In general there are no costs for emergencies.

Entry (please read more in “Visa”)

Exchange
Only the Euro is accepted as a means of payment in Germany. It is possible to exchange cash for euros in special exchange offices. However, you can also withdraw cash at ATMs at current exchange rates in euros.

Liability
The Organising Committee and/or Conference Organisers will not be held liable for personal accidents or losses or damage to private property of registered delegates to the General Assembly. Delegates should make their own arrangements with regards to personal insurance.

Opening Hours
The shop opening hours in Munich are usually from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.. After 8 p.m. only petrol stations and shops at the main stations are open. Please note, that on Sundays all shops are closed. In some cases restaurants could be closed on Monday or Tuesday. Museums are usually closed on Mondays.

Safety
Munich is basically one of the safest cities in Europe. Even after dark it is possible to stay in the city without fear. However, with larger crowds, such as in the city centre, in department stores or on public transport, you should pay attention to your valuables as well as suitcases and bags. Basically, you should expect pickpockets in this environment.

Smoking
Smoking is prohibited in all public areas, restaurants and certain outdoor areas such as public transport. You may smoke outdoors, but always check the surroundings for non-smoking signs.

Tap Water
Tap Water is absolutely safe to drink throughout Germany, unless otherwise stated. In Munich, tap water is one of the strongest tested foods and therefore very safe. In addition, you can buy mineral water with or without gas in grocery stores, supermarkets, railway station kiosks, etc.

Taxis
Taxi fares usually start at around €5 (higher amounts from the airport or at night) with additional costs depending on the distance travelled and time elapsed. Payment is usually made in cash on arrival at the destination and the exact fare is clearly displayed on the meter for reasons of transparency and security. The fare for a trip from the airport to downtown Munich is approximately €70.

Tipping
It is customary to leave 10% of the bill when eating out. However, restaurants often add on a service charge, especially if you’re in a large group. It’s not customary to pay a tip for fast food, self-service or takeaway meals.

Travel Information (Flying, Travel Informations)
Munich Airport is located approx. 30 km north of Munich and can be reached by S-Bahn, airport shuttle or taxi. In Munich, public transport consists of bus, tram, underground railway and S-Bahn. There are also taxis and CarSharing services, which can be used via various apps. The conference location is connected to the public transport system and can be reached by underground railway or bus.

Visa Information

EU nationals
EU nationals do not require a visa to enter Germany.

Non-EU nationals
Generally speaking, all other foreigners require a visa for stays in Germany. 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 will find an overview on visa requirements here.

Information for Britons and their family members
Information is provided on the Homepage of the German Missions in the United Kingdom.

Time required to process a visa application
As a rule, missions require between two and ten working days to decide on an application for a short stay visa.

During the peak travel season there may be a waiting period for making an application to a German mission. Persons requiring a visa to enter Germany should therefore submit their applications in good time.