BANKS AND CURRENCY EXCHANGE
Banks are open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm or 4.00 pm, on Thursday afternoons 1.30 pm to 5.00 pm or 6.00 pm.
The afternoon closing time depends on the individual bank or branch. If you are staying uptown, banks might be closed in the afternoon, so going there in the morning may be a safe option.
Currency exchanges can be found at the airport the central station and in the Munich city centre. You can also find a travel centre at the central branch of the Stadtsparkasse, just around the corner from the main square, Marienplatz. Thanks to its prime location, it is quick to find and easily accessible by public transport.
Here, you can exchange money, cash traveller's cheques or withdraw cash by credit card. If you happen to miss business hours, you'll have access to an automatic cash point.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays 8.45 am to 4.00 pm
Thursdays 8.45am to 6.00 pm
Fridays 8.45 am to 4.00 pm
Telephone: +49 (0)89 2167 0
Telefax: +49 (0)89 2167 6408
INSURANCE AND VACCINATIONS
The meeting fee does not cover insurance for the delegates. The organisers recommend that delegates take out insurances in their home country to cover pre-journey cancellations for personal reasons and necessary insurances to cover accidents, medical expenses and loss of personal belongings during the visit. No vaccinations are needed when visiting Germany.
Participants requiring urgent medical care should go to the nearest hospital emergency room (airports and many train stations have medical teams and first aid facilities). Those with serious illnesses or allergies should always carry a special note from their physician certifying in detail the treatments in progress or that may be necessary.
Before departure from home, it is advisable to get a document certifying coverage by the national health-care service.
Chemists' shops are open from Monday to Saturday 8.30 am to 6.30 pm or 8.00 pm. Night-time service is provided on a shift basis. Business hours and night shifts are displayed outside of each chemist shop.
Germany uses a 230 volt (2 pin round plugs). Always check the power supply before using your equipment.
Government offices are usually open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 2.00 pm. Generally shops are open from 9.30 am and close between 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm from Monday-Saturday, while supermarkets open from Monday to Saturday at 7.30 am to 8.00 pm.
Emergency call numbers 110 for the police, 112 for ambulance and fire.
The international telephone access code for Germany is 0049, the city code for Munich is 089.
In every city district there is a postal office open from Monday to Saturday. Opening hours can differ. In general, postal offices are open Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 6.30 pm and from 8.30 am to 2.00 pm on Saturday. The central postal office is located at Munich Central Station and is open from Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 8.00 pm and Saturday 8 am and 4 pm. Pre-stamped postcards and letters can be posted in numerous (yellow) mailboxes located throughout the city. Stamps can be bought at post offices, stamp machines or at newspaper shops.
No smoking = Rauchen verboten. Smoking is not permitted in public buildings, bars and restaurants, within the public transport system, and in the conference venue.
GMT + 1 (+ 2 in summer).
Service charges are included in your restaurant bill, so you are not expected to tip. It is common practice, however, to leave a small amount as a tip (10%), but this is by no means obligatory.
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
VALUE ADDED TAX (VAT - MwSt. in German)
Goods and services in Germany are subject to 7% (i.e., books, newspapers, groceries) or 19% VAT tax. This tax is usually included in the price and, if not, it is clearly stated. Foreign private companies providing a regular VAT number (belonging to the European Union or not) are entitled to purchase VAT exempted fees for the meeting.
In the event of the entire conference having to be cancelled due to force majeure, the organiser cannot accept liability for any claims for damages and/or losses. If, for reasons beyond the control of the organising committee the meeting is cancelled, registration fees will be refunded after deduction of expenses already incurred.
The organisers cannot accept any liability for damages and/or losses of any kind which may be incurred by the conference participants or by any persons accompanying them, both during the official activities and the excursions. Participants take part in all tours and events at their own risk.