European Society of Toxicologic Pathology (ESTP)
    European Society of Toxicologic Pathology
17th European Congress of Toxicologic Pathology
(September 17 – 20, 2019)
General Information
Accommodation

Cologne is well booked all year and there will be a fair during the congress. Some hotels in the downtown area are holding rooms at a special congress rate.

All hotels are in walking distance to the congress venue or connected by a direct bus or train line.

Hotel Category Distance to congress venue Room Price/night incl. breakfast Rooms blocked 16-20 Sept. 2019 Available till Contact/ how to book
Ibis Hotel Köln Centrum ** 2 km Classic single € 94,00 - € 102,00
(minimum stay 4 nights)
30 22nd July 2019 via e-mail: h1449-re​@accor.com
keyword: ETS & ESTP 2019
Park Inn by Radisson Köln City West **** 2.5 km Superior Single € 177,00
excl. Breakfast
(breakfast: € 23,00)
40 22nd July 2019 via e-mail: Reservierung.koeln​@proventhotels.com
keyword: ETS & ESTP 2019

The city of Cologne charges an additional fee of 5% of the accommodation rate. Business travelers do not have to pay the fee! Please ask the hotel at the booking what you need to do to not pay the cultural fee.

Make your reservation as soon as possible.
Please note: All contingents are expired. If you still need a hotel room, please book your hotel individually in the internet. In case of problems, please contact Julia Robker under julia.robker@solution-office.de.

Credit Card Guarantee
In order to guarantee accommodation you need to provide your credit card details to the hotel. The information will only be used in case of no-show or late cancellation.

Payment Options
Accommodation must be paid directly to the hotel during your stay. You will be able to pay by credit card or by cash.

Change your reservation
If you need to change your reservation, please contact the hotel directly.


Weather in Cologne in September

Cologne has a temperate climate, with moderate summer temperatures and mild winters. September generally has very pleasant temperatures. The average maximum temperature lies around 18.0°C (64.4°F). You will see the sun sometimes in this month, it has 135 hours of sun. So what to wear in September? Visitors traveling to Cologne should plan on bringing a totally waterproof rain jacket since it will be raining some days. Plan on layering your clothes. Some days or part of the day it will be nice and warm and some moments it can be a bit chilly.


Language

The language of the congress is English.


Dress Code

Business casual.


Local Currency

German currency: Euro
You can exchange your foreign currency and travelers checks at German banks, exchange bureau (called “Wechselstube” or “Geldwechsel” in German), airports, railway stations and major hotels. German Banks are usually open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. One of the fastest ways to get money cash out is by using an ATM, called “Geldautomat” in German. They are ubiquitous in German cities and can be accessed 24/7. Make sure you know your card PIN number before travelling as this will be needed to access your account on ATMs. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are usually accepted in Germany - but not everywhere, and often not in taxis.


Electricity

Electricity in Germany is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. Outlets in Germany generally accept 1 type of plug: Two round pins. If your appliances plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter.


Disclaimer

The organizers are not liable for damages and/or losses of any kind which may be incurred by the meeting delegates or by any other individuals accompanying them, both during the official activities as well as going to/from the meeting. Delegates are responsible for their own safety and belongings.


Insurance and Vaccinations

The registration fee does not cover insurance for the delegates. The organizers recommend that delegates take out an insurance in their home country to cover pre-journey cancellation for personal reasons and to cover accidents, medical expenses and loss of personal belongings during the visit. No vaccinations are needed when visiting Germany.


Passport and Visas

Please check on the list of the Federal Foreign Office which you will find on the following link if you need to apply for a visa to travel to Germany. www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/visabestimmungen-node

It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to take care of his / her visa requirements. Attendees who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the application procedure. Attendees should contact the nearest embassy or consulate to determine the appropriate timing of their visa applications. It is recommended to apply for a visa at least 3 months in advance of the Congress. When the registration has already been paid, the registration fee minus a handling fee of 50 EUR will be refunded after the Congress if the visa was applied for in time, and proof of this, together with an official notice from the embassy confirming that a visa could not be granted, is forwarded to: pia.schroeder@solution-office.de.


Letter of invitation

If you need a letter of invitation for your visa please contact the congress organizer Pia Schröder at solution office (pia.schroeder@solution-office.de). Please note that you have to be registered for the congress to get a letter of invitation.


How to get to Cologne

By air

Cologne Bonn Airport is the largest low-cost hub in continental Europe. Around 60 airlines connect the Airport to over 130 domestic and international destinations in 39 countries.

The airport is well connected to the road network although to the bus and railway network. The new Intercity-Express (ICE) railway station is right in the centre of the Airport. From there you can get straightforward to the city of Cologne.

Cologne Bonn Airport by bus or train
2004 saw the opening of a train station right at the heart of the airport, and since then the airport has benefited from excellent public transport links with the city centre. The airport is just a 14 minute ride from Cologne central station with S-Bahn line 1 (Cologne-Troisdorf), and just an 11 minute trip with the Regional Express train RE 8 (Rhein-Erft-Express). Many ICE long-distance trains also stop at the airport train station. S-Bahn fare (ticket zone 1b) is currently €2.90 one-way.

Düsseldorf International Airport (IATA: DUS) offers many intercontinental connections. Train ride from the airport train station to Cologne central station takes about 40 min.

Frankfurt Rhein Main International Airport (IATA: FRA) is the largest airport in Germany, served by all major international airlines. ICE (InterCityExpress) high speed trains connect Frankfurt Airport and Cologne central station in less than one hour. You can book your ticket with the Deutsche Bahn (www.bahn.de).

By train

Central Railway Station Cologne is served by two major railway stations - Köln Hauptbahnhof and Köln-Deutz.

Cologne is linked with Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg and Paris by Thalys and ICE High Speed trains. Additionally, Frankfurt airport (IATA:FRA) has direct service to Cologne and is within one hour by ICE trains.

By car

Cologne requires all cars to have a "Low Emissions" sticker in order to drive around in the city centre (Low Emission Zone, "Umweltzone"). Information on obtaining a sticker (which must be done at least several weeks in advance) is available here.

Plenty of motorways (Autobahns A1, A4, A3, A57, A555) lead to Cologne. During rush hour the streets are heavily congested, also due to massive construction of a new subway tunnel Nord-Süd Stadtbahn, crossing half the city centre.

For cheap parking, with quick connections to central cologne, use park and ride ("park und ride"). At some stations, parking is free when you present a validated transit ticket on exit.


Get around

Public transport

Discovering the city by bus and tram is easy because Cologne is well connected to the bus and tram network. The tariff levels depend on the distance from the city or the place where you start your journey. Even you can get day tickets for one person or for groups, for one or four journeys, and, of course, for longer periods. With the Köln WelcomeCard tourists can use the public transport for 24 hours and you also receive reductions of up to 50 % from more than 100 partners.

The different tickets are available at customer service centres. Even most of them are available at the ticket vending machines in busses, undergrounds and trams as well as at the ticket machines at most tram stops.

Day ticket for many destinations: To the cathedral, the museums or for music and shopping - the 5 persons day ticket enables small groups to comfortably reach many destinations in one day - between 9 in the morning and 3 at night, on weekends and bank holidays, even from midnight. For all of Cologne simply select price category 1b on the ticket machine of the stop or in the KVB vehicle and pay with coins or card. This ticket is automatically validated. If you purchase your ticket at a sales outlet, please validate as soon as enter the vehicle (red validating machine).

Webpage of the public transport operator:
auskunft.kvb-koeln.de/kvb/cgi/page/eingabeRoute?lang=UK