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Currency
Germany’s currency is the euro. One euro is divided into 100 cents. 1 euro = 1.14 US dollar / 1 US dollar = 0.87 euro

(You can search Google for the current exchange rate: for example, type “100 EUR in ZAR” to get the exchange rate for South African Rand.)

At Hamburg airport you can find cash points/ATMs of reliable banks, for example Hamburger Volksbank, Hamburger Sparkasse (Haspa) and Deutsche Bank. See the map on the airport’s website (click on “Service” to find the ATMs). The nearest ATM to HafenCity University is located in the branch of Hamburger Sparkasse (Hapsa), Überseeboulevard 5 (see Google Maps).

Networking

Meet your next partner-in-crime in Hamburg… We know how important networking is during these intense days, so there’ll be plenty of chances to do so. There are receptions and happy hours, lengthy half-hour breaks between panels, and nearly a dozen “meet-ups” for journalists interested in specific topics to get acquainted and share ideas, sources, and stories. Follow the conference and get messages to your colleagues using the hashtag #GIJC19. Sign up on our online app Whova to arrange your schedule and see who’s here.

Security

With over 12 million overnight stays, Hamburg is a popular city for guests from all over the world. Hamburg is a safe and free place for both residents and tourists. It offers a high standard of security infrastructure and everyone can be sure to be well-taken care of in case of emergencies. Nevertheless, as in all bigger cities, it is recommended to remain vigilant in the city centre, especially at night and in areas like the main station. It is necessary to pay attention to valuables and act responsibly at all times.

Transportation

Whichever direction you are coming from, and however you are getting here, Hamburg is easily accessible by air, rail and road, and even by ferry via the Lübeck-Travemünde Baltic Sea port. Arriving by plane
60 airlines fly direct to Hamburg from 120 destinations around the world. The airport is situated only 8.5 kilometres from Hamburg’s city centre and is connected to the city’s comprehensive public transport network via S-Bahn (suburban railway; 30 minutes journey to the conference venue). With the S1 S-Bahn (metro rail network) line, passengers can travel from the airport to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof (central railway station) and back; the journey takes only 25 minutes one-way, and the service operates every 10 minutes. S-Bahn ticket price for a single ticket is 3.30 €.