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  Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (ICPP)
Society of Porphyrins & Phthalocyanines

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Hotel and Conference Venue

The Westin Grand Munich.
Arabellastraße 6, 81925 Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 89 9264-0

Maps of Munich in many different languages HERE

How to get to The Westin Grand Munich Hotel

Arriving by plane ... with public transportation:

Munich International Airport - Flughafen München

Take the city train lines S1 or S8 in the direction of the city centre. Alight at the station Hauptbahnhof (main train station) and take the metro line U4 in the direction of Arabellapark. Get off at the Arabellapark station. Follow the signs for "The Westin Grand München".
Students in red t-shirts will be on hand with transport advice and directions in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 (as shown below)

Arriving by car:
Coming from the Nuremberg A9 motorway, leave the motorway at the Föhringer Ring/Frankfurter Ring exit and continue on the Föhringer Ring road until you reach the district of Bogenhausen. At the Effnerplatz crossroads, turn left twice and then turn right from Effnerstraße onto Englschalkinger Straße. The first street on the right is Arabellastraße.

Munich city center is classified as an Environmental Zone (green zone) and every vehicle entering this zone – no matter whether registered in Germany or another country – must display an Environmental Badge. The Westin Grand Munich is outside the green zone, however if you wish to drive into Munich center, a badge is required. Foreign visitors can now obtain the environmental badge for their car online.

Parking: Underground garage available, cost per day (24 hours): € 20

Download driving instructions: HERE

Arriving by train:
No need to change trains! From the main train station, take the U4 metro line towards Arabellapark and get off at the terminus station, Arabellapark. Leave the station opposite to the direction of travel and follow the signs for "The Westin Grand München".

Arriving by tram:
When travelling by tram you can already gain your first impressions of Munich and its beautiful surroundings. From the main train station, you can take the tram 16 or 18 in the direction of St. Emmeran and drive all the way to the stop Effnerplatz. From the roundabout, you can already see the Westin Grand Hotel. A small foot path will lead you to the hotel.


Public transport in Munich is well-developed in a close-knit network of U-Bahn, S-Bahn and tram lines. Central transport hubs with numerous connection opportunities are located at Marienplatz, Karlsplatz (Stachus), the Hauptbahnhof and Sendlinger Tor, among other places. As the network in the centre is tailored to the historic old town, the latter can be reached effortlessly via different routes. Almost all of Munich’s major landmarks can be reached on foot from Marienplatz. For longer stretches, travel by bike is a quick and environmentally friendly alternative to a car or public transport. Bicycles can, for example, be hired using the MVG (Munich Transport Company) rental system or Call a Bike run by the railway.

The state capital’s main traffic route, which passes through the city, is the Mittlere Ring. In the centre, the old town ring takes you around the historical old town. On the Mittlere Ring, there is a maximum speed limit of 60 km per hour at four different points; along the Landshuter Allee, the speed limit is only 50 km per hour. Other key transport links in the city centre include Leopoldstraße and Ludwigstraße, Brienner Straße and Prinzregentenstraße. The environmental zone is within the Mittlere Ring, where only cars with a green emissions sticker are allowed to drive. If you would like to park your car in the city, you should drive to one of the 24 car parks or the various parking zones. If you want to avoid downtown traffic, it is best to drive to the Park+Ride car parks at the city limits and get on the U-Bahn or S-Bahn. Even though the people of Munich do like drinking beer, the breathalyser test is just as strict here as it is throughout the rest of Germany and the 0.5 blood alcohol limit applies.

Visa requirements

For full details of the German Federal Office Visa Regulations visit the following link :

Information on short stay (Schengen) visas 
Since 5 April 2010, Regulation (EC) No. 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code) forms the statutory basis under European law in all Schengen states for the issuing of visas for transit through the Schengen area or for short term stays in the Schengen area not exceeding 90 days in any 180 day period… click here for more information

Useful link : Visa application on-line

Electrical plugs and sockets

For Germany, there are two associated plug types, types C and F. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type F is the plug which has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. Germany operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

As voltage can differ from country to country, you may need to use a voltage converter or transformer whilst in Germany. If the frequency is different, the normal operation of an electrical appliance may also be affected. For example, a 50Hz clock may run faster on a 60Hz electricity supply.  Most voltage converters and transformers come supplied with plug adaptors, so you may not need to buy a separate travel adaptor. All converters and transformers will have a maximum power rating (AMPS or WATTS) so make sure that any appliance you intend to use does not exceed this rating.