Practical information (items in alphabetical order)

Practical information



The event organizers strongly recommend that OIML delegates stay at the 4-star Radisson Blu Hotel Hamburg-Dammtor, where a block of 70 rooms has been reserved at a special discount rate.

This stylish Hotel is located only a short walk from the buzzing inner city with all its attractions and interesting sites. Just a short walk away you can find the lush Planten un Blomen botanical gardens and the beautiful Jungfernstieg promenade along the edge of Binnenalster, the inner Alster Lake. Make sure to stop by the historic harbor to learn more about the city of Hamburg’s role as the ‘gateway to Germany’.

Reservations should be made directly with the hotel (see the accommodation page).

Bookings after a certain deadline (depending on hotel) may be accepted subject to room availability, but it may no longer be possible to obtain the discounted room rate.

  Accompanying persons' program

We are pleased to invite accompanying persons to attend the Get-together on the Monday evening, and also the receptions on the Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. We kindly ask you to let us know (on your registration form) about your attendance.

You can find a few ideas on what to do in Hamburg under “sightseeing”.

  Arrival in Hamburg

Hamburg has an efficient network of trains, buses and ferries, making it easy to get around. Taxi and bus services are available from the Radisson Hotel, and the “Hamburg Dammtor” Railway Station is located only 100 meters away.

Arriving by airplane:
Hamburg Airport is located 10 kilometers to the north and it takes just over 30 minutes to reach the hotel via public transport to Dammtor Railway Station or Stephansplatz (Oper/CCH) Subway Station.

Arriving by train:
If you choose to take the train to Hamburg, you should try to book your ticket to the station “Hamburg Dammtor” which is just one station after “Hamburg Hauptbahnhof” (Central station) and 100 meters from the Radisson Blu Hotel.

Arriving by car:
From the A7, A24 or A1 motorways, follow signs to Innenstadt, Centrum or Congress Center Hamburg. Please check in advance with your hotel about the availability of underground parking.


The climate in Hamburg is mild and generally warm and temperate. The rainfall in Hamburg is significant, with precipitation even during the driest month. During October, the temperature varies from 6 °C and 13 °C and it may rain.

  Credit cards

VISA, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops and restaurants but not at small retail outlets such as convenience stores or kiosks.

  Currency & banking

The currency is the Euro (€). Cash points/machines are available throughout the city.


The mains supply voltage in Germany is 220/230 V (AC) - 50 Hz.

  Emergency services

112 for Emergency Services
Dial emergency telephone number 112 in case of acute medical or fire-related emergencies.

110 for Police Emergencies
Dial police hotline 110 (nationwide) if you require immediate police assistance, for instance if you've been a victim of or are a witness to a crime or hazardous situation.

  Hamburg: The Hanseatic Pearl

Hamburg's historic label, ‘The gateway to the world’, might be a bold claim, but Germany’s second-largest city and biggest port has never been shy. Hamburg has engaged in business with the world ever since it joined the Hanseatic League back in the Middle Ages. Its role as a center of international trade in the late 19th and early 20th centuries brought it great wealth (and Unesco World Heritage recognition in 2015), a legacy that continues today: it's one of Germany's wealthiest cities.

Hamburg’s maritime spirit infuses the entire city; from architecture to menus to the cry of gulls, you always know you're near the water. The city has given rise to vibrant neighborhoods awash with multicultural eateries, as well as the gloriously seedy Reeperbahn red-light district. Hamburg nurtured the early promise of the Beatles, and today its distinctive live- and electronic-music scene thrives in unique harbor-side venues.

The city hides its allure like a pearl in a shell. Not just another grey, seedy port, Hamburg is a bourgeois city with a rebel heart. It discreetly displays its wealth inside its mansions in the districts of Eppendorf and Blankenese. Life here flows slowly around the Alster lakes and along the mighty Elbe. From the lake to the river, the waves invite contemplation and sports such as water-skiing, stand-up paddleboard, and sailing—all right inside the city center.

With HafenCity, Hamburg redraws its boundaries and makes the link between the port and the warehouses of Speicherstadt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015. This new space, once completed, is expected to expand the city centre by 40 %. Hamburg definitely has something non-conformist and trend-setting about it. Its music scene reflects this best, almost overshadowing Berlin's. The new Elbphilharmonie constitutes further evidence. ‘Moin moin' Hamburg! In other words, ‘Hi!‘.

Worth knowing
Population: 1.8 million inhabitants
Size: 755.3 km2
Commerce: More than 35 000 trading companies with over 125 000 employees make Hamburg the leading foreign trade center in Germany.
Consulates: The city has the world’s second-largest concentration of consulates, with almost 100 consulates, coming second after New York.

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The CIML meeting will be conducted in English and simultaneous interpretation into and from French will be provided.

  Lunch and refreshment breaks

Lunch will be served Monday through Friday, with Lunch Boxes on Thursday (technical visit to the company Airbus). Morning refreshments will be served Tuesday through Friday, and afternoon refreshments will be served Monday through Wednesday. Also see the Schedule page.

  Meeting documents

Delegates should please note that no paper documents will be available for the CIML Meeting; all the CIML Meeting documents will be made available for download via the CIML Meeting Agenda page.

  Passports and visas

A valid passport is generally required to enter Germany, though ID cards may be sufficient for most EU Nationals. Entry visa requirements vary from country to country and so it is strongly recommended that delegates contact their local Consulate or Embassy for further information prior to making travel arrangements. For more information, please visit the Visas page.


There will be two Receptions:

On Tuesday 9 October - OIML Reception (Business casual dress code). The Reception will take place at the Hotel Hafen Hamburg. It is located about 20 minutes drive from the hotel; a bus service will be provided from the Radisson Hotel.

On Wednesday 10 October - German Reception (Business casual dress code). Boat Tour “River Star”. Delegates are advised to bring a jacket or coat. The boat tour will start at Hamburg harbor which is located about 20 minutes’ drive from the hotel; a bus service will be provided from the Radisson Hotel.


All delegates intending to attend the meetings are required to register online (see the Registration page) at their earliest possible convenience, but in any case no later than June 30th, 2018.

On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday a registration desk will be set up in the Radisson Blu Hotel (see Meeting Schedule).


A selection of a few sights to see… see more on

Tours of the site are available during the week. Please check times and terms at

Elbphilharmonie (Philharmonic Orchestra Hall)
As the latest addition to Hamburg’s long line of must-see-sights, the Elbphilharmonie at the famous Hamburg harbor not only impresses with their musical program but also offers tours of the building as well as a wonderful outlook over the harbor.

Miniature Wonderland is the largest model railway system in the world. Visitors can admire different countries and even an airport in miniature size. Besides the impressive miniature versions of Hamburg, the mountainous German region of the Harz, the Austrian Alps, France, Italy, North-America and Scandinavia.

Rathaus (City Hall)
The historic City Hall is open Mon─ Sun from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with several guided tours available to visitors. The Rathausmarkt in front of the City Hall is a popular venue for fairs, markets and concerts.

Speicherstadt (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Speicherstadt (lit. warehouse city) is the world's largest complex of warehouses. The beautiful neo-gothic brick architecture of Speicherstadt makes for an exciting contrast of the neighboring HafenCity Hamburg's modern steel-and-glass constructions.

  Special requirements

Every effort will be made to ensure that any special needs delegates have are taken into account.


Hotels will ask for a tourism tax additional to the room price (Tourism Law for Hamburg, Hamburgisches Kultur- und Tourismustaxengesetz (HmbKTTG). Business travelers do NOT have to pay this tax if they provide a declaration by their employer that it is, in fact, a business trip. Most hotels will provide a form for this declaration on booking (e.g. The Radisson Blu).

  Time zone

Hamburg standard time is UTC + 1 hour (Daylight saving time: +1 hour until October 27th 2018). Local time, and various other information concerning Hamburg (and indeed all major cities in the world) can be found at the World Time and Date web site.


Tipping is not mandatory in Germany. If you feel the level of service provided warrants a tip generally 10 % is the amount given as a tip for example to taxi drivers, hotel staff and waiters/waitresses.

  Tourist information

Tourist Information at the Central Station
Central Station underground/suburban railway
Main exit Kirchenallee

Tourist Information at the harbor
St. Pauli landing stages:
between stages 4 and 5

Tourist Information Airport Office
Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel Airport/
at the new Airport Plaza (between Terminals 1 + 2)



The main CIML meeting venue is the Radisson Blu Hotel in central Hamburg.

The meetings will take place from Sunday 7 October through Friday 12 October and the full week’s schedule is published here. In addition to the 53rd CIML Meeting, there will also be a CEEMS Workshop, a Seminar on “Legal Metrology in Practice” and a RLMO Round Table discussion.

Address: Radisson Blu Hotel - Marseiller Strasse 2 - D-20355 Hamburg - Germany
Tel.: +49 40 35 020
Web site:

  Visas and passports

A valid passport is generally required to enter Germany, though ID cards may be sufficient for most EU Nationals. Entry visa requirements vary from country to country and so it is strongly recommended that delegates contact their local Consulate or Embassy for further information prior to making travel arrangements. For more information, please visit the Visas page.