Language: People understand and speak English very well.
Time: CET (GMT+2) in the summer (until end of October)
Climate: Average temperature in October is about 13°C. Rain is very probable. Please see the weather forecast at http://www.bbc.com/weather/2759794
The Netherlands: http://www.holland.com/global/tourism/article/opening-hours.htm
Wi-Fi Most hotels, cafes, restaurants, shopping malls, railway stations in the city centres provide free Wireless Internet access.
SIM Cards: There are three main cell networks in the Netherlands, operated by KPN, Vodafone and T-Mobile. KPN has the largest network, followed by Vodafone and T-Mobile, but its resellers offer better pricing for prepaid customers. (http://toomanyadapters.com/buying-sim-card-netherlands/).
In Belgium there are 3 main local providers: Proximus, Base (sold by KPN Group to Telenet) and Mobistar (http://prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.com/wiki/Belgium)
In Germany there are 3 main local providers: Telekom Deutschland (formerly known as T-Mobile), Vodafone, o2 (owned by Telefónica) now merging with E-plus (acquired by Telefónica) (http://prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.com/wiki/Germany)
Electricity The power voltage is 230 V. Type E plug is used.
Insurance It is highly recommended that participants contact an insurance company in order to ensure coverage. Neither ISOCARP nor the organisers will take responsibility for injuries, loss of luggage and/or personal belongings.
Emergency Number: 112
Police – Fire Brigade – Ambulance
Also possible: Netherlands, National Police (non-emergency),Tel. 0900 8844; Belgium Medical Service,Tel. 100; Belgium Police, Tel. 101; Belgium Fire Service, Tel. 100; Germany Police, Tel. 110.
Credit cards Credit cards are widely accepted, although in some small shops or hotels there might be an extra charge (2-6%). If you pay by credit card, a passport may be required.
Visa Participants who need a visa should apply for it in advance at the Consulate Office or Embassy at their place of residence. The Head Office of ISOCARP will provide an invitation letter to registered participants.