Photo credit: Langenbeck Virchow Haus
Langenbeck Virchow Haus is home to the Berlin Medical Association (BMG) and was first opened in August 1915. The BMG held its scientific meetings in the grand auditorium until 1945 when it was occupied by the Soviet military authority. The building was eventually appropriated by the government of the GDR and became a “property of the people”. Following the collapse of communism in East Germany, the BMG fought a lengthy legal battle to re-claim the building and this was eventually achieved in 2003. On October 1st 2005, the German Surgery Association and the Berlin Medical Association opened the newly restored Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus in Central Berlin.
The goal of the Berlin Medical Association and the German Surgery Association in building the Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus in 1913 was “to promote scientific efforts across the entire field of medicine, to build up a relationship of friendly cooperation among members and to safeguard the interests of the medical profession" as well as "to unite the surgical workforce in face of the constantly expanding scope of scientific endeavour, to facilitate the exchange of ideas through personal intercourse and to foster cooperative activity".
Since its reopening in 2005, the Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus can now once again fulfil this ambition, together with twenty professional associations, the Aesculap Academy with its training activities, and other medical partners. As a centre for medicine in Berlin, it should also act internationally to promote the ongoing training of medical professionals.
Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus is well located in the eastern side of Berlin, close to the main train station and within easy reach of Tegel international airport.
Arriving by airplane
From Tegel Airport take the TXL bus directly to the Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus.
Transfer times by taxi:
Tegel: approximately 20 minutes
Schönefeld: approximately 50-60 minutes
Arriving by train
From “Hauptbahnhof” (main station) travel by bus line 147 (direction Puschkinallee). Get off the bus at the stop “Luisenstraße/Charité”. Bus stops at entrance of the Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus.
Or from “Ostbahnhof” train station by train (S-Bahn ) to “Friedrichstraße” train station. From there take the bus line 147 (direction Hauptbahnhof). Get off at the bus stop “Luisenstraße/Charité”. Bus stops at entrance of the Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus.
Arriving by car
Route planners can calculate the best route for you to arrive with your vehicle at the Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus in Berlin from anywhere in Europe. Please note that the Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus does not have any parking facilities.
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