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Attractive locations

“Life in Munich in the summer is great. I love cycling around and walking down by the river. Within a few minutes of the [EPO] building you’re in the countryside.”

Phil Hinchliffe, examiner for biotechnology, Munich

Munich

The Bavarian capital is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and unique blend of modern metropolitan influences and time-honoured traditions. Munich is a city of laptops and Lederhosen. Leading European enterprises are based here. But Munich is also known for its fun side: once a year, everyone dons traditional Bavarian costume when the Oktoberfest beckons to the Wies'n beer tents and fairgrounds.

With the Alps just down the road, this city of 1.35 million is an ideal starting point for bike tours and hiking trips. Its proximity to Italy, Austria and Switzerland is also a great asset when it comes to sampling the cultural and culinary delights this attractive part of Europe has to offer.

Over 3 700 people work for the EPO in Munich. 

EPO facilities

  • cafeteria
  • canteen
  • crèche
  • bank
  • sport and fitness facilities
  • press shop
  • travel agency

Useful information

Tourist information:
Fremdenverkehrsamt Munich
www.muenchen-tourist.de
Sendlinger Str. 1,
80331 Munich
Tel: + 49 89 233 03 00
Fax: + 49 89 233 30 233
e-mail: tourismus@ems.muenchen.de

Information about public transport and hotels in Munich and directions to the EPO buildings are available on the contact page.

The Hague

As a traditional port city on the western edge of Europe, The Hague enjoys a reputation as a hub for commerce and trade. The town of over 475 000 inhabitants has retained its relaxed small-town charms that make it a good choice for families. For those in search of big city lights, Amsterdam is only 60 kilometres away. For those looking to relax at the beach, or go sailing or surfing, the most attractive beaches in the entire country are only minutes away. And globetrotters will find the international airport Schiphol at only 40 km.

The Hague plays host to the main international embassies and consulates in the Netherlands, and is known for its warm welcome to travellers from across the globe. King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands lives and works here. So while the official crown of "Capital City" rests securely with Amsterdam, The Hague is the actual seat of government. No reason to boast, though. Inhabitants of The Hague prefer to enjoy their wonderful town in peace and quiet, leaving big city bustle to the capital.

Nearly 2 700 people work for the EPO in The Hague. 

EPO facilities

  • cafeteria
  • canteen
  • crèche
  • bank
  • sport and fitness facilities
  • press shop
  • travel agency

Useful information

Tourist information
http://www.holland.com/denhaag/gb/
Hofweg 1
PO Box 85456
2500 CD The Hague
Telephone: (+31) (0)900 340 35 05 [EUR 0.45 per minute]
Fax: (+31) (0)900 352 04 26
e-mail: info@vvvdenhaag.nl

Information about public transport and hotels in The Hague and directions to the EPO buildings are available on the contact page.

Vienna

Historically, Vienna is known as a melting pot of cultures due to its location at the intersection of western Europe and the Balkans. The rich coffee house tradition and cultural offerings of the Austrian capital are a powerful reminder of its colourful past. At the same time, the city of 1.7 million has its eyes firmly set on the future. The city on the Danube is home to many international corporations and a platform for trade and commerce.

And what about the quality of life? It's just as good as the coffee. A Mercer study of 221 world cities conducted in 2010 ranked Vienna in first place for quality of life for the second time running, thanks to its modern infrastructure, clean air and extensive public transportation system. The surrounding countryside is considered some of the most scenic in Austria. For proof, travel through the Burgenland region with its lush hills, historic castles and award-winning vineyards. For all outdoor activities - be it hiking, cycling or skiing - resorts are just around the corner.

Over 100 people work for the EPO in Vienna.

EPO facilities

  • cafeteria
  • fitness room
  • garden

Useful information

Tourist information
www.wien.info
Rathaus
1020 Vienna
Austria
Tel. (+43 1) 24 555
Fax (+43 1) 24 555-666
e-mail: info@wien.info

Information about public transport and hotels in Vienna and directions to the EPO building are available on the contact page.

Berlin

The German capital has been the centre of international attention at many points in its eventful history. During the Cold War, Berlin symbolised the clash between East and West. In 1989, the fall of the Berlin Wall signalled the beginning of a new era in world politics, while bringing reunification to German citizens. And never one to disappoint, the city of 5 million inhabitants from all over the world continues to make headlines for achievements in the arts, science and world politics. Berlin's inhabitants also cherish their proximity to Poland and the beach resorts on the Baltic coast.

As a time-honoured gateway to eastern Europe and one of the continent's pre-eminently central cities, Berlin is the location of choice for a great number of international companies and organisations. For all its big-city charms, its different boroughs - such as multi-cultural Kreuzberg or charming Charlottenburg - feel like individual towns, with their own parks and local infrastructure. Berlin may not be the world's richest or prettiest city, but it is vibrant and has retained a sense of humour well summed up by its mayor, Klaus Wowereit: "Berlin is poor, but sexy".

Nearly 300 people work for the EPO in Berlin.

EPO facilities

  • cafeteria
  • fitness room

Useful information

Tourist information
www.berlin-tourist-information.de/index.en.php
Berlin Tourismus Marketing GmbH
Am Karlsbad 11
D-10785 Berlin
www.visitberlin.de
Phone: +49-(0)30-26 47 48-0
Fax: +49-(0)30-25 00 24 24
e-mail: information@btm.de

Information about public transport and hotels in Berlin and directions to the EPO building are available on the contact page.


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