Berlin 2022

Revolutionizing Maps & Charts in the 18th and 19th Centuries

9th International Symposium on the History of Cartography
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (SBB), Berlin, Germany
24-26 October 2022

From Monday 24 October till Wednesday 26 October 2022 the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin will jointly host the 9th International Symposium on the History of Cartography. The venue will be the recently renovated old main building of the Staatsbibliothek in the heart of Berlin on the boulevard Unter den Linden (subway stop) within sight of the iconic Brandenburg Gate. To explore the city and its cartographic heritage, tours of the Staatsbibliothek’s map collections and exhibits, as well as a guided walking tour of the city are planned.


The joint organizers encourage contributions investigating the global “surveying turn” in cartography, hinting to the increasing professionalization and mechanization to gather base data for drawing ‘ever truer to nature’ maps, especially during, but not limited to, the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.


Explore the full conference programme here.


The registration fee for the symposium is €55 (incl. general admission and coffee breaks). You can register through the following Eventbrite website.


For those of you arriving early, we have booked a table in restaurant “ERDINGER am Gendarmenmarkt” for a friendly pre-conference get-together on Sunday 23 October at 18:00.

Address: Jägerstr. 56, 10117 Berlin

To find the restaurant from Berlin main station:
*S-Bahn (suburban train) 3, 5, 7 or 9 to „Friedrichstr.“ (1 station), from here 10 min walk: Friedrichstr. direction south, crossing Unter den Linden, Französische Str. left to Markgrafenstr., the restaurant is opposite the Französische Dom
*U5 to „Unter den Linden“ (3 stations), exit Charlottenstr., from here 5 min walk: Charlottenstr. direction south, Französische Str. left to Markgrafenstr., the restaurant is opposite the Französische Dom


The following list of links can help you plan your trip to Berlin:

How to get to the library:
Tickets for public transport (B bus, U underground railway, S suburban railway, RE regional train):
Tariff zones (normally AB (Berlin municipal area), for travelling to and from the airport BER you need ABC):

For hotels, see and booking portals like Trivago, Booking and HRS.

The website “Visit Berlin” offers general touristic information, ideas for sightseeing  and hotels:
The “Berlin Card” which is valid for 48 hours, 72 hours or 4-6 days includes free public transport [AB or ABC] + benefits for top attractions + a city guide and map:


Questions regarding the symposium can be directed to:
Imre Demhardt – ICA Commission on the History of Cartography: demhardt(at)