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About Berlin

Berlin, a city with a charged history and enormous appeal! A city trip with an exciting mix of stately buildings and ultra-modern architecture. Berlin is different from other cities. Of course, Berlin, like most European capitals, is large and varied with an old core in a modern guise. Historical yet hip again, gray in some places but very green and almost Mediterranean in others. However, what makes Berlin so different is its history.
The appearance of Berlin today is a fascinating mix of old stately buildings and ultra-modern architecture, with the only natural boundary being the River Spree, which divides Berlin not into east and west but into north and south. Berlin is now a cultural metropolis of the first order. The city is more popular than ever for young and old and there is a lot to do. Berlin, for example, has an impressive selection of museums. Well-known are of course the Pergamon Museum, the Egyptian Museum and Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, but this offer is still being expanded with spectacular new museums such as the Filmmuseum or with the redesign of existing locations such as the Alte Nationalgalerie.


Activities

Brandenburg Gate

Photographer: Shvets Anna

The Brandenburg Gate is an 18th-century neoclassical monument in Berlin, built on the orders of Prussian king Frederick William II after the temporary restoration of order during the Batavian Revolution. One of the best-known landmarks of Germany, it was built on the site of a former city gate that marked the start of the road from Berlin to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel, which used to be capital of the Margraviate of Brandenburg.


Reichstag

Photographer: Federico Orlandi

Berlin’s Reichstag dome is one of the most popular sights in Berlin. After World War II the building was ruined and felt into disuse. In the 1960-1990 the plans and building of the old Reichstag and modern Bundestag felt into place and with help of architect Norman Foster the modern beautiful Bundestag now is a true piece of art. The contrast between old and new building styles is unique and you will love it.


Berliner Unterwelten

Photographer: Lars Meijer

Take an exciting discovery tour beneath the streets of the metropolis with a visit to the Berliner Unterwelten-Museum. Learn more about the secret history of the city. Descend into bunkers as well as tunnel systems. The headquarters of the Underworlds Association is located in a former bunker in the transport hub of Gesundbrunnen. Learn all about the capital’s many underground facilities in the four-floor exhibition.


The Holocaust Memorial

Photographer: Adrien Olichon

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial, is a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The memorial is located on Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, in Berlin, a city with one of the largest Jewish populations in Europe before the Second World War. Go there with respect and never forget why this monument was built.


Museum Island

Photographer: Lars Meijer

Berlin’s Museumsinsel (Museum Island) is a unique ensemble of five museums, including the Pergamon Museum – built on a small island in Berlin’s Spree River between 1824 and 1930. A cultural and architectural monument of great significance, it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1999. It is one of the most visited sights of Germany’s capital and one of the most important museum sites in Europe.


German Museum of Technology

Photographer: Lars Meijer

German Museum of Technology is a museum of science and technology, and exhibits a large collection of historical technical artifacts. It is an experience for young and old when you walk through this museum. On roughly 25,000 square metres, visitors will find exhibitions on communications technology, production technology, energy technology and transport technology. In the museum’s new glass building, the history of shipping and aviation comes to life. The library and historical archive are also located here.


Checkpoint Charlie

Photographer: Lars Meijer

Checkpoint Charlie, along with Glienicker Brücke (Glienicke Bridge) was the best known border crossing during the Cold War. The sign, which became a symbol of the division of Cold War Berlin and read like a dire warning to those about to venture beyond the Wall – “YOU ARE LEAVING THE AMERICAN SECTOR” – in English, Russian, French and German – stood here. It is today an iconic marker of territorial boundary and political division. Until the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, it signified the border between West and East, Capitalism and Communism, freedom and confinement.


East Side Gallery

Photographer: Lars Meijer

The East Side Gallery 1.3 kilometer (nearly a mile) long in Berlin is the longest remaining section of the iconic Berlin Wall. One of the major tourist attractions of the city, it is now a memorial to freedom with artistic contributions from internationally recognized street artists around the world. This is one of the largest open-air galleries in the world. But it was once instrumental in dividing East from West Berlin.


Tiergarten

Photographer: Viviana Ceballos

The central district of Tiergarten is known for the huge park of the same name, home to the Berlin zoo, the Victory Column with its winged statue and the lively, lakeside Café am Neuen See. To the south, galleries and designer shops around Potsdamer Strasse attract art lovers and in-the-know visitors. Bordering Potsdamer Platz, the Kulturforum includes several State Museums and the Berliner Philharmonie concert hall.


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