Berlin City Guide

Wannsea Beach, Foto: Presse- und Informationsamt des Landes Berlin / J. Gläser Berlin

After a fifty-year lull, Berlin is back! World War II left the city of Berlin crippled, sandwiched between East and West, with a literal and metaphoric wall deeply dividing the two halves of the city. Berlin is now once more the capital of a reunified Germany and one of Europe's great cities. It is a city brimming with optimism.

Located in the north-east of Germany and with a population of around 3.5million, one third of the city's area is covered by woodland, parks and waterways.

Alongside its efforts to become a city of the future, Berlin has also made every effort to preserve its history. Berlin is home to the largest construction site and reconstruction site that Europe has seen since World War II, the city is redefining itself.

Berlin boasts a vibrant nightlife and many cultural hotspots which attract many visitors from all over the world. The Brandenburg Gate, the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche, the remnants of Berlin wall and the new Reichstag building are some of the major sightseeing highlights available. If you are looking for top-notch museums and concert venues then the Kulturforum is the place to be!

Kreuzberg or Prenzlauer Berg are neighbourhoods off the beaten track and home to various artistic movements.

Berlin's cultural calendar is overflowing with festivals, concerts and parties. The Berlin Film Festival, Christopher Street Day, the city's gay parade, techno music event Love Parade and the exhausting annual marathon usually attract their share of visitors.The Berlin Jazz Fest and famous german Christmas Markets all over town distract from an otherwise dreary winter.

Even though Berlin is a rather green and easy going city, you might want to leave the noise behind. Potsdam and Sanssouci's castles are always worth a visit.

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