Berlin, at more than nine times the size of Paris, is a cosmopolitan city full of alternative boutiques, innovative art, rich history and vibrant nightlife. Germany’s capital dates to the 13th century. Reminders of the city’s turbulent 20th-century history include its Holocaust memorial and the Berlin Wall’s graffitied remains. Divided during the Cold War, its 18th-century Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of reunification. The city’s also known for its art scene and modern landmarks like the gold-colored, swoop-roofed Berliner Philharmonie, built-in 1963.
- Berlin has more bridges than Venice! With 1700 bridges and more than 180 km of navigable waterways in the city, a boat trip is a great way to explore.
- About 44% of Berlin is made up of parks, recreational areas, woods and rivers. The 2,500 public spaces make a relaxing green contrast to the city’s great array of museums and cultural attractions.
- Berlin is the only city in the world with three active opera houses: Berliner Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Komische Oper Berlin.
- Berlin’s International Beer Festival holds the World Record for the longest beer garden – it stretches to about 2.2 km
- Berlin is home to the largest department store in Continental Europe – KaDeWe. There are more than 60,000 square metres of fashion, food and homeware.