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About Berlin

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.

Fun Facts

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Berlin is the only city in the world with three active opera houses: Berliner Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Komische Oper Berlin.
  4. Berlin’s International Beer Festival holds the World Record for the longest beer garden – it stretches to about 2.2 km
  5. 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.

Brandenburg Gate

Inspired by the Acropolis entrance in Athens, the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) is one of the most-photographed sites in Berlin. Located in Pariser Platz, one of the city’s most famous squares, the Brandenburg Gate was built for King Frederick Wilhelm II starting in 1788.

Museum Island

Museumsinsel (or Museum Island) is the name given to a clump of five museums, the Baroque-style Berliner Dom cathedral and large gardens clustered on a tiny island in the River Spree. Built between 1830 and 1930, each museum presents a different aspect of German history and art.

East Side Gallery

The East Side Gallery is a 1.3 km section of the Berlin Wall. The wall is painted with 101 images by artists from 21 countries, making it the longest open-air gallery in the world

Berliner Fernsehturm

Located in the city centre, the Berliner Fernsehturm (Berlin TV Tower) is 368 meters high, making it one of the largest constructions in Europe. The panoramic viewing floor at 27 meters offers fantastic 360-degree views of the city and attracts almost 1.2 million visitors each year.