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Berlin is Germany's largest city and the capital of the country with a population of more than 4.5 million. The city is best known for its lively nightlife, street art, bars, clubs, cafes, internationalism, museums and its many historical attractions. The architecture of the Berlin is just as interesting and diverse and its reconstruction efforts are to be applauded. Today, visitors see the symbols of various historic periods in Berlin from the modern steel and glass structures of Potsdamer Platz to the medieval buildings of Alexanderplatz.

The historic centre of the city is Mitte and it is a bustling district with many historical attractions, clubs, galleries, museums and cafes. City West is one of the major shopping areas in Berlin for luxury goods. The district also has several attractions like the Olympic Stadium, Tiergarten, Kulturforum and the Charlottenburg Palace.

The northern part of the city is home to Reinickendorf and Spandau, charming old towns with spacious villas and quiet, spacious streets. East Berlin is home to the Stasi Prison and the museum, located where the Soviet army surrendered in 1945.

Berlin has a diverse cultural landscape with 175 museums, 600 galleries, five symphony orchestras, three opera houses and many cabarets and theatres. It is a major centre for fashion, music, art and design. This trendy and artistic city is exciting for artists as well as for those who appreciate art.

Berlin is a city that never sleeps and its nightlife options range from cabarets and fancy bars to basement clubs and beyond.

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Berlin holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Brandenburg Gate

What is it? The impressive and symbolic Brandenburg Gate that lay forlorn for so long in the no man's land behind the Berlin Wall, is now once again renovated and accessible, along with the newly reconstructed Pariser Platz that links the gate to the beautiful Unter den Linden Boulevard. The gate is Berlin's only remaining city gate, built of sandstone between 1788 and 1791 with 12 Doric columns according to a design by C.G. Langhans. Six columns support an 36ft (11m) transverse beam, similar to the propylaeum of the Acropolis in Athens. The massive gate is topped with a stunning statue of the Goddess of Victory facing east towards the city centre (this was added in 1794). The gate is closed to traffic, as is the adjacent Pariser Platz, a gracious square that was once surrounded with beautiful buildings sadly destroyed in the Second World War. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall new buildings have been built, however, to designs closely following those of the originals. Hours of Operation: Phone:



2. Checkpoint Charlie
Friedrichstraße 43-45
What is it? The infamous border crossing point in the wall dividing West and East Berlin has now become a shrine to the wall's memory with the addition of a museum, Haus am Checkpoint Charlie. For nearly 30 years, between 1961 and 1990, Checkpoint Charlie in the Friedrichstrasse was the only crossing point between East and West Berlin. The soldier's post can be visited, and tourists can be photographed under the border sign. Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 10pm; documentary films are screened throughout the day, with showings of the historically significant feature films 'Mit dem Wind nach Westen' daily at 5.30pm and 'Mein Kampf' daily at 7.30pm Phone:(030) 253 7250



3. Eastside Gallery
Mühlenstraße 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain
What is it? The remains of the infamous Berlin Wall have now become the largest open-air art gallery in the world. The longest section of the wall, which has been preserved, stretches from Ostbahnhof station to the Oberbaumbrucke, and has been given over to graffiti artists from around the world. A total of 118 artists from 21 countries have exerted their skills on the 4,318ft (1,316m) long section of the wall, and this collection has become a Berlin landmark and a tourist attraction. Best known paintings are Dimitri Vrubel's Brotherly Kiss and Gunther Shaefer's Fatherland. The gallery is billed as an international memorial for freedom. Hours of Operation: Phone:



Berlin holidays - Top Events


1. Carnival of Cultures

From 2007-06-02

To 2007-06-05

What is it? The Carnival of Cultures is a fabulous display of traditional and modern cultures reflecting the many different ethnic communities living within the city. It began as a project to encourage communication between the diversity of nationalities, religions and customs in Berlin, and today the extravaganza is one of the biggest events on the cultural calendar. The festival includes international music, dance and theatre performances, as well as traditional crafts, food and drink. The highlight is the colourful street parade with hundreds of magnificent floats accompanied by swirling dancers, jugglers, musicians, and entertainers. Where is it? Streets of Kreuzberg District



2. Love Parade

From 2007-07-01

To 2007-07-31

What is it? Originally the creation of German DJ Dr Motte, the Love Parade is quite simply the biggest global dance event on the calendar. It began as a 'demonstration for peace, love and tolerance between different nations' with music as the sole medium of communication. Revellers are overwhelmed by the enormity of this event - literally thousands of people dance through the streets to the beat of the latest tunes spun by international DJs aboard a procession of floats. Where is it? Tiergarten, culminating at the Brandenburg Gate



3. Berlin International Film Festival

From 2007-02-08

To 2007-02-18

What is it? The coveted Silver and Golden Bears of the Berlin International Film Festival are the symbol of achievement in one of the top events in the film industry. The Berlinale has become one of the biggest and most reputable events in the international business of artistic media and film, where world-class filmmakers launch their latest films under various categories of the competition. Film screenings are shown in a variety of festival cinemas, and different events include filmmaking workshops, and opportunities for young producers and directors to screen one-minute films during the festival. For more information, email or call +49 (0)30 259 200. Where is it? Potsdamer Platz



4. Christopher Street Day

From 2007-07-14

To 2007-07-21

What is it? The gay pride parade CSD has its origins in New York's Christopher Street, the site of violence between customers in a gay bar and raiding police in June 1969. To commemorate the social 'coming out' of gay and lesbian communities, huge street parties and parades take place to celebrate a greater tolerance among the public and to demonstrate self-confidence in their homosexuality. Although a huge, colourful festival with hundreds of thousands of participants, including heterosexual revellers, its political focus is the demand for legalization of homosexual partnerships. Where is it?



5. Classic Open Air

From 2007-07-05

To 2007-07-09

What is it? Set in one of Europe's most beautiful squares, Classic Open Air stages the romantic summer sounds of classical music presented by internationally acclaimed musicians, conductors and composers. The concert series attracts large crowds to evenings of music under the starlit sky, against the romantic backdrop of the Gendarmenmarkt. For more information contact the organisers on +49 (0)30 315 754-0. Where is it? Gendarmenmarkt




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