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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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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:
|2. Checkpoint Charlie
|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
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:
holidays - Top Events
|1. Carnival of Cultures
|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
|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
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call
+49 (0)30 259 200.
Where is it? Potsdamer Platz
|4. Christopher Street Day
|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
Where is it?
|5. Classic Open Air
|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