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    Information about Berlin

    Berlin is the largest and by far the most enthralling city in Germany.

     

     

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    Since the fall of the Iron Curtain and overcoming division by the Berlin Wall, Berlin has undergone architectural and cultural regeneration and enhancements that have redefined it as a 21st century world city. But Berlin is still mindful of its turbulent history.

    In the steel and glass cupola of the Reichstag and the postmodern shopping centres are the reflections of opulent historic buildings dating back to the imperial era - alongside the monuments and memorials of the post-war period. The rebuilding of the Prussian City Palace is set to capture the appeal of Berliners’ cosmopolitan sense of tradition at its very best: from 2019, behind the historic façades, the ultra-modern Humboldt Forum will be a gathering point for all the world’s cultures and nations. Berlin’s creative and start-up scene draws its inspiration from this richness of contrasts; as of 2006 the city has even been honoured with the title ‘UNESCO City of Design’.

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    Over 150 concert halls and theatres, three opera houses, 200 museums and art collections, 440 galleries displaying the works of over 6,000 contemporary artists, and some of the world’s most popular nightlife, including the Berghain, all vie for the attention of over twelve million visitors a year from all corners of the globe. As a crowd puller, the relatively new Berlinale, which takes place in three hundred cinema auditoriums, now rivals the established European film festivals in Venice and Cannes. Meanwhile, music lovers are spoilt for choice by some of the best symphony orchestras and choirs in the world. The Museum Island, with its five monumental buildings, is not only a United Nations World Heritage Site, but also the centre of the most renowned ‘Long Night of the Museums’, founded here in 1997 and replicated many times all over the world. There are plenty of memorable nights out to be had the rest of the year too: Berlin’s vibrant pub and café scene just never sleeps, with its enticing restaurants, bars and allnight cafés and supermarkets (‘Spätis’) in the diverse and distinct neighbourhoods (‘Kieze’). During the festive season Berlin offers more Christmas markets than any other European city (eighty in 2016 alone), and later hosts the largest New Year’s Eve party on the continent, with a million visitors peacefully welcoming in the New Year between the Victory Column and the Brandenburg Gate.

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    By day, Germany’s capital city presents itself as a centre of science par excellence. Its 38 universities and institutes of higher education - including some of Germany’s most renowned schools of art, design and music - currently attract greater numbers of students than any other federal state. Around 176,000 students were registered here during the winter semester 2015/2016. Both the renowned Humboldt University (founded 1810/11) and the Freie Universität Berlin, which achieved special merit for its ‘International Network University’ future strategy concept, were recognised as German elite universities for the third time in succession within the framework of the Excellence Initiative. The Berliner Charité is the largest medical faculty in Europe, while the Berlin State Library, which holds over ten million printed volumes, is the largest scientific universal library in the German-speaking world.

    Berlin is not only the European Union’s second largest city (nine times the size of Paris), but also its greenest. A third of Berlin’s total area consists of greenery, woodland and water. 440,000 trees line the streets, and together with 29,000 hectares of urban woodland, countless parks and public gardens - such as the Berlin Tiergarten park and the Botanical Garden in Dahlem - they sustain the unrivalled and famed ‘Berlin air’. Two nearby natural paradises, the Grunewald and Spreewald, are ideal for walking, camping, swimming and sailing.

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    The two airports, Tegel and Berlin-Schönefeld, offer convenient international connections to the city, as do the many reasonably-priced long-distance buses that depart regularly from the central bus station (ZOB) en route to other European destinations.

    For more information about the city and its people

    (F+U is not responsible for the content of external websites.)

    http://www.berlin.de/
    http://www.visitberlin.de/de
    http://berlin.prinz.de/


     
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