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Where is Berlin?

Germany’s capital lies in the northeast of the country and is surrounded by the state of Brandenburg. It is home to about 3.7 million people and is the most populous city in Germany as well as in the European Union.

The outskirts to the west and southwest are covered with woodlands and lakes. Berlin is known to be a green city with many parks and trees along the streets and alleys. Former Tempelhof Airport is now the biggest park in Berlin. The rivers Spree and Havel run through the city.

Rich in History

Berlin was first mentioned in documents in the 13th century and since then has seen quite eventful times. History has been made here: whether it is the impressive Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Cathedral, the Museum Island, Potsdam, or Paris Square and, and… A very special place to visit is Checkpoint Charlie and the remains of the Berlin Wall. Reichstag building has been the seat of the German Parliament since 1994 – the building combines history and modern times in a very special way.

Tip: visit the Reichstag Dome and enjoy the stunning view of Berlin (book tickets in advance!).


The German capital comprises several districts:

  • Charlottenburg, tip: famous Charlottenburg Palace.
  • Friedrichshain
  • Kreuzberg, iconic district with many cafés
  • Köpenick, known for the play ‘The Captain of Köpenick’
  • Berlin Mitte, the centre of the old Berlin (TV TowerReichstagPotsdam Square etc.)
  • Pankow, musician Udo Lindenberg dedicated a song to this district
  • And: Neukölln, Prenzlauer Berg, Schöneberg, Spandau, Steglitz, Tempelhof, Tiergarten, Treptow, Wedding

Berlin Sights

Where to begin, where to stop? Berlin is a city of wonders and adventure. There are uncountable historic and cultural sights, and regarding food – you can travel the world! Berlin nightlife is famous – Berlin is young, exciting, colourful and on the move.

Top sights (along the ones already mentioned):

  • Reichstag Building: inside, outside, from everywhere – take a boat cruise.
  • Checkpoint Charlie: Berlin was divided after WWII – one part belonged to the FRG, the other to the GDR. This was one of the border crossings through the Berlin Wall between 1961 and 1989. It linked the Soviet sector with the US-American, the East Berlin District Mitte with e West Berlin District Kreuzberg.
  • Brandenburg Gate: this place made history – in 1989 thousands of people celebrated the fall of the wall here. Take a walk along Unter den Linden to the famous Hotel Adlon.
  • Berlin Wall Memorial and Documentation Centre Berlin Wall: crucial place to remember the division of Germany.
  • Holocaust Memorial: located south of Brandenburg Gate, memorial of the murdered Jews of Europe by the Nazis.
  • Museum Island: museum complex on the northern part of the Spree Island in the historic heart of Berlin, including Alte Museum, Pergamonmuseum and Alte Nationalgalerie.
  • Gendarmenmarkt: between the French and the German Church, have a drink and enjoy life.
  • Kurfürstendamm, colloquially Ku’dam, is one of Berlin’s most famous avenues. Here you find Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, damaged in World War II. Its remains serve as memorial against war.
  • Berliner Cathedral – a must when visiting Berlin; tip: GDR Museum, living history.
  • Hackesche Höfe: popular by day and night, by locals and visitors. Art, Culture, nightlife and more.
  • More Berlin sights: Humboldt Forum, Berlin Olympic Stadium, East Side Gallery, boat cruise on the Spree, Bode Museum, Alexander Square, ….

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