Berlin Germany is a very modern contemporary city with history that encompassed the Kingdom of Prussia, the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany, East Germany, and now the reunified Germany. The city has 12 boroughs or divisions. In addition to having the unique distinction of being a City State, the town is also the capital of Germany. Berlin has a strong corporate presence with many companies establishing their corporate headquarters in the city. Siemens and Deutsche Telekom have their corporate headquarters in Berlin. The city has a strong cultural identify and is home to numerous film and television production companies, such as the German Film Academy and the European Film Academy.

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Berlin Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in Germany

Berlin Geography

Berlin is located north-eastern region of Germany and is the largest city within the country and is regarded the 7th most populous urban city within the European Union. Many of Berlin’s inhabitants are foreign nationals some include Chinese, Turkish, Japanese, Syrian, Indian, American, Israelis, Portuguese, Macedonians, Lebanese, Latvians, French, Austrian and Thai to name just a few. This explains some of its sizable nature, but what attracts everybody to this part of Germany?

Berlin Germany offers good weather, a fairly continental climate with warm and sometimes humid summers with cold winters, while spring and autumn season are on the chilly side. Germany is well known for free education and is favorable amongst EU as well as qualifying non-EU foreign national students to study a higher degree for free some of these universities include the Technical University of Berlin, Free University of Berlin and the Humboldt University of Berlin. Berlin is passionate about culture and cultural events which is simply a must to see on your visit.

Berlin History and Culture

Berlin traces some of its roots back to the 1100’s according to findings archeologists unearthed when they studied some of the oak timbers found at Petriplatz in 2008.

Berlin began as two settlement cities Cölln, which is now Museum Island of Berlin and Berlin which was located on the north of the Spree River. Berlin was officially founded in the year 1237 and later the two cities merged to become one. Berlin had suffered many years of unrest due to war, fires and plagues and lost not only its people but also structural buildings that were built through the early years. The years that followed 1640-1683, under the rule of Friedrich Wilhelm allowed Berlin to achieve some stability and he initiated fortification to help protect the region. The 1700’s saw Berlin become a royal kingdom and home to many crowned rulers.

After the reunification of Germany in 1990, Berlin once more became the capital city as well as the seat of the German government and politics.

Berlin Culture and History

Berlin is a cultural state and home to 3 opera houses, over 1000 theaters and stages, more than 170 museums and collections, over 200 galleries and more than 200 libraries as well as over 100 cinemas. Even as early as the 1920’s had Berlin gained status as the “City of music and culture”.

While Berlin has plenty of culture to offer visitors and locals, it also has some great nightlight activities as well as adventures to enjoy. Berlin offers a variety of wonderful picnic sites whether you’re looking for a romantic, tranquil setting or simply to enjoy the outdoors with the family. Extreme sports activities to enjoy in Berlin include Bungee jumping, skydiving, base jumping, motorsports and go-karts to name a few.

Berlin’s locals are also big on various parades like the Love Parade which was founded in the 1980’s in Berlin and it hosted the parade in 2003 and 2006, thereafter other cities took to hosting. The Karneval de Kulturen has been celebrated in Berlin since 1996 and was founded in 1993 by Neukölln Berlin.

Other parades Berlin is popular for include Beer festivals, Christopher Street Festival, International Museum Day, film festivals, fashion week, music festivals and Christmas markets to name a few. You can also enjoy plenty of wonderful eateries offering the best of German cuisine and more mouthwatering dishes to suit all taste buds.

Berlin Landmarks

While Berlin was another part of Germany to suffer immense loss and destruction due to war, it has managed to retain and rebuild many of its original structures, with added contemporary architectural buildings. Upon visiting, there are some great places to see on your stay:

Brandenburg Gate
The gate was originally a symbol of peace but during the "Cold War" the gate was located on the dividing line between East and West Germany. Today the gate is one of the top landmarks in the city. Construction of the gate began under the rule Emperor William II in 1778. It's original name was Friedenstor or the Peace Gate. During the operation of the Berlin Wall, the gate was officially closed. But when the wall came tumbling down, the Brandenburg Gate reopened.

Reichstag
The Reichstag was designed by Paul Wallot and completed in 1894. It has served as the German government home until 1933. During Nazi rule the building was neglected and became a target undergoing lots of damage. Later rebuilt and constructed the Reichstag was the reunification of Germany’s official ceremony site in 1990 and later it was decided that it will also once again serve as the home to the German National Government.

Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
The Island Museum bears immense value to the historic contributions that forms part of Berlin. The Island Museum is comprised of 5 museum buildings which were built during 1824 and 1930 by prestigious Prussian architects. It depicts not only the history of Berlin and Germany but also the evolution of museums and there architecture throughout the years.

Holocaust Memorial
The Holocaust Memorial commemorates all the Jews whose lives were taken by the Nazi’s under Hitler’s reign. In 1999 it was decided that a competition would be held to design the memorial, it was won by Peter Eisenman and an opening ceremony was held in 2005. It consists of 2711 concrete slabs and the memorial covers19,000 square meters of grounds.

Memorial of the Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall was once symbolic of Germany’s separation and was in place since 1961 to 1989. The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of dictatorship in Berlin and later commemorating its unification as one.

Berlin Victory Column
The Berlin Victory Column is symbolic to Prussia’s victory in the Franco-German War (1870-1871). The column was unveiled by Emperor Wilhelm in 1873; who was determined to unify Germany under Prussia.

• Kindertransport Memorial
• Gendarmenmakt
• Palace of Tears
• East Side Gallery
• St George and the Dragon Statue
• Berlin Cathedral
• Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church