BERLIN - GENERAL INFORMATION

Welcome to Berlin, without a doubt one of the most interesting and exciting cities in Europe and the world.
Berlin is a city of contrasts. Its diversity is reflected in the very districts that it comprises: from the most elegant ones in the west to the favorites among youth, artists, and the most eccentric Berliners in the eastern part of the city.

If you enjoy history, architecture, culture, nightlife or all together all at once, Berlin is a great place to visit.
Berlin, which illustrated for long a long time the division of the world into two Cold War blocs, has developed into a modern day metropolis with a dynamic economic and cultural lifestyle. The city's location, in the heart of Europe, and its recovered role as the capital of Germany, guarantees major international spotlight. Because Berlin is a city devoted to art, with numerous and prestigious museums known worldwide, crossroad to intense intellectual debate and artistic creations, it attracts many visitors interested in culture.

The extensive transportation network makes moving around this vast metropolis easy. In addition to more traditional favorites such as the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, the Island Museum, and the remaining sections of the Berlin Wall, there are many other places of interest, such as the Potsdamer Platz with its modern skyscrapers, and the western part of the city with the Kurfürstendamm Boulevard and its beautiful surrounding streets.

In short, Berlin is a city full of history, interesting corners and a large number of cultural activities of all kinds.

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Trade Fairs and Conventions

Bridge between East and West, Berlin's exhibition hall is becoming increasingly important. The International Convention Center ICC, the largest European trade fair, welcomes every year numerous events related to the world of science, innovation and culture.
http://www.messe-berlin.de


Events & Festivals

The major festivals and sporting events calendar attracts tourists throughout the year: from numerous international film festivals, the Cultures' Carnival, Christopher Street Day and the Berlin Marathon.
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Berlin scene and Theater

Berlin's stages offer visitors a rich and varied international cultural program. On stage at the larger theaters, concert halls and at various opera houses visitors can enjoy a top notch classical repertoire, while independent theaters offer countless experimental and avant-garde performances.
http://www.berlin.de/kultur-und-tickets


Forests, lakes and green areas

No other major city offers so many green areas as Berlin. In downtown Berlin you shall find  the Tiergarten, the city's great "lungs". In the southwest, Grunewald Forest temps visitors to long walks to be carried out either hiking or on bike. The numerous lakes, some of them close to the city, Wannsee, Schlachtensee, Krumme Lanke, are also an ideal choice for sunbathing, boat trips or simply for contemplating the beautiful scenery.
http://www.berlin.de/berlin-im-ueberblick/leben/gruenesberlin.en.html

 

Attractions
  • Brandenburger Tor
    The Brandenburg Gate was left in no man's land for 30 years. The Wall was built just in front of it making it inaccessible to any citizen. In 1987, then U.S. President Ronald Reagan spoke at the Gate the famous lines, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!", which happened two years later.
     
  • Reichstag
    Past the Brandenburg Gate, we access the country's political headquarters. The most prominent building is the Reichstag, seat of the Lower House of the German Parliament. Thanks to its huge glass dome, designed by architect Sir Norman Foster, the Reichstag has become one of the city's most important attractions.
     
  • Government District (Regierungsviertel)
    The Federal Chancellery is one of the most interesting buildings in the new government district. Another noteworthy building in the area is the project of an HQ building for the parliament, Band des Bundes (Federation Bow), two buildings linked together by a footbridge over the Spree River.
     
  • Unter den Linden
    After the German reunification it has taken center stage as Berlin's favorite street, along with Kurfürstendamm. It is one of the main city axes. This beautiful and spacious boulevard starts at the Brandenburg Gate, where there are many institutions and tourist and cultural interest sites.
     
  • Holocaust Mahnmal
    The Jewish Memorial, inaugurated in 2005 and devoted to those Jews who died in Europe, is one of the most impressive monuments in Berlin. In the first year after its inauguration, it was  visited by more than three and a half million people. It is a massive abstract artwork. The site also includes an underground museum with extensive information on the Holocaust.
     
  • Museum Island - UNESCO-World Heritage (Museumsinsel)
    Museum Island, in the heart of Berlin, and the works exhibited in them are a treasure chest for mankind and at the same time one of the main attractions for visitors from around the world. 
    Am Lustgarten  (030 2662987 -  www.museumsinsel-berlin.de)
     
  • Pergamonmuseum
    The main pieces of the museum's collection, famous Babylonian, Assur, Uruk and Syrian findings such as: the Ishtar Gate, Miletus' Market Gate, the Pergamon Altar, Procession Street and the facade of the Babilonian Throne Room from the 6th century BC.
    Am Kupfergraben 5  (030 2662987 - www.museumsinsel-berlin.de)
     
  • Jewish Museum (Jüdisches Museum)
    The Jewish Museum is one of the city's attractions. Its impressive architecture  can be described as unique in its style. It is an active center for German and Jewish culture and history; a research, discussion, and idea exchange forum.
    Lindenstrasse 9 (030 259 933 00  - www.jmberlin.de)
     
  • The Berlin Wall (Berliner Mauer)
    At the corner of Stresemannstrasse / Niederkirchnerstrasse is the last standing part of the interior wall in its original location.
    All segments that are preserved in this area belonged to the inner wall.
     
  • East-side-Gallery
    The part of the "inner wall" in the Mühlenstrasse, Friedrichshain district, painted in 1990 by artists from 21 countries, has an approximate longitude of 1,3 km. It is the "largest outdoor art gallery in the world" and  has been named a cultural heritage site.
     
  • Potsdamer Platz
    In 1925, Potsdamer Platz, surrounded by hotels, restaurants, cafes and theaters was considered the busiest square in Europe. The first European traffic light was set up there. It was totally destroyed during the last months of World War II, and its reconstruction took 10 years.
     
  • Kurfürstendamm - Gedächtnis Kirche
    The interesting Kurfürstendamm boulevard with its elegant buildings and old-style French cafes will happily surprise you with its beautiful adjacent streets such as Uhlandstrasse or Fasanenstrasse and the also emblematic Savignyplatz and its surroundings. Maxim Gorky, Bertolt Brecht, Marlene Dietrich and many intellectuals of the time walked these streets. You can start your walking tour of at the church memorial located in Breitscheidplatz square, the Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedächtnis Kirche, destroyed in 1943 by allied bombing, which has been maintained in the that same state, without it being rebuilt, as a reminder of the war.
     
  • KaDeWe
    The prestigious KaDeWe Gallery (Tauentzienstrasse, 21-24), opened to the public in 1907 when the Charlottenburg district was considered one of the most exclusive in Europe. For over 100 years, their window displays are a total creative challenge. Once there,  you can't miss the sixth floor called "Gourmet Floor" where you shall find a large and diverse section of gastronomic specialties and the finest delicatessen.  
     
  • Hackescher Markt
    One of the things that will marvel you about this lively and dynamic area and the Hackescher Markt, are the inner courtyards of the Hackesche Höfe. The buildings, built in the early nineteenth century, housed a variety of business offices, small enterprises and factory HQs.
     
  • Wannsee
    Wannsee is famous for the numerous spectacular mansions, country villas and houses that are found there. Both from Potsdam and Wannsee your can catch boats that travel throughout all the lakes and palace area.
     
Guided tours

  • Limousine and chauffeur services
    If you wish to have a private tour you can opt for exclusive limousine and minibus services  with a driver and travel guide at your disposal and personalized attention.

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