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Berlin is the capital of Germany – is situated by the river Spree in the northeastern part of the country.With its 3.5 million inhabitants (4.5 million with suburbs included) is also Germany’s largest city.
Berlin is also a separate state, which is entirely located in neighboring Brandenburg.
During the Cold War the city was divided in two – and the communist East Berlin was a relatively closed city. After reunification in 1990, however, the tourist flow increased significantly.
Berlin is known as a city with a very rich cultural life – and with many significant and exciting cultural institutions, museums, galleries, theaters, concert halls and opera houses. And when it comes to architectural sights, it is almost just pick and choose. The most visited attraction – and the most famous landmark in Berlin – the Brandenburg Gate (built between 1788 and 1791), which is at the end of the famous boulevard Unter den Linden. Nearby is the State Opera Berlin (1743), and Stadtbibliothek Berlin (1774-1780).
Otherwise, the famous shopping street Kurfürstendamm mentioned – and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, located where the street ends, and that the tower was destroyed during the 2nd World War II. The tower has never been repaired, and the church today functions as a war memorial.
Berlin-Tegel International Airport , located in the district Reinickenhof north of downtown, has replaced the traditional Tempelhof as Berlin’s main airport.Berlin Schoenefeld Airport is located 18km southeast of Berlin.