Welcome to Berlin, the city of European Unity and Multiculturalism
Located in the north east of the country, Berlin is the capital of Germany and the second most populous city in the European Union. The city has been at the heart of the international history especially during the 20th century, and, following its reunification in 1990, it has become a multicultural metropolis and one of the world centres of culture, politics, media and science. Berlin is well known also for its festivals, architecture and nightlife, moreover, around one-third of the city's area is composed of forests, parks, gardens, rivers and lakes where people can relax, play sports or go for a walk.
As we said it previously, Berlin is a town very famous for its particular history and we can see nowadays the leftovers of what has happened there.
The first example which must be quoted is the symbol of the city: the Brandenburg Gate. First used to separate the est from the west of the city during the separation of Germany, it is currently the symbol of the unity of Berlin and it attracts hundreds of thousands tourists each year. This building created in 1788 in an antic greek architectural style has gone throughout the ages and is marked by the evolution of german culture and history.
The second most representative sightseeing of the city is of course the Berlin Wall, which can bee seen anywhere in the streets of Berlin but which can be discovered in a much more interesting way in the Berlin Wall Memorial and Documentary Centre. This place gives you the occasion to understand very precisely the period during which Germany was separated in two parts and the way that the wall was build with different animations. You can also see interesting exhibitions in the museum or admire the part of the border which has been preserved from the tour of this museum.
When going to Berlin you cannot miss visiting Potsdamer Platz which is the historical centre of the city and has been entirely rebuilt on a “European friendly” model after its destruction during the Second World War. From this place, you can join by foot the Reichstag which is exceptional for its atypical history, its wonderful and huge glass dome and for its role in the centre of the political landscape as it is the head office of the german parliament.
For people who prefere visiting royal castles and beautiful gardens, Charlottenburg Palace is the place to see. On top of it, it is one of the last proof of the greatness of the german architecture which has not been destroyed during the war. To finish with, if you want to see the whole city from high in the sky, just have a try in the very famous Berlin television tower!
Berlin is an incredible and an atypical city to party, with plenty of original places to meet, especially in the eastern, in the districts of Mitte, Prenzlauer and Berg. It is known worldwide for the diversity of its nightclubs (you can party in an ancient factory, a huge amusement parc, a labyrinth…), concert places and enormous programations.
Berlin is also a great place to go shopping as it posses three malls not far from the city centre (one near Alexanderplatz, a shopping street near Adenauerplatz and a the Mall of Berlin near Leipziger Platz). You can also go to the Hackescher Markt, which is a very lively place to go shopping in a market.
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Berlin is located in a continental area and therefore the temperature are quite high in summer (20°C) and cold winter (0°C). Concerning waterfall, it is higher during summer and is averagely between 38 and 71 mm of precipitation per month. You must know that the weather can vary a lot in the same day in Berlin so it is always useful to have an umbrella in your bag if you want to go for a walk.
Public transportation can bring you anyway you want in Berlin for the city is well served by buses, U-Bahn (underground), S-Bahn (suburban railway), trams and regional trains. The area is divided into three zones (A, B and C) and many options are proposed to buy tickets. It is also possible to move by car put carparks are usually very busy. The best solution for little rides, is to do like a lot of german people: just take a bicycle! There are many accommodations provided for it everywhere in town.