Berlin city is like being abroad in Germany. It’s German, but not provincial.
Berlin is the capital and the largest city of Germany as well as one of its 16 constituent states. Berlin city has a population of 4.5 million within its metropolitan area and 3.5 million from over 190 countries within the city limits. Berlin is the second most populous city proper and the seventh most populous urban area in the European Union.
Berlin is best known for its historical associations as the German capital, internationalism and tolerance, lively nightlife, its many cafés, clubs, bars, street art, and numerous museums, palaces, and other sites of historic interest. Berlin’s architecture is quite varied. Although badly damaged in the final years of World War II and broken apart during the Cold War, Berlin has reconstructed itself greatly, especially with the reunification push after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Modern Berlin is home to world-renowned universities, orchestras, museums, entertainment venues and is host to many sporting events. Its urban setting has made it a sought-after location for international film productions. The city is well known for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts and a high quality of living. Since the 2000s Berlin has seen the emergence of a cosmopolitan entrepreneurial scene.
History of Berlin City
The foundation of Berlin was very multicultural. In the beginning of the 13th century, two towns (Berlin and Cölln) developed on each side of the river Spree. As the population grew, the towns merged and Berlin became a center of commerce and agriculture.
In 1871 Berlin became the capital of the new founded German Reich and a few years later, it became a city with more than one million inhabitants because of the immensely growing industry. In late 1989 East German citizens began to peacefully demonstrate in increasing numbers; this led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1990 West Germany and East Germany were united. Berlin became once again the capital of Germany.
After the fall of the Wall, Berlin – especially the former East – has evolved into a cultural hub. Artists and other creative souls flocked to the city in swarms after reunification, primarily due to the extremely low cost of living in the East. Despite the increased prices and gentrification, as a result, Berlin has become a center for art, design, multimedia, electronic music, and fashion among other things.
Top Destinations in Berlin City
Museum für Naturkunde
East Side Gallery