Berlin is a huge city and many itineraries can be prepared for visits to its 23 districts. Here we will just list the most interesting sights, most of which are concentrated in a small part of the city and can therefore be reached on foot. It is the capital city of Germany, and is its largest city. Because the western and eastern parts of it were separated from 1949 until 1989, it is one of the most diverse cities in the European Union. It is one of the whitest cities I have ever lived in my life.

Berlin is also the number three tourist destination in Europe and attracts an extensive intercontinental clientele. These shoppers come to It’s for its unique mixture of brand name flagship stores and small independent shops run by up-and-coming stars. It is a city where smart people want to live. They will find ways to live here.

Berlin is also more in-demand as a major center for tourism and congresses than it ever has been. It is the only state in the Federal Republic where east and west had to grow together again at the state level. In this respect it was quite right to dub it a workshop of unity. It is great for shopping. Smaller shops usually close around 8PM, but malls usually close between 9:00 and 10:00PM.

It is an extremely attractive location for new high-tech enterprises, especially those working in the fields of information and communications technology, but also those in medical technology, laser technology, bioengineering and genetic engineering.

It is surprisingly inexpensive, a real budget gem for Cheapos like us. Bargains and deals can be found for hotels and restaurants as well as bars and other attractions. It is the perfect place to uncover a new favorite hotel and make family history. It is always thinking of the world’s notice. Sometimes it has wanted to impress the world, sometimes to appease it, sometimes to show defiance, sometimes remorse.

Berlin is the dynamic capital of Germany, a sprawling metropolis eight times the size of Paris. Once separated by the looming Berlin Wall, East and West Berlin are now merged together once again to complete this giant city, with the former East side housing most of the historic sites and landmarks, and the West making up It’s commercial core. I was in Berlin in 1989 due coming down of the Berlin Wall.

It is also an extremely youthful city; 57% of residents are under the age of 44 and, by contrast, only 17% are over 65. The student population amounts to a sizeable presence of 150,000, with three major universities. It is famous for its underground scene and there’s only one way to get there, via the people.

It is truly a Weltstadt, a city of the world, as “German” as New York is “American.” And like New York, it has been distrusted by the country that lies outside its limits. As David Clay Large points out in his engrossing history “Berlin” (1995), “much of Europe watched in trepidation as the Germans marked the establishment of their new nation with a pompous ceremony at Versailles in 1871, and many Europeans shuddered anew when the two Germanys were reunited in 1990.” Yet shuddering hasn’t done much to slow it down.

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