Portrait of the Capital

About the fall of the Berlin wall and reconstruction

Berlin, a city on the Spree River, has developed into a lively and steadily growing major city since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The Berlin Wall was almost entirely taken down and old centres, such as the districts Mitte, Friedrichshain, Potsdamer Platz and Prenzlauer Berg, experienced a rebirth. Today, Berlin presents itself as young, modern and multi-faceted, in harmony with its own strongly influential history.

The city has many different centers. One special center is Potsdamer Platz, which is a symbol of the ongoing construction boom in the German capital. Potsdamer Platz also embodies Berlin's eventful past. In the 1920s, it was considered one of the busiest and most lively squares in Europe. After the Second World War and the division of the city into the four occupation zones, it left bombed and empty. This border area between the Soviet and US-American occupation zones became known as the "death strip". It was remained in this state for 28 years, until it was rebuilt after the fall of the Wall.

Berlin Potsdamer Platz

Metropolis and cultural melting pot

Another area which well demonstrates the continuous rise of Berlin is the area around the Reichstag, where you can find the Bundestag ("Reichstag"), the government offices, the Chancellor's Office and many embassies of the world within a short distance. From there starts the "Unter den Linden" boulevard with its magnificent buildings from the Prussian era. The region is complemented by the "Friedrichsstraße" shopping mile, an impressive ensemble that is a must see for every visitor to Berlin.

Berlin is also a house for a wide range of entertainment and exquisite culture venues with its opera houses, theatres and countless museums. The "Museum Island" and the "Gendarmenmarkt" are particularly noteworthy as a meeting point for those interested in art and history.

Berlin Siegessäule

Where nightlife and education meet

If you are looking for nightlife, you will find it not only in Kreuzberg and Prenzlauer Berg, but also in Friedrichshain and numerous other places throughout the city. Countless restaurants of many nationalities, trendy cafés, pubs, clubs and galleries line the busy streets. The "Simon-Dach-Strasse", the "Hackesche Höfe" or the "Torstrasse" have established themselves as new magnets of culture and as a melting pot of nightlife. These witnesses of life culture document the new spirit and the special energy of the atmosphere of the German capital.

Not only as a tourist metropolis (ranked 10th in a worldwide survey), but also due to its high density of universities and colleges, Berlin is ranked among the most popular cities for high studies. In recent years, this fact has led to an increase in Berlin's population, especially younger people, and has consolidated the city's position as one of the largest science and media centres in Germany.

Berlin Mauerpark

New strength as seat of government

Berlin experienced a new revival of its economic dynamics when it was re-appointed as the capital city and is now regarded as one of the most important cultural centres of Europe. This status is supported by the fact that the economically strongest country in the EU and one of the largest economies in the world is governed from Berlin.

With the construction of the new central station, Berlin has also established itself as a reliable transportation hub. The new Berlin Brandenburg international Airport (BER), which opened in 2020, has also further consolidated this position. Despite its rapid growth and urban density, the metropolis offers a high quality of life, which is particularly characterized by the many water areas, parks and green spaces.

Berlin Reichstag