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Berlin: a Cosmopolitan City Rich in Contrasts

Berlin has something for every taste

Germany’s capital has diverse historical and contemporary sights and places for visitors to enjoy. There are also numerous museums in which you can immerse yourself in the city’s history.

Berlin, Germany’s capital, is the country’s most populous city (with 3.6 million residents) and also the largest in terms of area.

Hardly any other German city has such an abundance of historical and modern sights as Berlin. Foremost among them are the Brandenburg Gate (the city’s hallmark), the remnants of the Berlin Wall, and the Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm) close to Alexanderplatz.

If you’re interested in exploring the city’s history, it’s worth your while to visit the Berlin Cathedral, the Rotes Rathaus (Red City Hall), the Berlin Victory Column, and the Emperor Frederick Memorial Church. There’s also lots to discover in the museums on Museum Island, the Allied Museum (which contains the Checkpoint Charlie building and much more), and the Stasi Museum.

If you’re keener on experiencing modern-day Berlin, stroll through the government district or open your senses to the unique mix of entertainment, art, shopping, and history on and around Potsdamer Platz.

You’ll find the best shopping on the Kurfürstendamm, in the Kaufhaus des Westens (Department Store of the West, usually abbreviated to KaDeWe), and in the Berlin outlet of Galerie Lafayette.

Musical highlights can be savored in the Berlin Philharmonic, the Berlin Concert Hall, and the Berlin State Opera. Or you can relax during a boat tour on the Spree or a leisurely walk around the Berlin Zoo.

The German capital is famous for its nightlife, too. In recent years, Torstrasse in central Berlin has emerged as a popular area for going out, but there’s also plenty of action around Kottbusser Tor and Oranienstrasse in Kreuzberg and Revaler Strasse in Friedrichshain.