Berlin, Germany’s capital and largest city is a vibrant metropolis, and once you really get to know it, you can easily become addicted to its atmosphere.
Berlin’s cityscape is rather eclectic, due to the city’s turbulent history. You can see an amazing variety of styles side by side here ranging from Prussian Classicism through National Socialist design to Postmodernism. Despite being the capital of the country, it does not have as many impressive skyscrapers as Frankfurt. Recent plans of turning the city center around Alexanderplatz into a “little Manhattan” have been abandoned, and a decision has been made to preserve key Communist-era structures as historical monuments.
The city is very much conscious of its history and several museums are dedicated to the different phases of its past. Many of them focus on the vicissitudes of the 20th century, including the post-war division of the city. Berlin’s extremely rich museum landscape, however, also includes over 400 excellent art galleries, so it’s a favored destination for art enthusiasts, too.
Berlin has a population of roughly 3.7 million people, including 30% with a migration background. It is a truly multicultural city, as reflected by its diverse enclaves and attractions as well as by its colorful gastronomy. Berlin is also a party capital with great nightlife and many festivals. Those who long for a more quiet form of relaxation will find lots of parks, gardens, and lakes. Green areas cover around one-third of Berlin’s area.