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Berlin, the capital city of Germany as well as one of its 16 states, is the biggest city in Germany with a population of about 4.5 million. Hence, it is the most populous city in the European Union. Berlin is notorious for tolerance, internationalism, bustling nightlife, street art, abundant bars, clubs as well as cafés, diverse royal residences, museums and more locations of historical importance. It has an international reputation for being an extremely tolerant and liberal hub of modernity, with a wide variety of museums, architecture, and sights like the Berlin Wall.
The architecture of Berlin is absolutely diverse after its reconstruction when the World War II and cold war ended after the Berlin wall fell in 1989. You can see the symbols of various historic eras within a short period of time in the city centre, from scanty remaining antique buildings near Alexanderplatz, to the cutting-edge glass and steel edifices at Potsdamer Platz.
Due to its boisterous history, Berlin is a city with numerous, unique communities. Brandenburger Tor or Brandenburger Gate is a mark of separation at the time of the world war, but it is now a sign of German reconciliation. It was constructed after the Acropolis in Athens and was brought to fruition in 1799 as the imperial city-gate.
Germans speak English but they will like you to speak a little bit of German. You can learn some phrases that are ideal for a traveler and you will definitely make a good impression of yourself.
If there is one city in the world with lots of unique, wonderful people, it will definitely be Berlin. Every single day, millions of Berliners walk around with stories to tell. Either good or bad, the stories are worth sharing or you will enjoy taking photographs with these lovely people. No matter the diversity - young, old, black, white, tall, small, gay, straight, believer, atheist - it is very certain that they are the best people to be with.
Today, very little remains of the Wall. The city has rapidly overcome its reputation since the fall of the Wall at the end of the Cold War, and now is better known as an international hotspot for party animals and fashion shows. Whilst the city is relatively young by European standards, only dating back to the 13th century, it has garnered a reputation all of its own over the years.
Naturally, speaking German is preferred. However, French and English are also widely understood, so getting around will not be too much of an issue if you happen to be traveling from the Western parts of the world. Almost everyone under the age of 40 will be able to understand you and can converse with you fluently. After all, Berlin is the epitome of tolerance (along with Köln) and, post-wall, has attracted a lot of young people from all over the world and Europe, eager to express their intellectual selves.
Germany is well known for its engineering and you can see its history laid out in front of you with the various museums found throughout the city. There are literally dozens to choose from, depending on what you want to explore. There are also quite a few churches and private art galleries as well. There are also theatres, operas, cinemas, nightclubs, restaurants, and plenty of excitement.
There are three major universities, and the Olympic Stadium hosting soccer games, which absolutely shouldn't be missed if you happen to be someone who's never been to a European football match. However, one of the most popular things to do in Berlin is visit one of the various nightclubs; the city has a reputation as being one of the most progressive clubbing cities in Europe.
Between the food, the clubs, the museums, the architecture, the beer, and the atmosphere, it’s easy to see why this is one of the most popular destinations in Europe.
Reaching central Berlin from Schönefeld Airport via the S-Bahn isn't difficult. There's a direct link, usually line S9 from the airport. From the exit, follow the covered walk-way to the station.
The public transport network in Berlin is very accessible and comprehensive, including the Underground (U-Bahn), Train (S-Bahn), Buses, Trams and plenty of private taxis.
Hackescher Markt is centrally located with many exclusive and luxury products. There are also cheap restaurants around and this is where you will get the best, well-known brands. How to arrive at Hackescher Markt: You can easily get to Station Hackescher Markt via S-bahn. It is just a stop from the transport point, Alexanderplatz.
Shops: Scotch and Soda, Pepe Jeans, Strellson, Paul Frank, Adidas, Mavi, Wesc, Diesel, Energie, Cos, Swatch, Fossil.
Alexa is centrally located and a walking distance from Alexanderplatz. It is 56,000 square meters large with 180 diverse shops and 17 restaurants. The place can be crowded on Saturday but there is enough time for shopping since the mall opens between 10 am and 9 pm.
How you can reach Alexa: It is easy through Alexanderplatz or Jannowitzbrucke and you reach both stations by S-bahn or U-bahn.
Shops: Billabong, Northface shop, Mango, Levi, Mediamarkt, Quicksilver Shop, Zara, Esprit, H&M, Vero Moda, Tommy Hillfiger, Edeka, Bijou Brigitte.
Friedrichstrasse is one of the best places for a tourist to shop and this is because of top tourist attractions around like the Checkpoint Charlie and others. Friedrichstrasse is closely associated to the splendid history of Berlin and World War II.
How you can get to Friedrichstrasse: Through the S-bahn you may get into Friedrichstrasse.
Shops: Hugo Boss, Breitling, Emporio Armani, Escada, Dussman Kulturkaufhaus, Galeries Lafayette, Gucci.
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