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Berlin in 3D

Berlin in 3D

Berlin is the capital of Germany with over 3.5 million inhabitants. Berlin is considered a cosmopolitan city of modern culture, politics, media and science. The metropolis carries the UNESCO title City of Design and is one of the most visited centers of the continent. Berlin's architecture, festivals, nightlife and diverse living conditions are known worldwide. The high multicultural offer attracts millions of tourists every year. Berlin is one of the most attractive megacities worldwide so that the city grows by 40,000 inhabitants every year.


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Berlin von Oben

 

The city center in the district Mitte

As the central square of the city is the Alexanderplatz with the world clock. It is an important transportation hub for U-Bahn and S-Bahn lines as well as for car traffic. Alexanderplatz has large department stores and shopping malls. If you prefer to visit owner-managed shops, you can easily walk to the surrounding old town north of Alexanderplatz.

Urania Weltzeituhr Alexsanderplatz Berlin

Immediately adjacent to the Alexanderplatz is the TV tower, which is the tallest building in the city at 368 meters. On the rotating viewing platform, in 200 meters height, you can see Berlin to the outskirts.

Berliner Fernsehrturm Eingang
Berliner Fernsehrturm

Another popular meeting place is the Neptune Fountain, which lies opposite the Red Town Hall.

Neptunbrunnen

Only a few steps further you will find the Nikolaiviertel. Here, in GDR times, a small district was reconstructed according to old Berlin residential architecture, which was destroyed in the Second World War.

Nikolaiviertel Nikolaikirche Nikolaikirchplatz
Nikolaiviertel Wappenbrunnen

On the Spree island began in the late Middle Ages, the settlement of Berlin. In the early 18th century, the entire old town was demolished and magnificent buildings built on it. At present, the city castle is being rebuilt. On the island is now the old museum, the Berlin Cathedral, the old National Gallery, the Pergamon Museum and the Bode Museum.

Altes Museum
Berliner Dom Lustgarten
Alte Nationalgalerie
Alte Nationalgalerie

Bodemuseum

The Hackesche Höfe are a popular cultural district in Berlin. The hippest pubs, cafés, restaurants, theaters, art galleries, shops and discos are all to be found on Hackesche Höfe along Oranienburger Straße.

Hackesche Höfe Scheunenviertel
Monbijoupark Oranienburger Strasse

The Gendarmenmarkt is considered to be the "most beautiful square in Berlin" where the Konzerthaus is located, as well as two important churches, the German and French Dome.

Gendarmenmarkt Französischer Dom
Gendarmenmarkt Schillerbrunnen

Friedrichstraße is the business street for international fashion labels and banks. From the Leibziger Staße you can quickly reach the new Potzdamer Platz.

Friedrichstraße
Leibziger Staße

 

The new Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz was until 1944 one of the liveliest places in Berlin. There, they even built the first traffic light system in the world, where a replica is now available. After the Second World War, the square was completely destroyed and was a restricted area during the time of the Berlin Wall. After the reunification of Germany, a modern district with several skyscrapers, shopping malls and cultural facilities was built.

Potzdamer Platz

Friedrichstraße
Bellevuestrasse
Linkstrasse
Linkstrasse Tilla Durieux Park

On the way to the Brandenburg Gate is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The monument consists of 2711 cuboid concrete steles. Approximately 6 million people were killed under the Nazis in the Holocaust.

Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas

 

The Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is the most famous monument in Berlin, which was built in the late 18th century. During the division of Germany the gate stood directly on the border of the two states. Today the gate is regarded above all as a symbol of the liberal-democratic, reunited Germany. On the east side is the Pariser Platz which is especially a meeting place for tourists. Political rallies and demonstrations take place almost daily on the western side, which are always peaceful.

Brandenburger Tor

Brandenburger Tor
Quadriga

 

The government district and the Tiergarten

Around the Tiergarten, Berlin's largest city park, are the most important government buildings. The Reichstag is the seat of the German parliament.

Reichstag
Reichstag

Next to the Reichstag is the Paul Löbe House, where the offices of parliamentarians are located.

Paul-Löbe-Haus
Marie-Elisabeth-Lueders-Haus

The Federal Chancellery is just opposite.

Kanzleramt

In the immediate vicinity of the government district is the new central station of Berlin. The east-west connections run here above ground, while the north-south connections run deep underground. But the masterpiece of modern architecture is constantly coming up against its capacity limits and elevators are among the slowest in the world.

Hauptbahnhof
Hauptbahnhof
Hauptbahnhof
Hauptbahnhof

The House of World Cultures, built in 1957, is today a venue for international contemporary art and a forum for current developments and discourses.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt

On the street of June 17, is the Soviet Memorial, which is to remember the fallen soldiers during the liberation of Berlin from the Nazis.

Sowjetische Ehrenmal

The Bellevue Palace is the official residence of the Federal President.

Schoss Bellevue

On the Spreebogen in Moabit is the Road of Memories where personalities are honored in sculptures that have done extraordinary things in the last century.

Straße der Erinnerungen

In the middle of the Tiergarten, the 67-meter Victory Column is located within a roundabout that connects Berlin in all directions. The monument is intended to commemorate three successful wars in Germany. At the top is the Victoria pictured. On the viewing platform of 50 meters height you have a panoramic view of Berlin.

Siegessäule

South of Tiergarten is the new National Gallery. There are many well-known works of art from all eras on display.

Neue Nationalgalerie
Neue Nationalgalerie

The Landwehrkanal with 11 kilometers in length, marked the southern border of Berlin in the 18th century. The canal is popular for boat trips, bicycle tours and hikers who want to enjoy Berlin in an idyllic setting.

Landwehrkanal
Landwehrkanal

The former central station was the Anhalter Bahnhof, which was destroyed during the Second World War. Now only the ruins of the main entrance have been preserved.

Anhalter Bahnhof
Anhalter Bahnhof

 

Living in Berlin

The Berlin residential architecture is mainly characterized by so-called tenement houses from the turn of the century. These four-story buildings were then built for the working class and had cheap rents. The peculiarity is that many houses are in backyards, where it is as quiet as in the countryside even with open windows. The residential streets are mostly laid out broad and are almost always planted with trees.

Mietskasernen

Mietskasernen
Mietskasernen

With numerous small shops, pubs and cafes where every local resident finds everything that one needs to live, these neighborhoods have become the liveliest urban places.

Szenekiez-Kreuzberg

 

The city in West Berlin

On Wittenbergplatz is "The Department Store of the West" which was opened in 1907. With a sales area of 60,000 square meters, it is the largest department store in continental Europe and has predominantly an upscale assortment. Anyone shopping here does not pay attention to the price, but only to quality.

Wittenbergplatz

Starting from Wittenbergplatz you come to the main shopping street of Berlin which leads to the ruins of the Gedächtniskirche. In its immediate vicinity is the Zoological Garden, which is the most species rich in the world, with 20200 animals.

Tauentzienstrasse
Zoo-Elefantentor

 

District Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

This district is one of the upper districts in Berlin. Here is the Charlottenburg Palace, which at that time served as a royal summer residence.

Schloss Charlottenburg

The international congress center with the surrounding exhibition center is one of the most important in the world. There, among other things, the largest tourism fair and the largest exhibition for consumer electronics in the world instead. The radio tower is called the little brother of the Eiffel Tower and is nicknamed "Langer Lulatsch".

ICC-Funkturm-Berlin
ICC-Messedamm

The Olympic Stadium Berlin was then built for the 1936 Summer Olympics and is still today with a capacity of 74,475 seats, the largest sports stadium in Germany. The stadium is half built in the earth, so it looks smaller than it is from the outside.

Olympiastadion Berlin

Olympiastadion Berlin
Olympiastadion Berlin
Olympiastadion Berlin
Olympiastadion Berlin

 

The airport Tempelhof

The airport Tempelhof was one of the first commercial airports in Germany which was put into operation in 1923. Until the closure in 2008, over 300,000 passengers were handled there each year. Now the airport is a listed building and the area is now used as a park.

Flughafen Tempelhof
Flughafen Tempelhof

In the square of the airlift is the air bridge memorial, which reminds of the one-year blockade of Berlin in the post-war period.

Luftbrückendenkmal Berlin

 

Berlin elevated train

The first elevated railway in Berlin was built at the turn of the century between Charlottenburg and Kreuzberg. The entire sections of the elevated railway with its stations are characterized by a versatile architecture.

U-Bahn-Linie 1
U-Bahn-Linie 1
U-Bahn-Linie 1
U-Bahn-Linie 1
U-Bahn-Linie 1
U-Bahn-Linie 1

 

The Berlin Wall

From 1961 to 1089 West Berlin was completely surrounded by a highly guarded wall. Who was staying illegally in the restricted zone could be shot. After the fall of the wall in 1989, it was largely demolished. In some places in Berlin the wall was left standing. This now serves as a memorial to the time of the German division and also as an art gallery.

Berliner Mauer
Berliner Mauer
Berliner Mauer
Berliner Mauer

Checkpoint Charlie was one of Berlin's most famous border crossings. The border crossing was then only by Allied military and embassy staff, foreigners and employees of the permanent representation of the Federal Republic of Germany in the GDR and GDR officials to be used. Today, the checkpoint is part of every sightseeing tour.

Checkpoint Charlie

 

The east of Berlin

The Karl Marx Allee is the widest street in Berlin and goes right through Friedrichshain. The architecture is characterized by socialist classicism.

Weissenburger-Platz
Frankfurter-Tor

The Treptower Park with the adjacent Island of Youth are the most popular parks in the east of the city.

Treptower-Park
Insel der Jugend

From the Elsenbrücke you have the best panorama of the city of Berlin. The sculpture of the Molecule Man has a double symbolic power. This is due to the coincidence of the districts but also the union of molecules of all human beings, which is necessary for the survival of humanity.

Molecule Man

 

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