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Berlin
Berlin
(/bɜːrˈlɪn/, German: [bɛɐ̯ˈliːn] ( listen)) is the capital and the largest city of Germany, as well as one of its 16 constituent states. With a steadily growing population of approximately 3.7 million,[4] Berlin
Berlin
is the second most populous city proper in the European Union
European Union
behind London
London
and the seventh most populous urban area in the European Union.[5] Located in northeastern Germany
Germany
on the banks of the rivers Spree
Spree
and Havel, it is the centre of the Berlin- Brandenburg
Brandenburg
Metropolitan Region, which has roughly 6 million residents from more than 180 nations.[6][7][8][9] Due to its location in the European Plain, Berlin
Berlin
is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. Around one-third of the city's area is composed of forests, parks, gardens, rivers, canals and lakes.[10] First documented in the 13th century and situated at the crossing of two important historic trade routes,[11] Berlin
Berlin
became the capital of the Margraviate of Brandenburg
Margraviate of Brandenburg
(1417–1701), the Kingdom of Prussia (1701–1918), the German Empire
German Empire
(1871–1918), the Weimar
Weimar
Republic (1919–1933) and the Third Reich
Third Reich
(1933–1945).[12] Berlin
Berlin
in the 1920s was the third largest municipality in the world.[13] After World War II and its subsequent occupation by the victorious countries, the city was divided; East Berlin
East Berlin
was declared capital of East Germany, while West Berlin
West Berlin
became a de facto West German exclave, surrounded by the Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall
(1961–1989) and East German territory.[14] Following German reunification
German reunification
in 1990, Berlin
Berlin
once again became the capital of all of Germany. Berlin
Berlin
is a world city of culture, politics, media and science.[15][16][17][18] Its economy is based on high-tech firms and the service sector, encompassing a diverse range of creative industries, research facilities, media corporations and convention venues.[19][20] Berlin
Berlin
serves as a continental hub for air and rail traffic and has a highly complex public transportation network. The metropolis is a popular tourist destination.[21] Significant industries also include IT, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering, clean tech, biotechnology, construction and electronics. Berlin
Berlin
is home to world-renowned universities, orchestras, museums, and entertainment venues, and is host to many sporting events.[22] Its Zoological Garden is the most visited zoo in Europe. With the world's oldest large-scale movie studio complex, Berlin
Berlin
is an increasingly popular location for international film productions.[23] The city is well known for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts and a very high quality of living.[24] Since the 2000s Berlin
Berlin
has seen the emergence of a cosmopolitan entrepreneurial scene.[25]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Etymology 1.2 12th to 16th centuries 1.3 17th to 19th centuries 1.4 20th to 21st centuries

2 Geography

2.1 Topography 2.2 Climate 2.3 Cityscape 2.4 Architecture

3 Demographics

3.1 Nationalities 3.2 Languages 3.3 Religion

4 Government

4.1 City state 4.2 Boroughs 4.3 Twin towns – sister cities 4.4 Capital city

5 Economy

5.1 Companies 5.2 Tourism and conventions 5.3 Creative industries 5.4 Media

6 Infrastructure

6.1 Transport 6.2 Energy 6.3 Health 6.4 Telecommunication

7 Education

7.1 Higher education 7.2 Research

8 Culture

8.1 Galleries and museums 8.2 Nightlife and festivals 8.3 Performing arts 8.4 Cuisine 8.5 Recreation 8.6 Sports

9 See also 10 Notes 11 References 12 External links

History[edit] Main articles: History of Berlin
History of Berlin
and Timeline of Berlin Etymology[edit] Berlin
Berlin
lies in northeastern Germany, east of the River (Saxon or Thuringian) Saale, that once constituted, together with the River Elbe (from their confluence onwards), the eastern border of the Frankish Realm. While the Frankish Realm was primarily inhabited by Germanic tribes like the Franks
Franks
and the Saxons, the regions east of the border rivers were inhabited by Slavic tribes. This is why most of the cities and villages in northeastern Germany
Germany
bear Slavic-derived names (Germania Slavica). Typical Germanised place name suffixes of Slavic origin are -ow, -itz, -vitz, -witz, -itzsch and -in, prefixes are Windisch and Wendisch. The name Berlin
Berlin
has its roots in the language of West Slavic inhabitants of the area of today's Berlin, and may be related to the Old Polabian stem berl-/birl- ("swamp").[26] Since the Ber- at the beginning sounds like the German word Bär (bear), a bear appears in the coat of arms of the city. It is therefore a canting arm. Of Berlin's twelve boroughs, five bear a (partly) Slavic-derived name: Pankow
Pankow
(the most populous), Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Marzahn-Hellersdorf, Treptow-Köpenick
Treptow-Köpenick
and Spandau
Spandau
(named Spandow until 1878). Of its ninety-six neighborhoods, twenty-two bear a (partly) Slavic-derived name: Altglienicke, Alt-Treptow, Britz, Buch, Buckow, Gatow, Karow, Kladow, Köpenick, Lankwitz, Lübars, Malchow, Marzahn, Pankow, Prenzlauer Berg, Rudow, Schmöckwitz, Spandau, Stadtrandsiedlung Malchow, Steglitz, Tegel
Tegel
and Zehlendorf. The neighborhood of Moabit bears a French-derived name, and Französisch Buchholz
Französisch Buchholz
is named after the Huguenots. 12th to 16th centuries[edit]

Map of Berlin
Berlin
in 1688

The earliest evidence of settlements in the area of today's Berlin
Berlin
are a wooden beam dated from approximately 1192,[27] and remnants of a house foundation dated to 1174, found in excavations in Berlin Mitte.[28] The first written records of towns in the area of present-day Berlin
Berlin
date from the late 12th century. Spandau
Spandau
is first mentioned in 1197 and Köpenick
Köpenick
in 1209, although these areas did not join Berlin
Berlin
until 1920.[29] The central part of Berlin
Berlin
can be traced back to two towns. Cölln
Cölln
on the Fischerinsel
Fischerinsel
is first mentioned in a 1237 document, and Berlin, across the Spree
Spree
in what is now called the Nikolaiviertel, is referenced in a document from 1244.[27] 1237 is considered the founding date of the city.[30] The two towns over time formed close economic and social ties, and profited from the staple right on the two important trade routes Via Imperii
Via Imperii
and from Bruges
Bruges
to Novgorod.[11] In 1307, they formed an alliance with a common external policy, their internal administrations still being separated.[31][32] In 1415, Frederick I became the elector of the Margraviate of Brandenburg, which he ruled until 1440.[33] During the 15th century, his successors established Berlin- Cölln
Cölln
as capital of the margraviate, and subsequent members of the Hohenzollern
Hohenzollern
family ruled in Berlin
Berlin
until 1918, first as electors of Brandenburg, then as kings of Prussia, and eventually as German emperors. In 1443, Frederick II Irontooth started the construction of a new royal palace in the twin city Berlin-Cölln. The protests of the town citizens against the building culminated in 1448, in the " Berlin
Berlin
Indignation" ("Berliner Unwille").[34][35] This protest was not successful and the citizenry lost many of its political and economic privileges. After the royal palace was finished in 1451, it gradually came into use. From 1470, with the new elector Albrecht III Achilles, Berlin- Cölln
Cölln
became the new royal residence.[32] Officially, the Berlin- Cölln
Cölln
palace became permanent residence of the Brandenburg
Brandenburg
electors of the Hohenzollerns from 1486, when John Cicero came to power.[36] Berlin-Cölln, however, had to give up its status as a free Hanseatic city. In 1539, the electors and the city officially became Lutheran.[37] 17th to 19th centuries[edit]

Frederick the Great
Frederick the Great
(1712–1786) was one of Europe's enlightened monarchs.

The Thirty Years' War
Thirty Years' War
between 1618 and 1648 devastated Berlin. One third of its houses were damaged or destroyed, and the city lost half of its population.[38] Frederick William, known as the "Great Elector", who had succeeded his father George William as ruler in 1640, initiated a policy of promoting immigration and religious tolerance.[39] With the Edict of Potsdam
Edict of Potsdam
in 1685, Frederick William offered asylum to the French Huguenots.[40] By 1700, approximately 30 percent of Berlin's residents were French, because of the Huguenot immigration.[41] Many other immigrants came from Bohemia, Poland, and Salzburg.[42]

Berlin
Berlin
became the capital of the German Empire
German Empire
in 1871 and expanded rapidly in the following years. ( Unter den Linden
Unter den Linden
in 1900)

Since 1618, the Margraviate of Brandenburg
Margraviate of Brandenburg
had been in personal union with the Duchy of Prussia. In 1701, the dual state formed the Kingdom of Prussia, as Frederick III, Elector of Brandenburg, crowned himself as king Frederick I in Prussia. Berlin
Berlin
became the capital of the new Kingdom,[43] replacing Königsberg. This was a successful attempt to centralise the capital in the very far-flung state, and it was the first time the city began to grow. In 1709, Berlin
Berlin
merged with the four cities of Cölln, Friedrichswerder, Friedrichstadt and Dorotheenstadt under the name Berlin, "Haupt- und Residenzstadt Berlin".[31] In 1740, Frederick II, known as Frederick the Great
Frederick the Great
(1740–1786), came to power.[44] Under the rule of Frederick II, Berlin
Berlin
became a center of the Enlightenment, but also, was briefly occupied during the Seven Years' War
Seven Years' War
by the Russian army.[45] Following France's victory in the War of the Fourth Coalition, Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon Bonaparte
marched into Berlin
Berlin
in 1806, but granted self-government to the city.[46] In 1815, the city became part of the new Province of Brandenburg.[47] The Industrial Revolution
Industrial Revolution
transformed Berlin
Berlin
during the 19th century; the city's economy and population expanded dramatically, and it became the main railway hub and economic centre of Germany. Additional suburbs soon developed and increased the area and population of Berlin. In 1861, neighbouring suburbs including Wedding, Moabit
Moabit
and several others were incorporated into Berlin.[48] In 1871, Berlin became capital of the newly founded German Empire.[49] In 1881, it became a city district separate from Brandenburg.[50] 20th to 21st centuries[edit] Main articles: West Berlin
West Berlin
and East Berlin See also: 1920s Berlin

Street, Berlin
Berlin
(1913) by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

In the early 20th century, Berlin
Berlin
had become a fertile ground for the German Expressionist movement.[51] In fields such as architecture, painting and cinema new forms of artistic styles were invented. At the end of the First World War
First World War
in 1918, a republic was proclaimed by Philipp Scheidemann
Philipp Scheidemann
at the Reichstag building. In 1920, the Greater Berlin
Berlin
Act incorporated dozens of suburban cities, villages and estates around Berlin
Berlin
into an expanded city. The act increased the area of Berlin
Berlin
from 66 to 883 km2 (25 to 341 sq mi). The population almost doubled and Berlin
Berlin
had a population of around four million. During the Weimar
Weimar
era, Berlin
Berlin
underwent political unrest due to economic uncertainties, but also became a renowned centre of the Roaring Twenties. The metropolis experienced its heyday as a major world capital and was known for its leadership roles in science, technology, arts, the humanities, city planning, film, higher education, government and industries. Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein
rose to public prominence during his years in Berlin, being awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921.

Berlin
Berlin
in ruins after the Second World War
Second World War
(Potsdamer Platz, 1945)

In 1933, Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
and the Nazi Party
Nazi Party
came to power. NSDAP rule diminished Berlin's Jewish community from 160,000 (one-third of all Jews in the country) to about 80,000 as a result of emigration between 1933 and 1939. After Kristallnacht
Kristallnacht
in 1938, thousands of the city's Jews were imprisoned in the nearby Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Starting in early 1943, many were shipped to death camps, such as Auschwitz.[52] Berlin
Berlin
is the most heavily bombed city in history. The Allies dropped 67,607.3 tons of bombs on the city during World War II, destroyed 6,427 acres of the built up area of the city. During World War II, large parts of Berlin
Berlin
were destroyed in the 1943–45 air raids and during the Battle of Berlin. Around 125,000 civilians were killed.[53] After the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, Berlin received large numbers of refugees from the Eastern provinces. The victorious powers divided the city into four sectors, analogous to the occupation zones into which Germany
Germany
was divided. The sectors of the Western Allies (the United States, the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and France) formed West Berlin, while the Soviet sector formed East Berlin.[54]

The Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall
(painted on the western side) was a barrier that divided the city from 1961 to 1989.

All four Allies shared administrative responsibilities for Berlin. However, in 1948, when the Western Allies extended the currency reform in the Western zones of Germany
Germany
to the three western sectors of Berlin, the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
imposed a blockade on the access routes to and from West Berlin, which lay entirely inside Soviet-controlled territory. The Berlin
Berlin
airlift, conducted by the three western Allies, overcame this blockade by supplying food and other supplies to the city from June 1948 to May 1949.[55] In 1949, the Federal Republic of Germany
Germany
was founded in West Germany
Germany
and eventually included all of the American, British and French zones, excluding those three countries' zones in Berlin, while the Marxist-Leninist
Marxist-Leninist
German Democratic Republic was proclaimed in East Germany. West Berlin
West Berlin
officially remained an occupied city, but it politically was aligned with the Federal Republic of Germany
Germany
despite West Berlin's geographic isolation. Airline service to West Berlin
West Berlin
was granted only to American, British and French airlines.

The fall of the Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall
on 9 November 1989. On 3 October 1990, the German reunification
German reunification
process was formally finished.

The founding of the two German states increased Cold War
Cold War
tensions. West Berlin
West Berlin
was surrounded by East German territory, and East Germany proclaimed the Eastern part as its capital, a move that was not recognised by the western powers. East Berlin
East Berlin
included most of the historic centre of the city. The West German government established itself in Bonn.[56] In 1961, East Germany
Germany
began the building of the Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall
between East and West Berlin, and events escalated to a tank standoff at Checkpoint Charlie. West Berlin
West Berlin
was now de facto a part of West Germany
Germany
with a unique legal status, while East Berlin
East Berlin
was de facto a part of East Germany. John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
gave his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in 1963, underlining the US support for the Western part of the city. Berlin
Berlin
was completely divided. Although it was possible for Westerners to pass to the other side through strictly controlled checkpoints, for most Easterners travel to West Berlin
West Berlin
or West Germany
Germany
was prohibited by the government of East Germany. In 1971, a Four-Power agreement guaranteed access to and from West Berlin by car or train through East Germany.[57] In 1989, with the end of the Cold War
Cold War
and pressure from the East German population, the Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall
fell on 9 November and was subsequently mostly demolished. Today, the East Side Gallery
East Side Gallery
preserves a large portion of the wall. On 3 October 1990, the two parts of Germany
Germany
were reunified as the Federal Republic of Germany
Germany
and Berlin again became the official German capital. In 1991, the German Parliament, the Bundestag, voted to move the seat of the German capital from Bonn
Bonn
to Berlin, which was completed in 1999. On 18 June 1994, soldiers from the United States, France
France
and Britain marched in a parade which was part of the ceremonies to mark the final withdrawal of foreign troops allowing a reunified Berlin.[58] Berlin's 2001 administrative reform merged several districts. The number of boroughs was reduced from 23 to 12. In 2002, the German parliament voted to allow the reconstruction of the Berlin
Berlin
Palace, which started in 2013 and will be finished in 2019. In 2006, the FIFA World Cup Final was held in Berlin. In a 2016 terrorist attack linked to ISIL, a truck was deliberately driven into the Christmas market next to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, leaving 12 people dead and 56 others injured. Geography[edit] Main article: Geography of Berlin

Berlin
Berlin
Mitte
Mitte
landmarks from left to right (seen from Victory Column): Reichstag building, Fernsehturm, Cathedral, City Hall, Brandenburg Gate, Gendarmenmarkt

Mitte, the historical center: Unter den Linden
Unter den Linden
boulevard in the foreground, high-rise buildings of Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Platz
up to the right

Topography[edit]

Aerial photography over central Berlin
Berlin
with Tiergarten

Berlin
Berlin
is situated in northeastern Germany, in an area of low-lying marshy woodlands with a mainly flat topography, part of the vast Northern European Plain
European Plain
which stretches all the way from northern France
France
to western Russia. The Berliner Urstromtal (an ice age glacial valley), between the low Barnim Plateau
Barnim Plateau
to the north and the Teltow Plateau to the south, was formed by meltwater flowing from ice sheets at the end of the last Weichselian glaciation. The Spree
Spree
follows this valley now. In Spandau, a borough in the west of Berlin, the Spree empties into the river Havel, which flows from north to south through western Berlin. The course of the Havel
Havel
is more like a chain of lakes, the largest being the Tegeler See and the Großer Wannsee. A series of lakes also feeds into the upper Spree, which flows through the Großer Müggelsee
Müggelsee
in eastern Berlin.[59] Substantial parts of present-day Berlin
Berlin
extend onto the low plateaus on both sides of the Spree
Spree
Valley. Large parts of the boroughs Reinickendorf
Reinickendorf
and Pankow
Pankow
lie on the Barnim Plateau, while most of the boroughs of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Tempelhof-Schöneberg, and Neukölln
Neukölln
lie on the Teltow Plateau. The borough of Spandau
Spandau
lies partly within the Berlin
Berlin
Glacial Valley and partly on the Nauen Plain, which stretches to the west of Berlin. Since 2015, the highest elevation in Berlin
Berlin
is found on the Arkenberge hills in Pankow, at 122 metres (400 feet). Through the dumping of construction debris, they surpassed Teufelsberg
Teufelsberg
(120.1 m or 394 ft), a hill made of rubble from the ruins of the Second World War.[60] The highest natural elevation is found on the Müggelberge
Müggelberge
at 114.7 metres (376 feet), and the lowest at the Spektesee in Spandau, at 28.1 metres (92 feet).[61] Climate[edit]

The outskirts of Berlin
Berlin
are covered with woodlands and numerous lakes.

Berlin
Berlin
has a Maritime temperate climate (Cfb) according to the Köppen climate classification system.[62] There are significant influences of mild continental climate due to its inland position, with frosts being common in winter and there being larger temperature differences between seasons than typical for many oceanic climates. Furthermore, Berlin
Berlin
is classified as a temperate continental climate (Dc) under the Trewartha climate scheme.[63] Summers are warm and sometimes humid with average high temperatures of 22–25 °C (72–77 °F) and lows of 12–14 °C (54–57 °F). Winters are cool with average high temperatures of 3 °C (37 °F) and lows of −2 to 0 °C (28 to 32 °F). Spring and autumn are generally chilly to mild. Berlin's built-up area creates a microclimate, with heat stored by the city's buildings and pavement. Temperatures can be 4 °C (7 °F) higher in the city than in the surrounding areas.[64] Annual precipitation is 570 millimeters (22 in) with moderate rainfall throughout the year. Snowfall mainly occurs from December through March.[65]

Climate data for Berlin- Tempelhof
Tempelhof
(1971–2000), extremes (1876– 2015) (Source: DWD)

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 15.5 (59.9) 18.7 (65.7) 24.8 (76.6) 31.3 (88.3) 35.5 (95.9) 35.9 (96.6) 38.1 (100.6) 38.0 (100.4) 34.2 (93.6) 28.1 (82.6) 20.5 (68.9) 16.0 (60.8) 38.1 (100.6)

Average high °C (°F) 3.3 (37.9) 5.0 (41) 9.0 (48.2) 15.0 (59) 19.6 (67.3) 22.3 (72.1) 25.0 (77) 24.5 (76.1) 19.3 (66.7) 13.9 (57) 7.7 (45.9) 3.7 (38.7) 14.02 (57.24)

Daily mean °C (°F) 0.6 (33.1) 1.4 (34.5) 4.8 (40.6) 8.9 (48) 14.3 (57.7) 17.1 (62.8) 19.2 (66.6) 18.9 (66) 14.5 (58.1) 9.7 (49.5) 4.7 (40.5) 2.0 (35.6) 9.67 (49.42)

Average low °C (°F) −1.9 (28.6) −1.5 (29.3) 1.3 (34.3) 4.2 (39.6) 9.0 (48.2) 12.3 (54.1) 14.3 (57.7) 14.1 (57.4) 10.6 (51.1) 6.4 (43.5) 2.2 (36) −0.4 (31.3) 5.88 (42.59)

Record low °C (°F) −23.1 (−9.6) −26.0 (−14.8) −16.5 (2.3) −8.1 (17.4) −4.0 (24.8) 1.5 (34.7) 5.4 (41.7) 3.5 (38.3) −1.5 (29.3) −9.6 (14.7) −16.0 (3.2) −20.5 (−4.9) −26.0 (−14.8)

Average rainfall mm (inches) 42.3 (1.665) 33.3 (1.311) 40.5 (1.594) 37.1 (1.461) 53.8 (2.118) 68.7 (2.705) 55.5 (2.185) 58.2 (2.291) 45.1 (1.776) 37.3 (1.469) 43.6 (1.717) 55.3 (2.177) 570.7 (22.469)

Average rainy days (≥ 1.0 mm) 10.0 8.0 9.1 7.8 8.9 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.8 7.6 9.6 11.4 101.2

Mean monthly sunshine hours 46.5 73.5 120.9 159.0 220.1 222.0 217.0 210.8 156.0 111.6 51.0 37.2 1,625.6

Source: World Meteorological Organization
World Meteorological Organization
(UN),[66] HKO[67][68]

Cityscape[edit]

Typically dense cityscape of core Berlin: Mitte
Mitte
area

Berlin's history has left the city with a polycentric organization and a highly eclectic array of architecture and buildings. The city's appearance today is predominantly shaped by the key role it played in Germany's history in the 20th century. Each of the national governments based in Berlin – the Kingdom of Prussia, the 1871 German Empire, the Weimar
Weimar
Republic, Nazi Germany, East Germany, and now the reunified Germany – initiated ambitious reconstruction programs, with each adding its own distinctive style to the city's architecture.

Berlin
Berlin
skyline in 2014

Berlin
Berlin
was devastated by bombing raids, fires and street battles during World War II, and many of the buildings that had remained after the war were demolished in the post-war period in both West and East Berlin. Much of this demolition was initiated by municipal architecture programs to build new residential or business quarters and main roads. Many ornaments of pre-war buildings were destroyed following modernist dogmas. While in both systems and in reunified Berlin, various important heritage monuments were also (partly) reconstructed, including the Forum Fridericianum with e.g., the State Opera (1955), Charlottenburg Palace
Charlottenburg Palace
(1957), the main monuments of the Gendarmenmarkt
Gendarmenmarkt
(1980s), Kommandantur (2003) and the project to reconstruct the baroque façades of the City Palace. A number of new buildings are inspired by historical predecessors or the general classical style of Berlin, such as Hotel Adlon. Clusters of high-rise buildings emerge at disperse locations, e.g. Potsdamer Platz, City West, and Alexanderplatz, the latter two representing the previous centers of West and East Berlin, respectively, and the former representing the new Berlin
Berlin
of the 21st century built upon the previous no-man's land of the Berlin
Berlin
Wall. Berlin
Berlin
has three of the top 40 tallest buildings in Germany. Architecture[edit] Main article: Architecture
Architecture
in Berlin See also: List of sights in Berlin
List of sights in Berlin
and List of tallest buildings in Berlin

A mixed-use building in Kreuzberg. The 'blockrand' structure of the 1862 Hobrecht-Plan
Hobrecht-Plan
is typical for Berlin.

The Fernsehturm (TV tower) at Alexanderplatz
Alexanderplatz
in Mitte
Mitte
is among the tallest structures in the European Union
European Union
at 368 m (1,207 ft). Built in 1969, it is visible throughout most of the central districts of Berlin. The city can be viewed from its 204 m (669 ft) high observation floor. Starting here the Karl-Marx-Allee
Karl-Marx-Allee
heads east, an avenue lined by monumental residential buildings, designed in the Socialist Classicism
Socialist Classicism
style. Adjacent to this area is the Rotes Rathaus
Rotes Rathaus
(City Hall), with its distinctive red-brick architecture. In front of it is the Neptunbrunnen, a fountain featuring a mythological group of Tritons, personifications of the four main Prussian rivers and Neptune on top of it.

The Brandenburg
Brandenburg
Gate, icon of Berlin
Berlin
and Germany

The Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg Gate
is an iconic landmark of Berlin
Berlin
and Germany; it stands as a symbol of eventful European history and of unity and peace. The Reichstag building
Reichstag building
is the traditional seat of the German Parliament. It was remodelled by British architect Norman Foster in the 1990s and features a glass dome over the session area, which allows free public access to the parliamentary proceedings and magnificent views of the city. The East Side Gallery
East Side Gallery
is an open-air exhibition of art painted directly on the last existing portions of the Berlin
Berlin
Wall. It is the largest remaining evidence of the city's historical division. The Gendarmenmarkt
Gendarmenmarkt
is a neoclassical square in Berlin, the name of which derives from the headquarters of the famous Gens d'armes regiment located here in the 18th century. It is bordered by two similarly designed cathedrals, the Französischer Dom
Französischer Dom
with its observation platform and the Deutscher Dom. The Konzerthaus (Concert Hall), home of the Berlin
Berlin
Symphony Orchestra, stands between the two cathedrals.

Bode Museum, part of Museum Island, a UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage Site

The Museum Island
Museum Island
in the River Spree
Spree
houses five museums built from 1830 to 1930 and is a UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage site. Restoration and construction of a main entrance to all museums, as well as reconstruction of the Stadtschloss continues.[69][70] Also located on the island and adjacent to the Lustgarten
Lustgarten
and palace is Berlin Cathedral, emperor William II's ambitious attempt to create a Protestant
Protestant
counterpart to St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica
in Rome. A large crypt houses the remains of some of the earlier Prussian royal family. St. Hedwig's Cathedral is Berlin's Roman Catholic cathedral.

Potsdamer Platz, Kollhoff Tower at the center and headquarters of Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn
to the right.

Unter den Linden
Unter den Linden
is a tree-lined east–west avenue from the Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg Gate
to the site of the former Berliner Stadtschloss, and was once Berlin's premier promenade. Many Classical buildings line the street and part of Humboldt University
Humboldt University
is located there. Friedrichstraße
Friedrichstraße
was Berlin's legendary street during the Golden Twenties. It combines 20th-century traditions with the modern architecture of today's Berlin.

Unter den Linden
Unter den Linden
boulevard with Zeughaus, Berlin Cathedral
Berlin Cathedral
and Fernsehturm Berlin
Fernsehturm Berlin
at night.

Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Platz
is an entire quarter built from scratch after 1995 after the Wall came down.[71] To the west of Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Platz
is the Kulturforum, which houses the Gemäldegalerie, and is flanked by the Neue Nationalgalerie
Neue Nationalgalerie
and the Berliner Philharmonie. The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a Holocaust
Holocaust
memorial, is situated to the north.[72] The area around Hackescher Markt
Hackescher Markt
is home to fashionable culture, with countless clothing outlets, clubs, bars, and galleries. This includes the Hackesche Höfe, a conglomeration of buildings around several courtyards, reconstructed around 1996. The nearby New Synagogue is the center of Jewish culture.

Charlottenburg Palace
Charlottenburg Palace
is the largest existing palace in Berlin.

The Straße des 17. Juni, connecting the Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg Gate
and Ernst-Reuter-Platz, serves as the central east-west axis. Its name commemorates the uprisings in East Berlin
East Berlin
of 17 June 1953. Approximately halfway from the Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg Gate
is the Großer Stern, a circular traffic island on which the Siegessäule
Siegessäule
(Victory Column) is situated. This monument, built to commemorate Prussia's victories, was relocated in 1938–39 from its previous position in front of the Reichstag. The Kurfürstendamm
Kurfürstendamm
is home to some of Berlin's luxurious stores with the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
at its eastern end on Breitscheidplatz. The church was destroyed in the Second World War
Second World War
and left in ruins. Nearby on Tauentzienstraße is KaDeWe, claimed to be continental Europe's largest department store. The Rathaus Schöneberg, where John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
made his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner!" speech, is situated in Tempelhof-Schöneberg. West of the center, Bellevue Palace is the residence of the German President. Charlottenburg
Charlottenburg
Palace, which was burnt out in the Second World War, is the largest historical palace in Berlin. The Funkturm Berlin
Funkturm Berlin
is a 150 m (490 ft) tall lattice radio tower in the fairground area, built between 1924 and 1926. It is the only observation tower which stands on insulators and has a restaurant 55 m (180 ft) and an observation deck 126 m (413 ft) above ground, which is reachable by a windowed elevator. The Oberbaumbrücke
Oberbaumbrücke
is Berlin's most iconic bridge, crossing the River Spree. It was a former East-West border crossing and connects the boroughs of Friedrichshain
Friedrichshain
and Kreuzberg. It was completed in a brick gothic style in 1896. The center portion has been reconstructed with a steel frame after having been destroyed in 1945. The bridge has an upper deck for the Berlin U-Bahn
Berlin U-Bahn
line U 1. Demographics[edit] Main article: Demographics of Berlin On 30 June 2017 the city-state of Berlin
Berlin
had a population of 3.69 million registered inhabitants[4] in an area of 891.85 km2 (344.35 sq mi).[73] The city's population density was 4,048 inhabitants per km2. Berlin
Berlin
is the second most populous city proper in the EU. The urban area of Berlin
Berlin
comprised about 4.1 million people in 2014 in an area of 1,347 km2 (520 sq mi), making it the seventh most populous urban area in the European Union.[5][74] The urban agglomeration of the metropolis was home to about 4.5 million in an area of 5,370 km2 (2,070 sq mi). As of 2014[update] the functional urban area was home to about 5 million people in an area of approximately 15,000 km2 (5,792 sq mi).[75] The entire Berlin- Brandenburg
Brandenburg
capital region has a population of more than 6 million in an area of 30,370 km2 (11,726 sq mi).[76] In 2014, the city state Berlin
Berlin
had 37,368 live births (+6,6%), a record number since 1991. The number of deaths was 32,314. Almost 2.0 million households were counted in the city. 54 percent of them were single-person households. More than 337,000 families with children under the age of 18 lived in Berlin. In 2014 the German capital registered a migration surplus of approximately 40,000 people.[77]

Berlin's population 1880–2012

Nationalities[edit]

Residents by Citizenship (Dec. 2017)[78]

Country Population

 Germany 3,000,648

 Turkey 98,121

 Poland 56,856

 Syria 32,704

 Italy 29,405

 Bulgaria 28,593

 Russia 23,568

 Romania 21,235

 Serbia 19,378

 United States 19,990

 France 19,240

 Vietnam 17,123

 United Kingdom 15,602

 Spain 14,525

 Greece 14,195

 Croatia 13,282

 Ukraine 11,898

 Afghanistan 11,806

 Austria 11,600

 Bosnia and Herzegovina 11,583

 China 11,229

Other Middle East and Asia 74,684

Other Europe 74,319

Africa 30,950

Other Americas 21,807

Oceania and Antarctica 4,943

Stateless or Unclear 22,646

National and international migration into the city has a long history. In 1685, following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes
Edict of Nantes
in France, the city responded with the Edict of Potsdam, which guaranteed religious freedom and tax-free status to French Huguenot
Huguenot
refugees for ten years. The Greater Berlin Act
Greater Berlin Act
in 1920 incorporated many suburbs and surrounding cities of Berlin. It formed most of the territory that comprises modern Berlin
Berlin
and increased the population from 1.9 million to 4 million. Active immigration and asylum politics in West Berlin
West Berlin
triggered waves of immigration in the 1960s and 1970s. Currently, Berlin
Berlin
is home to at least 178,000 Turkish and Turkish German residents,[78] making it the largest Turkish community outside of Turkey. In the 1990s the Aussiedlergesetze enabled immigration to Germany
Germany
of some residents from the former Soviet Union. Today ethnic Germans from countries of the former Soviet Union
Soviet Union
make up the largest portion of the Russian-speaking community.[79] The last decade experienced an influx from various Western countries and some African regions.[80] A portion of the African immigrants have settled in the Afrikanisches Viertel.[81] Young Germans, EU-Europeans and Israelis have also settled in the city.[82] In December 2016, there were 676,741 registered residents of foreign nationality and another 474,991 German citizens with a "migration background" (Migrationshintergrund, MH),[4] meaning they or one of their parents immigrated to Germany
Germany
after 1955. Foreign residents of Berlin
Berlin
originate from approximately 190 different countries.[83] 48 percent of the residents under the age of 15 have migration background.[84] Berlin
Berlin
in 2009 was estimated to have 100,000 to 250,000 non-registered inhabitants.[85] Boroughs of Berlin
Berlin
with a significant number of migrants or foreign born population are Mitte, Neukölln
Neukölln
and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.[86] There are more than 20 non-indigenous communities with a population of at least 10,000 people, including Turkish, Polish, Russian, Lebanese, Palestinian, Serbian, Italian, Bosnian, Vietnamese, American, Romanian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Chinese, Austrian, Ukrainian, French, British, Spanish, Israeli, Thai, Iranian, Egyptian and Syrian communities. Languages[edit] Main articles: German language
German language
and Berlinerisch dialect German is the official and predominant spoken language in Berlin. It is a West Germanic language that derives most of its vocabulary from the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. German is one of 24 languages of the European Union,[87] and one of the three working languages of the European Commission. Berlinerisch or Berlinisch is not a dialect linguistically, but has features of Lausitzisch-neumärkisch dialects. It is spoken in Berlin and the surrounding metropolitan area. It originates from a Mark Brandenburgish variant. The dialect is now seen more as a sociolect, largely through increased immigration and trends among the educated population to speak standard German in everyday life. The most-commonly-spoken foreign languages in Berlin
Berlin
are Turkish, English, Russian, Arabic, Polish, Kurdish, Serbo-Croatian, Italian, Vietnamese, and French. Turkish, Arabic, Kurdish, Serbo-Croatian are heard more often in the western part, due to the large Middle Eastern and former-Yugoslavian communities. English, Vietnamese, Russian, and Polish have more native speakers in East Berlin.[88] Religion[edit] Main article: Religion in Berlin

Religion in Berlin
Religion in Berlin
(2016)[89]   Not religious or other (75%)   EKD Protestants (16.1%)    Catholic Church
Catholic Church
(8.9%)

The Berlin
Berlin
Cathedral, a United Protestant
United Protestant
church held by the Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia

More than 60% of Berlin
Berlin
residents have no registered religious affiliation.[90] Non-religious groups that seek to represent the non-religious majority include the Humanist Association of Germany, which has its headquarters and its largest group in Berlin. The largest religious denomination recorded in 2010 was the Protestant regional church body – the Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia (EKBO) – a United church. EKBO is a member of the Evangelical Church in Germany
Germany
(EKD) and Union Evangelischer Kirchen (UEK), and accounts for 18.7% of the local population.[91] The Roman Catholic Church
Catholic Church
has 9.1% of residents registered as its members.[91] About 2.7% of the population identify with other Christian denominations (mostly Eastern Orthodox, but also various Protestants).[92] In 2009, approximately 249.000 Muslims were reported to be members of Islamic religious organizations in Berlin.[93] In 2017, more than 400,000 registered residents, about 10.8% of the total, reported having a migration background from Islamic countries.[78][94] Between 1992 and 2011 the Muslim
Muslim
population almost doubled.[95] About 0.9% of Berliners belong to other religions. Of the estimated population of 30,000–45,000 Jewish residents,[96] approximately 12,000 are registered members of religious organizations.[92] Berlin
Berlin
is the seat of the Roman Catholic archbishop of Berlin
Berlin
and EKBO's elected chairperson is titled the bishop of EKBO. Furthermore, Berlin
Berlin
is the seat of many Orthodox cathedrals, such as the Cathedral of St. Boris the Baptist, one of the two seats of the Bulgarian Orthodox Diocese of Western and Central Europe, and the Resurrection of Christ Cathedral of the Diocese of Berlin
Berlin
(Patriarchate of Moscow). The faithful of the different religions and denominations maintain many places of worship in Berlin. The Independent
The Independent
Evangelical Lutheran Church has eight parishes of different sizes in Berlin.[97] There are 36 Baptist
Baptist
congregations (within Union of Evangelical Free Church Congregations in Germany), 29 New Apostolic Churches, 15 United Methodist churches, eight Free Evangelical Congregations, four Churches of Christ, Scientist (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 11th), six congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an Old Catholic
Old Catholic
church, and an Anglican
Anglican
church in Berlin. Berlin
Berlin
has more than 80 mosques,[98] 11 synagogues, and two Buddhist temples. Government[edit] Main articles: Politics of Berlin
Politics of Berlin
and Berlin
Berlin
Police City state[edit]

Rotes Rathaus
Rotes Rathaus
(Red City Hall), seat of the Senate and Mayor of Berlin

Since the reunification on 3 October 1990, Berlin
Berlin
has been one of the three city states in Germany
Germany
among the present 16 states of Germany. The House of Representatives (Abgeordnetenhaus) functions as the city and state parliament, which currently has 141 seats. Berlin's executive body is the Senate of Berlin
Senate of Berlin
(Senat von Berlin). The Senate consists of the Governing Mayor (Regierender Bürgermeister) and up to eight senators holding ministerial positions, one of them holding the title of "Mayor" (Bürgermeister) as deputy to the Governing Mayor. The total annual state budget of Berlin
Berlin
in 2015 exceeded €24.5 ($30.0) billion including a budget surplus of €205 ($240) million.[99] The Social Democratic Party (SPD) and The Left (Die Linke) took control of the city government after the 2001 state election and won another term in the 2006 state election.[100] Since the 2016 state election, there has been a coalition between the Social Democratic Party, the Greens and the Left Party. The Governing Mayor is simultaneously Lord Mayor of the City of Berlin (Oberbürgermeister der Stadt) and Minister President of the Federal State of Berlin
Berlin
(Ministerpräsident des Bundeslandes). The office of the Governing Mayor is located in the Rotes Rathaus
Rotes Rathaus
(Red City Hall). Since 2014 this office has been held by Michael Müller of the Social Democrats.[101] Boroughs[edit] Main article: Boroughs and neighborhoods of Berlin

Berlin's twelve boroughs and their 96 neighborhoods

Berlin
Berlin
is subdivided into 12 boroughs or districts (Bezirke). Each borough is made up by a number of subdistricts or neighborhoods (Ortsteile), which have historic roots in much older municipalities that predate the formation of Greater Berlin
Berlin
on 1 October 1920. These subdistricts became urbanized and incorporated into the city later on. Many residents strongly identify with their neighbourhoods, colloquially called Kiez. At present, Berlin
Berlin
consists of 96 subdistricts, which are commonly made up of several smaller residential areas or quarters. Each borough is governed by a borough council (Bezirksamt) consisting of five councilors (Bezirksstadträte) including the borough's mayor (Bezirksbürgermeister). The council is elected by the borough assembly (Bezirksverordnetenversammlung). However, the individual boroughs are not independent municipalities, but subordinate to the Senate of Berlin. The borough's mayors make up the council of mayors (Rat der Bürgermeister), which is led by the city's Governing Mayor and advises the Senate. The neighborhoods have no local government bodies. Twin towns – sister cities[edit] See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Germany Berlin
Berlin
maintains official partnerships with 17 cities.[102] Town twinning between Berlin
Berlin
and other cities began with its sister city Los Angeles
Los Angeles
in 1967. Partnerships were canceled at the time of German reunification but later partially reestablished. West Berlin's partnerships had previously been restricted to the borough level. During the Cold War
Cold War
era, the partnerships had reflected the different power blocs, with West Berlin
West Berlin
partnering with capitals in the Western World, and East Berlin
East Berlin
mostly partnering with cities from the Warsaw Pact and its allies. There are several joint projects with many other cities, such as Beirut, Belgrade, São Paulo, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Oslo, Shanghai, Seoul, Sofia, Sydney, New York City
New York City
and Vienna. Berlin
Berlin
participates in international city associations such as the Union of the Capitals of the European Union, Eurocities, Network of European Cities of Culture, Metropolis, Summit Conference of the World's Major Cities, and Conference of the World's Capital Cities. Berlin's official sister cities are:[102]

1967 Los Angeles, United States 1987 Paris, France 1988 Madrid, Spain 1989 Istanbul, Turkey 1991 Warsaw, Poland[103] 1991 Moscow, Russia 1992 Brussels, Belgium 1992 Budapest, Hungary[104] 1993 Tashkent, Uzbekistan 1993 Mexico
Mexico
City, Mexico 1993 Jakarta, Indonesia 1994 Beijing, China 1994 Tokyo, Japan 1994 Buenos Aires, Argentina 1995 Prague, Czech Republic[105] 2000 Windhoek, Namibia 2000 London, United Kingdom

Capital city[edit] Berlin
Berlin
is the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany. The President of Germany, whose functions are mainly ceremonial under the German constitution, has their official residence in Bellevue Palace.[106] Berlin
Berlin
is the seat of the German Chancellor (Prime Minister), housed in the Chancellery building, the Bundeskanzleramt. Facing the Chancellery is the Bundestag, the German Parliament, housed in the renovated Reichstag building
Reichstag building
since the government's relocation to Berlin
Berlin
in 1998. The Bundesrat ("federal council", performing the function of an upper house) is the representation of the Federal States (Bundesländer) of Germany
Germany
and has its seat at the former Prussian House of Lords. The total annual federal budget managed by the German government exceeded €310 ($375) billion in 2013.[107]

Reichstag, seat of the Bundestag

Federal Chancellery building, seat of the Chancellor of Germany

The Italian embassy

The Federal Ministry of Finance

The relocation of the federal government and Bundestag
Bundestag
to Berlin
Berlin
was mostly completed in 1999, however some ministries as well as some minor departments stayed in the federal city Bonn, the former capital of West Germany. Discussions about moving the remaining ministries and departments to Berlin
Berlin
continue.[108] The ministries and departments of Defence, Justice and Consumer Protection, Finance, Interior, Foreign, Economic Affairs and Energy, Labour and Social Affairs , Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Food and Agriculture, Economic Cooperation and Development, Health, Transport and Digital Infrastructure and Education and Research are based in the capital. Berlin
Berlin
hosts in total 158 foreign embassies[109] as well as the headquarters of many think tanks, trade unions, non-profit organizations, lobbying groups, and professional associations. Due to the influence and international partnerships of the Federal Republic of Germany, the capital city has become a significant centre of German and European affairs. Frequent official visits, and diplomatic consultations among governmental representatives and national leaders are common in contemporary Berlin. Economy[edit] Main article: Economy of Berlin

Berlin
Berlin
is a UNESCO
UNESCO
"City of Design" and recognized for its creative industries and startup ecosystem.[110]

In 2015 the nominal GDP of the citystate Berlin
Berlin
totaled €124.16 (~$142) billion compared to €117.75 in 2014,[111] an increase of about 5.4%. Berlin's economy is dominated by the service sector, with around 84% of all companies doing business in services. In 2015, the total labour force in Berlin
Berlin
was 1.85 million. The unemployment rate reached a 24-year low in November 2015 and stood at 10.0% .[112] From 2012–2015 Berlin, as a German state, had the highest annual employment growth rate. Around 130,000 jobs were added in this period.[113] Important economic sectors in Berlin
Berlin
include life sciences, transportation, information and communication technologies, media and music, advertising and design, biotechnology, environmental services, construction, e-commerce, retail, hotel business, and medical engineering.[114] Research and development
Research and development
have economic significance for the city.[115] Several major corporations like Volkswagen, Pfizer, and SAP operate innovation laboratories in the city.[116] The Science and Business Park in Adlershof
Adlershof
is the largest technology park in Germany
Germany
measured by revenue.[117] Within the Eurozone, Berlin
Berlin
has become a center for business relocation and international investments.[118] Companies[edit]

Deutsche Bahn, the second-largest transport company in the world, is headquartered in Berlin.

Many German and international companies have business or service centers in the city. For several years Berlin
Berlin
has been recognized as a major center of business founders.[119] In 2015 Berlin
Berlin
generated the most venture capital for young startup companies in Europe.[120] Among the 10 largest employers in Berlin
Berlin
are the City-State of Berlin, Deutsche Bahn, the hospital provider Charité
Charité
and Vivantes, the Federal Government of Germany, the local public transport provider BVG, Siemens
Siemens
and Deutsche Telekom. The two largest banks headquartered in the capital are Investitionsbank Berlin
Berlin
and Landesbank Berlin. Daimler manufactures cars, and BMW builds motorcycles in Berlin. Bayer Health Care and Berlin
Berlin
Chemie are major pharmaceutical companies in the city. Siemens, a Global 500 and DAX-listed company is partly headquartered in Berlin. The national railway operator Deutsche Bahn, the MDAX-listed firms Axel Springer SE and Zalando, and the S DAX
DAX
listed company Rocket Internet
Rocket Internet
have their main headquarters in the central districts.[121] Among the largest international corporations who operate a German or European headquarter in Berlin
Berlin
are Bombardier Transportation, Gazprom Germania, Coca-Cola, Pfizer
Pfizer
and Total S.A.. Tourism and conventions[edit] Main article: List of sights in Berlin

The Berlin
Berlin
Fashion Week.

IFA is the world's leading trade show for consumer electronics.

Berlin
Berlin
had 788 hotels with 134,399 beds in 2014.[122] The city recorded 28.7 million overnight hotel stays and 11.9 million hotel guests in 2014.[122] Tourism figures have more than doubled within the last ten years and Berlin
Berlin
has become the third most-visited city destination in Europe. The largest visitor groups are from Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain
Spain
and the United States. According to figures from the International Congress and Convention Association in 2015 Berlin
Berlin
became the leading organizer of conferences in the world hosting 195 international meetings.[123] Some of these congress events take place on venues such as CityCube Berlin
Berlin
or the Berlin
Berlin
Congress Center (bcc). The Messe Berlin
Messe Berlin
(also known as Berlin
Berlin
ExpoCenter City) is the main convention organizing company in the city. Its main exhibition area covers more than 160,000 square metres (1,722,226 square feet). Several large-scale trade fairs like the consumer electronics trade fair IFA, the ILA Berlin
Berlin
Air Show, the Berlin Fashion Week
Berlin Fashion Week
(including the Premium Berlin
Berlin
and the Panorama Berlin),[124] the Green Week, the Fruit Logistica, the transport fair InnoTrans, the tourism fair ITB and the adult entertainment and erotic fair Venus are held annually in the city, attracting a significant number of business visitors.

Creative industries[edit] Main article: List of films set in Berlin

The European Film
Film
Academy (logo pictured) was founded in Berlin.

The creative arts and entertainment business is an important and sizable sector of the economy of Berlin. The sector comprises music, film, advertising, architecture, art, design, fashion, performing arts, publishing, R&D, software,[125] TV, radio, and video games. In 2014 around 30,500 creative companies were operating in the Berlin- Brandenburg
Brandenburg
metropolitan region, predominantly SMEs. Generating a revenue of 15.6 billion Euro and 6% of all private economic sales, the culture industry grew from 2009 to 2014 at an average rate of 5.5% per year.[126] Berlin
Berlin
is an important centre in the European and German film industry.[127] It is home to more than 1,000 film and television production companies, 270 movie theaters, and around 300 national and international co-productions are filmed in the region every year.[115] The historic Babelsberg Studios
Babelsberg Studios
and the production company UFA are located adjacent to Berlin
Berlin
in Potsdam. The city is also home of the German Film
Film
Academy (Deutsche Filmakademie), founded in 2003, and the European Film
Film
Academy, founded in 1988. Media[edit] Main article: Media in Berlin

Headquarter of the Axel Springer SE

Berlin
Berlin
is home to numerous magazine, newspaper, book and scientific/academic publishers, as well as their associated service industries. In addition around 20 news agencies, more than 90 regional daily newspapers and their websites, as well as the Berlin
Berlin
offices of more than 22 national publications such as Der Spiegel, and Die Zeit re-enforce the capital's position as Germany's epicenter for influential debate. Therefore, many international journalists, bloggers and writers live and work in the city. Berlin
Berlin
is the central location to several international and regional television and radio stations.[128] The public broadcaster RBB has its headquarters in Berlin
Berlin
as well as the commercial broadcasters MTV Europe, VIVA, and N24. German international public broadcaster Deutsche Welle
Deutsche Welle
has its TV production unit in Berlin, and most national German broadcasters have a studio in the city including ZDF
ZDF
and RTL. Berlin
Berlin
has Germany's largest number of daily newspapers, with numerous local broadsheets (Berliner Morgenpost, Berliner Zeitung, Der Tagesspiegel), and three major tabloids, as well as national dailies of varying sizes, each with a different political affiliation, such as Die Welt, Neues Deutschland, and Die Tageszeitung. The Exberliner, a monthly magazine, is Berlin's English-language periodical and La Gazette de Berlin
Berlin
a French-language newspaper. Berlin
Berlin
is also the headquarter of major German-language publishing houses like Walter de Gruyter, Springer, the Ullstein Verlagsgruppe (publishing group), Suhrkamp
Suhrkamp
and Cornelsen are all based in Berlin. Each of which publish books, periodicals, and multimedia products. Infrastructure[edit] Transport[edit] Main article: Transport in Berlin

Road

Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Berlin Hauptbahnhof
is the largest grade-separated railway station in Europe.

Berlin's transport infrastructure is highly complex, providing a diverse range of urban mobility.[129] A total of 979 bridges cross 197 km (122 mi) of inner-city waterways. 5,422 km (3,369 mi) of roads run through Berlin, of which 77 km (48 mi) are motorways ("Autobahn").[130] In 2013, 1.344 million motor vehicles were registered in the city.[130] With 377 cars per 1000 residents in 2013 (570/1000 in Germany), Berlin as a Western global city has one of the lowest numbers of cars per capita. In 2012 around 7600 mostly beige colored taxicabs were in service. Since 2011 a number of app based e-car and e-scooter sharing services have evolved.

Rail

Long-distance rail lines connect Berlin
Berlin
with all of the major cities of Germany
Germany
and with many cities in neighboring European countries. Regional rail lines of the Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg
Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg
provide access to the surrounding regions of Brandenburg
Brandenburg
and to the Baltic Sea. The Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Berlin Hauptbahnhof
is the largest grade-separated railway station in Europe.[131] Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn
runs high speed ICE trains to domestic destinations like Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Stuttgart, Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt am Main
and others. It also runs an SXF airport express rail service, as well as trains to several international destinations like Vienna, Prague, Zürich, Warsaw, Budapest
Budapest
and Amsterdam.

Intercity buses

Similarly to other German cities, there is an increasing quantity of intercity bus services. The city has more than 10 stations[132] that run buses to destinations throughout Germany
Germany
and Europe, being Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof Berlin
Berlin
the biggest station.

Public transport

Berlin U-Bahn
Berlin U-Bahn
(Metro) at Heidelberger Platz station

The Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe
Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe
and the Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn
manage several extensive urban public transport systems.[133]

System Stations / Lines / Net length Annual Ridership Operator / Notes

S-Bahn 166 / 15 / 327 km (203 mi) 417,000,000 (2015) DB / Mainly overground rapid transit rail system with suburban stops

U-Bahn 173 / 10 / 146 km (91 mi) 507,000,000 (2012) BVG / Mainly underground rail system / 24h-service on weekends

Tram 404 / 22 / 189 km (117 mi) 181,000,000 (2014) BVG / Operates predominantly in eastern boroughs

Bus 3227 / 151 / 1,626 km (1,010 mi) 405,000,000 (2014) BVG / Extensive services in all boroughs / 62 Night Lines

Ferry 5 lines

BVG / All modes of transport can be accessed with a single ticket

Airports

Flights departing from Berlin
Berlin
serve 163 destinations around the globe.

Berlin
Berlin
has two commercial international airports. Tegel
Tegel
Airport (TXL) is situated within the city limits. Schönefeld Airport
Schönefeld Airport
(SXF) is located just outside Berlin's south-eastern border in the state of Brandenburg. Both airports together handled 29.5 million passengers in 2015. In 2014, 67 airlines served 163 destinations in 50 countries from Berlin.[134] Tegel
Tegel
Airport is a focus city for Lufthansa
Lufthansa
and Eurowings. Schönefeld serves as an important destination for airlines like Germania, easyJet and Ryanair. The new Berlin Brandenburg Airport
Berlin Brandenburg Airport
(BER), currently under construction, will replace Tegel
Tegel
as single commercial airport of Berlin.[135] The airport is going to integrate Schönefeld (SXF) facilities and is estimated to open in October 2019. The BER will have an initial capacity of around 35 million passengers per year. As of 2016[update], plans for further expansion bringing the terminal capacity to approximately 50 million per year are in development.

Cycling

Main article: Cycling in Berlin Berlin
Berlin
is well known for its highly developed bicycle lane system.[136] It is estimated that Berlin
Berlin
has 710 bicycles per 1000 residents. Around 500,000 daily bike riders accounted for 13% of total traffic in 2010.[137] Cyclists have access to 620 km (385 mi) of bicycle paths including approximately 150 km (93 mi) of mandatory bicycle paths, 190 km (118 mi) of off-road bicycle routes, 60 km (37 mi) of bicycle lanes on roads, 70 km (43 mi) of shared bus lanes which are also open to cyclists, 100 km (62 mi) of combined pedestrian/bike paths and 50 km (31 mi) of marked bicycle lanes on roadside pavements (or sidewalks).[138] Riders are allowed to carry their bicycles on Regionalbahn, S-Bahn and U-Bahn trains, on trams, and on night buses if a bike ticket is purchased.[139] Energy[edit]

Power plant Heizkraftwerk Mitte

Berlin's two largest energy provider for private households are the Swedish firm Vattenfall
Vattenfall
and the Berlin-based company GASAG. Both offer electric power and natural gas supply. Some of the city´s electric energy is imported from nearby power plants in southern Brandenburg.[140] As of 2015[update] the five largest power plants measured by capacity are the Heizkraftwerk Reuter West, the Heizkraftwerk Lichterfelde, the Heizkraftwerk Mitte, the Heizkraftwerk Wilmersdorf, and the Heizkraftwerk Charlottenburg. All of these power stations generate electricity and useful heat at the same time to facilitate buffering during load peaks. In 1993 the power grid connections in the Berlin- Brandenburg
Brandenburg
capital region were renewed. In most of the inner districts of Berlin
Berlin
power lines are underground cables; only a 380 kV and a 110 kV line, which run from Reuter substation to the urban Autobahn, use overhead lines. The Berlin 380-kV electric line
Berlin 380-kV electric line
is the backbone of the city's energy grid. Health[edit]

The Charité
Charité
university hospital

Berlin
Berlin
has a long history of discoveries in medicine and innovations in medical technology.[141] The modern history of medicine has been significantly influenced by scientists from Berlin. Rudolf Virchow
Rudolf Virchow
was the founder of cellular pathology, while Robert Koch
Robert Koch
developed vaccines for anthrax, cholera, and tuberculosis.[142] The Charité
Charité
complex (Universitätsklinik Charité) is the largest university hospital in Europe, tracing back its origins to the year 1710. The Charité
Charité
is spread over four sites and comprises 3,300 beds, around 14,000 staff, 7,000 students, and more than 60 operating theaters, and it has a turnover of over one billion euros annually. The Charité
Charité
is a joint institution of the Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt University
Humboldt University
of Berlin, including a wide range of institutes and specialized medical centers. Among them are the German Heart Center, one of the most renowned transplantation centers, the Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine and the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics. The scientific research at these institutions is complemented by many research departments of companies such as Siemens
Siemens
and Bayer. The World Health Summit and several international health related conventions are held annually in Berlin. Telecommunication[edit]

Students at the St. Oberholz café in Berlin
Berlin
Mitte
Mitte
using Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi
devices

The digital television standard in Berlin
Berlin
and Germany
Germany
is DVB-T. This system transmits compressed digital audio, digital video and other data in an MPEG transport stream. The transmission standard is scheduled to be replaced by DVB-T2
DVB-T2
in 2017. Berlin
Berlin
has installed several hundred free public Wireless LAN
Wireless LAN
sites across the capital since 2016. The wireless networks are concentrated mostly in central districts; 650 hotspots (325 indoor and 325 outdoor access points) are installed.[143] Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn
is planning to introduce Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi
services in long distance and regional trains in 2017. The UMTS
UMTS
(3G) and LTE (4G) networks of the three major cellular operators Vodafone, T-Mobile
T-Mobile
and O2 enable the use of mobile broadband applications citywide. The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute develops mobile and stationary broadband communication networks and multimedia systems. Focal points are photonic components and systems, fiber optic sensor systems, and image signal processing and transmission. Future applications for broadband networks are developed as well. Education[edit] Main article: Education in Berlin

The Humboldt University
Humboldt University
of Berlin. 40 Nobel Prize winners are affiliated with the Berlin-based colleges.

Berlin
Berlin
has 878 schools that teach 340,658 children in 13,727 classes and 56,787 trainees in businesses and elsewhere.[115] The city has a 6-year primary education program. After completing primary school, students continue to the Sekundarschule (a comprehensive school) or Gymnasium (college preparatory school). Berlin
Berlin
has a special bilingual school program embedded in the "Europaschule" in which children are taught the curriculum in German and a foreign language, starting in primary school and continuing in high school. Nine major European languages can be chosen as foreign languages in 29 schools.[144] The Französisches Gymnasium Berlin, which was founded in 1689 to teach the children of Huguenot
Huguenot
refugees, offers (German/French) instruction.[145] The John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
School, a bilingual German–American public school located in Zehlendorf, is particularly popular with children of diplomats and the English-speaking expatriate community. Four schools teach Latin
Latin
and Classical Greek. Two of them are state schools (Steglitzer Gymnasium in Steglitz
Steglitz
and Goethe-Gymnasium in Wilmersdorf), one is Protestant
Protestant
(Evangelisches Gymnasium zum Grauen Kloster in Wilmersdorf), and one is Jesuit ( Canisius-Kolleg
Canisius-Kolleg
in the "Embassy Quarter" in Tiergarten). Higher education[edit] Main article: Universities and research institutions in Berlin

The Free University is one of Germany's eleven "Universities of Excellence".

The Berlin- Brandenburg
Brandenburg
capital region is one of the most prolific centres of higher education and research in Germany
Germany
and Europe. Historically, 40 Nobel Prize winners are affiliated with the Berlin-based universities. The city has four public research universities and more than 30 private, professional, and technical colleges (Hochschulen), offering a wide range of disciplines.[146] A record number of 175,651 students were enrolled in the winter term of 2015/16.[147] Among them around 18% have an international background. The three largest universities combined have approximately 100,000 enrolled students. There are the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Berlin
(HU Berlin) with 33,000 students, the Freie Universität Berlin
Berlin
(Free University of Berlin, FU Berlin) with about 33,000 students, and the Technische Universität Berlin
Berlin
(TU Berlin) with 33,000 students. The FU and the HU are part of the German Universities Excellence Initiative. The Universität der Künste (UdK) has about 4,000 students. The Berlin School of Economics and Law
Berlin School of Economics and Law
has an enrollment of about 10,000 students and the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (University of Applied Sciences for Engineering and Economics) of about 13.000 students. Research[edit]

The Science and Technology Park in Adlershof
Adlershof
is home to several new businesses and research institutes.

The city has a high density of internationally renowned research institutions, such as the Fraunhofer Society, the Leibniz Association, the Helmholtz Association, and the Max Planck Society, which are independent of, or only loosely connected to its universities.[148] In 2012, around 65,000 professional scientists were working in research and development in the city.[115] Berlin
Berlin
is one of the knowledge and innovation communities (KIC) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology
European Institute of Innovation and Technology
(EIT).[149] The KIC is based at the Centre for Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
at TU Berlin
Berlin
and has a focus in the development of IT industries. It partners with major multinational companies such as Siemens, Deutsche Telekom, and SAP.[150] One of Europe's successful research, business and technology clusters is based at WISTA
WISTA
in Berlin-Adlershof, with more than 1,000 affiliated firms, university departments and scientific institutions.[151] In addition to the libraries that are affiliated with the various universities, the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
is a major research library. Its two main locations are on Potsdamer Straße and on Unter den Linden. There are also 86 public libraries in the city.[115] ResearchGate, a global social networking site for scientists, is based in Berlin. Culture[edit] Main article: Culture in Berlin

The Alte Nationalgalerie
Alte Nationalgalerie
is part of the Museum Island, a UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage Site

The Berlinale
Berlinale
is the largest international spectator film festival.

Berlin
Berlin
is known for its numerous cultural institutions, many of which enjoy international reputation.[22][152] The diversity and vivacity of the metropolis led to a trendsetting atmosphere.[153] An innovative music, dance and art scene has developed in the 21st century. Young people, international artists and entrepreneurs continued to settle in the city and made Berlin
Berlin
a popular entertainment center in the world.[154] The expanding cultural performance of the city was underscored by the relocation of the Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group
who decided to move their headquarters to the banks of the River Spree.[155] In 2005, Berlin
Berlin
was named "City of Design" by UNESCO.[20] Galleries and museums[edit] See also: List of museums and galleries in Berlin

The Jewish Museum presents two millennia of German–Jewish history

As of 2011[update] Berlin
Berlin
is home to 138 museums and more than 400 art galleries.[115] [156] The ensemble on the Museum Island
Museum Island
is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
and is situated in the northern part of the Spree Island between the Spree
Spree
and the Kupfergraben.[22] As early as 1841 it was designated a "district dedicated to art and antiquities" by a royal decree. Subsequently, the Altes Museum
Altes Museum
was built in the Lustgarten. The Neues Museum, which displays the bust of Queen Nefertiti,[157] Alte Nationalgalerie, Pergamon Museum, and Bode Museum were built there. Apart from the Museum Island, there are many additional museums in the city. The Gemäldegalerie ( Painting
Painting
Gallery) focuses on the paintings of the "old masters" from the 13th to the 18th centuries, while the Neue Nationalgalerie
Neue Nationalgalerie
(New National Gallery, built by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe) specializes in 20th-century European painting. The Hamburger Bahnhof, located in Moabit, exhibits a major collection of modern and contemporary art. The expanded Deutsches Historisches Museum
Deutsches Historisches Museum
re-opened in the Zeughaus
Zeughaus
with an overview of German history spanning more than a millennium. The Bauhaus Archive
Bauhaus Archive
is a museum of 20th century design from the famous Bauhaus
Bauhaus
school.

The reconstructed Ishtar Gate
Ishtar Gate
of Babylon at the Pergamon Museum

The Jewish Museum has a standing exhibition on two millennia of German-Jewish history.[158] The German Museum of Technology in Kreuzberg
Kreuzberg
has a large collection of historical technical artifacts. The Museum für Naturkunde (Berlin's natural history museum) exhibits natural history near Berlin
Berlin
Hauptbahnhof. It has the largest mounted dinosaur in the world (a Giraffatitan
Giraffatitan
skeleton). A well-preserved specimen of Tyrannosaurus
Tyrannosaurus
rex and the early bird Archaeopteryx
Archaeopteryx
are at display as well.[159] In Dahlem, there are several museums of world art and culture, such as the Museum of Asian Art, the Ethnological Museum, the Museum of European Cultures, as well as the Allied Museum. The Brücke Museum features one of the largest collection of works by artist of the early 20th-century expressionist movement. In Lichtenberg, on the grounds of the former East German Ministry for State Security, is the Stasi Museum. The site of Checkpoint Charlie, one of the most renowned crossing points of the Berlin
Berlin
Wall, is still preserved. A private museum venture exhibits a comprehensive documentation of detailed plans and strategies devised by people who tried to flee from the East. The Beate Uhse Erotic Museum
Beate Uhse Erotic Museum
claims to be the world's largest erotic museum.[160] The cityscape of Berlin
Berlin
displays large quantities of urban street art.[161] It has become a significant part of the city's cultural heritage and has its roots in the graffiti scene of Kreuzberg
Kreuzberg
of the 1980s.[162] The Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall
itself has become one of the largest open-air canvasses in the world.[163] The leftover stretch along the Spree
Spree
river in Friedrichshain
Friedrichshain
remains as the East Side Gallery. Berlin today is consistently rated as an important world city for street art culture.[164] Nightlife and festivals[edit]

French Cathedral during the annual Festival of Lights

Berlin's nightlife has been celebrated as one of the most diverse and vibrant of its kind.[165] In the 1970s and 80s the SO36
SO36
in Kreuzberg was a centre for punk music and culture. The SOUND and the Dschungel gained notoriety. Throughout the 1990s, people in their 20s from all over the world, particularly those in Western and Central Europe, made Berlin's club scene a premier nightlife venue. After the fall of the Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall
in 1989, many historic buildings in Mitte, the former city centre of East Berlin, were illegally occupied and re-built by young squatters and became a fertile ground for underground and counterculture gatherings. The central boroughs are home to many nightclubs, including the Watergate, Tresor, E-Werk
E-Werk
and Berghain. The KitKatClub
KitKatClub
and several other locations are known for their sexually uninhibited parties. Clubs are not required to close at a fixed time during the weekends, and many parties last well into the morning, or even all weekend. The Berghain
Berghain
features the well-known Panorama Bar, a bar that opens its shades at daybreak, allowing party-goers a panorama view of Berlin after dancing through the night. The Weekend Club near Alexanderplatz features a roof terrace that allows partying at night. Several venues have become a popular stage for the Neo-Burlesque
Neo-Burlesque
scene.

Berghain
Berghain
nightclub

Berlin
Berlin
has a long history of gay culture, and is an important birthplace of the LGBT rights movement. Same-sex bars and dance halls operated freely as early as the 1880s, and the first gay magazine, Der Eigene, started in 1896. By the 1920s, gays and lesbians had an unprecedented visibility.[166][167] Today, in addition to a positive atmosphere in the wider club scene, the city again has a huge number of queer clubs and festivals. The most famous and largest are Berlin Pride, the Christopher Street Day,[168] the Lesbian and Gay City Festival in Berlin-Schöneberg, the Kreuzberg
Kreuzberg
Pride and Hustlaball. The annual Berlin
Berlin
International Film
Film
Festival (Berlinale) with around 500,000 admissions is considered to be the largest publicly attended film festival in the world.[169][170] The Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures), a multi-ethnic street parade, is celebrated every Pentecost
Pentecost
weekend.[171] Berlin
Berlin
is also well known for the cultural festival, Berliner Festspiele, which includes the jazz festival JazzFest Berlin. Several technology and media art festivals and conferences are held in the city, including Transmediale
Transmediale
and Chaos Communication Congress. The annual Berlin Festival
Berlin Festival
focuses on indie rock, electronic music and synthpop and is part of the International Berlin
Berlin
Music Week.[172][173] Every year Berlin
Berlin
hosts one of the largest New Year's Eve celebrations in the world, attended by well over a million people. The focal point is the Brandenburg
Brandenburg
Gate, where midnight fireworks are centred, but various private fireworks displays take place throughout the entire city. Partygoers in Germany
Germany
often toast the New Year with a glass of sparkling wine. Performing arts[edit] Main article: Music in Berlin

Sir
Sir
Simon Rattle
Simon Rattle
conducting the renowned Berlin
Berlin
Philharmonic

Berlin
Berlin
is home to 44 theaters and stages.[115] The Deutsches Theater in Mitte
Mitte
was built in 1849–50 and has operated almost continuously since then. The Volksbühne
Volksbühne
at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
was built in 1913–14, though the company had been founded in 1890. The Berliner Ensemble, famous for performing the works of Bertolt Brecht, was established in 1949. The Schaubühne
Schaubühne
was founded in 1962 and moved to the building of the former Universum Cinema on Kurfürstendamm
Kurfürstendamm
in 1981. With a seating capacity of 1,895 and a stage floor of 2,854 square metres (30,720 square feet), the Friedrichstadt-Palast
Friedrichstadt-Palast
in Berlin
Berlin
Mitte
Mitte
is the largest show palace in Europe.

Dance show at Friedrichstadt-Palast

Berlin
Berlin
has three major opera houses: the Deutsche Oper, the Berlin State Opera, and the Komische Oper. The Berlin State Opera
Berlin State Opera
on Unter den Linden opened in 1742 and is the oldest of the three. Its current musical director is Daniel Barenboim. The Komische Oper
Komische Oper
has traditionally specialized in operettas and is located at Unter den Linden as well. The Deutsche Oper
Deutsche Oper
opened in 1912 in Charlottenburg. The city's main venue for musical theater performances are the Theater am Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Platz
and Theater des Westens
Theater des Westens
(built in 1895). Contemporary dance can be seen at the Radialsystem V. The Tempodrom
Tempodrom
is host to concerts and circus inspired entertainment. It also houses a multi-sensory spa experience. The Admiralspalast
Admiralspalast
in Mitte
Mitte
has a vibrant program of variety and music events. There are seven symphony orchestras in Berlin. The Berlin
Berlin
Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the preeminent orchestras in the world;[174] it is housed in the Berliner Philharmonie
Berliner Philharmonie
near Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Platz
on a street named for the orchestra's longest-serving conductor, Herbert von Karajan.[175] The current principal conductor is Simon Rattle.[176] The Konzerthausorchester Berlin was founded in 1952 as the orchestra for East Berlin. Its current principal conductor is Ivan Fischer. The Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
presents various exhibitions dealing with intercultural issues and stages world music and conferences.[177] The Kookaburra and the Quatsch Comedy Club are known for satire and stand-up comedy shows. Cuisine[edit] See also: German cuisine

The Currywurst
Currywurst
Museum.

The cuisine and culinary offerings of Berlin
Berlin
vary greatly. Twelve restaurants in Berlin
Berlin
have been included in the Michelin Guide
Michelin Guide
of 2015, which ranks the city at the top for the number of restaurants having this distinction in Germany.[178] Berlin
Berlin
is well known for its offerings of vegetarian[179] and vegan[180] cuisine and is home to an innovative entrepreneurial food scene promoting cosmopolitan flavors, local and sustainable ingredients, pop-up street food markets, supper clubs, as well as food festivals, such as Berlin
Berlin
Food Week.[181][182] Many local foods originated from north German culinary traditions and include rustic and hearty dishes with pork, goose, fish, peas, beans, cucumbers, or potatoes. Typical Berliner fare include popular street food like the Currywurst
Currywurst
(which gained popularity with post-war construction workers rebuilding the city), Buletten and the Berliner doughnut, known in Berlin
Berlin
as Pfannkuchen.[183][184] German bakeries offering a variety of breads and pastries are widespread. One of Europe's largest delicatessen markets is found at the KaDeWe, and among the world’s largest chocolate stores is Fassbender & Rausch.[185] Berlin
Berlin
is also home to a diverse gastronomy scene reflecting the immigrant history of the city. Turkish and Arab immigrants brought their culinary traditions to the city, such as the lahmajoun and falafel, which have become common fast food staples. The modern fast food version of the doner kebab sandwich evolved in Berlin
Berlin
in the 1970s, and became a favorite in Germany
Germany
and elsewhere in the world.[186] Asian cuisine like Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, Korean, and Japanese restaurants, as well as Spanish tapas bars, Italian, and Greek cuisine, can be found in many parts of the city. Recreation[edit]

Elephant Gate at Berlin
Berlin
Zoo

Zoologischer Garten Berlin, the older of two zoos in the city, was founded in 1844. It is the most visited zoo in Europe and presents the most diverse range of species in the world.[187] It was the home of the captive-born celebrity polar bear Knut.[188] The city's other zoo, Tierpark Friedrichsfelde, was founded in 1955. Berlin's Botanischer Garten includes the Botanic Museum Berlin. With an area of 43 hectares (110 acres) and around 22,000 different plant species, it is one of the largest and most diverse collections of botanical life in the world. Other gardens in the city include the Britzer Garten, and the Gärten der Welt (Gardens of the World) in Marzahn.[189]

Victory Column in Tiergarten

The Tiergarten park in Mitte, with landscape design by Peter Joseph Lenné, is one of Berlin's largest and most popular parks.[190] In Kreuzberg, the Viktoriapark
Viktoriapark
provides a viewing point over the southern part of inner-city Berlin. Treptower Park, beside the Spree
Spree
in Treptow, features a large Soviet War Memorial. The Volkspark in Friedrichshain, which opened in 1848, is the oldest park in the city, with monuments, a summer outdoor cinema and several sports areas.[191] Tempelhofer Feld, the site of the former city airport, is the world's largest inner-city open space.[192] Potsdam
Potsdam
is situated on the southwestern periphery of Berlin. The city was a residence of the Prussian kings and the German Kaiser, until 1918. The area around Potsdam
Potsdam
in particular Sanssouci
Sanssouci
is known for a series of interconnected lakes and cultural landmarks. The Palaces and Parks of Potsdam
Potsdam
and Berlin
Berlin
are the largest World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
in Germany.[193] Berlin
Berlin
is also well known for its numerous cafés, street musicians, beach bars along the Spree
Spree
River, flea markets, boutique shops and pop up stores, which are a source for recreation and leisure.[194]

Sports[edit] Main article: Sport in Berlin

The Olympiastadion
Olympiastadion
hosted the 1936 Summer Olympics
1936 Summer Olympics
and the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final

The Berlin Marathon
Berlin Marathon
is the current world record course.

Berlin
Berlin
has established a high-profile as a host city of major international sporting events.[195] The city hosted the 1936 Summer Olympics and was the host city for the 2006 FIFA World Cup
2006 FIFA World Cup
final.[196] The IAAF World Championships in Athletics
IAAF World Championships in Athletics
was held in the Olympiastadion
Olympiastadion
in 2009.[197] The city hosted the Basketball
Basketball
Euroleague Final Four in 2009 and 2016.[198] and was one of the hosts of the FIBA EuroBasket 2015. In 2015 Berlin
Berlin
became the venue for the UEFA Champions League Final. The annual Berlin
Berlin
Marathon – a course that holds the most top-10 world record runs – and the ISTAF are well-established athletic events in the city.[199] The Mellowpark in Köpenick
Köpenick
is one of the biggest skate and BMX parks in Europe.[200] A Fan Fest at Brandenburg
Brandenburg
Gate, which attracts several hundred-thousand spectators, has become popular during international football competitions, like the UEFA European Championship.[201] In 2013 around 600,000 Berliners were registered in one of the more than 2,300 sport and fitness clubs.[202] The city of Berlin
Berlin
operates more than 60 public indoor and outdoor swimming pools.[203] Berlin
Berlin
is the largest Olympic training centre in Germany. About 500 top athletes (15% of all German top athletes) are based there. Forty-seven elite athletes participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Berliners would achieve seven gold, twelve silver and three bronze medals.[204] Several professional clubs representing the most important spectator team sports in Germany
Germany
have their base in Berlin:

Club Sport Founded League Venue

Hertha BSC[205] Football 1892 Bundesliga Olympiastadion

1. FC Union Berlin[206] Football 1966 2. Bundesliga Stadion An der Alten Försterei

ALBA Berlin[207] Basketball 1991 BBL Mercedes-Benz Arena

Eisbären Berlin[208] Ice hockey 1954 DEL Mercedes-Benz Arena

Füchse Berlin[209] Handball 1891 HBL Max-Schmeling-Halle

See also[edit]

Berlin
Berlin
portal Germany
Germany
portal European Union
European Union
portal

List of fiction set in Berlin List of songs about Berlin List of people from Berlin List of honorary citizens of Berlin List of video games set in Berlin List of films set in Berlin

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Berlin, Germany Bratislava, Slovakia Budapest, Hungary Ljubljana, Slovenia Prague, Czech Republic Vaduz, Liechtenstein Vienna, Austria Warsaw, Poland

Southern

Ankara, Turkey3 Athens, Greece Belgrade, Serbia Bucharest, Romania Gibraltar, Gibraltar (UK) Lisbon, Portugal Madrid, Spain Monaco, Monaco Nicosia, Cyprus4 North Nicosia, Northern Cyprus4, 5 Podgorica, Montenegro Pristina, Kosovo5 Rome, Italy San Marino, San Marino Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Skopje, Macedonia Sofia, Bulgaria Tirana, Albania Valletta, Malta Vatican City, Vatican City Zagreb, Croatia

Eastern

Astana, Kazakhstan3 Baku, Azerbaijan3 Chișinău, Moldova Kiev, Ukraine Minsk, Belarus Moscow, Russia3 Riga, Latvia Stepanakert, Artsakh4, 5 Sukhumi, Abkhazia3, 5 Tallinn, Estonia Tbilisi, Georgia3 Tiraspol, Transnistria5 Tskhinvali, South Ossetia3, 5 Vilnius, Lithuania Yerevan, Armenia3

1 Also the capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands 2 Also the seat of the European Union, see Institutional seats of the European Union
European Union
and Brussels
Brussels
and the European Union 3 Transcontinental country 4 Entirely in Southwest Asia but having socio-political connections with Europe 5 Partially recognised country

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European Capitals of Culture

1985 Athens 1986 Florence 1987 Amsterdam 1988 West Berlin 1989 Paris 1990 Glasgow 1991 Dublin 1992 Madrid 1993 Antwerp 1994 Lisbon 1995 Luxembourg
Luxembourg
City 1996 Copenhagen 1997 Thessaloniki 1998 Stockholm 1999 Weimar 2000 Reykjavík Bergen Helsinki Brussels Prague Kraków Santiago de Compostela Avignon Bologna 2001 Rotterdam Porto 2002 Bruges Salamanca 2003 Graz Plovdiv 2004 Genoa Lille 2005 Cork 2006 Patras 2007 Luxembourg
Luxembourg
City and Greater Region Sibiu 2008 Liverpool Stavanger 2009 Linz Vilnius 2010 Ruhr Istanbul Pécs 2011 Turku Tallinn 2012 Maribor Guimarães 2013 Košice Marseille 2014 Umeå Riga 2015 Mons Plzeň 2016 San Sebastián Wrocław 2017 Aarhus Paphos 2018 Valletta Leeuwarden 2019 Plovdiv Matera 2020 Rijeka Galway 2021 Timișoara Elefsina Novi Sad 2022 Kaunas Esch-sur-Alzette

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Summer Olympic Games
Summer Olympic Games
host cities

1896: Athens 1900: Paris 1904: St. Louis 1908: London 1912: Stockholm 1916: None[c1] 1920: Antwerp 1924: Paris 1928: Amsterdam 1932: Los Angeles 1936: Berlin 1940: None[c2] 1944: None[c2] 1948: London 1952: Helsinki 1956: Melbourne 1960: Rome 1964: Tokyo 1968: Mexico
Mexico
City 1972: Munich 1976: Montreal 1980: Moscow 1984: Los Angeles 1988: Seoul 1992: Barcelona 1996: Atlanta 2000: Sydney 2004: Athens 2008: Beijing 2012: London 2016: Rio de Janeiro 2020: Tokyo 2024: Paris 2028: Los Angeles

[c1] Cancelled due to World War I; [c2] Cancelled due to World War II

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Host cities of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics

1983: Helsinki 1987: Rome 1991: Tokyo 1993: Stuttgart 1995: Gothenburg 1997: Athens 1999: Seville 2001: Edmonton 2003: Saint-Denis 2005: Helsinki 2007: Osaka 2009: Berlin 2011: Daegu 2013: Moscow 2015: Beijing 2017: London 2019: Doha 2021: Eugene

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Members of the Hanseatic League
Hanseatic League
by Quarter

Chief cities shown in smallcaps. Free Imperial Cities of the Holy Roman Empire
Holy Roman Empire
shown in italics.

Wendish

Lübeck

Anklam Demmin Greifswald Hamburg Kolberg (Kołobrzeg) Lüneburg Rostock Rügenwalde (Darłowo) Stettin (Szczecin) Stolp (Słupsk) Stockholm Stralsund Visby Wismar

Saxon

Brunswick Magdeburg

Berlin Bremen Erfurt Frankfurt
Frankfurt
an der Oder Goslar Mühlhausen Nordhausen

Baltic

Danzig (Gdańsk)

Breslau (Wrocław) Dorpat (Tartu) Elbing (Elbląg) Königsberg
Königsberg
(Kaliningrad) Cracow (Kraków) Reval (Tallinn) Riga
Riga
(Rīga) Thorn (Toruń)

Westphalian

Cologne
Cologne
1 Dortmund
Dortmund
1

Deventer Groningen Kampen Münster Osnabrück Soest

Kontore

Principal

Bryggen
Bryggen
(Bergen) Hanzekantoor

Bruges Antwerp2 

Steelyard
Steelyard
(London) Peterhof (Novgorod)

Subsidiary

Bishop's Lynn Falsterbo Ipswich Kaunas Malmö Polotsk Pskov

Other cities

Bristol Boston Damme Leith Herford Hull Newcastle Stargard Yarmouth York Zutphen Zwolle

1 Cologne
Cologne
and Dortmund
Dortmund
were both capital of the Westphalian Quarter at different times. 2 Antwerp
Antwerp
gained importance once Bruges
Bruges
became inaccessible due to the silting of the Zwin
Zwin
channel.

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 122530980 LCCN: n79034972 ISNI: 0000 0001 2341 9654 GND: 4005728-8 SELIBR: 161170 BNF: cb15298132w (data) HDS: 6583 NDL: 0062

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