Berlin (English)

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The events of the past have left their mark on the cityscape – and the city is still changing today.

“Berlin is always in the process of becoming”, remarked historian Karl Scheffler, and this is one of the traits that makes it one of Europe’s most vibrant, exciting and colourful capitals. Berlin has a vibe all of its own, and wherever you go, you can experience the pulsating life on the boulevards, in the art galleries, at the flea markets or in the city’s clubs, bars and restaurants – many of which are open around the clock.

Lifestyle – Berlin

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Berlin – The Trend City!

Lifestyle and high culture, experiment and tradition: an unsurpassed offering of culture is Berlin’s trademark. Berlin is a hip, trendsetting place! Whether it’s fashion and design, contemporary art and galleries, or the club and multimedia scenes: Berlin has its finger on the pulse of the times and represents the “state of the art” in every respect. This is where design, fashion, art, architecture, and music all meld together. This lifestyle metropolis is a germ cell of creative trends. Even New York scene scouts pay visits to the German capital. Because this metropolis is still not finished and set in stone. Berlin is varied, young, and brazen – constantly undergoing a process of change.

Art & Culture – Berlin

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From light entertainment to classical opera: eight great symphony orchestras, including the famous Berlin Philharmonic, and three great opera houses shape the city’s musical life.

Berlin’s desire to entertain and be entertained is a longstanding tradition bound up with the city’s legendary “Roaring Twenties”. Today Berlin is experiencing something of a light entertainment revival.

Deutsche Oper

All the opera “greats” – from “Magic Flute” to “La Traviata”, Wagner’s “Ring” to Puccini’s “Tosca” – are among the repertoire of the Deutsche Oper in Charlottenburg, where a top orchestra and renowned world stars ensure that every performance is one to remember. The largest of the Berlin opera houses is renowned for its excellent acoustics and for the fact that every seat has a wonderful view of the stage.

Unter den Linden National Opera

The classical building was Germany’s first free-standing theatre and was originally the “Royal Opera House” of Friedrich II, planned as part of the historical ensemble of buildings known as the Forum Fridericianum. The opera house plays host to top international directors and has a broad repertoire with highlights from the pre-Mozart era and modern opera.

The Comic Opera

The smallest of Berlin’s opera houses is home to “realistic” music theatre: the works are performed in German, and detours into light operetta are all part of the programme concept.

Permanent Exhibitions – Berlin

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Permanent exhibitions offer fascinating insights into Berlin’s history and other specific themes. The Märkisches Museum tells the story of Berlin from the Middle Ages to the present day. At the legendary Checkpoint Charlie is the Wall Museum with exhibitions on Berlin’s history

Märkisches Museum

The permanent exhibition at the museum chronicles the history and cultural history of Berlin from the Middle Ages to the present day. Other exhibitions explore middle-class Berlin, the Enlightenment, modern art, Berlin during the Nazi era and Berlin as a city divided and a city reunited.

“Haus am Checkpoint Charlie” Museum

Established in 1962 next to the legendary Checkpoint Charlie border crossing, this is an exhibition on the history of the Berlin Wall and the partition of the city. It contains original items used in underground, overground and even airborne attempts to flee East Germany. There are also exhibitions on Berlin’s history and on the international non-violent fight for human rights.

Jewish Museum

Europe’s largest Jewish museum. In Daniel Libeskind’s spectacular new museum building, shaped like an exploded star of St. David, this remarkable permanent exhibition documents the highs and lows of German-Jewish history from the Roman age to the present day.

Museums – Berlin

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Berlin is also a city of museums, housing cultural treasures from all over the world, including the Pergamon altar, the bust of Nefertiti (“Berlin’s most beautiful woman”), and works by great masters past and present. This once-divided city brings visitors face to face with history in the 175 museums that are its custodians of history, art and knowledge. A new gallery scene, which has sprung up in the Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg districts, is causing quite a stir in the international art world.

Museum Island, UNESCO World Heritage site

In the heart of the city, Berlin’s Museum Island is a treasure trove of mankind and one of the most popular attractions with locals and tourists. The various expositions boast an unrivalled collection of priceless exhibits covering the entire span of human history, from the cradle of civilisation in Mesopotamia through Egypt, Classical Greece and Rome, Byzantium, the Islamic World and the Middle Ages right up to the modern age. Guided tours of the exhibitions are available, larger groups or school trips must be booked in advance. A number of the museums are closed on Mondays.

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Museum complex

Situated in the heart of the city, the famous Berlin Museum Island is one of the most important museum complexes in the world. The complex comprises five museums of international prominence, archaeological collections and 19th century art. This collection of museums was designated a site of UNESCO World Heritage in 1999.

An island at the heart of the city

Berlin Museum Island is a unique educational infrastructure, representing 100 years of museum architecture in the centre of Berlin. Between 1830 and 1930, a “temple city of the arts” was created on an area less than one square kilometre, spanning more than 6,000 years of cultural and human history. The starting point for the “island of treasures” was the completion in 1830 of the Old Museum designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. This is the oldest of Berlin’s museum buildings and the place where King Friedrich Wilhelm III made art treasures available for public viewing for the first time. Berlin Museum Island and its five large exhibition buildings has evolved over time to become a synthesis of the arts, set in impressive surroundings.

Exhibits

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The Old Museum, built in 1830, was the first building on Berlin Museum Island and the first public museum in Prussia. It presents the magnificence of Egypt, with antique statues and the famous bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti. This was followed in 1859 by the New Museum, in 1876 by the Old National Gallery with 19th century paintings and sculptures and in 1904 by the Bode Museum and the world’s largest sculpture collection, which was reopened in 2006 after extensive renovations. The last and largest new building in neo-classical style was added in 1930 in the form of the Pergamon Museum. This is home to the famous Pergamon Altar discovered in Turkey. The special feature of Berlin Museum is that these remarkable collections are housed in buildings which reflect the development of the museum institution in terms of its architecture, space arrangement and design.

Since 17 October 2009 the Neues Museum has opened its doors to the public once again. This key work in the history of the art, the museum and technology in the 19th century was designed by the architect Friedrich August Stüler. After being badly damaged in the Second World War, the building has been elaborately restored and recreated under the direction of the British star architect David Chipperfield. The building now provides a new home for the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection and the Museum of Prehistory and Early History, together with artefacts from the Collection of Classical Antiquities.

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Jewish Museum

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The Jewish Museum in Berlin is a fascinating addition to Europe’s museum landscape. A vibrant repository of German Jewish history and culture, the centre serves as a forum for research, discussion and new ideas. The musuem is suitable for everyone – young and old, Germans and foreigners, Jews and gentiles. Public guided tours are held several times a week. Specialist tours of the exhibitions and individual tours on Jewish history and culture can be arranged on request. Closed 30 September-1 October 2008 (Rosh Hashanah), 9 October 2008 (Yom Kippur) and 24 December.

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Opened in Berlin in 2001, Europe’s largest Jewish Museum is one of the most striking examples of contemporary architecture. The sparkling, triumphant, steel-clad structure is a symbolic memorial in its own right. The museum presents the history of Jews in Germany from the Middle Ages to the present.

A centre for German Jewish history and culture

The remarkable museum building created by the architect Daniel Libeskind is also a monument to the life of the Jewish people, its design based on half a Star of David. The extravagant structure sets a new benchmark, for the relationship between the museum collections and the architecture is unique. The construction of the Jewish Museum has seen the creation of a building full of metaphor, a true cause for contemplation. The exhibition gives visitors an insight into the fateful lives of the Jews, full of tolerance yet also persecution, of great accomplishments and wretched injustice. They saw both significant progress and tragic regression and ostracism.

Exhibits

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The autonomous Jewish Museum consists of two buildings, connected by underground passages. The permanent historical exhibition presents 2,000 years of Jewish culture and German-Jewish history on an area of approximately 3,000m², focusing on flight, expulsion and new beginnings, and especially the forced exodus of German Jews. The library holds numerous historical books about the religion and history of the Jews and the archive stores around 700 volumes of documents and photos of the fates of individuals and families between the 18th century and today. The Judaica collection comprises representative ceremonial objects in a wide range of media, including textiles, works on paper and metalwork. Workshops and discussions, readings and concerts – a varied events programme completes the museum’s exhibition.

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German Historical Museum

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The permanent exhibition of the German Historical Museum acquaints visitors with the various periods of German history in their wider European context. Across two levels, historical artefacts are showcased in a wide variety of settings, whiletemporary exhibitions and special events complete the picture. A number of guided tours are on offer to suit various groups and interests. They cover all sections of the museum and take place at set times each day. Individual tours can be booked in advance. The museum is open every day.

The German Historical Museum in the centre of Berlin is the national museum for history in Germany. It aims to provide “enlightenment and communication” about a common history shared by Germans and other Europeans right through to present day.

Museum for enlightenment and communication

The German Historical Museum in the Zeughaus (former armoury) on “Unter den Linden” has been open to the public since 2006 and has a permanent exhibition entitled “German History in Images and Testimonials”. An exhibition space of around 7,500m² is home to nine different eras, from the start of German history to present day. The exhibition ends with “1945 – 1949 Germany Under Allied Occupation” and “1949-1994 Divided Germany and Reunification”. The whole exhibition is spread over two floors. The upper floor covers the period from the first century A.D. to the end of the German Empire in 1918, and the lower floor presents the history of the Weimar Republic, the Nazi regime, post-war Germany and the two German states until the withdrawal of the allied troops in 1994.

Exhibits

More than 8,000 historical exhibits tell of people, events, ideas and processes documenting approximately 2,000 years of German history, from the first century BC to present day. The exhibits are significant objects ranging from almost every area of our historical heritage: documents, paintings and other works of art, books, posters, textiles, furniture, machines, a diverse range of everyday items and much, much more.

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Museum Berggruen

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The private collection of Heinz Berggruen, who was one of Europe’s most influential art dealers, is among the most important in the the world. On display are works by the leading exponents of Classical Modernism, including Picasso, Braque, Klee, Laurens, Giacometti and Matisse. Picasso’s huge “Reclining Nude”, painted in 1942, is the defining work of the Berggruen collection. Closed on Mondays.

Private collections

Since 1996, Museum Berggruen in Berlin has housed the paintings and sculptures once belonging to Heinz Berggruen and is one of the most important private collections in the world. It features remarkable pieces by acclaimed artists in the classical modernism style.

One of the premier venues on the international art scene

Museum Berggruen in the Western Stüler Building opposite Charlottenburg Palace is one of the leading lights on the international art scene. The private collection of Heinz Berggruen, one of the most successful art collectors in Europe, is displayed in the museum with classical modern paintings and sculptures. This is one of the most important private collections in the world, featuring works by Picasso, Klee, Braque, Laurens, Matisse and Giacometti. “Standing Woman III” by Giacometti in 1960, a final present from Berggruen to the Foundation, is one of the highlights of the museum and one of Giacometti’s most important works.

Exhibits

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Extensive collections of works by Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee and Henri Matisse are the main attractions of the museum. An exhibition entitled “Picasso and his time” displays paintings, sculptures and drawings over three floors. More than 100 works by Picasso are on show, starting with pieces from his student days in 1897 and ending with his works from the 1960s and 1970s. The Blue Period (1901-1904) and Pink Period (1904-1906) are represented, as are the periods of cubism and classicism. Paul Klee is also highly featured with over 60 works. With approximately 20 drawings, silhouettes, paintings and sculptures, Henri Matisse’s works are another highlight of the collection.

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Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe

This memorial incorporates an underground information centre and the “field of stelae”. The work of architect Peter Eisenman, this haunting site is populated by 2,711 concrete slabs. All texts are accompanied by English translations, and multilingual headphone guides are available. The field of stelae is open at all times, the information centre is closed on Mondays.

The “Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe” inaugurated in 2005 in the centre of Berlin is Germany’s most important Holocaust memorial. A place for remembrance and reflection about the six million or so victims of the Second World War.

A significant German site for remembrance

The monument for the murdered Jews of Europe, or “Holocaust Memorial” as most people call it, is situated in the heart of Berlin between the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz, within sight of the German Bundestag and surrounded by history. The memorial was opened on 10 May 2005 – 60 years after the liberation of the concentration camps. With its 2,711 concrete plinths, it is the most significant German site for reflection, but it is of course not the only one. There are indeed many reminders, whether it’s the concentration camp memorials of Buchenwald or Dachau, encounters with living survivors or history lessons. All are agreed on one critical point: memories of the darkest period in German history should be kept alive and the knowledge should be passed down through the generations.

Exhibits

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This is a memorial to the many Jews who were murdered during the Nazi period. The imposing 19,000m² site is adorned with 2,711 concrete stele (pillars) of various heights, laid in an irregular pattern, and there is also an underground information centre. There are several rooms in this 800m² centre, providing visitors with information about the main phases of the Holocaust and stories of the fate met by so many individuals. The exhibition commences with text and photos from the years 1933-1945.

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Museum of Photography – Helmut Newton Foundation

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Helmut Newton was one of the most popular and influential photographers of the 20th century. The German artist was regarded as a revolutionary in the world of photography, andhis remarkable pictures were the subject of much controversy. Helmut Newton set up this international foundation in 2003 to preserve, protect and showcase his own photographic works and those of this wife June. In accordance with his wishes, the foundation maintains a vibrant, exciting approach to its work. Wheelchair access. Closed on Mondays.

In June 2004, June Newton opened the Museum for Photography near the Zoologischer Garten railway station as a gift to the city of Berlin, exhibiting a collection of pictures taken by her husband, the acclaimed photographer Helmut Newton.

Artistic endeavours in black and white

The Museum for Photography is a department of the art library under the same roof as the Helmut Newton Foundation. The objective of the new establishment is to pool the many different museum sections on photography in the National Museums in Berlin into one exhibition, research and documentation centre. Helmut Newton, born in Berlin in 1920, revolutionised the world of fashion photography like no other with his erotic style. In 1956, he began working for the Australian edition of “Vogue”, which became his main employer. Over time, he also began accepting commissions from the French, Italian, American and German editions too, as well as other well-known fashion magazines.

Exhibits

Helmut Newton has been one of the most coveted and expensive fashion, advertising, portrait and centrefold photographers in the world since the 1970s. In 2004 Helmut Newton donated 1,000 pictures, a considerable proportion of his portfolio, to the Helmut Newton Foundation. They were awe-inspiring pictures, controversial sceneries, unusual photo shoot settings and extraordinary picture compositions. The artistic journey through the decades presents the life and work of the photographer who was well known for his expressive black and white photographs, in a series of special exhibitions. The exhibition is complemented with a presentation of the artist’s personal effects.

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Museum of Medical History

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This fascinating collection of pathological and anatomical exhibits is housed in the Berlin Charité, the city’s university hospital. It was systematically accumulated by Rudolf Virchow, the “father of modern pathology” and a renowned universalist, after he took up a chair at the institute in 1856. The exhibition covers everything from anatomy to heart surgery. Multilingual guided tours available, participants must be at least 16 years old. Closed on Mondays.

Human Medicine / Pharmacy

This fascinating collection of pathological and anatomical exhibits is housed in the Berlin Charité, the city’s university hospital. It was systematically accumulated by Rudolf Virchow, the “father of modern pathology” and a renowned universalist, after he took up a chair at the institute in 1856. The exhibition covers everything from anatomy to heart surgery. Multilingual guided tours available, participants must be at least 16 years old. Closed on Mondays.

Special collections from the world of medicine

Originally the Pathological Museum opened by Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902), it now houses a number of special collections from the most diverse fields of medicine. Virchow’s objective was to document every disease known at the time along with a typical remedy, and to explain the typical progression of the disease, as proven by several organ studies. The museum holds temporary exhibitions, each focusing on different aspects of medicine and the history of medicine, and gives information about past and current diseases. It portrays the relationships between medicine and art, pathology and ancient mythology, but also explains the key links between medicine and industry.

Exhibits

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The permanent exhibition centres on the collection of the Berlin pathologist Rudolf Virchow, and is a legacy to his committed academic life. In addition to valuable books and microscopes, there are around 1,000 extremely precious and rare pathological and anatomical wet and dry preparations, all shown in historical display cases. Visitors can also see medical instruments, models and graphics from the history of ophthalmology, urology and dentistry. The spectrum of exhibits ranges from the oldest discipline of medicine, from anatomy to heart surgery and features state-of-the-art developments such as genetic engineering and molecular pathology.

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Nature & greenery – Berlin

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As well as the energy of a big city, Berlin also offers peace and quiet. Its open green spaces, water, woodland, parks and idyllic lakes offer plenty of opportunity to get away from it all. Berlin’s largest park, the Tiergarten, is a popular choice with locals. The Grunewald forest is well served by suburban trains (S-Bahn station: Grunewald).

Tiergarten

Berlin’s largest park is a haven of nature and a recreational amenity for the Berliners, and every summer it is transformed into a giant barbecue party. It is also well-known as the venue for the Love Parade. At the centre of the park is the “Great Star” roundabout and the towering Victory Column, one of Berlin’s famous landmarks. Within Tiergarten is Schloss Bellevue, official residence of the President of Germany.

Zoological Gardens

The zoo is one of the largest in the world and one of Berlin’s foremost attractions. It was founded in 1844 by Alexander von Humboldt and Martin Lichtenstein, Africa expert and the zoo’s first director. With around 19,000 animals and 1,400 species, it is one of the world’s foremost animal collections.

Peacock Island

The palace on Peacock Island (“Pfaueninsel”) is one of Berlin’s most romantic excursion destinations. This unspoilt Prussian arcadia is one of Berlin’s most enchanting facets. Peacock Island can only be reached by ferry, and is a work of art: a garden and park landscape with a rose garden, a Biedermeier garden – and a large number of peacocks that have the run of the island.

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Food & Drink – Berlin

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From a quick snack to a gourmet meal at a fine restaurant – the choices for eating out in Berlin are endlessly varied. Traditional Berlin cuisine tends to be rustic and hearty – Berlin meatballs and currywurst (sausage with a curry sauce) are typical examples. Eisbein (knuckle of pork) and “Berliner Weisse” (speciality beer) are also Berlin specialities. In Berlin, you can enjoy breakfast at any time of day. The in-crowd gather at the many cafés until well into the afternoon, drinking coffee, enjoying international breakfast specialities and reflecting on the previous night’s events.

Restaurant Aigner and Restaurant Altes Zollhaus

Enjoy regional specialities in a cosy setting at Restaurant Aigner on Gendarmenmarkt or the Altes Zollhaus in Mitte district.

Lorenz Adlon

The Hotel Adlon Kempinski is a wonderful blend of the glamorous past and the vibrant present. The first-floor restaurant has views over the Brandenburg Gate and provides an elegant setting within which to enjoy the haute cuisine, fine wines and impeccable service.

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Shopping – Berlin

From a quick snack to a gourmet meal at a fine restaurant – the choices for eating out in Berlin are endlessly varied. Traditional Berlin cuisine tends to be rustic and hearty – Berlin meatballs and currywurst (sausage with a curry sauce) are typical examples. Eisbein (knuckle of pork) and “Berliner Weisse” (speciality beer) are also Berlin specialities. In Berlin, you can enjoy breakfast at any time of day. The in-crowd gather at the many cafés until well into the afternoon, drinking coffee, enjoying international breakfast specialities and reflecting on the previous night’s events.

Restaurant Aigner and Restaurant Altes Zollhaus

Enjoy regional specialities in a cosy setting at Restaurant Aigner on Gendarmenmarkt or the Altes Zollhaus in Mitte district.

Lorenz Adlon

The Hotel Adlon Kempinski is a wonderful blend of the glamorous past and the vibrant present. The first-floor restaurant has views over the Brandenburg Gate and provides an elegant setting within which to enjoy the haute cuisine, fine wines and impeccable service.

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Shopping – Berlin

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Go shopping or just window-shopping at over a dozen shopping malls, on the main shopping streets (Kurfürstendamm or Friedrichstrasse) or at the more quirky shops in Kreuzberg, Mitte or Prenzlauer Berg districts. KaDeWe, the famous department store on Wittenberg Platz, is the largest store on the European mainland – a shoppers’ paradise on six floors. Galeries Lafayette in Friedrichstrasse brings a frisson of French elegance to the city. Malls such as the Arkaden on Potsdamer Platz, the Europa Center on Breitscheidplatz or the Alexa near Alexanderplatz offer great shopping even in bad weather.

Kurfürstendamm and Friedrichstrasse

Kurfürstendamm (also known as Ku’damm) runs from the Memorial Church to Lake Halensee, which marks the beginning of the exclusive “villa district” in the west of Berlin. The top end of Ku’damm is packed with department stores and fashion boutiques, and is a shopping paradise for young and old alike. From Adenauerplatz the stores become more exclusive: designer names from Jil Sander to Yves St. Laurent in elegant fin de siècle buildings. Friedrichstrasse links the glory days of the Roaring Twenties with modern architecture. With its new buildings, smart offices and coffee shops, it brings a flavour of New York to the heart of Berlin.

Kaufhaus des Westens, Europa Center and the New Kranzler Eck

The largest department store in continental Europe offers a huge variety of international designer labels. It has everything the heart desires, from jewellery and porcelain to ladies’ and men’s fashions. No visit would be complete without a trip to the legendary food hall on the sixth floor.

The Europa Center is the classic amongst the westernly situated shopping-centers of Berlin. Diagonally across the Kaiser-Wilhelm memorial church almost 100 shops and numerous restaurants invite you to discover this shopping mall. A spacious cinema complex is situated as well in the 123,5 m high building, opened in 1965. The upper floors house a lot of service complexes.

The new-built Kranzler Eck is catching everyone’s eye not only because of its daring architectural style. Around the preserved legendary Café Kranzler with its striking marquee of the fifties a glass-made tower block of modern design was constructed. The patio is decorated with countless aviaries and forms the location of the subsidiaries of well-known labels, small boutiques and a BERLIN infostore which have moved into the Kranzler Eck to change it to a famous shopping meeting point.

Potsdamer Platz Arkaden and ALEXA

At the new heart of Berlin, the Potsdamer Platz, a shopping mall has been built. Potsdamer Platz Arkaden combine shops of textiles, design objects, shoes, and more at three floors in an architecturally modern atmosphere. Right beside the shopping centre many cinemas, the musical theatre and a casino are tempting to extend a stay at Potsdamer Platz until midnight.

On five levels the shopping and leisure centre ALEXA offers visitors a new mixture of shopping and entertainment with 180 shops of fashion, beauty, electronics and culinary specialties. One outstanding highlight is the model railway exhibition LOXX.

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Places of Interest – Berlin

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Brandenburg Gate, the TV tower on Alexanderplatz – a 368-metre observation tower with rotating restaurant; Memorial Church on Kurfürstendamm, Gendarmenmarkt square – a beautiful and harmonious architectural synthesis with the Konzerthaus concert hall, the German Cathedral and the French Cathedral; the dome of the Reichstag – fascinating architecture and splendid views of the government quarter and the city centre; Hackesche Höfe – Berlin’s famous nightlife; Potsdamer Platz – ultra-modern buildings, shops, entertainment and commercial centre.

Brandenburg Gate and the Memorial Church – unmistakeable symbols of the city

Brandenburg Gate is Berlin’s most famous landmark and a symbol of division overcome. For many years it stood in no man’s land next to the Berlin Wall and was reopened on 22 December 1989, following the fall of the Wall. The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Kurfürstendamm is a memorial to peace and reconciliation and symbol of Berlin’s determination to rebuild during the post-war era.

The Reichstag and government quarter

The Reichstag is the German parliament building and, with its new glass cupola designed by Sir Norman Foster, has become one of Berlin’s most popular attractions. The Federal Chancellery is one of the most impressive buildings in the newly built government quarter. The large white building is part of the “Band des Bundes”, or “ribbon of government” that links the new buildings and creates an architectural dialogue with the historical Reichstag.

Hackesche Höfe

The painstakingly restored Hackesche Höfe courtyards are extremely popular with tourists and trendsetters alike. Consisting of a web of eight courtyards designed for living and working, the Hackesche Höfe form the largest complex of its kind in Germany. The complex was built in the late 18th/early 19th century and, like many such courtyards in Berlin, was a mix of offices, workshops, multi-storey factories (particularly in the buildings in front of the courtyards) and apartments.

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Business – Berlin

Why choose Berlin?

At the very heart of europe, Berlin offers a pro-active, dynamic interface for industry, science, art, culture and international-level politics. This fascinating city is a hub between east and west and, over the last few years, has evolved into a major platform for communication and knowledge transfer. Berlin is not only a capital city – it is an acknowledged leader in the international top five. Berlin can boast an outstanding selection of hotels, with 742 accommodation establishments available across all categories, offering the largest and most modern selection of accommodation in Europe. Nearly all the major international hotel chains are already here. At present, Berlin has some 111,500 beds hotel beds. An exeptional range of locations and professional service partners facilitate customised solutions, ensuring successful conferences, congresses and incentives.

Suggested Excursions – Berlin

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No visit to Berlin would be complete without a trip to Potsdam, the Brandenburg state capital, a short distance from Berlin. Potsdam is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site: visitors encounter living history at every turn, not only at Sanssouci Palace, the Prussian royal summer residence with its magnificent gardens, but also in Potsdam’s beautifully restored city centre (18th-century architecture) and in the Dutch Quarter. The Berlin zoo in Friedrichsfelde is an extensive country park with a substantial collection of animals. The largest of Berlin’s lakes, Lake Müggelsee, is next to a large recreation area.

Potsdam

To the south-west of Berlin is Potsdam, summer home of the Prussian Kings. The Potsdam palaces – Sanssouci, New Palace and Charlottenhof – still retain some of the magic of bygone eras, as do the extensive palace grounds dotted with little buildings such as the gilded Chinese Tea House. The centre of Potsdam with its picturesque Dutch Quarter and the Russian colony of Alexandrovka with its traditional Russian buildings bring the past back to life.

Friedrichsfelde Animal Park

The Friedrichsfelde Animal Park is a large expanse of parkland and home to a number of rare animal species. The 160 hectare park is set in the historical grounds of Friedrichsfelde Palace.

Lake Müggelsee

Lake Müggelsee is Berlin’s largest lake and is next to a large recreation area which extends from Treptower Park via the Plänterwald wood to the Müggelberg hills. Ideal for walks, bike rides or swimming.

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Trade fairs/ exhibitions – Berlin

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The Berlin Exhibition Centre has something for everyone: large construction trade fairs such as bautec attract industry specialists from around the globe, while visitors flock to the popular consumer trade fairs, particularly those in the booming lifestyle industry such as YOU, the European Youth Exhibition for fashion, sports and lifestyle products.

ITB

Every spring the tourist industry congregates in Berlin for Germany’s largest tourism fair. Over 150,000 visitors find out all about the latest trends and new products in the world of tourism from more than 6,500 exhibitors, including tour operators, advertisers, tourist information boards and airlines. Consumers make up 44% of all visitors, which demonstrates that the exhibition is also extremely popular with the general public.

IFA consumer electronics trade fair

“World of Consumer Electronics” – that’s the slogan for this popular trade fair that takes place every September. 1,000 exhibitors from more than 35 countries provide information on consumer electronics, PC products and telecommunications. Over 240,000 visitors, 64% of whom are consumers, use the opportunity to get a sneak preview of new products and to try them out.

International Green Week

Every January around 114,000 trade visitors and consumers converge on Berlin for International Green Week – the exhibition for the food, agricultural and horticultural industries. More than 1,500 exhibitors from almost 60 countries market their products, which include everything from agricultural machinery and garden equipment to food and wine.

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Exhibition centers – Berlin

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Over 23,000 exhibitors and more than 1.5 million visitors are attracted to the roughly 80 events each year that are organised or hosted by Messe Berlin. This makes the company, which generates annual sales of around €120 million, Germany’s fifth-largest trade fair organiser. The ICC International Congress Centre Berlin with its impressive architecture is directly linked via a three-storey walkway to the centrally located Exhibition Centre.

Berlin Exhibition Centre

The Exhibition Centre boasts 26 halls with 160,000m² of exhibition space, 100,000m² of outdoor grounds, a service centre for exhibitors, restaurants and cafés, conference rooms and office services. The numerous entrances in the north, south and east enable visitor flows to be managed effectively. The summer garden, a 10,000m² open green area, is centrally located and is easily accessible from all halls. Conference guests can use the adjoining ICC International Congress Centre with its 80 halls and function rooms (for 20 to 9,100 people) as well a huge amount of lobby space (5,500m²).

Contact:

Messe Berlin GmbH
Messedamm 22
14055 Berlin
Email: central@messe-berlin.de
Website: www.messe-berlin.de

Congress & Conventions – Berlin

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LOOKING FOR THE IDEAL EVENT DESTINATION?

Our support services help you with:

  • Official congress biddings checks

  • Hotel and event location availability

  • Expert partner contacts (congress centres, hotels, event locations, agencies)

  • Site inspections

  • Accompanying programmes

  • Pre- and post-convention tours

  • Incentives

PLANNING AN EVENT IN BERLIN?

Our free advice services will be glad to select and reserve for you:

  • Congress and conferences facilities

  • Hotel allotments (with management service)

  • Special Event locations

  • Transfer services

  • Expert tour guide Services