The history, the rich cultural heritage, and a great atmosphere make Berlin one of the most attractive and frequently visited metropolises in Europe. Berlin is intense night life, Love Parade, over 170 museums, with the astonishing collection of Pergamon on the top of the list, The Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, Berlins own Champs-Elysees, but also a paradise for urban travelers, interested in shopping and fun.
The Past and the Present
The historical section of Berlin, with boulevard Unter den Linden at its heart, consist mostly of buildings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, many of them carefully restored, like for example Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom).
Berlin suffered severe damages during the last phase of the II World War in Europe. The damaged spire of Kaiser William Memorial Church (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche) has been preserved and its ground floor is now a memorial hall. The church is situated on the Kurfürstendamm in the centre of the Breitscheidplatz, near the ZOO.
From the post-war period of 40 years, when it was divided in two parts, West and East Berlin, the city has kept some souvenirs: the most visited are the fragments of The Berlin Wall – now called East Side Gallery, and Checkpoint Charlie, a true symbol of Cold War.
The socialist ideology, that dominated architectural styles in its eastern part, left many visible ugly traces, although The Palast der Republik (Palace of the Republic, nicknamed “Ballast der Republik") for instance is being demolished to make space for modern and more beautiful Berlin.
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