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Sightseeing in Berlin

After the breaking of the Wall in 1990, the two parts of the city became one, and today Berlin is one of the largest cities in Germany and provides a kaleidoscope of cultural treasures and German aspirations which is a revelation for the visitor. The eastern part of the city houses most of the buildings of historical significance and the western side is best known for it’s modern shopping districts.

The Reichstag , home of the federal parliament is a severe looking monumental structure, with a restaurant under the cupola, that is open to the public and provides a mug of frothy beer for the weary tourist.

Berlin reveals its flair in its two great boulevards, the Kurfurstendamm and the Unter den Linden. These avenues are filled with world famous museums, opera houses, art galleries and concert halls. In particular, Unter den Linden, is one of the most famous avenues in Berlin and includes many historic buildings and churches. The Brandenburg Gate, the Deutsches Historiches Museums and the beautiful Baroque Zeughas - all adorn the streets of Unter den Linden.

The Ku’damm, as the Kurfurstendamm is referred to, is Berlin’s answer to the Rodeo Drive of Los Angeles, lined with designer boutiques and classy hotels. Visit the site of the Berlin Wall and relive the horrors of the past. The museum here, has on display a 230 ft long part of the wall, with it’s two check posts and no mans land between. The lush gardens of Tiergarten were once used by the Prussian kings as their hunting ground. Don’t miss the towering Victory Column . Climb to the top of this monument and get a breathtaking view of the city below.

The Potsdamer Plaza is Europe’s busiest square. Most international companies have their offices here. This plaza is also home to the biggest shopping arcade in the city and is dotted with a variety of restaurants and cafes.

Berlin is a museum city - with its various museums housing collections fro all eras and varied subjects. The Kulturforum is a good place to start. The Kunstgewerbemuseum displays artifacts from the Middle ages to the present day and is part of this complex as is the Neue Nationalgalerie with it’s avant garde structures of glass and steel.

When you are through with the museums, take a respite and get a dose of counterculture at Kreuzberg , an area packed with cafes, clubs and bars. Let your hair down and get a whiff of life on the wild side!


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