At the centre of Europe again, Berlin represents the „Zeitgeist“ of European history and politics. The capital of a reunited Germany, Berlin epitomises the restitching of both the country and of Eastern and Western Europe. The difference between the two halves is still very much apparent.
For many though, the real Berlin lies in the cultural avantgarde and bustling nightlife scene, which echoes the city’s youthful character and energy. The district of „Kreuzberg“ was the centre of western-style counter-culture when the city was an island, but increasingly it is Mitte (Hackescher Markt) and Prenzlauer Berg districts where the art galleries, cafés, bars, clubs and cabarets – reminiscent of decadent 1920s Berlin – are to be found.
And this is what we would like to show you: The various faces this amazing city has. Whatever image of Germany you might have: Berlin is different! Come and experience!
Berlin has a continental climate, with cold winters and often quite hot summers. The coldest months are December, January, and February, when mean temperatures of −0.4 to 1.2°C and freezing temperatures can continue for many weeks. The warmest months are June, July, and August, with mean temperatures of 16.7 to 17.9°C and during particularly hot periods temperatures can exceed 30°C.
Apart from the odd very cold or very hot day Berlin is not usually subject to extreme weather. This may disappoint those of a survivalist bent, but for everyone else an umbrella is the only advisable protective accessory.
Berlin main attractions
Sights such as the Church of Remembrance and West Berlin city centre, the Victory Column, the “Bundeskanzleramt” (Residence of the German chancellor), Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag (German parliament), famous boulevard “Unter den Linden”, the Museum Island, Alexanderplatz, Hackescher Markt, Gendarmenmarkt, Potsdamer Platz, Eastside Gallery and many more attract around 10 millions of tourists yearly.
Not to be missed is the famous TV tower, which was built under the GDR regime on Alexanderplatz and is the tallest building in Germany. And then there’s Checkpoint Charlie, one of the most significant control points in the days when Berlin was separated into East and West.
Berlin’s many lakes, parks and green areas allow distance and relaxation. Did you know, that Berlin has approx. the same size area wise than London, but “only” roughly 3 million inhabitants?