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Berlin is best known for its historical associations as the German capital, for its lively nightlife, for its many cafes, clubs, and bars, and for its numerous museums, palaces, and other sites of historic interest. Berlin's architecture is quite varied and it is now possible to see representatives of many different historic periods in a short time.

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» Alexanderplatz

Alexanderplatz, Berlin

Alexanderplatz remains the largest urban square in all of Germany and is a central meeting place in Berlin, located in the Mitte District. At its center is the large railway station (Alexanderplatz) with connections to many subway (U-Bahn), tramway (Strassenbahn), city trains (S-Bahn) and buses. Named after the Russian Czar Alexander I, who visited the capital of Prussia in 1805, ""Alex"" became a traffic hub when a train station was established there in 1882 …

» Alte Nationalgalerie

Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin

One of the most impressive museums in Berlin is the Old National Gallery, or Alte Nationalgalerie in German. The museum was built between 1867 and 1876 and was designed to look like a temple. Though the building suffered damage during World War II, it was restored one section at a time. In the Old National Gallery, you'll find art from the 19th century. Paintings and sculptures from many artists, such as Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir and Auguste Rodin, are on display here …

» Altes Museum

Altes Museum, Berlin

The Old Museum, or Altes Museum in German, was completed in 1830 and was one of the most important buildings of the Neoclassical era. It consists of 18 Ionic columns, an expansive atrium, a grand staircase leading to the entrance and other details that, before this time, had only been seen on buildings designed for nobility and royalty. The museum houses art and other antiquities that display the cultures of ancient Greeks, Romans and Etruscans …

» Berggruen Museum

Berggruen Museum , Berlin

A few years after the Berlin Wall came down, the director of Berlin museums made an offer to art lover Heinz Berggruen to display his collection in a vacant building now known as the Berggruen Museum, one of the most important museums of modern art in Berlin. Berggruen's impressive collection of Pablo Picasso's work includes more than 120 pieces. It is a broad collection ranging from Picasso's early work as a teenager in the late 1800s and pieces from his cubist period …

» Berlin Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum

Berlin Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum, Berlin

The Berlin Botanical Garden is about 126 acres, making it one of the world's largest botanical gardens, and it has approximately 22,000 types of plants. In the 39-acre plant-geography section, you can see plants from all over the northern hemisphere. There is also a 42-acre Arboretum and taxonomy section where you can learn about woody and herbaceous plants. The greenhouse complex consists of 16 houses where visitors can wander through tropical and subtropical vegetation …

» Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom)

Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) , Berlin

The city of Seoul is divided into two parts by the Han River, and one of the city's best green areas sits on an island in the middle of this river. Yeouido Park, opened in 1999, is a favorite among locals for walking, jogging, biking and playing sports in the outdoors. One- and two-person bicycle rentals and rollerblade rentals are available within the park for a small hourly fee. The park is divided into four themed sections …

» Berlinische Galerie

Berlinische Galerie , Berlin

The Berlinische Galerie, or Berlin Gallery in English, was founded in 1975 to bring together fine art, photography and architecture. Originally located in a small office in the Charlottenburg neighborhood of Berlin, the museum found its current home in a Modernist setting in a former glass warehouse in 2004. The gallery focuses on local art, though it maintains an international scope. The Berlin Gallery houses art from 1870 to the present in both permanent and special exhibitions …

» Berlin Musical Instrument Museum

Berlin Musical Instrument Museum, Berlin

The Berlin Musical Instrument Museum is a research institution for musicology with more than 3,000 instruments from the 16th century to present day, at least 800 of which are regularly on display. Exhibits include musical instruments of historical significance, such as Bach's harpsichord, Carl Maria von Weber's fortepiano, Benjamin Franklin's glass harmonica and Frederick the Great's flutes and harpsichord. There is also a nearly complete collection of wind instruments …

» Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall, Berlin

Meet Knut the polar bear at the Berlin Zoo, along with a massive variety of marine creatures at the Zoo Aquarium. Berlin's zoo celebrates diversity, from pandas to rhinos, and protects, studies and breeds the world's most comprehensive collection of species. Many of the enclosures are historic and re-create a range of enclosures, from carnivores to birds. One of the newest enclosures is the glass-domed Hippopotamus House …

» Bode Museum

Bode Museum, Berlin

As one of five museums on Museum Island, the Bode Museum, formerly the Kaiser- Friedrich Museum, houses three separate collections of sculptures and treasures: the Museum of Byzantine Art (art from the West-Roman and Byzantine Empires from the 3rd to the 15th century), the sculpture collection (sculptures from the Early Middle Ages to the late 18th century), and the Numismatic Collection (coin cabinet). The Bode Museum's architecture is impressive …

» Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) , Berlin

The Brandenburg Gate (or Brandenburger Tor) is one of Berlin's original city gates, erected in 1791. It marks the entry to the Under den Linden avenue as part of the ceremonial boulevard that led to the Prussian monarchs' royal seat. The classical monument is topped by a chariot driven by a winged goddess, which was briefly carted off to Paris by Napoleon as booty. During the Cold War, the Brandenburg Gate could not be accessed from East or West Germany …

» Charlottenburg Palace (Schloss Charlottenburg)

Charlottenburg Palace (Schloss Charlottenburg), Berlin

To experience the pomp and majesty of the Hohenzollern Dynasty, pay a visit to Charlottenburg Palace (or Schloss Charlottenburg), Berlin's largest palace. Built in the 17th and 18th centuries, the palace combines rococo and baroque decor and architecture, and is surrounded by landscaped gardens in the manner of Versailles. Visitors can tour the baroque rooms of the Old Palace, and the rococo apartments of Frederick the Great in the New Wing …

» Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie , Berlin

"You are leaving the American sector." Memorialized in film and print, Checkpoint Charlie is the most famous symbol of Cold War era Berlin. Marking the border crossing between the American Sector (Kreuzberg) and East Berlin (Mitte), only allied personnel and foreign visitors could pass through the checkpoint. Checkpoint Charlie was the most famous security point in the Berlin Wall, but for most of its life it was little more than a wooden shack and boom gates …

» DDR Museum

DDR Museum, Berlin

The official name of East Germany was first Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR), or German Democratic Republic. The DDR Museum in Berlin is an interactive site where visitors can see what life in East Germany was like when the country was split into East and West regions. Rather than simply having exhibits to view and signs to read like most museums, DDR Museum exhibits often require visitors to push buttons, open doors or drawers and pull levers to get information and the full experience …

» East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery , Berlin

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the East Side Gallery was the result of what remained. It is longest segment of the Berlin Wall that is still standing and the world's largest open-air gallery, showcasing over 100 murals over 1.3 kilometres along the Mühlenstrasse, which is parallel to the River Spree. Artist interpretations are a mix of optimistic and political statements. Some of the more famous images on the wall include a boxy East German Trabant car …

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Even though Berlin does have a number of impressive buildings from earlier centuries, the city's appearance today is mainly shaped by the key role it played in Germany's history in the 20th century. Each of the governments initiated ambitious construction programs …

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Berlin became the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany after unification in 1990. The historic center of town is a delight for visitors with grand buildings and monuments from the Baroque and Neoclassical periods. Beautiful Tiergarten park occupies 200 lush hectares in the center of the city …

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