Welcome to the first edition Travel & Tourism, a brand new weekly article where we take you to the nicest places on our planet and give a plenty of useful advices and tips for your future journeys!
This week we will be visiting Berlin, the capital of Germany.
Geography & History
Berlin is located in northeastern Germany, in an area of predominantly flat land, which is a part of the vast Northern European Plain that stretches all the way from the north of France to western Russia.
With an area of 892 square km and a population of over 3.6 million people, Berlin is Germany's largest city both by area and number of inhabitants. It's also the most populous municipality in the European Union.
The city was first documented in the 13th century at the crossing of two important historic trade routes. After World War II when Berlin was occupied by the victorious countries, the city was divided, but following German reunification in 1990, Berlin once again became the capital of all of Germany.
You must be wondering, what are the nicest sights to see on your next visit to Berlin? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Here are the top tourist attractions you can find in the city:
1. The Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)
This is undoubtedly one of the most popular sights in Berlin. It is a neoclassical monument built in the years 1788-1791 on the orders of Prussian king Frederick William II on the site of a former city gate that marked the start of the road from Berlin to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel.
The Brandenburg Gate | Credit: travelpixelz.com
2. The Reichstag Building (Reichstagsgebäude)
It is a historic building that used to house the Reichstag (pre-war German parliament) until the year 1933, when it was severely damaged after being set on fire. After World War II, the damaged building was left abandoned for over 40 years until the German reunification. The building was fully restored in 1999 and is once again the meeting place of the Bundestag (modern German parliament).
The Reichstag Building | Credit: medium.com
3. Museum Island (Museumsinsel)
This UNESCO World Heritage site is a museum complex located on the nothern part of the Spree Island in the historic heart of Berlin. It was built between the years 1830-1930 on orders of many Prussian kings with five different architects contributing to the construction. The museums found in the complex are: Altes Museum, the Neues Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Bode-Museum and the Pergamonmuseum. Tickets to the museums can cost from 10 to 20 Euros.
The Bode-Museum | Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Getting Around in Berlin
Although the city offers many bus and tram lines, the fastest way to get around is using the U-Bahn or S-Bahn, which are the two major underground train services in Berlin. The fares range from 1.70 to 3.80 Euros, so it's quite affordable for majority of people. If you ever get lost, don't be scared to talk to the locals, because most of Germany's population can speak at least some basic English and they will for sure be able to help you!
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