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Berlin, Germany


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Overview

Berlin is the capital city and a single state of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is the country's biggest city in area and population, and the second most populous city in the European Union. After the end of World War II Europe in 1945, Berlin was divided into four sectors, equivalent to the occupation zones into which Germany was divided. The sectors of the Western Allies formed West Berlin, while the Soviet sector formed East Berlin. In 1989 demands from the East German population brought a transition to democracy in East Germany, and its citizens gained free access across the Berlin Wall, which was immediately tore down. In 1990 the two parts of Germany were reunified as the Federal Republic of Germany, and Berlin became the German capital according to the unification treaty. On September 1, 1999 the German parliament and government began their work in Berlin. The quickly changing capital at present enjoys an international reputation for its festivals,  nightlife, and art. Being home to people from over 160 nations, Berlin is a magnet for individuals who are attracted by its freethinking lifestyle, rural eclecticism, and artistic openness.

Things to Do

Because of its long and very culturally significant past, one of the popular things to do is visit the museums. Berlin has a large number of museums. Most of which are on the Museum Island. Museum Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is positioned in the northern part of the Spree Island between the Spree and the Kupfergraben. As early as 1841 it was elected as a “district dedicated to art and antiquities” by a royal declaration. After the declaration, the Altes Museum in the Lustgarten, and the Neues Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie , Pergamon Museum, and Bode Museum all were built there.

You can also take a trip to the zoo. Berlin has two zoos. Zoologischer Garten Berlin is the older of the two, was founded in 1844, and has the most diverse range of species in the world. Then you got Tierpark Friedrichsfelde, founded in 1955 in the grounds of Schloss Friedrichsfelde which is Europe's biggest zoo.

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