Information about Berlin
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Berlin sets trends: whether sightseeing or the alternative scene, galleries or gourmet restaurants, music or fashion – the German capital is never short of new experiences. The legendary nightlife, the attractive and unusual shopping opportunities but also its unique history attract more and more visitors from inside Germany and further afield. In 2012, almost 11 million people visited Berlin. The achievement of about 25 million overnight stays in Berlin in 2012 corresponds to a growth of 11,4 percent.
But what is it that actually makes Berlin so attractive? Its diversity, opposites and the infinite opportunities that thrill visitors from all over the world.
Did you know that…
- Berlin is the only city in Europe with ‘more museums than rainy days’? The ca. 180 museums and collections are renowned for the quality of their exhibits. (the average of annual rainy days is 106.3). In 2011 the city’s most significant displays drew in 15.8 million visitors, the highest numbers ever registered.
- Since it opened on September 9th 2001 the Jewish Museum has already fascinated eight million people, 720,000 in 2011 alone. Over 750,000 visitors are attracted annually to the exhibitions, three times more than initially expected.
- Around 10,000 people are dancing the night away in Berlin‘s clubs every weekend?
- Berlin is Germany’s greenest city? About 44 percent of the area consists of parks and woods, or rivers, lakes and waterways.
- The shopping centres in Berlin together cover a total area of 1,190,000 m²?
- At 368 metres the Berliner Fernsehturm (Television Tower) is the tallest building in Germany and one of the tallest constructions in Europe?
- The city had its highest number of inhabitants in 1942? At that time there were 4,478,102 people living in Berlin. Today there are 3,5 million inhabitants.
- To date six US presidents have made historic speeches here since the war? Who can forget John F. Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein Berliner” (1963) and Ronald Reagan’s emphatic “Mr Gorbachev - tear this wall down!” (1987)?
- Visitors who wanted to travel from the west side of the city to the east when Berlin was still divided by the wall had to exchange a non-refundable minimum of DM 25.00 into East German Marks, at a rate of 1:1? Money not spent could be deposited at the border (for any subsequent visits). Visas for tourists from West Germany used to cost five Marks, but were free for West Berliners.
- Berlin formerly used to end at the Brandenburg Gate? This historic city limits can still be recognized in a number of places, from street names such as Wallstraße, Mauerstraße, Linienstraße or Palisadenstraße. The former city gates are mainly preserved in U-Bahn station names (Schlesisches / Kottbusser / Hallesches and Oranienburger Tor).
- The football fan mile in Berlin in 2010 with 1,8 millions of guests was the most popular FIFA Public Viewing worldwide? The Fan Festival Berlin is to be staged on Straße des 17. Juni between the Großer Stern and Yitzhak-Rabin-Straße. Berlin is also home to the oldest football club in Germany. ‘BFC Germania’ was founded in 1888 and is still going strong today.
- Berlin has its own, genuine speciality beer? Berliner Weiße (Berlin White) is a fizzy, bitter beer made from wheat and fermented in the bottle. When served with a shot of raspberry or woodruff syrup it’s called Weiße mit Schuss (White with a Shot) and makes a wonderfully refreshing summer drink.
- Berlin’s most famous recipes include Eisbein mit Sauerkraut (knuckle of pork with sauerkraut), Erbsenpüree (mushy peas), gebratener Hering (fried herring), Havel-Zander (Havel pike), kalte Bouletten mit Senf (cold meatballs with mustard), eingelegte Eier und Gewürzgurken (pickled eggs and gherkins), grüne Erbsensuppe mit Schinken (green pea soup with ham) or gebratene Leber mit Apfelringen (fried liver with apple rings)?