With approximately 3,400,000 inhabitants, Berlin is the largest city in Germany.  It is 38 kilometres long and forty five kilometres wide.  Consider that Berlin has a lot of suburbs and districts.  As you know, the city was divided in its history.  You will still recognise that there is / was East-Berlin and West-Berlin so it has got a “town East” and a “town West”.  

Arrival is possible with 4 different options.  

1.  By aircraft – Berlin has three airfields.  

two.  By train – it is a junction of the German Rail Network.  Example, the station “Bahnhof Zoo” is found within Belin Mitte ( town East ), thus you have “instant access” to plenty of sights and pubs.  

three.  By Car – All motorways to Berlin lead to the “Berliner Ring”.  From there you can get to the inner city on various access roads.  

four.  By Bus – it is a well-priced and cosy way to travel to this ( or any other ) city.  The “Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof” ( ZOB – Central Bus Station ) is situated near the Exhibition Centre ( ICC ), in Charlottenburg, city West.  From there, you have connections to over 350 destinations in Germany and Europe!  

Now, shall we start?  Okay, c’mon, take my hand, let’s go sightseeing!  :- )

Reichstag

The Reichstag was made from 1884-94 by Paul Wallot, is the seat of the German Bundestag or central government and, with its new clear dome, one of the most important crowd-draws in Berlin.  Its colourful past reflects the turbulence of German history since the 19th century.  From 1994-99, the Reichstag was reconstructed and extended by the architect Sir Norman Forster.  He decided to add an accessible clear dome, in which you can walk thru and “participate” and view how political decisions are made.  One announces, “We ( the govt ) wish to show that we have zip to hide”.  Near the Reichstag you can take advantage of the many %LINK2%.

Friedrichstrasse

This is the most mythical street in the whole city.  It mixes the architecture of the New Berlin with the convention of the “Golden Twenties”.  In the Twenties, the 3.5 km long street was the location for pleasure palaces, cafs, theatres and variety theatres e.  G the famous “Wintergarten”.  After the division of the town, the Wall also cut thru this street.  The world famous Checkpoint Charlie was found at the border of the districts of Kreuzberg and Mitte and so at the border of east and west Berlin.  Not only visitors but also the workers from the new, chic offices, agencies and media centres all enjoy the urban spirit and NY flair of the new Friedrichstrasse.  

Checkpoint Charlie

From 1961 to 1990, Checkpoint Charlie was the sole border crossing point for the Allies, foreigners, workers of the Permanent illustration, and officers of the GDR.  And that was the place where Soviet and American tanks stood face to face.  Today, the checkpoint is venerated by a border sign and a soldier’s post.  

Stuck for an instant, the second part arrives shortly :- ) Then you can continue with your Berlin sight-seeing Tour.  In it we are going to go to places such as the Alexanderplatz, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Museum’s Island.
If you don’t know where to stay, you can check the All-Berlin website for a wide choice of different %LINK1%

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