The capital of the Margraviate of Brandenburg in 1417, and later of Brandenburg-Prussia, and the Kingdom of Prussia. Prussia grew rapidly in the 18th and 19th century, and formed the basis of the German Empire in 1871.
After 1900 Berlin became a major world city, known for its leadership roles in science, the humanities, music, museums, higher education, government, diplomacy and military affairs. It also had a role in manufacturing and finance.
During World War II, it was virtually destroyed by bombing, artillery, and ferocious street-by-street fighting. It was split between the victors, and lost its world leadership roles. With the reunification of Germany in 1990, Berlin was restored as a capital and as a major world city. (wikipedia)
Plan For Visiting Berlin
- Guide To Prenzlauer Berg
- Guide to Mitte
- Father Carpenter (Münzstrasse 21)
- Guide to Kreuzberg
- Isla Coffee (Just off Karl Marx Strasse – Hermannstrasse 37)
- Populus Coffee (Maybachufer 20)
- Maison Han (Pannierstrasse 40)
- R/D (Chausseestr. 19)
- Rosa Wolf (Eberswalder Strasse 32) – fantastic magazine shop, but no coffee
- Happy Baristas (Neue Bahnhofstrasse 32)
Mädchenitaliener (Alte Schönhauser Strasse 12): Freshly made pasta with figs, fennel salami, pignolia and rosemary
Stagger Lee (Nollendorfstrasse 27): Cocktail bar
Places of Interest
Börse Berlin (Fasanenstraße 85): not open to the public, but I still visited the Ludwig Erhard Haus.
c-base (Rungestraße 20): c-base e.V. is a non-profit association located in Berlin, Germany. Its purpose is to increase knowledge and skills pertaining to computer software, hardware and data networks (wikipedia).
Disconnect (Finowstrasse 25): A music store and gallery specialised in counter-culture artefacts.
Pergamonmuseum (Bodestraße): Dream and Trauma – Reopening of the Carpet Rooms in the Museum für Islamische Kunst (under major renovation during visit).
Teufelsberg, AKA Devil’s Mountain (): an artificial hill built almost entirely from bombed-up debris — it covers a Nazi military college that was never completed and in 1963, construction began for an NSA listening station.
Badeschiff (Eichenstraße 4): a floating public swimming pool in Berlin, the capital city of Germany. Situated in the East Harbour section of the River Spree, the Badeschiff allows citizens to swim in a sanitary environment near the river. The Spree itself is far too polluted to permit safe swimming. Was incredibly crowded and long lines… maybe not that great?
Marx Engels Forum (Karl-Liebknecht-Str.): a public park in the central Mitte district of Berlin, the capital of Germany. It is named for Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, authors of The Communist Manifesto of 1848 and regarded as two of the most influential people in the socialist movement. The park was created by the authorities of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) in 1986.
Liquidrom (Möckernstraße 10): a futuristic German spa allows visitors to float in a pool of salt water while zoning out to underwater techno.