Exploring Germany: The City of Berlin

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Exploring Germany: A photo walk in Berlin

Berlin is the capital and largest city of Germany located on the banks of the River Spree in the northeastern part of the country.

Five interesting facts about Berlin:

  • The name Berlin came from the Slavic word berlo which means “swamp”.
  • The first written record of the city’s name dates back to 1251.
  • It was the capital of the Margraviate of Brandenburg (1417–1701), Kingdom of Prussia (1701–1918), German Empire (1871–1918), Weimar Republic (1919–1933), Third Reich (1933–1945) and East Germany (1949–1989).
  • The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 marks the end of the Cold War.
  • It is the most heavily bombed city in history. During World War Two, large parts of the city were destroyed by bombing raids, fires, and street battles.

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Berlin Pictures


Hauptbahnhof – the main railway station (opened in 2006)
Hauptbahnhof – the main railway station (opened in 2006)
Berlin Cathedral
The Cathedral was built in the Neo-Baroque style between 1894 and 1905
Exploring Germany: A photo walk in Berlin
A gull resting near the River Spree
Breitscheidplatz square
Ruin of the Neo-Romanesque Memorial Church (built in the 1890s) with the new church tower (erected in 1963) at Breitscheidplatz square
The Memorial Church in Berlin
Breitscheidplatz square at night
The Neoclassical Brandenburg Gate, built-in 1788–1791, is Berlin's most famous landmark
The Neoclassical Brandenburg Gate, built-in 1788–1791, is Berlin’s most famous landmark
Berlin TV Tower at night
Berlin TV Tower at night
St. Mary's Church, built-in 1380, is the oldest parish church in Berlin
St. Mary’s Church, built-in 1380, is the oldest parish church in the city
The World Clock (built-in 1969) at Alexanderplatz square
The World Clock (built-in 1969) at Alexanderplatz square
Victory Column
The 67 m (220 ft) tall Victory Column, built-in 1864–1873, is one of the main tourist attractions in the city and one of the most important national monuments in the country
Sculptire by Joachim Schmettau
Bronze sculpture “Hand with clock” (1975) by the German sculptor Joachim Schmettau
The largest criminal court in Europe
Kriminalgericht Moabit – the largest criminal court in Europe – at Turmstraße Street
Exploring Germany: A photo walk in Berlin
Potsdamer Platz square
Inside the Sony Center
Inside the Sony Center
Reichstag building, built at the end of the 19th century, is the second most visited attraction in Germany
Reichstag building, built at the end of the 19th century, is the second most visited attraction in Germany’

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