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Berlin has long been the world capital of the underground. It’s a city where artists, musicians, writers and misfits can find — and afford — a home and studio space somewhere within its massive 344 square miles (for perspective, that’s about nine times the size of Paris). These days, though, the German capital is known as much for its tech start-ups, cutting-edge restaurants and beautifully designed hotels as for its avant-garde electronic music and gritty art scenes. Here, six locals share their favorite spots.
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“This is a modern Japanese restaurant by the local culinary mogul The Duc Ngo, and it’s absolutely addictive,” says Koch of this discreet, easy-to-miss Japanese- and Peruvian-influenced restaurant in the former West Berlin neighborhood of Charlottenburg. Look for the neon sign — it’s the only indicator that a restaurant lies behind the mirrored, graffiti-covered walls. One of Berlin’s highest profile restaurateurs, Ngo also runs the popular spots Kuchi, Madame Ngo and Cocolo Ramen. The menu at 893 Ryotei includes a selection of sushi and sashimi that’s widely considered the best in the city. Kantstrasse 135, 893ryotei.de.
“It’s a super old-school, West Berlin art-crowd restaurant with classic French brasserie food,” says Koch. “But the main attraction is the atmosphere and the art on the walls,” which includes works by the German painters Martin Kippenberger and Daniel Richter. Since its opening in 1950, Paris Bar has been a hangout for celebrities and creative types, from Madonna and Claudia Schiffer to Robert Rauschenberg and Damien Hirst. Kantstrasse 152, parisbar.net.
Buchhandlung Walther König
Stacks of massive art, design, photography and fashion books line the walls of Walther König, which also stocks hard-to-find style magazines and journals. “Next to Museum Island in Mitte, it’s one of the greatest art bookstores in the world,” says Koch. There’s also a collection of rare, out-of-print and first-edition books and catalogs, locked within a glass cabinet. Burgstrasse 27, buchhandlung-walther-koenig.de.
Even in a city known for experimental art spaces, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler stands out, “with its cutting-edge sensibility,” says Koch. The Kreuzberg gallery, founded by Amadeo Kraupa-Tuskany and his partner, Nadine Zeidler, represents artists from around the world, including the Beijing-based sculptor Yu Honglei and the New York-based multimedia artist Andrea Crespo. Kohlfurterstrasse 41/43, k-t-z.com.
This Brutalist building, formerly a church and originally designed by the German architect Werner Düttmann, and completed in 1967, was bought by the gallerist Johann König in 2015. It’s now home to König Galerie gallery and the 032c magazine offices and store. Visitors can “drop by and say hi,” says Koch. Alexandrinenstrasse 118-121, koeniggalerie.com.
In the buzzy and gentrified former East German neighborhood Mitte, Civilist is a “classic skate shop,” says Koch. “No frills, but a wonderful hangout space.” Opened in 2009 by the skaters and magazine producers Alex Flach and Andreas Hesse, the store carries brands like Palace Skateboards, Norse Projects and Quartersnacks, as well as its own label, which makes logo-emblazoned cotton caps, retro tube socks, screen-printed T-shirts and hoodies. Brunnenstrasse 13, civilistberlin.com.
“A cafe, furniture store and luxury fashion in a grand setting” is how Koch describes The Store, which occupies 30,000 square feet of the ground floor of the private members club Soho House Berlin. Developed by the London-based creative director Alex Eagle, it’s a popular hangout for freelancers tapping away on laptops, as well as shoppers looking for their fix of groovy furniture or clothing by Jil Sander and Ann Demeulemeester. Torstrasse 1, thestores.com.
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This neighborhood haunt is “easy for breakfast, lunch or a snack,” says Glass. “The minimalist design feels like you’ve left Berlin for a moment to sip a flat white in Bushwick or Camps Bay in Cape Town.” Located in Mitte, the cafe is also known for its excellent carrot cake and quiches. Münzstrasse 8, oliv-cafe.de.
Built on the dance floor of a former nightclub in Mitte, this German-Mediterranean restaurant serves up delectable cocktails as well as dinner. “It takes a minute to find this one, but the search is worth it,” Glass says. “The food is simple, refined and modern.” Standout dishes include grass-fed grilled lamb with tzatziki and olives, and baked aubergine with hummus, smoked almonds and pickled peppers. Friedrichstrasse 158, crackersberlin.com.
Opened last year in a 1905 carriage house in the up-and-coming Wedding neighborhood, Glass’s store, gallery and event space attracts a young, local crowd (the name stands for “a place to meet”). He furnished it like a private home, envisioning it as a gathering place for creative people working in the worlds of art, fashion, food and media. “Whether it’s a dinner party or an afternoon shopping for Moroccan-sourced rugs, it’s a space where something inspiring happens,” says Glass. Lindower Strasse 18, aptm.berlin.
On the ground floor of an apartment building in Mitte, this flower shop has a loyal local following for its variety of blooms and knowledgeable staff. “I tempt myself at least once a week with a stop in,” says Glass. “The space is not only full of beautiful seasonal flowers, but all sorts of vintage furniture, jewelry and vases.” Charlottenstrasse 75, marsano-berlin.de.
The architect Patricia Urquiola designed this hotel in the former Danish Embassy, near Tiergarten, the city’s biggest and most visited park on Berlin’s west side. “I love what she’s done with the public areas, mostly because of the elegant yet playful way the interior nods to the Berlin zoo, just outside the hotel’s walls,” says Glass. Drakestrasse 1, das-stue.com.
Museum für Fotografie/Helmut Newton Foundation
A few months before his death in 2004, the provocative German photographer Helmut Newton founded this museum in a former Prussian officers’ casino. On view at the institution are works from the collection of the Helmut Newton Foundation as well as a rotation of special exhibitions. An exhibit focusing on the work of the American fashion photographer and painter Saul Leiter and the film director David Lynch debuts on November 30. Jebensstrasse 2, helmutnewton.com.
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Part of the Berlin National Gallery, this contemporary-art outpost is located in a former railway terminus. “From Carsten Höller’s psychedelic-themed exhibition (where visitors can stay overnight in the museum with 12 living reindeer) to Anne Imhof’s groundbreaking performance art, Hamburger Bahnhof never disappoints,” says Kambhu. Invalidenstrasse 50-51, smb.museum.
Julia Stoschek Collection
This private collection created by the art patron Julia Stoschek focuses on conceptual video, film projection and computer- and internet-based works spanning the past five decades. “The building’s industrial setting (it was formerly the Czech Cultural Center of East Germany) and unfinished mazelike interiors alone are worth the visit. “It’s a fitting atmosphere for Stoschek’s nonconformist curatorial concepts, which use art to create narratives with social importance,” says Kambhu. Leipzigerstrasse 60, jsc.berlin.
Cafe Einstein Unter den Linden
The landmark-strewn avenue of Unter den Linden is not known as a culinary mecca. This restaurant, an airy oasis beloved for its excellent schnitzel and dapper waitstaff, is an exception. “Chef Sigi (a.k.a. Siegfried Danler) is one of the best in Berlin,” says Kambhu. “I love his duck with red wine cabbage and the knödel (boiled dumplings) with vanilla cream.” Unter den Linden 42, einstein-udl.com.
These pop-ups appear around Berlin at various locations. “If you are lucky enough to visit Berlin while the chef Ash Lee’s ChungKing Noodles pop-up is in town — go!” says Kambhu. “Lee’s spicy, numbing, aromatic and hearty noodles are so addictive, and a testament to Berlin’s currently changing food scene.” Check ChungKing Noodles’s Facebook page for pop-up locations.
“Space 31 looks and feels like an artist’s studio,” Kambhu says of this Charlottenburg performance-and-retail space where you’ll find fashion-centric exhibitions and collaborations between artists, designers and its founder, the fashion designer Nhu Duong. Past exhibitions have included “Body Unconscious,” a curated mix of archival pieces from Comme des Garçons, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake and Junya Watanabe; and a capsule collection and listening party for Bao-Tran Tran (a.k.a. Mobilegirl), an electronic music artist. Kluckstrasse 31, space-31.com.
“At this market in Kreuzberg, you can find organic vegetables, fruits, herbs and even flowers from German farms,” says Kambhu. The large, warehouse-style space also hosts events, many of which aim to raise awareness of sustainable nutrition and consumption. There are also organic farming classes and Street Food Thursdays. “I love visiting to see what’s in season, discover new, local German producers and get inspired for my own work.” Eisenbahnstrasse 42/43, markthalleneun.de.
This bar and restaurant used to be a pharmacy, and the interiors from its old life — including apothecary cabinets and old tiled floors — are still intact. It’s a popular dinner spot, with plenty of seasonal dishes like a spring asparagus salad with spinach, radish and scallions. Oranienplatz 14, ora-berlin.de.
Serhat Isik and Benjamin Alexander Huseby
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The huge, Nazi-constructed airport straddling the inner-city areas of Neukölln and Tempelhof was closed for many years and has been repurposed as a public park, with areas for sports, dog runs and community gardens. “We use it for daily walks,” Isik says. Tempelhofer Damm.
Hidden away in a backyard in Kreuzberg, this wholesaler of Ayurvedic herbs and spices serves affordable, all-vegetarian thalis (a selection of various Indian dishes on a single plate) for lunch every day. Adalbertstrasse 5-8, cosmoveda.de.
Opened in 1914, the Stadtbad Neukölln public pool was designed by the architect Reinhold Kiehl, and its decorative elements appear much the same as when it opened. “It’s a rather opulent version of your typical German sauna, and like most public baths in Berlin, this one is very clean and well-kept,” says Huseby. Ganghoferstrasse 3, 49-30-68-24-980
Hallmann und Klee
“Deep into Neukölln, this restaurant serves the only properly prepared scrambled and poached eggs in Berlin,” says Isik. The charming space includes vintage-style tables, mismatched chairs and wood plank floors, and is known for its excellent breakfasts. Böhmischestrasse 13, hallmann-klee.de.
A short walk from Tempelhof Field in Neukölln, this tiny and unassuming bakery boasts a wonderful older Danish “backmeister” (baking master). “We live for her straight-out-of-the-oven laugenecke, which is something between a warm, flaky croissant and a salty pretzel,” says Huseby. Schillerpromenade 25, 49-30-62-98-48-46
“We are always a bit nervous about talking about clubs and parties in Berlin, because press can often destroy the underground feel that makes many of these parties special,” Isik explains. Thankfully, Cocktail d’Amore’s huge space and tough door policy means that the party never feels too touristy or overrun, even as it has gained popularity over the years. Each party runs for about 30 hours, from Saturday night to Monday morning, and in the summer, visitors can dance outside next to the Neukölln Canal.” Sonnenallee 221. Check the Facebook page for event dates.
Soviet War Memorial
This staggering monument in Treptower Park commemorates the death of Soviet soldiers at the end of World War II. A pair of massive sculptures of Soviet flags made of red granite sit near the star monument. “The statue itself is of a handsome hunk holding a child and sword while stepping on a crushed swastika. Subtle,” says the Huseby. Puschkinallee, Treptower Park.
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Known for its coffee, the Barn also serves a variety of equally perfect teas, juices, cakes and sandwiches, and is a magnet for the neighborhood’s upwardly mobile locals, who come here to meet friends and kill time. Owner Ralf Rüller, a former investment banker, “is the ultimate coffee perfectionist, and his delicious croissants are so in demand that they can only be bought two at a time, to prevent them from running out too quickly,” Magers says. Auguststrasse 58, thebarn.de.
A must-see for history and architecture aficionados, this wide boulevard was conceived by the architect Hermann Henselmann, and is where the East German government used to conduct their annual parades. “It was a present from the Soviet government and is wide enough to easily run tanks through,” she says. It’s also a well-kept example of Stalinist architecture, with building facades completely covered in porcelain tiles manufactured in Meissen.
Le Petit Royal
Magers’s favorite dishes at this Charlottenburg spot include the fennel salad, the lobster bisque and the organic steak. “Jeanne Tremsal, who runs the place, is the most wonderful hostess in Berlin,” Magers says. “She’s also an actress and knows everything that is culturally happening in this city, and can give good advice to the art savvy customer.” Grolmanstrasse 59, lepetitroyal.de.
Ernst was conceived by the 23-year-old Canadian chef Dylan Watson-Brawn, who began his career at 17, apprenticing in Michelin-starred restaurants in Tokyo, as well as Noma in Copenhagen and Eleven Madison Park in New York City. “He’s been running a supper club in his Wedding apartment for two years,” says Magers. “It seats only 12 and is a truly wonderful experience.” Gerichtstrasse 54, ernstberlin.de.
This Charlottenburg furniture shop specializes in midcentury design. “Hans-Peter Jochum and Jett Rodgers sell the best modern furniture in town and are the most knowledgeable people when it comes to design,” Magers says. “It is wonderfully entertaining to talk to them.” When you’re done shopping, head next door to Espressobar, an excellent bakery and cafe for post-browsing refreshment. Mommsenstrasse 3, jochumrodgers.de.
“Many restaurants in Berlin claim to serve the best schnitzel,” Magers says of the fried, thin veal cutlet that’s one of Germany’s most famous dishes. “But Engelbecken is actually the best — and it’s organic. The pork roast (also organic) is a must-try, as well. It’s usually crowded, so best to make a reservation.” Witzlebenstrasse 31, engelbecken.de.
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- Day 1 in Mitte: take in all the city centre sights. ...
- Day 2 in City West: take a stroll through history. ...
- Midday: City West and shopping on Ku'damm. ...
- Afternoon: art and culture around Charlottenburg Palace. ...
- Museums at Charlottenburg Palace.
Spending five days in Berlin is the perfect amount of time if you want to get a real feel for the city. You'll still be able fit in some of the main sights and attractions like the Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate, whilst also getting to explore the city like a true local and getting off the tourist track.What does 36 mean in Berlin? ›
The graffiti of the 36 Boys were distributed throughout Berlin. In Kreuzberg, they served also to mark the gang's "turf". The gang took its name from the former Berlin postal borough Südost 36 or SO 36.Is Berlin fun for students? ›
Student life in Berlin
There are famous landmarks to visit like Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, East Side Gallery, Berliner Fernsehturm, and so much more. You can also go clubbing in one of the city's many famous night spots, enjoy coffee in a local café, and even catch a show at a local theatre or opera.
Black or bunt (colorful)
In summer, it's palpably false, unless you're in a queue for the infamous Berghain nightclub. Many Berliners are undoubtedly devoted to black, particularly those with a penchant for punk and goth subcultures. Even then you are best off making an effort to spruce up the all-black look.
Berlin nightclubs are associated with dark gothic style-oriented dress codes. However, while you are encouraged to fit the feel of the night you aren't actually expected to wear black outfits. Shirts, jeans, trainers, it doesn't matter all that much.Is 2 nights enough in Berlin? ›
2 days is enough time to get to see all of Berlin's major attractions and test out a few restaurants, though the ideal time to spend would be 3 or 4 days.Can you go clubbing alone in Berlin? ›
There are lots and lots of things to do in Berlin alone, and thankfully going to a bar alone or clubbing solo in Berlin are great experiences here because even if you arrive as a lone traveller, you won't be partying solo for long – unless you want to, obviously.Is day care free in Berlin? ›
Day care centers and child day care are free for all children in Berlin. There is only a catering charge for lunch. In Berlin, children under the age of three also have access to day care outside the home if their parents can demonstrate a need for it.How much salary is enough in Berlin? ›
60.000 euros a year in Germany is considered a good gross salary as it is well above the average salary of 47.700 euros a year for the whole country. Most Germans who earn 60.000 euros or more are very happy with their salary.
From a climate, health and cost standpoint, walking is one the best modes of transport.How much money do you need to survive in Berlin? ›
Cost of living in Berlin for a single person
As a working professional, renting a 1-bedroom flat, you'll spend around €1,900 per month to cover all your living expenses. Earning the German average net salary of around €2,636 per month, you'll still be able to set aside around €736 per month!
+49 is the country calling code assigned to Germany by the International Telecommunication Union. All of the country's telephone numbers are also designated by the Federal Network Agency of the German Government.What is the 3 letter code for Berlin? ›
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|Berlin||Berlin Brandenburg Airport (coming soon, or not, you never know)||BER|
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The kiss itself really wasn't supposed to inspire any romantic notions – it was just of a ''fraternal'' nature – ''Bruderkuss'', as Germans call it. The deadly love mentioned in the title could possibly refer to the military agreement between the two states.Is Berlin a friendly city? ›
Berlin has been considered the most eco-friendly city in Europe for tourists among the 28 popular European cities.How long is a school day in Berlin? ›
The School Day
Classes normally start between 7:30 and 8:15 a.m. and can end between 12 noon and 1:30 p.m. Class periods are normally 45 minutes long with a short break in between.
Living in Berlin is a lot of fun. There are always things to do and the people are friendly. The cost of living is affordable, and there are a lot of great neighbourhoods to live in. I would definitely recommend it as a great place to live for expats.Where do the rich live in Berlin? ›
Charlottenburg The Charlottenburg district is the wealthiest and most commercialized in western Berlin. Along the famous Ku'Damm, which runs through it, you find the best concentration of hotels, restaurants, theaters, cafes, nightclubs, shops, and department stores.What is the poorest neighborhood in Berlin? ›
Clubbing dress-code is not strictly black, but dark clothes tend to be the norm; I've seen people get rejected for wearing white jeans, (surely a no-no anyway?!) shirts and hats. Go out and buy a black T-Shirt. Then buy another.Are shorts acceptable in Germany? ›
Avoid. Shorts (these are becoming more common with the younger crowds, but you'll most likely see more skirts, dresses, and capris.) Shoes that are even SLIGHTLY uncomfortable (there are a lot of cobblestoned streets and you'll be doing a LOT of walking. DO NOT put beauty over function!)Can I wear heels in Berlin? ›
2 – Wearing heels will get you turned away at clubs
Unless you are heading to Mitte or a fancy club in West Berlin, leave your heels at home. Especially in East Berlin, you will be the only one wearing heels and people will immediately know you are a tourist.
Avoid wearing sweatpants or activewear when visiting the main cities. Germans tend to avoid wearing activewear as everyday wear in public. Of course, you will need to bring active clothes if you plan to go hiking and exercising.Can you smoke in Berlin clubs? ›
People may smoke in nightclubs, restaurants and bars in a designated smoking area, which has to be completely separated from public areas. Smoking is permitted in one-room bars smaller than 75 square metres. Smoking is permitted in bars that only serve customers in one room (Einraumgaststätten).What should I wear in Germany to not look like a tourist? ›
“First and foremost, avoid fanny packs like the plague! Another tip is to not wear sports jerseys or baseball caps from a home sports team. If possible, also avoid wearing clothing from a chain store with large and recognizable logo placements.”Is Berlin still cheap? ›
Of all those surveyed across 53 cities, Berliners were the least likely to describe their city as expensive. A whopping 90 percent of Berlin-based responses didn't think their city was pricy.Is Berlin cheaper than London? ›
London is more expensive, it has a 63% higher cost of living than Berlin.How much is room rent in Berlin? ›
The average price for a single room (1-2 persons) in Berlin is between 350 € and 450 € per month. If you want to live alone it will cost around 800 € per month.Do you have to wear black to Berghain? ›
Many people attest that to get into Berghain you have to wear black. In fact, while Berlin black is recommended, having your own personal style will probably work in your favour when you're at the front of the Berghain queue.
In order to get into Berghain, you need to be at least 18 years old. However, unlike many nightclubs, most of the people who get in their thirties.Is it hard to make friends in Berlin? ›
As daunting as it may seem and no matter how gruff Berliners may appear on the surface (we're all familiar with the renowned “Berliner Schnauze”), if you put yourself out there and really are open to it, it's quite easy to make new friends in Berlin.What is a KiTa in Germany? ›
The word "Kindertagesstätte" or Kita is a collective term for various forms of childcare. In general, there are three distinct types of child day care in Germany: Nursery (Kinderkrippe), kindergarten and After-school Care (Kinderhort). Nurseries are for children under the age of three.Are Museum free in Berlin? ›
Most memorials and regional museums as well as some historical museums and collections are free to visit. Some museums offer free admission on special days or on certain occasions.How much does a baby cost Germany? ›
According to the latest data, raising a child in Germany will set you back around €148,000 by the time they turn 18 – and the costs increase along with the child's age. Here are the average annual costs of raising a child by age, according to Destatis: 0-6 years old: €7,000 per year. 6-12 years old: €8,200 per year.What is the lowest salary in Berlin? ›
The minimum wage (Mindestlohn) in Germany is 12€ per hour1.How much is the lowest salary in Germany? ›
Germany's minimum wage is €12 per hour, pre-tax since 1 October 2022. The legislation (German: Gesetz zur Regelung eines allgemeinen Mindestlohns) was introduced on January 1, 2015, by Angela Merkel's third government, a coalition between the SPD and the CDU.What is a rich salary in Germany? ›
A good salary in Germany not only depends on your lifestyle but also on where you live as the cost of living differs from city to city. A good annual gross salary in Germany is between €64,000 to €81,000. But most Germans who earn a yearly gross salary of €60,000 and above are happy with their salary.What is the most visited site in Berlin? ›
The Rebuilt Reichstag is the most visited tourist place in Berlin. Other popular tourist attractions in Berlin are The Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, The Berlin Wall Memorial, German Historical Museum, Berliner Fernsehturm, Checkpoint Charlie Museum, Charlottenburg Palace and Park, and more.Which side of Berlin is better east or west? ›
If you like shopping stay in west Berlin (Charlottenburg may be a good choice). If you want to be close to the main attractions and enjoy the nightlife stay in the east. But I would suggest that you stay in the centre anyway because Berlin isn't a beauty if you leave the centre.
The highest paid Berlin are Executive Management & Change professionals at $122,000 annually. The lowest paid Berlin are Support Functions & Translation professionals at $33,000.What is the average rent in Berlin? ›
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Key figures for the Berlin real estate market in 2022
The average price per square meter in Berlin in 2022 lies between 4900 and 5150 € for old buildings ("Altbau") and between 7400 and 7950 € for new buildings. These are the sales prices for rented and vacant residential properties combined.
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Probably the coolest neighborhood in all of Germany, Kreuzberg is iconic. Trendy, bohemian and quirky, the district is Berlin's number one hipster zone, packed with top-knotted Instagram influencers, endless street art, and lots of avocado on toast.What were the 4 zones of Berlin? ›
After World War II, defeated Germany was divided into Soviet, American, British and French zones of occupation. The city of Berlin, though technically part of the Soviet zone, was also split, with the Soviets taking the eastern part of the city.Where is the red light district in Berlin? ›
There is certainly nothing like the windows of Amsterdam in Berlin. Prostitution is, however, legal in Germany, and many 'ladies of the night' operate along Oranienburger Straße in the Mitte district of the city at night. The same area is also a popular nightspot and is awash with bars and restaurants. 3.What is the posh area of Berlin? ›
Charlottenburg The Charlottenburg district is the wealthiest and most commercialized in western Berlin. Along the famous Ku'Damm, which runs through it, you find the best concentration of hotels, restaurants, theaters, cafes, nightclubs, shops, and department stores.Does Berlin have a red light district? ›
Rafaela is a sex worker here in the Kurfürstenstraße, Berlin's biggest red light district.What is a good salary to live in Berlin? ›
60.000 euros a year in Germany is considered a good gross salary as it is well above the average salary of 47.700 euros a year for the whole country. Most Germans who earn 60.000 euros or more are very happy with their salary.
Most Expensive and Cheapest Neighborhoods
In Berlin, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg has the most expensive properties to rent, while Marzahn-Hellersdorf has the cheapest.
Stuttgart is the safest city in Germany with 8,535 recorded crimes per 100,000 citizens. In this regard, for expats with families, Stuttgart may be the best city to live in Germany.Why did they divide Berlin into 4 zones? ›
Berlin, the former capital, which was surrounded by the Soviet zone, was placed under joint four-power authority but was partitioned into four sectors for administrative purposes. An Allied Control Council was to exercise overall joint authority over the country.Who controlled the 4 zones of Berlin? ›
Germany was divided into four occupation zones and Berlin was divided into four sectors, with each superpower, The United States, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union, responsible for the administration of the respective zone.Why did they divide Berlin? ›
To stop the exodus of its population, the East German government, with the full consent of the Soviets, erected the Berlin Wall, isolating West from East Berlin. West Berlin, then literally an island within the surrounding GDR, became the symbol of Western freedom.Can you do Berlin in 3 days? ›
If you're not into museums, 2 days is enough time to see the city's highlights. Yet, if you are a museum lover or a WWII buff, I'd recommend you to spend at least 3 (or even 4) days in Berlin. There are some super interesting museums and a lot of WWII sites to explore.Why Berlin is famous? ›
Berlin is famous for its many museums such as the Dahlem Museums, the Egyptian Museum, the Berlin Cultural Forum with the New National Gallery, and the Museum of Arts and Crafts. Other postwar institutions are the Brücke-Museum, the Berlin Museum, the Museum of Transport and Technology, and the Jewish Museum Berlin.Is Berlin beautiful city? ›
It's been filled with so much graffiti over the years, instead of fighting it, it has embraced it. It has turned vandalism into a work of art. The architecture of Berlin is all over the place with a mix of buildings that clash with one another. And that is what makes Berlin Beautiful.