Berlin, Germany

Reichstag Building Berlin
The Reichstag Building in Berlin. Taken by Wikipedia user Jürgen Matern.

Population: 3,562,166 (2014)

Language(s): German

Demonym: Berliner

Area: 892 km2 (344 mi2)

Dialing Code: +49

Electricity Adapter: 230 V, 50 Hz, Plug/Soket Types: C / F

Time Zone: Central European Time (UTC+1); Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

City facts put together in collaboration with sister site 6pt5. Language guides and more can be found on Shishek.

Overview

Berlin is the capital and largest city of Germany, and with its 3.5 million people it is the second-largest city of the entire European Union. Located in the northeastern portion of the country, it is relatively close to the country’s border with Poland.

Over the past few years, Berlin has really been coming into its own, reminiscent of the way Brooklyn in New York City has evolved recently. It used to be that most of the popular and influential cities of Germany were located in the west of the country, due to Germany’s split decades ago. That era has passed, and Berlin is seeing an influx in art, culture, food, and education-related growth.

There are numerous attractions, some world-renowned, others somewhat less-touristy, that exist to satisfy every kind of traveler. Don’t miss the main attractions, such as the Berlin Television Tower, Unter den Linden, Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz, and the Reichstag. Oh yeah, how about the infamous Berlin Wall?

If you want to experience Berlin, the time is now. Because of the change that seems to be snowballing Berlin to becoming quite the cosmopolitan city that it has the potential to be, it is a must-see before things slowly start to disappear. Also, restaurants are still reasonably-priced, and the public transportation options throughout the city are wonderful.

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