Often considered to be the heart of Europe, Berlin is one of the continent’s most important transportation hubs and – with over 3.5 million inhabitants – not only by far the biggest German city but next to London also the second largest in the entire European Union. It combines European history, multi-culturality and sassy charm. No other city in the country stands for more diversity and progress than the green city at the Spree River. As one of Europe’s most visited places, the German seat of government deserves its reputation of being a global city, not only because of its art and cultural attractions. Among several things, Berlin is home to the international film festival “Berlinale” and the world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic, as well as the birthplace of internationally famous and historical personae, such as Frederick the Great, Alexander von Humboldt and Marlene Dietrich.

Attractions in Berlin

In no other German metropolis cultural offerings are more diverse than Berlin the home of the currywurst.

Brandenburg Gate: As a symbol of German unity and with its 200-year history, the Brandenburg Gate, including its crowning quadriga, is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. With its height of almost 26 meters the early classicistic styled building is located in the center of the city at the Pariser Platz, once marking the border between East and West Berlin.

Alexanderplatz: Within the Mitte district and being one of the busiest places in the German capital Berlin lies the Alexanderplatz, called “Alex”. Here, among other things, the World Clock and the Fountain of International Friendship are located. A little further along, one can find the Berlin TV Tower – the country’s tallest structure with 368 meters – as well as the office building of the Governing Mayor of Berlin, the Red City Hall.

Museum Island: This is one of the largest and most important museum themed structures in the world, and, furthermore, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage since 1999. It’s called the Museum Island and is located on the northern part of the Spree Island in the Mitte district. During a time period of about 100 years five architects created this group of buildings, which are now the Pergamon Museum, the Bode Museum, the Old National Gallery, as well as the Old and New Museum.

Gendarmenmarkt: Created at the end of the 17th Century onwards, this 3.3 hectare square in the Friedrichstadt district is now considered to be one of Berlin’s most beautiful places. Its prominent features are the Concert Hall in its center, the French Cathedral on the northern edge and the German Cathedral on the southern end. During summertime the Gendarmenmarkt serves as a venue for the “Classic Open Air” concert, while during winter it’s traditionally occupied by a large Christmas market.

Memorial Church: The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church – sometimes called “Hollow Tooth” – is located in the Charlottenburg district and is a famous landmark of the city’s western part. Built at the end of the 19th Century and then severely damaged during a bombing attack in World War II, the approximately 68 meter high ruin at the Kurfürstendamm now serves as an anti-war memorial.

Venues in Berlin

No matter what day, no matter what time – Berlin has always something going on. The German capital is one of the most exciting culture centers in the world and is therefore a famous destination for international artists, shows and events.

Olympic Stadium: Constructed for the Olympic Games in 1936, the huge arena in the Westend district now has a capacity of more than 74,000 people. Though mainly used for the home matches of local Bundesliga soccer team Hertha BSC, and therefore equipped with a tartan track in blue team-colors, the stadium is not only a venue for major sporting events but is also used for show-programs and musical acts, including Depeche Mode and U2.

Mercedes-Benz Arena (formerly O2-World Berlin): This venue in the district of Friedrichshain is not only the largest indoor arena in Berlin, but also one of the most modern multifunctional arenas worldwide, fitting up to 17,000 people. Besides the home games of local basketball club Alba Berlin or the tough matches of local ice hockey team Berlin Polar Bears, the o2-World Berlin is also open for shows on a regular basis – this year presenting i.e. Apassionata, Bruno Mars, Céline Dion and Lady Gaga.

Tempodrom: Near the Potsdamer Platz at Anhalter train station lies the Tempodrom, founded in 1980. Within the main arena under the 35 meter-high tent-like roof up to 3,800 guests can be accommodated, whether it’s for shows or concerts. Besides fashion events and award ceremonies, this venue has already hosted performances by artists such as wie Norah Jones, Chris Rea und Harry Styles.

Friedrichstadt-Palast: This is the largest revue theater in Europe and with approximately 700,000 guests every year Berlin’s most visited stage. Conveniently located in the city’s center, up to 1,900 guests can follow the Palace’s spectacular shows e.g The One on the world’s biggest theatrical stage. The technically well-resourced main hall has, among other things, a lifting platform and a 225-ton water basin.

Velodrome: The Velodrome arena located in the Pankow district is one of the largest venues in the German capital city. Inaugurated in 1997, the building can accommodate up to 12,000 visitors and is especially known for its 250 meter-long permanently installed cycling track, on which the Berlin six-day-race is held upon on an annual basis. Additionally, the Velodrome presents numerous other major events, including concerts by international superstars or the European Track Championships.

Bar Jeder Vernunft: In this theatre in Berlin-Wilmersdorf concerts and musical-comedies as well as chanson and cabaret are being presented in a historical Spiegeltent. Whilst sitting in both lodges and at small tables, audience members can enjoy dining à la carte. Playing the stage in here this year are, among others, chanson-duo Pigor & Eichhorn, Berlins craziest trio, Die Geschwister Pfister and Lo Malinke.

Admiralspalast: This 1911 opened traditional house at Friedrichstraße is one of Berlin’s most famous and most successful cultural sites. It includes a glamorous theater and with the F101 and the Studio two a little more intimate venues. In 2015, guests can look forward to big productions such as the broadway musical „The Addam Family“, „Caveman“ und „Der Hauptmann von Köpenick – Das Musical, as well as concerts by the irish singer Camille O‘Sullivan and Germany’s most successful a-capella-band Wise Guys.

Quatsch Comedy Club: Right next to the Friedrichstadt-Palast, in the heart of Berlin, one can find comedian Thomas Hermanns’ Quatsch Comedy Club, Germany's first ever comedy venue. Whether if it’s during the weekly changing live show – in which a host will present four comedians –, within the context of the in-house talent pool, or during solo-shows of individual stand-up-comedy stars: on the theatre’s small stage the country’s best comedians take their turn.

Tipi am Kanzleramt: This cozy theatre is located amid the magnificent Tiergarten between the Federal Chancellery and the House of World Cultures, and is considered to be the largest stationary tent stage in Europe. Founded in 2002 for the tenth anniversary of the Bar Jeder Vernunft, the regular program consists of chanson, cabaret, musicals, and concerts – this year including, among other things, “Cabaret - Das Musical, the Australian step dancer The Tap Pack and

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