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Berlin is the capital city of Germany and one of the 16 states of Germany. With a population of 3.5 million people, Berlin is Germany’s largest city. It is the second most populous city proper and the seventh most populous urban area in the European Union. Around one third of the city’s area is composed of forests, parks, gardens, rivers and lakes.

The city is well known for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts, public transportation networks, and a high quality of living. Over the last decade Berlin has seen the upcoming of a cosmopolitan entrepreneurial scene.

Important places to visit in Berlin

  1. The Fernsehturm (TV tower) at Alexanderplatz in Mitte is among the tallest structures in the European Union at 368 m . Built in 1969, it is visible throughout most of the central districts of Berlin. The city can be viewed from its 204 m  high observation floor.
  2. The Brandenburg Gate is an iconic landmark of Berlin and Germany
  3. The Reichstag building is the traditional seat of the German Parliament, was remodeled by British architect Norman Foster in the 1990s and features a glass dome over the session area, which allows free public access to the parliamentary proceedings and magnificent views of the city.
  4. Potsdamer Platz is an entire quarter built from scratch after 1995 after the Wall came down.

Useful tips

  • We stayed at St. Michaels-Heim Jugendgaestehaus und Hotel in the Grunewald district of Berlin. The cost was € 19/person per night.
  • If you are visiting IFA, we recommend purchasing your tickets on-line in advance. On-line tickets will cost you € 8, while paying for tickets on the spot at the entrance will cost you € 14.
  • If you want to visit the Reichstag building, which houses the Deutscher Bundestag (German Parliament), we recommend that you make an online registration well in advance (preferably 1-2 weeks especially if you are visiting Berlin in weekends), otherwise you may not get a chance to visit the Parliament at all. Visiting the Reichstag Building is free of charge, you can register your visit here.
  • When using the public transportation, the best option to travel cost-wise is buying a ticket for a small group (5 people), costing € 16.7. A singe ticket for a day in Belrin costs € 6.70 and the price for a single journey ticket is € 2.7. The ticket vending machines do not accept VISA credit cards. At every S-Bahn station you can find ticket vending machines that accept cash payments.





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