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ZipTipz Berlin Travel Guide
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Berlin, a city that until November 1989 was divided by the politics of the Cold War, encapsulates 20th century European history. But with a rich history dating back to 1247, and over 80 galleries, it is much more than just a symbol of the Iron Curtain.

District Guide

A city that defies simple definition, Berlin is many things to many people. For some it is Europe's political powerhouse, for others a hedonistic party paradise. Epitome of Cold War division yet epicentre of unification, capital of Germany yet the least 'German' of all German cities, Berlin is...

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Historical Background

Berlin is in good shape - and that's despite, not because of its 800-year long history.

It all started in the aptly-named district of Mitte (meaning 'centre') when, in 1300, the two neighbouring trading towns of Berlin and Coelln joined forces. All but destroyed by the Thirty Years War, the young...

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Where To Stay

Whatever your budget and whatever your taste - the choice of places to stay in Berlin is vast. From astronomically expensive establishments boasting every conceivable luxury through to basic backpackers' hostels, and from mammoth international hotel chains through to small, family-run boarding...

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Dining and Drinking

Berlin's bars and restaurants have much more to offer than just sausages, sauerkraut and beer. The German capital has become a cultural and culinary melting pot, a place where East meets West and where ancient traditions mix with modern experimentatio...

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Entertainment

Famous throughout the world as a Mecca for culture and entertainment, many people would claim that Berlin is itself little more than one big entertainment complex. Yet there are some special places and spaces in this entertainment nirvana, the best of which we shall list here.

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Recommended Tours

Most cities only have one centre - Berlin has two. Although East and West Berlin have successfully interwoven to form a more-or-less homogeneous city, city planners are still trying to cope with the "problem" of two centres. The building of a new centre around Potsdamer Platz is being touted as...

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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Berlin is the capital city and one of the sixteen states of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is the heart of the Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan region, located in northeastern Germany. With a population of 3.4 million, Berlin is the country's largest city, and the second most populous city in the European Union.

Berlin is one of the most influential centers in European politics, culture and science. The city serves as an important hub of continental transportation and is home to some of the most prominent universities, sport events, orchestras, and museums. Its economy is based on the service sector, encompassing a diverse range of media and life science corporations, convention venues, research institutes, and creative industries.

The rapidly evolving metropolis enjoys an international reputation for its festivals, contemporary architecture, nightlife, and avant-garde arts. Being a major tourist center and home to people from over 180 nations, Berlin is a focal point for individuals who are attracted by its liberal lifestyle, urban eclecticism, and artistic freedom.

First documented in the 13th century, Berlin became successively the capital of the Kingdom of Prussia (from 1701), the German Empire (1871-1918), the Weimar Republic (1919-1932) and the Third Reich (1933-1945). After World War II, the city was divided. East Berlin became the capital of the GDR (East Germany), while West Berlin remained a West German enclave surrounded by the Berlin Wall from 1961-1989. Following the reunification in 1990, the city regained its status as the capital of all Germany.

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