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Berlin : An everchanging city....

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Berlin is an ever changing city. No other city in Europe has transformed so much since the start of the 20th century, due mainly to a host of political changes that Germany and its capital city have undergone during this time. At first, Emperor William II wanted to make his capital city as important as its two rival capitals in the 'opposing' countries of France and Great Britain. As well as that, Hitler had planned to make Berlin the capital of his new 'Aryan World'. These plans for 'Germania' never did materialize and the W.W.2 left his ambitious project in ruins.

Today there are very few remaining traces of the Nazi era to be seen in Berlin. The allies ensured every possible effort was taken to destroy all remnants of the Nazi regime, taking Berlin into a new period, a city divided by communist ideals in the east and  liberal aspirations in the west.

Since the 'reunification' in 1990, and the decision to make Berlin the capital city of the new reunified Germany, much has been done to facilitate hosting the government, the parliament, commercial businesses and large companies. Some parts of the city have been restored to how they originally were during the reign of Emperor William II, notably Unter den Linden, while other areas have been transformed into post-modern American-like city centres as is the case at Potsdamer Platz.

In 2012 a brand new airport, Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI), will replace both the small Tegel Airport in West Berlin and the rather ugly Schönefeld airport to the east of the city. The Palace of the Republic, the former Parliament of the Democratic Republic has now been demolished and the rebuilding of the Emperor's Castle is scheduled, even if the financial crisis of 2008 may have halted the project for the moment.

More and more, Berlin is becoming an attractive capital city in a country where other cities like Hamburg, Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt already embrace definitive influences.

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Berlin Capital City of Germany - Berlin Hauptstadt

Berlin was the capital city of Germany since the creation of the German Empire in 1871 until the fall of Hitler's regime in 1945. When Germany was partitionned, the western allies moved the capital to Bonn, a small city near Cologne. Choosing a small place like Bonn would eventually make it easier in the future to leave the city and come back to Berlin. The Russians, on the other hand, decided to create an independent Democratic Republic, whose capital city was Pankow, an area in north Berlin. Within no time at all they had renamed their capital city 'Berlin'. In June 1991, eight months after the reunification of Germany, the parliament decided in a narrow vote (337 for, 320 against) to move the capital city to Berlin.

The centre, Berlin Mitte, extensively damaged both during the war and also during the Battle of Berlin, became a 'suburb' of the new Berlin, capital of the Democratic Republic. In contrast, the communist government preferred to develop a new centre around Alexander Platz and Karl-Marx Allee.

Historical Berlin

Capital city of Prussia since the beginning of the 18th century, Berlin grew under the influence of Prussia in both Germany and Europe.

  • Prussia succeeded in uniting Germany with itself and its capital Berlin. At that time, Berlin was more central (a part of Poland was Prussian).
  • The German Empire wanted to make Berlin as influential as Paris and London.

Berlin : a museum of the history of the 20th century

Berlin in the 21st century

Berlin has taken back its role as capital city of Germany and many companies have decided to settle there. Fairs, exhibitions and conferences take place in this large metropolis annually. New concert halls and venues have opened and yet there are still large areas of ground, as yet, left undeveloped. Unemployment rates in Berlin however, compared to West Germany, remain high.

The central part of Berlin, along the former Berlin Wall, has been completely rebuilt, mostly in a very modern style (along the wall, the buildings were destroyed by the communist regime in order to help control the border). Most of the buildings have now been restored, however a lot of open spaces still await redevelopment. In Mitte, the old buildings have been restored to their former glory. The castle of the emperors may even be rebuilt in the future. The Kurfürstendamm area (Kudamm and Wittenbergplatz), former centre of West-Berlin is now being given a 'face lift' as it looked a little dated with its 50/60s architecture.

Memorials and museums about the Nazi regime, WW2  and the Communist regime make Berlin a huge historical museum.

Around Berlin

Close to Berlin, Potsdam has much to offer : castles, parks, a baroque city centre and even a Dutch area! The Concentration Camp of Sachsenhausen is now a major tourist stopping point, serving as a reminder of the terrible fate of millions of people whose lives were sadly cut short under the Nazi Regime. In Wannsee, an exhibition outlines where the "final solution" was planned concerning the fate of Jews and other persecuted groups.

 


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