Welcome to Berlin
Germany's old and new capital is the country's largest city, with a population of around 3.5 million. Many also consider Berlin to be the most exciting city in the entire Federal Republic, perhaps because the metropolis on the Spree never stands still, because old and new coexist here, because Berlin simply lives with its finger on the pulse. Even though Potsdamer Platz, long the largest construction site in Europe, has now been completed, construction is still going on everywhere in Berlin. The "fat B at the top of the Spree" - as the band Seeed put it - is changing rapidly and is very fashionable at the moment. The city on the Havel and Spree rivers is huge, a bit of a mess and multi-cultural.
Berlin has always been the scene of great historical moments; for example, the city witnessed the abdication of the Kaiser and the proclamation of the Republic. Kennedy's speech in 1963 with his famous statement "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner), with which he expressed his solidarity with West Berlin, is also known all over the world.
Despite all the hostility, the real Berliner still speaks freely according to his Schnauze. The "Berliner Schnauze" lives on, even if Goethe found it unappealing and many simply consider it to be fake German. In Berlin, a roll is a "Schrippe" and people say "ick, det" and "kiek mal". In addition, Berliners are very direct and at first glance have a somewhat rough tone. But they are actually kind-hearted. The Berlin bear, the city's heraldic animal, is also typical of the city. The fondness for bears began in 1280 with the first seal bear, today bears look at you everywhere from postcards and flags and welcome you.
Text: Berlin Tourismus & Kongress GmbH