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It is difficult to think
of a modern industrialized city that has been through quite as much upheaval
and stress in recent times as Berlin. The German capital has been undergoing
a massive reunification effort and cultural explosion since 1989 that has
held an awe-inspired and utterly captivated audience of visitors since
then. No other city offers such an intimate understanding of the complexities
and atrocities of world war than once-divided Berlin.
Despite the destruction of
the Berlin Wall in 1989, East and West Berlin are still two very distinct
regions. A stroll through Berlin's charming streets is the best way to
experience the time warp from which many parts of the city are slowly emerging.
Berlin Mitte is the central region, offering the most restaurants, shopping
and attractions. Everywhere in Berlin, visitors are surprised by the expanse
of green, beautiful spaces and parkland.
|Society of Expression
Berlin's Cold War generation
has flowered from suppressed beginnings into a flourishing world of creative
expression. A cutting-edge culture has boomed onto the international stage
in the form of festivals and celebrations after 50 years of silence. As
the summer season wanes, Berlin hosts the annual Art Forum Berlin in September
and October, which showcases trendsetting and fresh contemporary art from
all over the world, including Australia, Latin America and the USA. Attendees
may also participate in seminars and workshops focused on the art of tomorrow.
The Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), held in February, rivals
its Italian and French competitors with acclaimed submissions and coveted
awards. The most massively unifying and culturally eclectic celebration
is Berlin's renowned Love Parade. Initiated with a mere 150 people in 1989
as a display of love, tolerance and an homage to electronic music, this
gargantuan festival of DJs and dancers aboard competitive floats makes
its journey down Berlin's Großen Stern to finally gather at the Victory
Column where the party ensues into the night.
A History Not Forgotten
Despite the exemplary movement
forward by the citizens, including an affinity for nightlife, Berliners
make a special point to capture and embrace their harsh (and ancient) history.
The Jüdisches Museum is the largest Jewish history museum in Europe.;
The museum not only covers the victimization of Jews in German history,
but largely celebrates their contributions to German society, art, science
and technology. The museum itself, designed by Daniel Libeskind, is a stunning
example of modern minimalism. Also, be sure to visit the Checkpoint Charlie
Museum, which documents the historical significance of the Checkpoint Tower
that was used to patrol the "no man's land" of the Berlin Wall between
the east and west. The museum also offers an interesting collection of
stories from escapees and those who helped them across the border. For
a more extensive history, visit the Berlin Historical Museum, which covers
Berlin's modest beginnings as two farm towns straddling a river up to modern
day with a special exhibit on 20th century portraits.
Traveling the Berlin of today
is a journey through time unparalleled by any other European city. Witness
the remarkable hardiness and overflowing spirit of a city that is growing,
changing and unifying right before your very eyes!
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Featured Self-Catering Accommodation - Berlin
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APARTMENTS IN BERLIN, GERMANY - VACATION & HOLIDAY RENTALS
Am Boxi, 2 bedroom apartment, Berlin
Boxi is a private apartment, located in Friedrichshain district in Berlin,
only 15 minutes from the famous Alexanderplatz square near the river Spree
and the Berliner Dom. This fully equipped apartment is placed
in Boxhagener square, in the heart of Friedrichshain, where on Saturday
guests will find a market and on Sunday the Flea market, one of the most
renowned in Berlin. Perfect for a week-end with friends or a family
holiday, Am Boxi apartment boasts an easy access both from Schönefeld
and Tegel airports. Am Boxi is a spacious and fully equipped apartment
that can accommodate up to 6 persons.
Checkpoint-Charlie, 2 bedroom apartments, Berlin
Checkpoint-Charlie Berlin-Mitte offers serviced apartments in the centre
of Berlin, at the symbolic site Checkpoint-Charlie. Whether travelling
with family or friends, the apartment complex is an ideal alternative to
staying in a hotel in Berlin. Guests staying at Apartments Checkpoint-Charlie
Berlin-Mitte will find a private garage and disabled-accessible accommodation.
The spacious Apartments Checkpoint-Charlie Berlin-Mitte - Berlin offers
elegantly decorated, fully equipped apartments with two bedrooms.
Guests will find a full kitchen, a large bathroom, a balcony or terrace
looking over the peaceful courtyard, colour TV and high-speed Internet
access. A lift is available in the building and the apartments are disabled-accessible.
Zims - Berlin, Studio self-catering apartment, Berlin
apartment Zims, located in Berlin, in the Tiergarten neighbourhood, is
approximately 40 m² in size and offers a combined living, sleeping
and dining area, a kitchen and a bathroom with separate WC. The apartment
is on the top floor (5th floor) of the building and conveniently reached
by elevator. The apartment has a fully equipped modern kitchen with
dishwasher, cable TV, a comfortable queen-size bed and a studio couch.
The apartment is located in the quiet yet central district of Tiergarten,
close to the river Spree and the downtown area with its numerous sights
and points of interest. Sleeps 1-4
Berlin Apartments am Bundesplatz - Berlin
apartments are located on Wexstrasse 23, in Berlin's Wilmersdorf district
(10715). The apartments are easily accessible by car and the Bundesplatz
S-Bahn and U-Bahn (U9) station is also just 200 metres away. The
resort offers lovely furnished flats that can host up to 6 people.
The 50 square metres apartments are composed by a double room, a fully-equipped
kitchen and a living room with a double sofa bed.