Berlin, being the capital of Germany, certainly is amongst the country’s most often visited cities. No matter if you are on a short trip or business travel, Berlin has a lot to offer with regards comfortable stay.
The hotels in Berlin, like in any major city in Germany, range from simple guesthouses to luxurious hotels. You may also book one of the many of the traditional hotels such as the “Kempinski” or the “Hotel Brandenburger Hof”, who have outlasted the last decades. There naturally is a certain enchantment about these hotels. If you wish for an inexpensive alternative, you may also book a nice stay in one of the numerous apartments or holiday homes (mainly located in the suburbs).
Since Berlin has three airports, a very good connection with the ICE train with several huge stations and is located near the autobahn A10, it certainly is a traffic junction. The public transportation within the city is also fully developed with 15 suburban train lines, 9 subway lines, 23 tram and 150 bus lines.
The most important sights in Berlin are the Brandenburg Gate, the remains of the Berlin Wall, the Museum Island, which even belongs to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, the Tiergarten (“Animal Garden”) with the victory column, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the Reichstag und the Office of the Federal Chancellor. Outside the city centre you may visit the forest Grunewald, the lake Wannsee and the chateau Schloss Charlottenburg.
In Berlin you will find four universities: the Humboldt University, the Freie Universität, the Technische Universität and the Akademie der Künste.
Berlin also is the country’s business centre. Being a centre for inland navigation it ships goods all over the world. Several daily newspapers such as Die Welt (“the World”) or the taz are situated in the federal capital. And there are huge technology parks and companies such as the Axel Springer AG, the Siemens AG and the Deutsche Bahn AG.
Total population: 3,415,742 (30th November 2007) Postal codes: 10001–14199