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Twenty years after reunification, Berlin is full of symbolism

Berlin represents the growing together of East and West like no other place in Germany. Brandenburg Gate, Berlin's most famous landmark, once divided the city but is now a symbol of German unity.

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

The Berlin Wall once ran along the Brandenburg Gate

Click on the video below for a few personal tips for visiting the ever-changing German capital.

Berlin's new parliament district is located on the banks of the River Spree on the former divide between East and West. Similarly, Potsdamer Platz was a desolate no-man's land just 20 years ago, but is now home to rows of skyscrapers.

A cultural metropolis, Berlin is home to the famous Museum Island. The area was badly damaged in World War Two but has undergone extensive restoration in recent years.

The East Side Gallery, popular among tourists, is the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall. In 1990, it was decorated spontaneously by some 100 international artists and restored several times since then.

Text: DW-TV

Editor: Kate Bowen

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