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Germany's 16 states: Berlin

The city-state of Berlin is a center of the arts and cinema and a trend-setter. At the same time, the German capital is constantly changing.

Since the fall of the Wall in 1989, Berlin has lost none of its allure. Every year three times as many tourists visit the German capital as its number of residents. There are all sorts of good reasons to visit Berlin. 

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Travel tips for Berlin

Berlin, seat of government

The Reichstag building with its glass dome is a must for any visitor to Berlin. Also for Check-in Travel Magazine presenter Nicole Frölich. Her tip: Right next to it, after sunset in summer, Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus in the government  district becomes a huge open-air cinema that shows scenes from German history. Entrance is free of charge! 

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Around the Reichstag

Berlin and the cinema

Every February at the Berlin International Film Festival, also known as the Berlinale, stars of the silver screen take to the red carpet at Potsdamer Platz. Nicole Frölich, who hosts our TV travel show Check-in, explains why this square, within what was once the border complex between East and West Berlin, attracts visitors, and not just in February.  

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On Potsdamer Platz in Berlin

Berlin, trend-setting city

Some thing new is always happening in Berlin. Entire districts are changing. Some trends have become established, such as turning derelict land into fruit and vegetable gardens. Urban gardening now has many proponents, because it's ecologically sound and promotes community spirit. We stroll from "Himmelbeet" in the Wedding district via the "Prinzessinnengärten" to "Markthalle Neun" in Kreuzberg.

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Urban Gardening

Berlin's Museum Island

More than 5000 years of art history are presented on Museum Island in the heart of Berlin. With its world-famous treasures, such as the bust of the ancient Egyptian queen Nefertiti, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999. 

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#DailyDrone: The Museum Island

Highlights in a 360-degree video

From the Reichstag building to the Brandenburg Gate; from Museum Island to Alexanderplatz: the largest and loveliest squares in the heart of Berlin. 

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Are you looking for recommendations for your visit to Germany? We've got them: Tips for Germany - state by state.

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