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Berlin Overview

Berlin is the capital of Germany, and the largest city by population. It has an international reputation for being an extremely tolerant and liberal hub of modernity, with a wide variety of museums, architecture, and sights like the Berlin Wall.

Today, very little remains of the Wall. The city has rapidly overcome its reputation since the fall of the Wall at the end of the Cold War, and now is better known as an international hotspot for party animals and fashion shows. Whilst the city is relatively young by European standards, only dating back to the 13th century, it has garnered a reputation all of its own over the years.

Naturally, speaking German is preferred. However, French and English are also widely understood, so getting around will not be too much of an issue if you happen to be traveling from the Western parts of the world. Almost everyone under the age of 40 will be able to understand you and can converse with you fluently. After all, Berlin is the epitome of tolerance (along with Köln) and, post-wall, has attracted a lot of young people from all over the world and Europe, eager to express their intellectual selves.

Germany is well known for its engineering and you can see its history laid out in front of you with the various museums found throughout the city. There are literally dozens to choose from, depending on what you want to explore. There are also quite a few churches and private art galleries as well. There are also theatres, operas, cinemas, nightclubs, restaurants, and plenty of excitement.

There are three major universities, and the Olympic Stadium hosting soccer games, which absolutely shouldn't be missed if you happen to be someone who's never been to a European football match. However, one of the most popular things to do in Berlin is visit one of the various nightclubs; the city has a reputation as being one of the most progressive clubbing cities in Europe.

Between the food, the clubs, the museums, the architecture, the beer, and the atmosphere, it’s easy to see why this is one of the most popular destinations in Europe.

Reaching central Berlin from Schönefeld Airport via the S-Bahn isn't difficult. There's a direct link, usually line S9 from the airport. From the exit, follow the covered walk-way to the station.

The public transport network in Berlin is very accessible and comprehensive, including the Underground (U-Bahn), Train (S-Bahn), Buses, Trams and plenty of private taxis.

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