Berlin is a very exciting city, a charming place that evolves everyday day. This is a European capital that is distinguished of the rest of the continent by its unique and strong charisma: The remains of a wall that marked an era, arts, modern architecture and an island full of treasures, is what characterizes the personality of the capital of Germany.
When you stay in apartments in Berlin, it is inevitable to pay a visit to the famous Berlin Wall. Declared as national monument in 1991, the wall is one of the historical scars of the city, which during 28 years divided it into two opposing worlds, a socialist in the East and a capitalist in the West. The wall not only divided political views but also countless families who suffered the rigors of a cruel and intense period of time. The construction of the wall is interrupted 8 urban lines and 4 metros, while cutting 193 streets.
On the 9th of November 1989 was the historical day of the fall of the wall. Today, you can see the most important remains of this wall on the East Side Gallery, which served as canvas for more than a hundred artists from around the world, who came to Berlin to express their outrage against any regime that would prevent the freedom of its citizens. One of the paintings that you can’t miss when visiting the wall is one called: “My God, help me outlive this deadly love” by Dmitri Vrubel, which shows the famous politicians Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker kissing passionately.
After the reunification of Berlin, the city started being an inspirational muse for international architects, who lead the city to become an architectonical paradise in the world, not only because of its buildings, but also because of the ways of understanding people coexistence. The Potsdamer Platz was the epicenter of this new wave of architectural experimentation, where great innovations were welcome; here was place where the first traffic light was installed in Europe. In only 10 years, the Potsdamer Platz became a showcase of trends. For its reconstruction, a number of famous architects were called to make this district one of the most contemporary architectural districts in Europe. Architects like Renzo Piano, Arata Isozaki or Rafael Moneo, were some of the artists who constructed some of the architectural jewels of the square. Pay a visit to the wonderful Sony Center and if you happen to be here in February, don’t miss the famous Berlin Film Festival “Berlinale” held here.
If you want to get to know a little more about the Imperial Germany of the Prussian era, the best place to go is the famous Unter den Linden; location where the monarchs and aristocrats of the Old Prussian used to live. This street in a permanent memory of Prussian glory. Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Berlin State Opera), Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library ), Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) and the Humboldt University are some of the buildings you can visit here, which around statues of distinguished Prussian generals, including Frederick the Great, will transport you to one of the golden ages of Germany.
Don’t forget to enjoy all this wonderful tour around German History while staying in Berlin apartments. Get the best out of the German capital.