Carl J Johnson By Carl J Johnson, 24th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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When You hear the name Berlin, I bet You Think of the wall, once dividing the two parts of Berlin. This city was almost completely destroyed during the World War II.
Now they build houses as never Before. There are modern Buildings, You would not dream about.

The History Of Berlin

Berlin brings to one’s mind the tremendous gap (or wall) that divided the city into two different government entities. However, the new rejuvenated and reunited Berlin is marching ahead into the following post millennium. It is casting itself as the most significant new and modernistic city of Continental Europe.

Berlin’s dark past as Hitler’s wealth of Nazi atrocities and as the capital of Cold War in the following years has not escaped the mind of the local population or the visitors. The public opinion says that Berliners do not know where they are going, but see their history, and do not want to go back there. After being totally destroyed in the WW II bombings, Berlin has since optimistically rebuilt itself as a modern structure of glass and steel.

The scars still remain, mostly as a tourist attraction. For example, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial church displays the framework of the bell tower that remains in marked contrast to the modern church constructed to the west, fondly nicknamed “lipstick and powder box” because of the design.

The New Capital

The contrast between East and West Berlin before the wall fell is still visible since East Berlin proud of its cultural heritage rebuilt its museums and churches where as West Berlin built new museums and theaters. East and West are still coming together to form a complete Berlin and the system will hold its time.

Berlin being the new German capital is living up to its reputation as the dynamic hub of continental Europe, with nightlife being the most powerful and passionate. The city after accommodating the German Government as the seat of the new capital has undergone a substantial makeover with new streets, sky scrapers and rail lines at a whopping cost of more than $100 billion. Most of this has gone into the central region (Mitte) which houses glittering luxury hotels and shopping arcades. The effort in restoration of Unter den Linden to its pre battle celebrity and Hotel Adlon, the most popular hotel in pre war Germany and Europe has been noted. The chic district of boutiques and cafes, the Prenzlauer Berg, had not faced the destruction of WW II bombings and restoration of this area has been somewhat easier. This flurry of repair and action has caused a spiraling effect in the real estate market with a sharp rise in prices as well inconveniences of living around construction sites for Berliners. Most famous buildings of Berlin have been restored in this process. Reichstag got a new glass dome topped with the Eagle (national symbol) replacing the old imperial hunter. The Oranienburger Strasse synagogue

The Remarkable Restoration

The Oranienburger Strasse synagogue (also known as Neue Synagogue Berlin-Centrum Judaic/The New Synagogue), bombed beyond recovery by Allied bombers, has been restored to its ancient splendor. Likewise, Berlin Cathedral and the five state museums on Museum Island have been restored to their original glory. The natural beauty of Berlin has been enhanced with the few gardens and farms covering about 1/3rd of the total area, which also beautifies the city.

The Berlin Tourist Information Center, Europa Center handles all information regarding Berlin in general and Hotel bookings. The best and easier way to access the data are from the site


Berlin, Capital, Germany, Restoration, World War

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author avatar Carl J Johnson
Born in Turku, Finland. Now living Sweden. A criminal defence lawyer for almost 40 years. Now retired. Fond of writing and reading. Spears. Swedish, Finnish, German and English.

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