Thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first chapter in the new life of Europe, Berlin is a unique meeting place for history and modernity, culture and entertainment, art and modern hedonism
Talking about Berlin means talking about a city that impresses and encourages the imagination with an incredible interlace of history and contemporary aesthetics, clues reminiscent of the great dramas of the past that influenced the fate of the world and modern lifestyles, the dynamics characteristically in metropolises in the true sense of the word and peaceful the dignity of the creations of past times.
Discovering Berlin, getting to know its core, each person begins in its own way. The width and manifold beauty of this city allow it. However, in most cases, it ranges from buildings created for eternity, from buildings that are a symbol of the glory of cities and peoples.
The Brandenburg Gate has long been an emblem of division, but it has forever remained a monument viewed with a specific mixture of admiration and respect. With its 12 Corinthian-style pillars, the Brandenburg Gate is a must-have for this city and one of the most important monuments in European history.
The remains of the Berlin Wall, and its route that took place of 155-kilometers, even today represents a place of interest for travelers from around the world thirty years after the fall of thiis border between people and ideologies. The construction of the wall began in 1961 at the initiative of East, communist Germany.
The wall represented the real and symbolic border between East and West, communism and capitalism, freedom and control. One of the strongest emblems of the Cold War was to prevent the escape of Eastern Bloc workers into a happier life than existed right there behind the wall.
With the demolition of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Germany was united and at the same time, the strong positioning of this country in the international competition of tourist destinations began. Between 1993 and 2018, the number of overnight stays of international visitors in the whole Germany is more than doubled, registering an increase of overnight stays from 34.7 to 87.7 million*.
Today, when we are sure that the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany were the strongest drivers of the growth of incoming tourism in German history, we wonder – why the fascination with the Berlin Wall continues today since it will be three decades since its demolition in November?
A large proportion of visitors are certainly motivated by nostalgia, a memory of a time of polarization of the world under the intense pressure of ideology. The memory of the fall is the memory of the triumphant moment as the world moves forward towards the 21st century. For generations who came later and did not have the opportunity to watch the event on small screens, to witness it, the route of the former wall is a historical place that inspires imagination. Visiting Berlin without taking the route that divided the world into two irreconcilable parts is simply unthinkable.
However, Berlin today is also elegant boulevards such as Kurfürstendamm Street, fashion districts that reflect the latest trends in the industry or art, depending on the viewing angle. Berlin composed of small, chic galleries and exciting nightlife.
Arts and Entertainment, an alternative and mainstream scene, a city that allows diversity to express itself in full. Different tastes, lifestyles, different cultural and intellectual aspirations – all of which create a creative, dynamic city free of monotony.
Undoubtedly, the atmosphere of the metropolis is also felt in the administrative district, which extends eastwards from the Brandenburg Gate and the nearby Reichstag building. This is where the monument to Jews killed in Europe is located, located near the Brandenburg Gate and designed by New York architect Peter Eisenman, as well as the memorial “Topography of Terror” in what was once the state police headquarters.
The Unter den Linden Street, which runs past the Museum Island, part of the World Heritage Site, Berlin Cathedral, the New Guard, and the Zeughaus (armoury), which today is the German History Museum, is a must-see destination when visiting the German capital. It is an unusual route that attracts lovers of history and art.
Much of the artistic legacy of Europe and the world is housed in institutions located in this part of the city and an incredible harmony of architectural styles no matter what epoch they came from. The walk takes you to the television tower, which is the tallest building in Germany nowadays. From here the view of the city is considered to be the highlight of a visit to this metropolis.
The path further leads to the Gendarmenmarkt, the most beautiful city square whose beauty is contributed by spiritual and sacred buildings from different epochs. The spirit of old Berlin evokes the Hackesche Höfe courtyard complex, which has been protected as a monument since 1977. An indispensable point of the visit are the parts of the wall between the Oberbaum Bridge and the Eastern Railway Station, which, like the East Side Gallery, have become something like an illustrated lexicon of street art.
What makes it special? A sense of slowdown in time, an authentic collage of galleries, pubs, bars, and pubs – a vivid picture of a style that used to be general and is now being traced. This spirit of bohemia, free creativity, creativity, and freedom Berlin is a true urban environment that brings together lovers of alternative, subcultural groups, members of young artistic directions exploring new paths. Berlin is an art city and a metropolis that fosters a modern attitude towards art and freedom in creative expression.
* common statistics have existed since 1993