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BERLIN

Berlin the capital of Germany is dynamic, cosmopolitan and creative, allowing for every kind of lifestyle. East meets West in the metropolis at the heart of a changing Europe. Germany's largest city is a city of opportunities just waiting to be seized in all areas, like entertainment, recreation, economy, science and academic life.

As of September 2007, the city state Berlin numbered about 3.41 million registered inhabitants in an area of 892 square kilometers (344 sq mi). The population density amounts to 3820 inhabitants per square kilometer (9900/sq mi). 451 thousand inhabitants are foreigners coming from 184 states. Among them, approximately 44000 citizens come from the nearest neighbouring country, Poland and 114000 are Turkish – Berlin has the largest Turkish municipality in Europe outside of Turkey. According to official statistics, 23% of the population were Protestants, 9% were Catholics, 6% were Muslims, and 0.4% were Jews.

The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin's only remaining city gate, is the true symbol of the city. Because it was situated in the no man's land just behind the wall, it also became symbolic of the division of the city. After the Fall of the Wall, the Gate was reopened on December 22, 1989.

The Reichstag is the seat of the German Bundestag or federal government and, with its new dome, one of Berlin's biggest crowd-draws. Its colorful past reflects the turbulence of German history since the 19th century.

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is the central place for remembrance and a place of warning. Situated in Berlins city centre, the memorial was built near the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate.

The tallest freestanding building (368 m) in West Europe is the television tower in the former East Berlin. When the sun shines on the television tower's tiled stainless steel dome, the reflection usually appears in the form of a cross. This effect was neither predicted nor desired by the planners. As a jibe against the atheist foundations of the Communist government, and the ongoing suppression of church institutions in East Germany, Berliners immediately named the luminous cross "Rache des Papstes" meaning Pope's revenge.

Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building (side view)
Holocaust Memorial
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
House of German Representatives
TV Tower and Part of Reichstag Building
Victory Column
Philharmonic Hall
Cherry Blossom in Berlin
Living in Berlin