About Berlin

The city of Berlin has a lot to offer: By the way, the name Berlin comes from the Slavic word for swamp. So it’s no surprise that this city has been established on a Spree-island. The Spree flows from East to West. Tributaries are Dahme, Wuhle, Panke and the Spree leads into the Havel in Spandau – so there’s enough water everywhere. Very green too by the way! In the heart of the city you’ll find the 2 square kilometre huge Tiergarten. Furthermore the Grunewald, the former airport Tempelhof and the Hasenheide form the “green lung” of Berlin.


A City with history

Berlin became mostly famous as the centre of the Prussian Kingdom. At that time not only the castle was built (which is currently reconstructed), but also the Humboldt University. The city has been growing constantly since. Berlin has developed itself into a world city at the beginning of National Socialism, where art, culture and science have been in an active exchange. After the Second World War, Berlin became the symbol of the Cold War. From 1961 to 1989 the Berlin Wall separated the city into the East and West. You can still see it today. Striking cobblestones draw the way of the Berlin Wall in the city centre. Wall tiles can be seen at memorial sites with the naked eye.

Queer Community

Berlin has been in the crux of the matter for the gay-lesbian life at the beginning of the 20th century already. Especially in Schoeneberg and Kreuzberg a free scene developed. It’s still like that. Every year, the Gay-Lesbian City Festival takes place on the weekend before the CSD around the Nollendorfplatz. One of the oldest institutions for women is the Begine and the Schokofabrik, once raised from the squatters-scene and today it’s Europe’s biggest women’s centre.

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