Berlin, twice as good!


By the division of Berlin until the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, there was a lot of double: two Zoos, two television towers, two shopping boulevards. They remained to the delight of the tourists today!

Border river Spree, Kreuzberg in the former West part of Berlin (left) and Friedrichshain in the East

In 2019, are to be found in Berlin are still many traces of the German division, the life in the East and West part of the city to the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, certain. However, not only the few original remains of the wall remind of the time of the Cold war. Landmarks, sports venues and stages are characterized by the competition between the East and the West. And much, there is this twice. About the airports: Berlin-Tegel in former West Berlin and Berlin-Schönefeld, the former East airport of the city.

On both airports every year, around 35 million (2018) travelers land in the city today. The wide view from the top of the German capital, however, is not only out of the plane possible. A Berlin landmark: the television tower at the Alexanderplatz. It was opened in 1969. Of the GDR as a sign of the Superiority of socialism over the capitalist West was built, he is with 368 meters the highest building in Germany and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.

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50 Years Of The Berlin TV Tower

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50 Years Of The Berlin TV Tower

His counterpart in the West of Berlin, with 147 metres, significantly smaller Berlin radio tower, the much less travellers on the piece of paper is. He was born in 1926, from 1929, here’s the first TV-broadcast test transmissions. Even if both towers differ greatly in their appearance, they have one thing in common: if you look today, from the viewing platforms down, looks at the re-United city. The special feature is that The centers have their very own face.

City East City West

View from the Berlin Cathedral to the Palace square: the centre of East Berlin in 1990

After the end of the Second world war in 1945, Berlin had been in four sectors divided. West Berlin was under the control of the Americans, the British and the French. East Berlin belonged to the Soviet sector. Today, tourists in popular parts of the city are Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain. They are old Ostbezirke; Charlottenburg, Tiergarten and Kreuzberg, in contrast, were in the West.

The main boulevards of the modern city centres, the so-called City East and City West, could not be more different. Berlin’s oldest Boulevard of unter den Linden hemming historic buildings such as the Berlin Cathedral and the state Opera house, the Central tree-lined Avenue leads from the East to the Brandenburg gate. Since the German reunification has changed a lot here: Where once government buildings of the GDR and the Embassy of the USSR dominated the streets today draw Restaurants and shops to the tourists.

A Must for Shopping-tourists: the Kaufhaus des Westens, or KaDeWe for short

The Kurfürstendamm in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Ku’damm, is the Boulevard of the West. He was in the Cold war, the shop window of economic growth, on the night the Berlin wall fell many of the GDR flocked to citizens first, to the kurfürstendamm. After reunification, he fell a little into oblivion, but today he is, again, an exclusive shopping street. Fashion brands from Zara to Chanel, chic cafes and the KaDeWe Department store on the tauentzienstrasse, make it a tourist Hotspot.

Opera houses and stages

Berlin has two large Opera houses with a long Tradition: the state Opera Berlin and the Deutsche Oper. The Staatsoper unter den Linden was opened in 1742, under the Prussian king Friedrich II as a courtly Opera, the Deutsche Oper, was a middle-class counterpart in 1912.

Nice to listen to: the state Opera house is equipped for 2017 with new technology and better acoustics

The Berlin wall divided from 1961, the artist scene in the city. Since 1742, the Staatsoper was the courtly centre for music and dance in the German capital. After the construction of the Berlin wall, the Western artists, the show was banned here. While East Berlin was missing half of his artists, had West Berlin after the Second world war initially not have its own Opera house. Only in the year of the Berlin wall in 1961, the new building of the Deutsche Oper was opened in Charlottenburg – in the same place, at the 1943 destroyed German Opera house had stood.

In addition to this Opera double-tip, was founded in Berlin East and West and other music theater. By the during the division incurred Ensembles in the East and the West, the city today is a wide, double large stage program to see. The re-United Berlin dances, plays and music since the fall of the Berlin wall on three major Opera houses: the Staatsoper unter den Linden, the Deutsche Oper and the Komische Oper.

Duration of burner since 2007: the Abba-Musical “Mamma Mia” in the Theater of the West

And also two world-famous Entertainment stages, decorate the theatre scene in Berlin. In Charlottenburg, the theatre of the West shines in the middle of the Friedrichstadt-Palast. The Theater of the West in 1961, his opening with “My Fair Lady” and is since then used for operettas and Musicals. Today, it shows performances of Stage Entertainment.

The headdress for the Show “Vivid” in the 35. The anniversary year has created Hutdesigner Philip Treacy, who also worked for Lady Gaga and Madonna

The Friedrichstadt-Palast is now an icon of European Revue theatre. Its history dates back to 1891, when he was used as a circus and a market hall. In the Cold war, Jazz and pop musicians in the GDR occurred there. At the beginning of the 80s, the small stage on trumped then against West Berlin’s Entertainment: with a new, spectacular stage technology, for the Revue theatre today is world famous.

Leisure fun times Two

The species richness of the two Berlin Zoos is unique in the world. In 1955, the Tierpark Berlin was opened in the East Berlin district of Friedrichsfelde. With 160 hectares it is the largest Landscape zoo in Europe. Who wants to see his 790 species, must, therefore, be good to feet.

The animal Park in competition with the older West Berlin Zoo, the Zoological garden. In 1844, he opened the oldest existing Zoo in Germany. On an area of 33 hectares, presents more than 1300 species and with three million visitors a year, one of the most visited sights in Berlin.

The coast of Berlin: the Strandbad Wannsee

“Pack the trunks, and then get out to Wannsee”, trilled singer Conny Froboess 1951. The Strandbad Wannsee in West Berlin was not only one of Europe’s largest outdoor pools at all. It is also one of the few easily accessible recreational Islands in of the wall enclosed West Berlin. The Berlin Strandbad Müggelsee in East Berlin was, however, a major sporting venue for the GDR. Several times the world’s youth took place here games. Today, the pleasure is in both bathrooms in the first place.

The sports Events to rise today in Berlin’s major sports venues, from football to horse sports. The Olympic stadium is the largest and most well-known plant with almost 75,000 jobs. In 1936 for the Olympic games built in, it was after the division into West Berlin. It also is the home became the site of the football club Hertha BSC. The Fans cheer here at the Games with the Blue. Blue Herthaner, red Unioner – the football fans for the West – and the Ostverein dress in different colors.

1. FC Union Berlin: home game at the stadium an der Alten forsterei

And the red Fans of FC Union cheering their team in the largest pure football stadium of Berlin: The Old Forester’s house in the Eastern part of the city, serving since 1920 as a home game for FC Union and its predecessor associations. Most of the 22,000 places are available on request from the Fans seats. And so tourists can visit in Berlin, two very different football stadiums.

Even if many of Berlin’s double monuments are older than the division that has shaped the Cold war. By tourists in the German capital can learn the history of the division in a different way. And twice as much to see and experience.