Facts you probably did not know about Berlin

Facts you probably did not know about Berlin

Facts you probably did not know about Berlin

  • 20 February 2019

Make room, New York, London and Paris - Berlin is quickly becoming a city that never sleeps. This city has 4.5 million inhabitants, in addition, 3.5 million people from 190 countries come to the metropolis. But no matter what these lines say, Berlin is still a treasure chest waiting to be discovered. Everything here is amazing and enthusiastic! Berlin is full of secrets and little riddles and you can best discover their truths on the streets. If you've never been here or are new, here are some facts you probably did not know about Berlin. Remember them and then go out to the German capital to see what you can rediscover.

- The Pergamon Museum on the Museum Island is the first archaeological museum in the world.

- The capital is the greenest metropolis in Germany with about 44 percent green space.

- With an area of ​​892 km², Berlin is 8.5 times the size of Paris (Paris has an area of ​​around 105 km²).

- With ≈2,100 bridges, Berlin has four times as many bridges as Venice.

- The first traffic light system in Europe was built in 1924 on the Potsdamer Platz as a pentagonal traffic tower.

- One of the oldest restaurants in Berlin "Zur letzten Instanz" was built in the 16th century and is still used today.

- The capital has more than 160 museums, 50 theater venues and around 300 cinemas.

- With over 17,000 animals in almost 1,600 species of animals, the Zoological Garden is the world's most species-rich zoo.

- The East Side Gallery Memorial (an open-air gallery) is the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall.

- Among the most popular Berlin souvenirs include: the symbol of the former GDR - the "Ampelmännchen", the GDR cult car "Trabbi" and the heraldic animal "Berliner Bär". The Berlin souvenirs, beautiful souvenirs and unusual gift items are available at the tourist information office.

- In Berlin and surrounding areas there are nearly three dozen lakes, the Müggelsee in Treptow-Köpenick with 7.4 square kilometers of water is the largest lake in the capital.

- The most important international fairs are held on the fairgrounds, including: International Green Week (IGW), International Consumer Electronics Fair (IFA), International Tourism Exchange (ITB) ...

- Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) in Schöneberg is the largest department store in continental Europe.

- famous Nobel laureates taught and researched in Berlin, including the physicist Albert Einstein (the theory of relativity), the physician and microbiologist Robert Koch (founder of modern bacteriology & microbiology), the physicist Max Planck (founder of quantum physics), the politician Gustav Stresemann (statesman the Weimar Republic) and the physicist Gerhard Ertl (development in surface chemistry) ...

- With ≈ 6500 restaurants, over 500 cafes and ice cream parlors, 2800 snack bars and over 200 bars and pubs, Berlin offers the greatest culinary variety in Germany.

- the first highway in the world the "AVUS" (automobile traffic and exercise road) in the southwest of Berlin was opened in 1921.

- The AquaDom Berlin is the world's largest freestanding saltwater aquarium in cylindrical form.

- Every day Berlin is visited by around half a million guests. That corresponds approximately to the population of all Nuremberg.

- Berlin is home to several unusual museums, such as the Currywurst Museum, the Computer Games Museum, the Lipstick Museum, the Two Wheeler Museum, the Hemp Museum ...

- In 1942, Berlin had the highest population ever with over 4.4 million inhabitants. Today, "only" about 3.5 million people live in Berlin.