Berlin, Germany’s capital, is a world city of culture, politics, media, and science. It has a population of 3.3 million (the metropolitan area Berlin/Brandenburg has about 5.8 million) and it is located in northeastern part of Germany in a beautiful area of low-lying marshy woodlands with numerous lakes (many of which are easy to reach by public transport) and rivers (Spree, Havel, Dahme). Berlin’s rich history, its cultural diversity, its highly creative arts scene, its vibrant night life combined with excellent recreational opportunities and still very reasonable accommodation and subsistence prices are just a few reasons why it has become Europe’s most dynamic tourist destination (11.4 % increase in 2012). As Berlin’s major Klaus Wowereit phrased it some time ago: Berlin is poor but sexy.

Berlin is also very attractive for its young and innovation oriented industrial sector and it’s highly dynamic start-up scene, in particular, in the IT sector (German Silicon Valley). Most importantly, Berlin with its numerous universities (including Freie Universität, Humboldt Universität and Technische Universität), is known as city of science which has produced numerous nobel price laureates over the years. Freie Universität and recently also Humboldt Universität have been awarded the status of an German Excellence University (there is a total of 11 such Excellence Universities in Germany).

Numerous internet sources provide useful information about Berlin.
Official Berlin website
Visit Berlin

Especially summer in Berlin is great (the winters are cold) and the city is vibrating and full of opportunities for every taste, at day and during the entire night. At the same time the city is still a fordable, in particular, in comparison with other European metropolises. This mixture together with Berlin’s rich history and its open minded and multicultural population makes it a perfect destination for an unforgettable summer trip.