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 is located in the north-eastern 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 as well as its very reasonable accommodation and subsistence prices are just a few reasons why it has become Europe’s most dynamic tourist destination.

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 Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin and Berlin Institute of Technology), is known as a city of science which has produced numerous Nobel Price laureates over the years. Free University of Berlin and recently also Humboldt University of Berlin have been awarded the status of an German Excellence University (there is a total of 11 such Excellence Universities in Germany).

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Berlin is especially great in summer, 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 affordable, 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.