Berlin, Germany’s capital, is a world city of culture, politics, media, and science with a population of 3.5 million. It is located in the north-eastern part of Germany in a beautiful area of low-lying marshy woodlands with numerous lakes and rivers (such as Spree, Havel and Dahme). Its rich history, cultural diversity, highly creative arts scene and vibrant night life combined with excellent recreational opportunities are just a few reasons why Berlin is one of the Europe’s most dynamic tourist destinations.
Berlin is also renowned for its young and innovation oriented industrial sector as well as its highly dynamic start-up scene, especially in the IT sector. The Forbes magazine described Berlin to be vying to become the Silicon Valley Of Europe. Most importantly, Berlin with its numerous universities, including Free University of Berlin, Berlin Institute of Technology and Humboldt University of Berlin, is known as a city of science which has produced numerous Nobel Price laureates over the years.
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The Harnack House is located in the center of the “German Oxford” in Berlin, which is characterized by excellent scientific institutions. Established in 1929 as guest house and conference venue of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society in Berlin-Dahlem, it distinguished itself, particularly in the early years, quickly as an international scientific club. It hosted prominent scientists, artists, politicians and industrialists and was place of important political and public events. After its return to the Max Planck Society through the U.S. armed forces, that used the house as an officer’s mess until 1994, it is since 2000 the conference venue of the Max Planck Society.