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A virtual guide to the German Federal State of Berlin. Beside a state profile, this page offers links to sources that provide you with information about this "Bundesland", e.g.: official web sites, local news, culture, history, education, city- and country guides with travel and visitors information, tourist attractions, events and much more.

 

Berlin

State Profile



Berlin Flag
Flag of the German Federal State of Berlin

The city state of Berlin is located in the Northern European Lowlands (North German Plain) along the Spree river in eastern Germany. It lies within the state of Brandenburg.
Germany's capital city - again since 1990, has an area of 892 km² (344 sq mi) and it is, with a population of 3,4 million inhabitants, Germany's largest city.
 
where in Germany is Berlin?

Official Name: Berlin

Nick name: Spreeathen
Motto: Berlin ist eine Reise wert (Berlin is worth a visit)

Abbreviation: BE

Time zone: Central European Time (CET); Central European Summer Time (CEST)
(UTC+1/+2)


Geography:
Location: eastern Germany inside Brandenburg, at the Spree river.
Area: 891.75 km² (344 sq mi)

People:
Population (2013): 3.3 million

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Official Sites of Berlin

Berlin
Citystate, state capital and capital city of Germany; Berlin's Homepage.


Abgeordnetenhaus von Berlin

Berlin's parliament.


Statistics
Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg
Statistics office for the region Berlin-Brandenburg (in German).

Maps


Google Earth Google Earth Berlin
Searchable map and satellite view of Berlin.
Google Earth Google Earth Brandenburg Gate
Satellite view and map showing Brandenburg Gate and surroundings with description.

Stadtplan Berlin
Citymap of Berlin.

 Political Map of Germany
 Administrative Map of Germany 
 

News

Berlin Newspapers online
Berliner Morgenpost
Berliner Morgenpost online.
Berliner Zeitung
Berliner Kurier
Berliner Abendblatt
Weekly (in German).
BZ Berlin
BZ auf Draht
Der Tagesspiegel
Die Tageszeitung


Radio/TV
Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB)
Public radio and television.

FAB - Fernsehen aus Berlin
Local TV station.
N24
Private news channel.
Sat.1
Private TV station.
 

 

Arts & Culture

Berlinale
International Film Festval Berlin.

Berliner Festspiele
Culture events in Berlin.

Classical Music/Opera
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Berlin's opera company.

Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Berlin's famous opera house "Staatsoper Unter den Linden".

Staatsballett Berlin
The biggest ballet company in Germany.

Berliner Philharmoniker
The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world's leading orchestras.


Castles
Stiftung preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin
Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg.

Museums
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preussischer Kulturbesitz
Official guide to the various museums, collections and exhibitions in Berlin, like the Egyptian Museum, the Old National Gallery or the Pergamonmuseum..
Masterplan Museumsinsel Berlin 2015
A Look into the Future - The website for the master development plan of Berlin's Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
 

 

Business & Economy

Investitionsbank Berlin
IBB is the central subsidy bank of the Federal Land of Berlin.

Berlin Partner GmbH
Investor consultancy and capital city marketing.


Berlin Trade Fairs
Messe Berlin GmbH
Berlin's Trade Fairs organizer.

Internationale Grüne Woche Berlin
The International Green Week Berlin is the leading public exhibition for the food, agriculture, and gardening industry.

IFA Internationale Funkausstellung
The world's largest Consumer Electronics trade fair,

ITB Berlin
The World's Leading Travel Trade Show.

Popkomm
Business-Platform for the music and entertainment industry.


Companies
AEG
Allgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft founded 1887 in Berlin.
Borsig
Formerly the largest locomotive producer in Europe.
Siemens
Founded 1847 in Berlin.

Transportation
Tegel International Airport
Official website of Berlin's airport.
Berlin-Schönefeld International Airport
The international airport is located in the town of Schönefeld in Brandenburg, the airport might be renamed to Berlin Brandenburg International Airport.
 
 

Destination Berlin - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Berlin, Germany's capital city.
Find accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, tours and much more by following the links below.

Berlin Tourist Information
Berlin's Tourism Organisation provides official tourist information.

Ostberlin.de
Eastberlin's past and present.

Hotels 
Adlon
Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin.
 
 

Education

Freie Universität Berlin
One of the new Elite-Universities, the German "Ivy League".
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Berlin's oldest university, founded in 1810 as the University of Berlin.
Technische Universität Berlin
One of the largest technical universities in Germany.
Universität der Künste Berlin
Berlin University of the Arts.
 
 

Environment & Nature

Naturpark Barnim
The first cross-border nature reserve of Land Brandenburg and Land Berlin.
 
 

History

Berlin's History
About Berlin's History by the official website of Berlin.

History of Berlin
Wikipedia's entry about Berlin's history.

The Virtual Jewish History Tour - Berlin
History of the Jews of Berlin.
 
 

Additional Information about Berlin



Open Directory Project: Berlin


Wikipedia: Berlin
 
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