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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.
The Reichstag building in Berlin near Brandenburg gate houses now the German parliament (Bundestag).
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State Profile

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where in Germany is Berlin?

Official Name: Berlin

Nick name: Spree-Athen
Motto: Berlin ist eine Reise wert (Berlin is worth a visit)

Abbreviation: BE

Time zone: Central European Time (CET); Central European Summer Time (CEST)

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

Population (2013): 3.3 million

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.

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Official Sites of Berlin

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

Abgeordnetenhaus von Berlin
Berlin's parliament.

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


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 


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

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

XXFAB - Fernsehen aus Berlin
Local TV station.
Private news channel.
Private TV station.
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Arts & Culture

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.

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

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.

Business-Platform for the music and entertainment industry (currently not active (2015)).

Allgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft founded 1887 in Berlin.

Formerly the largest locomotive producer in Europe.

Founded 1847 in Berlin.

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.
Eastberlin's past and present.

Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


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.


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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