Berlin’s status as a divided city during the post-war period has led to a number of peculiarities. Many public facilities and cultural institutions come in twos or more. Thus, Berlin boasts more zoos, opera houses, large squares etc. than many other cities of similar size – and more airports, too! Since construction started on the new international Berlin Brandenburg Airport, these have recently been in the news quite a lot. We think it’s time for a round-up of historic facts and recent events – everything you need to know about Berlin’s not one, not two, but four airports.
Art in East Germany was regarded as an instrument of political expression and education by the socialist regime and thus subject to censorship and state control. Since the fall of the Wall, a number of exhibitions have addressed the question of artists’ creative responses to these constraints.
The new exhibition at Museum Barberini in Potsdam does something different and looks at East German art from a new perspective. Read on to find out what’s ‘Behind the Mask’.
Berlin today is more international than ever. Influences from all over the world are obvious on the streets as well as in the local restaurant scene. From Asian to Latin American, Oriental to African cooking, a wide variety of international flavours are easy to find in Berlin. This Saturday marks the start of Berlin Food Week, a week of food markets and events to celebrate good eating.
The fall of the Wall in November 1989 paved the way for reunification less than a year later. At the time, the differences between both parts of Germany were very obvious and easy to spot. Now, 27 years later, the many ways in which East and West have grown together are equally obvious.
However, in a few respects Germany is still divided by an invisible border. Read on to find out more about the remaining differences.
Berlin is a buzzing metropolis. Germany’s capital city offers visitors and residents a wide and varied choice of exciting highlights and activities. Famous as a mecca for lovers of art and culture, Berlin also has a number of buildings that equal the architectural highlights of cities like Paris, Madrid and London.