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Where to go in Berlin while Berlinale 2012

This year, the 62nd annual Berlin International Film Festival, Berlinale 2012, began on 9 February and is expected to run until 19 February 2012.

Berlinale 2012 | Berlin - Travel Europe Guide
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The Berlinale is one of the biggest and leading film festivals. Founded in West Berlin in 1951, it is held every year in February, since 1978, in Berlin (Germany). The highest prize awarded for the best film at the Berlinale is The Golden Bear (Goldener Bär). Another honored prize is the Silver Bear - an award for the best short film and for individual achievements in acting and direction. The festival is devided into the several sections. Among others are: Competition, Panorama, Forum, Generation, Berlinale Shorts and Retrospective. Since 2000 the Theatre at Potsdamer Platz (Berlinale Palast) is the house for the main events at the Berlinale.

10 days in Berlin is a good reason to not only dive into the cinema world but also is a good chance to discover the most interesting places in the German capital. Berlin has a wide range of places to visit. Beautiful squares and spectacular architecture of the central city, endless museums and galleries, exhibitions and clubs.

Things to do in Berlin

1. The Gendarmenmarkt
The Gendarmenmarkt is one of the most beautiful square in Berlin. With The Konzerthaus (a concert hall) in the middle of the square, and two magnificent Cathedrals - the French and German. In the center of the Gendarmenmarkt is set a statue of German poet Friedrich Schiller. Both Cathedrals built in the 1700's and reconstructed during 1780's. The German Cathedral was almost completely destroyed after World War II and was rebuilt from 1977 to 1988. Today the French Cathedral houses a Huguenot museum and the German Cathedral works as the Bundestag's museum about German parliamentary history. On the Gendarmenmarkt is a large number of restaurants, shops and hotels.

Gendarmenmarkt | Where to go in Berlin - Travel Europe Guide

2. The Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg Gate, built from 1788 to 1791, is probably
the most well known symbol of Berlin and Germany. This landmark is located on the Unter den Linden, Pariser Platz 0117. The design of the Gate is based upon the gateway to the Acropolis in Athens (Greece). Atop the gate is the Quadriga - the sculpture of a chariot drawn by four horses driven by Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory. After Napoleon conquered Berlin in 1806, he took the Quadriga to Paris. But it stayed in France not long and in 1814, after Napoleon's defeat, the goddess Victoria returned to Berlin and received the Iron Cross, a new symbol of Prussian power.

The Brandenburg Gate| Where to go in Berlin - Travel Europe Guide

3. Pergamon Museum
The Pergamon Museum is the most visited museum in Berlin, built during 1910-1930 on the Museum Island, primarily for the Pergamon Altar, found by Carl Humann. The museum collection is subdivided into the Antiquity Collection, the Middle East museum, and the museum of Islamic art.
The monumental Pergamon Altar is a famous work of art of the Hellenic period. It has been delivered from Turkey. The Altar is a one of the terraces of the Acropolis of the ancient Greek city of Pergamon in Asia Minor (modern Turkey). Another famous exponents of the museum are: Market Gate of Miletus, The Ishtar Gate and the Processional Way from Babylon, The Mshatta Facade.

the Pergamon Altar at the Pergamon Museum| Where to go in Berlin - Travel Europe Guide

Ishtar Gate (Babylon) at Berlin Pergamon Museum| Where to go in Berlin - Travel Europe GuideIshtar Gate (from Babylon) at Berlin Pergamon Museum| Where to go in Berlin - Travel Europe Guide

4. The Reichstag building
The Reichstag building (Parliament Building) is a famous historical object and one of the symbols of Berlin, which is located on the Platz der Republik  (Tiergarten, 11011). During 1894-1933 it was the place for the Reichstag (the Parliament of the German Empire and Veimarc Republic) and from 1999  housed the Bundestag (a federal legislative body of Germany or simply - the modern German Parliament). The Reichstag was severely damaged in a fire in the 1930th and after World War 2 on May 1945. After its full reconstruction in 1999 the main attraction for all visitors of the Reichstag building is its new dome. The large glass Reichstag dome has a 360-degree view of the surrounding Berlin and avaliable for visits for free but only after prior registration at the official web-site of the Reichstag.

The Reichstag Building| Where to go in Berlin - Travel Europe Guide

5. Picture Gallery "Gemaldegalerie"
The Gemäldegalerie is a popular art museum located on the Stauffenbergstrasse 40 (on Kulturforum west of Potsdamer Platz), has a wide selection of European artwork from the 13th to the 18th centuries. In the 72 rooms (a two-kilometer floor) are exhibited a masterpieces from such artists as Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Albrecht Durer, Johannes Vermeer and Lucas Cranach

Amor Victorious, Gemaldegalerie in Berlin| Where to go in Berlin - Travel Europe Guide

6. Pariser Platz
Right at the end of the Unter den Linden and situated immediately behind the Brandenburg Gate is a Pariser Platz, the central Berlin's square. It was named after the French capital, in honour of the German occupation of Paris in 1814. Before World War II, Pariser Platz was one of the grandest square in Berlin, with the Academy of the Arts, the Adlon Hotel -the finest Berlin hotel, and the American and French embassies. After the War, Pariser Platz turned into ruins, together with the Brandenburg Gate. But thanks to the afterwar reconstruction, the famous Platz has become a fine city area again.

7.Berlin Cathedral
Is the biggest Protestant Church of Germany. The Cathedral is located on the Museum Island (the Mitte borough) with the Lustgarten park in front of it. The building is made in the style of Baroque, richly decorated and has a luxuriant interiors.

Berlin Cathedral | Where to go in Berlin - Travel Europe Guide

8. Memorial of the Berlin Wall
The Memorial of the Berlin Wall on Bernauer Strasse  dedicated to the Berlin Wall and the victims who tried to cross the wall to get into the West Berlin.
The Memorial consists of the Berlin Wall Memorial, the Chapel of Reconciliation, and the Documentation Center. At the center you can read everything about the history of the wall. The Berlin Wall was constructed by the pro-USSR GDR, as a barrier between West Berlin and East Berlin and from surrounding East Germany. It stood during 1961-1989.

9. The Fernsehturm
Is a television tower in the central Berlin, close to Alexanderplatz. With its height of 368 meters, it is the 4th tallest tower in Europe after the tv towers in Moscow, Kiev and Riga. The Fernsehturm is one of the well recognizable symbols of Berlin. Most of all it is interesting of its visitor's observation platform and a restaurant in the middle of the sphere, approximately at a height of about 205 metres

Fernsehturm, Berlin TV Tower (view from Reichstag)| Where to go in Berlin - Travel Europe GuideFernsehturm, Berlin TV Tower | Where to go in Berlin - Travel Europe Guide

10. The Tiergarten Park
The Tiergarten Park (The Großer Tiergarten) in Berlin is one of the biggest public parks in Europe. It has around 210 Hectares (520 acres). This land of greens is bigger than the Hyde Park in London (125h) and smaller than the Central Park in New York (335ha). Take a ride on one of the main magistrals which are going through the Park, and crossroads in the cener of the Tiergarten at the square Großer Stern ("Great Star") with the Siegessaule (Victory column) located in its centre. The principal road is the Straße des 17 Juni (The Street of June 17th) which ends near the Brandenburg Gate.

the Tiergarten Park | Where to go in Berlin - Travel Europe Guidethe Tiergarten Park, the Victory Column | Where to go in Berlin - Travel Europe Guide

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