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Welcome to Berlin - the city that never sleeps

Welcome to Berlin all radio lovers!  From hot Barcelona last year with Radiodays Europe to the coolest city in Germany, BERLIN, next year is a great jump. But  here you will find something for every taste.


The Radiodays Europe Conference runs from Sunday 17th to Tuesday 19th.  It starts during the daytime on Sunday with different Berlin tours in groups of 20-30 persons arranged by our Berlin radio colleagues.  Sunday evening we will have a Welcoming Reception.  The Conference itself covers two compact days - Monday 10 - 16 and Tuesday 9 - 16.  And in between, on Monday evening, the great Radio Night.

   So it will be busy days.  But you will find time and opportunity to see the wonderful city of Berlin before, under and after the event. And Berlin, the German capital and largest city in Germany, is really worth while discovering!



Berlin, with its 3,5 million people, is best known for its historical associations as the German capital, internationalism and tolerance, lively nightlife, and its many cafes, clubs, bars,  and numerous museums, palaces, and other sites of historic interest.




Berlin is also a popular place for artists to live and work, and the city have a lot of  galleries and  museums. But also in the streets you can see artwork for free on the walls in many parts of the city.







Berlin's architecture is quite varied. Although badly damaged in the final years of World War II and broken apart during the Cold War, Berlin has reconstructed itself greatly, especially with the reunification push after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.





It is now possible to see representatives of many different historic periods in a short time within the city center, from a few surviving medieval buildings near Alexanderplatz, to the ultramodern glass and steel structures in Potsdamer Platz. Because of its tumultuous history, Berlin remains a city with many distinctive neighborhoods.


In Berlin there is more than one downtown area. Berlin has many boroughs (Bezirke), and each borough is composed of several localities (Kieze) — each of these boroughs and localities have their unique style. The boroughs can roughly be grouped into six districts:


Mitte (Mitte)
The historical center of Berlin, the nucleus of the former East Berlin, and the emerging city center. Cafes, restaurants, museums, galleries and clubs are abundant throughout the district, along with many sites of historic interest.


City West (Charlottenburg, Wilmersdorf, Schöneberg, Tiergarten)
Ku'Damm (short for Kurfürstendamm) is, along with Tauentzienstraße, one of the main shopping streets in former West Berlin, especially for luxury goods. Many great restaurants and hotels are here and also on the side roads. The district also contains the Charlottenburg Palace, Kulturforum, Tiergarten and the Olympic Stadium. Schöneberg is generally a cozy area for aging hippies, young families and LGBT people.


East Central (Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Prenzlauer Berg)
Associated with the left wing youth culture, artists and Turkish immigrants, this district is somewhat noisier than most, packed with lots of cafes, bars, clubs and trendy shops, but also with some museums in Kreuzberg near the border to Mitte. These districts are undergoing gentrification as they are popular with students, artists and media professionals alike.


North (Spandau, Reinickendorf, Weißensee, Pankow, Wedding)
Spandau and Reinickendorf are beautiful old towns which feel much more spacious than the inner city. Pankow was once synonymous with the East German government, and the villas the SED leaders inhabited still exist.


East (Lichtenberg, Hohenschönhausen, Marzahn, Hellersdorf)
The museum at the site of the 1945 surrender to the Soviet army is of interest, as well as the former Stasi prison, an essential visit for anyone interested in East German history. Marzahn-Hellersdorf has a not entirely deserved reputation for being a vast collection of dull high-rise apartment blocks, as it contains the "Gardens of the World" , a large park where various ethnic styles of garden design are explored.


South (Steglitz, Zehlendorf, Tempelhof, Neukölln, Treptow, Köpenick)
South is a mixed bag of different boroughs. Zehlendorf is one of the greenest and wealthiest districts in Berlin, while Neukölln is one of the poorest of the city. Köpenick's swaths of forest around Berlin's largest lake, Müggelsee and the nice old town of Köpenick itself beg to be discovered on bikes and using the S-Bahn.


Read more about Berlin on Wikitravel and visitberlin


If you have time before, during or after the conference, you should explore this great city. But If you want a quick and cheap trip around Berlin you can go to our small picture gallery