Berlin’s history is being reflected in its architectural style as well: buildings from the years when Berlin used to be an industrial city, New Sobriety and Bauhaus in the 1920es and the architecture of the postwar period show the city’s division and the rivalry of both political systems, yet co-existing next to each other.
Many contemporary witnesses can be found in the architecture: The citadel in Spandau shows the lifestyle of the Middle Age, the redesigned Hackesche Höfeshow with endless courts from the time of the industrialization in Germany.
Symbols of the reunification like the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s TV-tower or the German Reichstag are known worldwide. Likewise are the neo-classicistic buildings of the Frankfurter Allee, the Charlottenburg Palace and the bridge Oberbaumbrücke in Kreuzberg.
Even 17 years after the reunification, Berlin is still changing its look. Finished major projects like Potsdamer Platz, the new Main Station or the former Telefunken factory as well as other relevant construction sites like the Airport BBI, the BND-headquarters or the Alexander Plazaaround the TV-tower will give Berlin a new and rousing appearance.
The city is as lively as it ever was – and nonetheless shows its historical sites proudly. If you like the contrast between the contemporary and the traditional, you will definitely love Berlin!