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Fri, 04/26/2013

Travel Destination Berlin

Last year was a record breaking year for Berlin's tourism industry. 10.8 million arrivals and 24.9 million overnights were counted in the city’s hotels and guest houses in 2012, a 10 percent increase from the previous year. With the double-digit increase in overnights, Berlin is the fastest growing international metropolis and could defend and even strengthen its position as Europe’s third most popular destination.

According to Burkhard Kieker, CEO of visitBerlin, Berlin is making its comeback as a top world destination. “Proof are not only the 25 million overnights, but also the strong positive image the city maintains far beyond its borders. Tourists, creative people, and highly qualified young professionals are drawn to Berlin from all over the world. With their talent, tolerance and technology they are a big factor in the success of the city.” Berlin’s meetings and conventions significantly contributed to the record numbers. In 2012, Berlin was host to 123,900 meetings, congresses and events with some 10.5 million participants. International meetings accounted for 19 percent, and the German capital is currently ranking fourth as an international location for association meetings. In the past decade, Berlin’s tourism numbers as well as the number of available hotel beds has doubled. In December 2012, Berlin had 126,000 hotel beds with an occupancy rate of 54.5 percent.

Berlin's attractiveness has many reasons which we will present to you in regular blogposts on this website. But one reason to come to Berlin is coming to a city with probably more history in it than any other town in the world. Unfortunatley most of this history is determined by totalitarian regimes but somehow this fascinates visitors most. When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 everybody was happy. The government did it's best to remove the Berlin Wall so completely that there would be no sign of it anymore. Later on it found out that this was a grave mistake. People came to Berlin to see the Wall, to find how it was to live with it. They wanted to see it for themselves. But it was almost gone. The famous Potsdamer Platz were the scar the Wall was in the face of the city was seen at its clearest was completely rebuilt. Coming to it today – little more than 20 years after the Wall fell – nobody would get the impression that this once was a huge wasteland. The area lies in the very heart of the city, Potsdamer Platz was one of the busiest areas of the old Berlin, but during the cold war it was empty. The Western part, the part between Leipziger Platz (which was part of the East German border installation) and the Concert Hall of the world famous Berlin Philharmonic Orchester along with the National Library (the yellow buildings) was empty and considered to be in an area nobody wanted to go. There were competitions to develop this area, which were stopped when the Wall fell.

When the government found out that visitors also came to Berlin to feel the City's history and to explore the traces of the GDR regime as well as those of the 3rd Reich it tried to get parts of the wall back. Of course it build the Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall Memorial) which commemorates the division of Berlin by the Berlin Wall and the deaths that occurred there but it also build a kind of trail. There were the wall once stood is now a line made of cobblestone. Actually that is the only means to make the Wall visible in the city. Additionally to the Berlin Wall Memorial there are some pieces of the Wall and some information boards at Potsdamer Platz and there is an original stretch of Wall nearby. This stretch of the Berlin Wall is gated because people used to chisel pieces of concrete out of it. This was done widely right after the fall of the Wall. Once to get it down, second to of a memorandum of it. The gat is there now to preserve it. Only view people are aware that this is the most original piece of wall one can find in Berlin. It also is in one of the most interesting historic spots of Berlin. The building on its northern side was build as the Ministry of Aviation by the Nazis and is now the Ministry of Finance. On the southern side we find the Topography of Terror were visitors can inform themselves about the Nazi terror. On this site were the Gestapo, SD and RSHA headquarters during the 3rd Reich.

Of course people come to see the infamous sites of the 3rd Reich as well. They especially ask for the Führerbunker. The government of Berlin had declined for a very long time to set up information panels about it because it did not want to attract peoples attention to it. But people were curious and to avoid legend to spread it eventually set up an information panel.

Nearby is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Brandenburg Gate, the newly build American Embassy and the Tiergarten Park and of course the Potsdamer Platz.

Most of Berlin's history indeed is found around Potsdamer Platz and the Brandenburg Gate but there are other spots to visit in Berlin as well. In this blogspot we will show you those spots and we will not keep it with historic spots, but we will although show

If you plan to come to Berlin maybe to get medical treatment at one of the hospitals of PGD International and you take family or friends along to Berlin here are some websites that might help you to find out what to do besides getting healthy again. This is the official tourist website VisitBerlin, this the offical website of the city of Berlin, and this the Berlin-page of the The Telegraphs travel website, which might offer more ideas for and when to come to Berlin. When you are more into fashion, arts and the club scene just have a look here. And when you want to stay for a longer while you might be interested in checking out these websites: Slow Travel Berlin and The ExBerliner. And then of cours is some fun stuff too: http://whenyoureallyliveinberlin.tumblr.com/

On our Facebook-page we regularly post pictures of Berlin. There you can also find pictures illustrating this article.

 

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