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Culture Corner

What's Berlin Like?

Berlin is one of the most multi-cultural cities in all of Europe. With a population of 3.5 million people, 470,000 of its residents are residents with foreign passports. As the former capital city of the Kingdom of Prussia, the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, and East Germany, this city is bursting with culture and history. In the city of Berlin alone, there are 175 museums. Berlin is said to have more museums than rainy days. If the museums aren't for you, there's plenty of history to be seen outside of the museums. From the Berlin Wall, to the Nazi book burning site at Bebelplatz, to Checkpoint Charlie, much of Berlin's history can be seen by foot. While Berlin is well known for its fascinating and dynamic history, Berlin is also well known for it's modernity and progressiveness. Berlin is the current Gay Capital of Europe. Besides the Nazi era, Berlin has had a long history of gay culture. In 1896 Berlin started the first gay magazine and in 1922 Berlin was the site of the first gay demonstration. Today, Berlin still stays true to its role in gay culture by hosting many gay festivals throughout the year. Some of the most famous of these festivals include the Lesbian and Gay City Festival and the Berlin Pride Celebration. From it's diversity, history, and culture, Berlin is the perfect option for any student who wants to experience all Europe has to offer!

Region and Population

Berlin is located in northeastern Germany, in the Berlin region. Berlin lies flat on the Northern European Plain, which stretches from northern France to western Russia. The river Spree flows through the center of Berlin, with many of Berlin's main attractions lying on or near the river.

Berlin is the capital city of Germany. With a population of 3.5 million, Berlin is the most populous city in Germany and the second most populous city in the European Union.


Berlin has a temperate oceanic climate. Summers are warm and humid while winters are cold. Fall and Spring tend to be cool to mild.
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