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Berlin is a young city: in architecture, thanks to the reconstruction after the bombings of World War II, in society and in culture. It is reborn after the fall of the Wall in 1989 and was able to accommodate all the cultural changes of the last twenty years. It is the European capital that attracts more than all the young people for tourism, study and work, with a good reception system and very different proposals to live. A walk could be a good way to know the city from Hauptbahnhof, Berlin's central station built on several levels, to Alexanderplatz in the center of the west area of the city with the Fountain of Friendship between Peoples and the TV tower, the second tallest monument in Europe. Along the Spree, the "river of the Rowan" through the city, we enter the government district with its modern and highly symbolic architecture: the Reichstag building, seat of the Parliament of the German Reich until the advent to power of Adolph Hitler and again from 1999, the Brandenburg Port, undisputed symbol of the city. Walking among the lindens on Unter den Linden we arrive to the impressive Berliner Dom, Italian Renaissance-inspired, not so far from home of Berliner Humboldt University the oldest university of the city. Potsdamer Platz is almost obligatory step, the symbol of the new Berlin, home of the historic concert of "The Wall" of 21st July 1990 by Roger Waters and overlooked by a building designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano that was built after the fall of the wall that divided the square in two parts. The square's name derives from the fact of being on the road to Potsdam, the small town nearby Berlin, which with its 500 parks and 150 historic buildings represents a unique example in the world for its artistic value. The Museum Island is the ideal destination for cultural tourism: it is in the centre of the city, on the Spree with its five museums built over 150 years with collections of prehistoric, ancient and Egyptian art and the Pergamon Altar (the entry to the complex is free every Thursday from 6pm!).

To feel a real Berlin Berlin is famous for producing avant-garde theatre and for those who speak German, an evening in one of the theatres of the city is a unique opportunity to learn about the spirit of this capital. There is a wide choice: Friedrichstadtpalast for cabaret with the largest stage in Europe animated by the corps de ballet of 60 dancers and by his theatre company of 250 young Berlin children; the Volksbühne for modern and experimental theatre, the Berliner Ensemble that was directed by Bertolt Brecht and his wife; the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the State Opera House located in a beautiful neoclassical building.

For dinner you can have kebab or a currywurst in a stall, everywhere in the city. Berlin is the second most populated city by Turkish population in the world and here döner kebab was invented in sandwich and you can try also halumi, fried goat cheese and falafel, fried chickpea dumplings.

Then you can dive into the vibrant nightlife in Kreuzberg. This area is in the in West Berlin near the Check-point Charlie and along the Oranienstraße "nights are long" as Blattschuss Brothers singed at the end 70's. If you prefer the east area of the city, you will find in Friedrichshein a lot of locals along the Simon-Dach-Strasse, nearby the longest part of the wall preserved.

Schönhauser Allee is the right place for purchases out of the ordinary, far beyond the usual souvenirs as the Bear symbol of the city and the most important street fair is in the Mauerpark with old records, books, food from all countries and silk-screened T-shirts. During the Berliner summer it is lovely to have picnic or sunbathe in parks or in a lake just around the city.

A journey within a journey Berlin is all memory, to maintain or rebuild: we start from Nikolai, the only medieval quarter, although rebuilt after the Second World War, we continue with a walk in the Treptow a large park built at the end of 800 and then enriched with the Sowjetisches Ehrenmal , an impressive memorial to the soldiers of the Red Army. We arrive in the 20th century with a walk through Berlin Modernism buildings that were designed in innovative way to the poorest of the population during the Weimar Republic and the Olympisches Stadium, built for the Olympic game in 1936. We can close with the poignant beauty of Holocaus Mahanmal in memory of the Jewish victims of Nazi genocide and of the Denkmal fur Homosexuelle NS Opere for the omosexual victims in the next park of Tiergarten. The picture of the Kaiser Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche can explain clearly all the complexity of the reconstruction of the city: it also called the Church of the memory because it was in the same conditions as  after the bombing of 1945.

Do not miss To feel Berlin time through his different clocks: time from "The clock of the time in the world" in Alexanderplatz, the Berlin-Uhr or "Hours of Set Theory" built in 1975, "The clock of peace" made by jeweller Lorenz and the Uhr der fließenden Zeit , a clock time that uses colored water flowing through the theory of communicating vessels.

In this way you will be punctually  for the appointment to a different lunch at 1pm of every Tuesday to Berlin Philharmonic, with a free concert in the great hall.

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