JFK famously said these words in 1963, as a show of solidarity with the residents of a separated city. At this time being a Berliner meant being in the metaphorical middle of the cold war. Today a lot has changed and while both the Second World War and the separation of the city are still very present in everyday life, Berlin has also developed a new identity. Today a distinct mix of startups, artists, politicians, and plain out hipsters from all over the world have chosen to make it their home. Berlin is known for techno, eccentric fashion, and a love for everything out of the ordinary. There is really no better way to discover what it means to be a real Berliner today than to go out into the 'field', so strap on your 'ironic' fanny pack and lets go get a Döner, grab a beer or better yet a 'Mate' and explore.
Discovering Berlin in all of its past, and present quirks, the culture, the counter-culture, the historical and the hipster.
BerlinBerlin is the Capital and largest city in Germany with approximately 3.7 million inhabitants. The city was founded in the 13th century and by the 1920s had become one of the largest in the world. After the and its subsequent occupation by the victorious countries, the city was divided; East Berlin was declared capital of East Germany, while West Berlin became a de facto West German exclave, surrounded by the Berlin Wall (1961–1989) and East German territory.Following German reunification in 1990, Berlin once again became the capital of all of Germany.
Berlin is a world city of culture, politics, media and science and is home to world-renowned universities, orchestras, museums, and entertainment venues, and is host to many sporting events. Its urban setting has also made it a sought-after location for international film productions.
Todays Berlin is an extremely diverse and innovative city, shaped by its past division and the culture and counter-culture which grew of these circumstances. Berliners come from approximately 190 different countries, they have their own way of dressing, they are a bit chaotic, but not too chaotic (we are still in Germany after all) and they do what they want.
PotsdamFar from being just a suburb of Berlin, Potsdam has a history of its own. Potsdam is the capital and largest city of the German federal state of Brandenburg and is situated on the River Havel 24 kilometres southwest of Berlin's city centre.
Potsdam was a residence of the Prussian kings and the German Kaiser until 1918. Its planning embodied ideas of the Age of Enlightenment: through a careful balance of architecture and landscape, Potsdam was intended as "a picturesque, pastoral dream" which would remind its residents of their relationship with nature and reason. Much of this image still remains today, especially in the parks and palaces of Sanssouci.
Potsdam is also home to the oldest major Film Studio in the world: the Babelsberg Film Studio, which produced many movies in the 1920s and continues to produce many german and international movies.
DresdenDresden is the capital city of the Free State of Saxony in Germany. It is situated in a valley on the River Elbe, near the border with the Czech Republic.
Dresden has a long history as the capital and royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony, who for centuries furnished the city with cultural and artistry. After being heavily destroyed during the second world war, many historical buildings such as the Zwinger, the Semper Oper and the world-famous Frauenkirche were restored.