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Top 10 Fascinating Facts about Berlin

May 26, 2015 1:40 pm by

Berlin is a city rich with culture and heritage, and you can’t escape the wartime history that runs through the city. However there are lots of other fascinating facts about the city, that you might not learn through a museum, or see on a sign post.

Here are 10 of the most fascinating facts about Berlin to test your trivia. See how many you know already!


  1. Berlin is nine times the size of Paris – meaning that it covers 8 km² ! We advise you bring comfy walking shoes, download our free guidebook and map and plan your trip sensibly!


  1. Berlin has over 1,700 bridges – way more than Venice! This is because there is over 180km of navigable waterway to cross. Why not try out a River Cruise to see the sights of the city from a unique perspective?


  1. The Berlin Wall is not only a historic monument, but it’s also the world’s Longest Open Air Gallery. The East Side Gallery is 1.3km long and is decorated with more than 101 images by 21 countries.


  1. Berlin is home to the tallest structure in Germany, the Berliner Fernsehturm, aka the Berlin TV Tower. At 368m high it’s also one of the largest constructions in Europe.


  1. Berlin’s Museum Island, Modernism Housing Estates and Palaces and Parks of Potsdam


  1. Berlin has not one but three Opera Houses, Berliner Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Komische Oper Berlin. So if you’re a fan of classical music, you’re in for a treat!


  1. Berlin is home to the longest beer garden in the world – its annual beer festival Internationales Berliner Bierfestival measures 2.2 km! Make sure you visit with stamina…


  1. If you are a fan of culture and higher learning, there are 180 museums in Berlin in total. With The Berlin Pass you can visit some of these for free, just show your pass and you’ll be let straight in with no extra charge!


  1. The Pergamon Museum is one of Berlin’s most popular museums. But did you know the centrepiece, the Pergamon Alter, was so big that it takes up an entire room of the whole museum?! Visit and you’ll see!


  1. The name Charlie, at the symbolic Cold War monument Checkpoint Charlie, came from the letter C in the NATO phonetic alphabet. There are other lesser known checkpoints that went by the names Alpha and Beta, and so on.