Berlin is frequently associated with its political status as German capital, with its unique history and the Berlin wall. Berlin is also known as an ever-changing city, and it is composed of a large diversity of neighbourhoods. But there are also some other lesser-known facts that are worth mentioning, for example:
- Data from the German Research Foundation (DFG) identifies Berlin as number 1 destination for research funding among German cities
- Berlin is on its way to becoming a fashion capital and attracts artists from all over the world
- Wannsee Beach is Europe’s largest inland water beach
- Berlin airport authority reported passenger numbers increasing by 7.7 % from 2010 to 2011
- Berlin is now a top 3 travel destination in Europe
During the conference, the Festival of Lights will take place. Many Berlin landmarks, buildings and streets are illuminated by the work of light artists as for example the Brandenburg Gate below.
The official website of the city is a good source for Berlin A-Z.