Berlin had the largest Jewish population in Germany in the 1930s. In the Scheunenviertel quarter business, crafts and culture was thriving. Today it slowly recovers and the community is growing again. The synagogue opened up about 120 years ago and was completely restored.
The monumental memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin pays tribute to the soviet soldiers killed in the battle of Berlin. The enormous sculptures and displays where finished soon after the end of the war and approx. 7000 soldiers found their final rest here.
The Berlin wall cut right through the city and enclosed West Berlin in a ring of concrete. The most famous border crossing is Check Point Charlie. A museum shows the dangerous attempts to escape and the reality of the border. A double row of bricks marks the border where it used to be.
In the center of Berlin the Prussian kings build five museums to show case the treasures they have collected. The Old and New museum, Pergamon Museum, Old National Gallery and Bode Museum in their fine historic buildings are UNESCO World Heritage.
One of the most beautiful squares of the historic Berlin is Gendarmenmarket. The two cathedrals were built for hugenot migrants. The central piece is the former play house, today a concert hall. A place to stroll and rest.
This former border crossing for non-german and allied soldiers and diplomats at Friedrichstrasse is known the world over for the tank stand-off in 1961. Though not used to exchange spies it still remained a hot spot.