Little more than 1.5km of the Berlin Wall still stands. Its remnants symbolize the triumph of freedom over oppression and are a reminder of the Cold War era.
Creative synergies, a free-spirited climate and cheap rents have turned Berlin into a major magnet for artists from around the globe.
Confident, sassy and irreverent, the German capital buzzes with giddying energy and a zest for experimentation infused with an undercurrent of grit and roughness.
A shopping, eating and entertainment zone, it is the darling of the city's creative class. Its cafes and bars filled with media execs, fashion designers and bespectacled actors.
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