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Berlin

Germany’s capital and cultural center dates back to the 13th century and has shaped – and been shaped by – many dramatic events in European history.

From humble beginnings as a medieval trading center, the city played a key role in the rise of the Kingdom of Prussia and modern Germany.

The Buildings

Berlin TV Tower

The 1,207 ft. (368 m) tower consists of an 820 ft. (250 m) concrete shaft upon which sits a seven-story sphere, crowned by a 387 ft. (118 m) red and white striped antenna mast. It remains Germany’s tallest structure and a popular destination for almost 1.2 million visitors every year.

Deutsche Bahn Tower

Architect Helmut Jahn designed the eye-catching 338 ft. (103 m) semi-circular glass and steel tower, which was completed in June 2000. The office is now home to Deutsche Bahn AG, the German national railway company, and is referred to as the BahnTower.

Victory Column

Originally erected between 1864 and 1873 to commemorate famous victories in wars against Denmark, Austria and France, the Victory Column (Siegessäule) was extended to its current height of 220 ft. (67 m) during the 1930s.

The sandstone column stands upon a base of polished red granite and is crowned with a 27 ft. (8.3 m) high statue representing Victoria, the goddess of victory from Roman mythology.

Brandenburg Gate

Commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia, the Brandenburg Gate was built as the grandest of a series of 18 city gates through which Berlin was once entered. Designed by architect Carl Gotthard Langhans and constructed between 1788 and 1791, the inspiration for the gate came from the entry hall of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.

Reichstag

The Reichstag was originally completed in 1894, was almost completely destroyed during World War II and remained largely unused until the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990.

The renowned English architect Sir Norman Foster was given the task of renovating the building and chose to combine the original historical façade with modern architectural elements such as the spectacular glass dome.

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