The city of Berlin is built around the River Spree in Bundesland, the federal state of Brandenburg. Berlin is best known for its historical associations as the German capital, for its internationality and tolerance, for its lively nightlife, for its many cafes, clubs, and bars, for its street art, and for its numerous museums, palaces, and other sites of historic interest.
Berlin has undergone enormous changes in the past 100 years. When the Berlin Wall was destroyed is 1989 this was an enormous turning point for the city. No longer divided, this city is now a thriving, modern and exciting destination, welcoming tourists and business.
There are countless landmarks throughout the city and popular sights include the Berliner Dom - a huge domed cathedral standing within the Mitte borough; the Brandenburg Gate - the former city gate and now an iconic symbol of Germany; the Potsdamer Platz - one of the busiest squares in Europe, full of shops, bars, cafés and places of entertainment, Checkpoint Charlie - probably the most famous part of the old Berlin Wall; and the imposing Reichstag, home to the German parliament and just as impressive today as when it was completed in 1884.