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Centuries ago, Berlin was a modest trading town along the River Spree. The Teutonic Knights built a fortification here in the 13th century, laying the foundation for what would become a city of great significance.
Over centuries, Berlin evolved from the capital of the Margraviate of Brandenburg to the capital of a unified Germany. In the 18th century, the enlightened rule of Frederick the Great transformed the city into a hub of arts, culture, and Enlightenment philosophy.
However, Berlin's history bears witness to both triumphs and tribulations. The 20th century saw the city at the epicenter of global events, from the tumultuous days of the Weimar Republic to the horrors of World War II and the division of East and West during the Cold War.
The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 marked a historic turning point, reuniting a city divided for decades. Today, Berlin is a vibrant metropolis, where the scars of history coexist with thriving creativity, offering explorers a tapestry of experiences, from the remnants of the Berlin Wall to the majestic Brandenburg Gate, a testament to the city's enduring spirit.
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The Brandenburg Gate is an 18th-century neoclassical monument in Berlin, built on the orders of Prussian king Frederick William II after the temporary restoration of order during the Batavian Revolution. One of the best-known landmarks of Germany, it was built on the site of a former city gate that marked the start of the road from Berlin to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel, which used to be capital of the Margraviate of Brandenburg.
The Holocaust Memorial is a memorial to the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. It consists of a 19,000-square-metre (200,000 sq ft) site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or "stelae", arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. An attached underground "Place of Information" holds the names of approximately 3 million Jewish Holocaust victims, obtained from the Israeli museum Yad Vashem.
The Reichstag is a historic building in Berlin, Germany, constructed to house the Imperial Diet (German: Reichstag) of the German Empire. It was opened in 1894 and housed the Diet until 1933, when it was severely damaged by an arson fire. After World War II, the building fell into disuse; the parliament of the German Democratic Republic (the Volkskammer) met in the Palast der Republik in East Berlin, while the parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany (the Bundestag) met in the Bundeshaus in Bonn.