Berlin is the federal capital and seat of government of the Federal Republic of Germany. As a city state of Berlin is a country and is the center of the metropolitan region Berlin / Brandenburg. Berlin is with 3.45 million inhabitants the most populous, with around 892 square kilometers, the area’s largest city in Germany, as well as the inhabitants second largest city in the European Union. Berlin is divided into twelve districts. In the urban area are the rivers Spree and Havel, several smaller rivers and numerous lakes.
First documented in the 13th Century was mentioned, as the story unfolds capital Berlin Brandenburg, Prussia and Germany in its various forms of government. In fact, was the eastern part of the city capital of the German Democratic Republic. Since the reunification in 1990 Berlin’s all-German capital with headquarters of the Federal President in 1994, the German Bundestag since 1999 and the Federal Council since 2000.
The city of Berlin is a cosmopolitan city of culture, politics, media and science. It is an important European transportation hub and one of the most visited cities on the continent. Institutions such as universities, research institutions and museums enjoy international reputation. In the town live and work by artists, diplomats and immigrants from around the world. Berlin’s history, nightlife, architecture and diverse living conditions are well known.