24 Little-Known Facts About Berlin for the TravelersRuss Bily
You’re a traveler, not a history teacher.
So why do you need study books about your next visit country when your friends already been there and recommend you best places to visit?
The truth is, it’s not enough.
Especially when you visit Berlin for the first time.
What you need to understand is that Berlin is so unique and have lots of little-known facts.
So it’s strange, then, that some travelers don’t discover this city.
If that’s you, then keep reading.
Let’s dive in.
1. In 1936, Berlin held Olympic games, which, according to Hitler, were supposed to prove the superiority and supremacy of the Aryan race throughout the world. But four American golden medals were won by American black athlete Jesse Owens and Hitler refused his handshake, as a matter of fact, and the rest of the winners from other countries.
2. The capital of Germany is home to representatives of 184 nationalities, as well as to the most significant Turkish diaspora.
3. Berlin takes the fifth place in the European Union for its large territory (891.85km), it is more than Paris in this indicator almost in 9 times.
4. From 13 August 1961 to 9 November 1989, Berlin was divided into a 155-kilometer wall on the East and West. During this period 1245 people were killed for trying to cross the Berlin Wall.
5. There are 118 more settlements in the world called Berlin.
6. In Berlin, there are 180km of waterways and 1700 bridges, more than in Venice.
7. Berliner Fernzehturn is the tallest building in Germany, with a height of 368 m. Also, this tower is one of the tallest buildings in Europe.
8. Among the exhibits of the German Historical Museum is the hat of the great commander Napoleon, which was lost during the battle at Waterloo.
9. In Berlin, apartments and flats have no numbers, but the names of their owner.
10. In 1878, the first public toilets in the world were installed in Berlin. They were primarily intended to get rid of drunk coffee, so they were called “Caf Achteck.”
11. The first traffic light in Europe was also installed in Berlin on Potsdamer Platz, and it was in 1924. In 1997, a copy was created and installed at the same place. The height of this traffic light is 8.5 m.
12. The system of payment in public transport is designed for honest passengers. There are no ticket restrictions at the entrance and exit, and tickets are purchased in advance at the departure station.
13. Berlin has the largest chocolate museum in the world – Schokoladenhaus Fassbender & Rausch.
14. Berlin is considered to be the greenest city. The area of public gardens and parks in it reaches 5500 hectares. But, despite this, according to sociological surveys, the Germans believe that Berlin is the most polluted city in Germany.
15. According to the population, Berlin is on the 2nd place, yielding to London.
16. In Berlin, there are 175 museums. There is a joke that the number of museums in Berlin is greater than the number of rainy days in the year.
17. At the pharmacy in Berlin, along with the purchase, you are offered free paper hygiene napkins.
18. Berlin is a city of Stalin’s architecture. And not just a couple of houses, but a whole avenue of 2 km in length, which originally bore the name of the leader of all times and peoples Joseph Stalin. Berliners call the facades of the “Berlin Stalin” adorned in the neoclassical style – “Gingerbread Houses.” From the monument of Stalin, there is left only a pedestal. In 1961 the street was renamed to Karl Marx’s Alley.
19. Curry sauce and Döner kebab were invented in Berlin. The famous Berlin fast food – curry sausage and Turkish Döner is called children of war. When the Berliners worked day and night, clearing the ruins of the city, they did not have time to have a meal at the dining table. In stands, they immediately had sausage poured with ketchup «without a bowel» so that the meal was not delayed. Turkish guest workers in Berlin in the 60’s adopted the principle: the meat and vegetables from the dishes were transferred to a cake. So there was a Döner Kebab.
20. This is the only city in the world in which there are three opera houses. They accommodate more than 4,400 people. Besides, the city has about 150 theaters and concert halls for various stage performances.
21. The Berlin Zoo takes first place in the world concerning the number of animals. In the past, because of the division in the city, there were two zoos, which are operating in different parts of the city nowadays.
22. There are over 6500 restaurants in Berlin, about 550 ice creams, 2800 establishments offering sandwiches, 225 bars, clubs and other entertainment venues. In the city, you can find a culinary heritage of almost the whole world. This is the real capital of food and entertainment!
23. 5.413 km of streets were built in the city of Berlin. The longest street in the capital is called Adlergestell. It is 11.9 km long.
24. Berlin is considered to be the largest University City. More than 134,000 students study at various educational institutions of the city.
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Travel to Berlin is a unique travel experience for every international traveler.
The capital of Germany has lots of interesting stories to say and I know our 24 facts about Berlin will help you discover this city from different angles.