Berlin is one of the top world cities. It is the center of commerce and culture in all of Germany. Today, Berlin has almost 800 hotels that service the needs of tourists. In 2010, there were more than nine million tourists that visited the city. Berlin ranks as one of the most visited city in the European Union.

The modern Berlin is born out of the historic city center, its sister town of Collin and the Nikolai center. The city was founded by settlements of the elector such as the Dorotheenstadt and Friedrichstadt that created what is now known as Greater Berlin in the early 20th century. The result of the evolution of the city was an overabundance of lights and sights.

Berlin has no definite center of tourism. There are patches of attractions that are all over the city. However, one should never miss during a visit in Berlin without seeing the Brandenburger Gate. The Brandenbuger Gate is originally part of the infamous Berlin Wall. It was used as the main entrance going into the city. It is the only remnant of the wall that used to symbolize a divided Germany. The Gate has been the symbol of a unified and stronger Germany. Since the fall of communism, the area surrounding the wall has been redeveloped to its old 19th century glory.

If you want to explore the history of Berlin Wall, don’t fail to visit Checkpoint Charlie. The checkpoint is the famous control point between the border of East and West Germany during the height of the Cold War. You can take a walk along the wall’s length by the Spree. This historical section of the city runs along the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg districts. The east side of the wall has been dedicated to street art that were preserved during the tear down of the wall.

On top of the wall is the Quadriga. The crown atop to gate was made by Johann Gottfried Schadow. This ornament is made of bronze to symbolize peace. The ornament was a symbol of victory over the French during the Napoleonic wars.

The Reichstag is the symbol of German politics. It has been the seat of the German parliament. It was destroyed during a huge fire; it symbolized the German defeat from the hands of the Soviets. This hastened the rise of Adolf Hitler who would soon grab the reigns of Germany.

Another neat lesson in history is the Holocaust Memorial. The memorial was dedicated to the numerous lives that were lost during the regime of Hitler and the Nazi party. It serves as a reminder to generations that violence will never achieve peace. You can tour the memorial anytime  from 10 am to 8 pm.

If you want to have a picture for posterity; head off to the Photoautomaten that is scattered all over the city. The photo booths that still render the pictures in black and white is a reminder of the good old days and a fitting souvenir for your visit to Berlin.

When it comes to party, Berliners are the party animals of Deutschland. You can head off to the numerous dance halls in the city, especially on the weekends.

A visit to Berlin is both a fun-filled and educational. A lot of things can be learned from its history and legacy. It serves a fitting reminder of the freedom that Germany earned never came without a steep price.