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Surprising Facts and Figures about the German Capital
Berlin sets trends: Whether it’s sightseeing or trendy scenes, galleries or fine dining, music or fashion, there’s always something new in the German capital. But what is it that makes Berlin so attractive? It is the diversity, the contrasts and the inexhaustible possibilities that continue to thrill visitors from all over the world. Did you know that…
- Berlin is Germany’s no. 1 tourist destination and is the third most popular in all of Europe, just after London and Paris? More than eleven million visitors travelled to Berlin in 2014. They spent 28.7 million nights in the city.
- Berlin is the only city in the world with three active opera houses? The Deutsche Oper, the Staatsoper on Unter den Linden and the Komische Oper together can welcome more than 4,800 people to their performances. Berlin also has around 150 theatres and stages offering performances in all genres.
- Berlin is the only European city that has more museums than rainy days? There are on average 106.3 rainy days each year, while the city boasts around 180 museums. Berlin’s museums, memorials and exhibition halls registered 17.2 million visitors in 2012 alone.
- Berlin is not only the largest, but also the greenest city in Germany? Nearly 32 per cent of the city’s total area of 892 square kilometres is green space, water and forest. The streets are lined with 438,000 trees. 2,500 parks and green spaces offer Berliners and guests plenty of places to relax and have fun. In addition, the city is home to 926 allotment colonies with over 73,000 gardens.
- In addition to its world-renowned collections, Berlin is also home to some rather unusual museums such as the Currywurst Museum, the Gas Lamp Museum, the Museum im Wasserwerk and the Hemp Museum?
- The first set of traffic lights in Europe was installed in 1924 on Potsdamer Platz? You can see a replica of the original light today.
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