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Berlin Tiergarten

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The District Tiergarten

Tiergarten – today the political centre of the Federal Republic of Germany – arouse from the former royal hunting-ground, the name giving Tiergarten. The quarters belonging to this district strongly differentiate from each other. Thus, for example Alt Moabit as an old industry and worker neighbourhood extremely distinguishes from the revitalized embassy quarter and the new Potsdamer Platz.

The reunification and the decision to change the position of the seat of the government to Berlin, provided for the revitalization of Tiergarten and let the district appear in new glory. Today the district does not only impress with its magnificent governance buildings, but also with various, architectonically outstanding culture buildings.
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Shopping

The district is mainly formed by the embassy and governance quarter, as well as the same named park area. The result from this is that shopping zones are rather bundled here.

One of the most popular shopping malls of Berlin are the Potsdamer Platz Arcades in the Potsdamer Straße. The nearly 130 stores have been included in a grand scale construction and mostly are formed by well-known labels, such as H&M, Hugendubel and Zara. Most of the shops are rather exclusive, which might be explained by the clients living near by. The versatile gastronomic establishments are further very famous for young and old.

Near the Arcades at the Kemperplatz the now worldwide well-known tourist attraction – the Sony Centre – is located. There also the Sony Style Store resides and is visited daily by countless people. True to the motto “See, hear and understand” here the most innovative consumer electronics of the company Sony is offered. Here the visitor will find everything that belongs to the Sony product portfolio and mostly is also allowed to try them out. Due to its high exclusivity and service grade, as well as the fact that the newest products appear first there and future products are already shown there – surely the prices will rise  a little higher.

Who is enthusiastic in Berlin fashion, will surely find something in this Berlin district. Here the head office of the business of the renowned designer Evelin Brandt is located. The impressive brick building in the Rathenower Straße has formerly been used only for military purposes. Today the listed pomp building is completely restored and is set in an outstanding contrast through elegant and modern interior design.

Near the subway station Turmstraße the traditionally rich Arminius market hall resides, which is also the 10th market hall of Berlin. Already the neoclassical brick building seems very inviting and decorates the area. Inside delicacies from all over the world are unified, as well as flowers and exotic fruits, that can be purchased here. For years now the hall is suffering  from a competition pressure, as more and more eco markets and discounters settle down in the area. Who, however, sets value on a traditionally rich, friendly and qualitatively very demanding shopping enjoyment, is in good hands in the Arminius-Market hall.
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Nightlife

The nightlife in Tiergarten is primarily mixed with the cultural and entertainment offerings. Hence, the section “Nightlife” will mainly refer the several clubs, whereas the section “Culture & Entertainment” will extensively concentrate on the diversified Entertainment program.

A quite diversified and constantly varying program is offered by the huge Adagio Berlin in the Joseph-von-Eichendorff-Gasse. It names itself “Club Superlative”. Its party offerings surely express the same. The entrance fees are absolutely reasonable and the weekly program varies between the typical club nights and gala evenings. The clientele is characterized by the age groups from the middle 20s and upwards – depending on the event.

Primarily on the weekends the 40Seconds in the Potsdamer Straße is open. There the popular music styles are played, such as R’n’B, Dance and House. In a very attractive location with a view on the Potsdamer Platz, Berlin nightlife can be experienced in a very noble manner. One only gets in, if the related dress code is considered.

Three days of the week the Trompete at the Lützowplatz is open. The Club in Berlin Tiergarten has specialized itself in a very interesting and diversified program. Hier all those people meet that set value on good (live) music from the modern underground style.

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Culture & Entertainment

The cultural offerings in the Berlin district Tiergarten are unmanageably diversified. A multitude of worldwide well-known stage shows reside in this district or come here temporarily. Furthermore, the German- and worldwide most significant collections are located in the museums of this district. The following section shall at least give insight into the most important cultural offerings.

The Blue Man Group finally moved – after its last performance in the Theatre at the Potsdamer Platz in 2007 – to the little Bluemax Theatre at the Marlene-Dietrich-Platz. The program viewable there is combined of parts of the shows in Amsterdam and London.

One of the biggest theatres of Germany with about 1,800 seats is the Theatre at the Potsdamer Platz. Already musicals like “Notre Dame”, “Cats”, “Mama Mia” and “The Beauty and the Beast” have been performed here and lured a countless number of visitors to Berlin. Furthermor, the Theatre is the main venue for the International Film Festivals Berlin, the Berlinale, which is why the building is also known as Berlinale Palace.

Doubtlessly, thanks to its great acoustics, the Berlin Philharmonie in the Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße is the best and most reputable concert hall of the city. However, when the famous artistic director of the establishment and conductor Sir Simon Rattle is listed on the program, the ticket prices are unbelievably high. Nevertheless, you cannot count on poor seats.

One of the most distinctive landmarks of Berlin is the previously mentioned Sony Centre at the Potsdamer Platz in Tiergarten, which with 26.555m² is about four times as big as a football field. Here life, work and leisure play together on a quite extravagant level. That means that various office premises, 201 apartments, a spacious car park, as well as diverse culture and entertainment offerings are located there. Included in the entertainment programmes is mainly the IMAX 3D Cinema. With its 588m² huge silver screen, an optimal arrangement of the luxurious seats and a high-performance system it belongs to the most modern 3D-cinemas of the world. Every visitor receives 3D spectacles, through which the 2-dimensional pictures are assembled to 3-dimensional ones and one gets the feeling of being midst the happening. 

Also in the Sony Centre the Deutsche Kinemathek is located – the museum for Film and Television. In the Filmhaus am Potsdamer Platz all considerable collections of film and TV history are exhibited. Furthermore, diverse extra events, special exhibitions, as well as colloquia and film programmes take place there. 

The Legoland Discovery Centre in the Cony Centre welcomes the whole family to an unforgettable journey through a 3,500m² huge Lego world. Furthermore, the MINILAND presents – in a scale of 1:45 – the capital in a small format. Additionally, the 4D-cinema makes it possible to let the visitors become a part of a real movie. The Legoland Discovery Centre entails even more exciting entertainment possibilities for its little and older visitiors, such as the LEGO factory and a dragon castle. The end of each visit is rounded off by a huge indoor world, where Lego enthusiasts – no matter which age group – may build and play as much as they want. 

The Music Instruments Museum in the Ben-Gurion-Street in Berlin Tiergarten made it its business to collect all kinds of music instruments from the 16th until the 21st century. By now it possesses one of the most representative collections throughout Germany with about 3,200 instruments, which in many cases are even in a playable condition. 

The Bauhaus was the most considerable school for architecture, arts and design in the 20th century. In a building designed by the founder Walter Gropius today the Bauhaus-Archive is located – a museum for design (German: Museum für Gestaltung). It further is the most comprehensive collection worldwide, that that is engaged with this epoch. 

The picture gallery (German: Gemäldegalerie) in the Stauffenbergstraße in Tiergarten possesses on about 7,000m² a collection of ca. 3,000 pictures and, thus, carries one of the most meaningful collections of European painting between the 13th and the 18th Century. Among those works also those from Van Eyck, Dürer and Rubens can be mentioned. 

The Kupferstichkabinett (German for: Print room) at the Matthaikirchplatz meantime possesses the biggest graphical collection throughout Germany and, furthermore, one of the four most meaningful worldwide. The more than 500,000 print graphical works and about 110,000 drawings, pastels, oil sketches and watercolour paintings derive from works of artists, such as Biticelli, Rembrandt, Menzel, Picasso and Warhol. 

The most important key data of the German History are demonstrated by museums. The Museum Island forms the northern edge of the Spree Island and the point of origin of the museums landscape Berlin. As one of the most considerable museums complexes worldwide, the Museum Island has been appointed as being an internationally incomparable ensemble and as a world cultural heritage by the UNESCO. Here, also the Bode-Museum, the Pergamonmuseum, the Alte Nationalgalerie and the Alte Museum are located. 

The Neue Nationalgalerie in the Potsdamer Straße contains the art of the 20th century of the National Gallery Berlin. The architect and icon of the classical modern Mies van der Rohe created this building in 1968, which today is one of the most important museums at the Kulturforum Berlin. 

The political meaning of the district is determined by the here residing government district. This is composed of the about 900m long assembly line Spreebogen. In the west it is defined by the Kanzlerpark on the right side of the river Spree, which is opposite the Chancellery at the left spree side. Further to the east the Paul-Löbe-House is located, followed by the Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-House (then again on the right side of the Spree). From the birds eye view the Spreebogen seems like a white interlock that is strengthened by the bridges over the Spree. 

Since the year 1999 the Reichstag building in Berlin is the place of residence of the German Bundestag. Every five years since 1994 here also the Federal Convention takes place for the election of the Federal President. After several damages, such as the Reichstag fire and the World War II, the work of the architect Paul Wallot from the 1960's on renovated and modernised several times. Between 1991 and 1999 finally a complete renovation took place, where also the famous huge glass dome emerged. 

At the western border of the park Tiergarten, at the Spreeweg, the Bellevue Palace is located that has been built in 1786. It is the first official resident of the President of the German Federal Parliament and is located directly at the Spree river side, near the Siegessäule, the Reichstag building and the Brandenburg gate. 

A true tourist attraction is also is the listed Victory Column on the so-called “Stern” (German for: Star square) in Tiergarten Berlin. It is also called “Goldlizzie” and has been created in 1864 due to the plans of Heinrich Stracks in the course of the victory of Prussia in the German-Danish War. Today it is the centre of many events, such as the Love Parade. Furthermore, here Barack Obama has delivered his speech in his election campaign for president. 

In the huge park Tiergarten, near the Haus der Kulturen, the Carillon Tower is located. It has been donated in 1987 by the Daimler-Benz AG in the course of the 750th Anniversary of the city Berlin. It shall commemorate historic carillons of the Potsdam Garrison Church, which have been damaged during the World War II. This one is a 42m high tower, which has been cased with black granite and is the fourth biggest carillon worldwide with 69 bells. The gamut counts to five and a half octaves and the biggest bell weighs 7.8 tons. Twice a day, 5 minutes long (at 12 and 18 o’clock) the computerized carillon plays – a program paper hangs at the tower. Furthermore, every Sunday from May till September and on holidays the carillonneur Jeffrey Bossing gives his concerts and plays from an attendant play cabin himself.

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Sport & Recreation

 


The most considerable and oldest public park in the capital is the huge Tiergarten, which is located in the same-named district in the Berlin city centre. It further is one of the most famous destinations for excursions or recreational purposes for Berliners and visitors. The 210ha huge park is divided by some big motorways, which cross at the Große Stern – the square on which the Victory Column is standing on and is formed in a star shape.

The Friz-Schloss-Park is located between the Rathenower Straße, the Seyklitzstraße, the Poststadion and the Kruppstraße in Tiergarten. The 12ha wide park area includes diverse sport facilities, such as an indoor and outdoor bath, a tennis court and the Post Stadium.

Beside Europe’s biggest animal Park in the eastern part of Berlin, the worldwide most species-rich zoo is located in the western part of the city. The Zoological Garden Berlin is 35ha huge and includes about 15,000 animals, and nearly 1,500 species respectively. the qrea is connected with the aquarium, which inhabits reptiles, fishes, amphibians and other animals. With about 3.18 million visitors in 2007 the Zoological Garden Berlin belongs to the most visited sights of the City.

The skate place Neues Ufer provides skater on a flat, asphalted area with diversified possibilities to let off steam. Skater themselves state that it is an “awesome park with great obstacles and absolutely good measures”. It's located near the subway station Mariendorfplatz at the Neues Ufer.
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Eat & Drink

Going out for a drink or having something to eat in Berlin Tiergarten is definitely not combined with much research. Contrary – the district is full of the best restaurants of the city. The level and price class, however, mostly adjust to the inhabitants of the district and the population that has its lunch there – thus, diplomats, managers and politicians. 

Highly recommendable and always well-visited is the Vapiano at the Potsdamer Platz. In the self-service location the delicious Italian dishes are prepared from fresh and high quality ingredients right in front of the clients. Most favoured are the composed pizzas and equally diversified pastas as well as creative salads. The orders are saved on a chip card and will be paid when leaving the location.

One of the most exclusive restaurants of the districts is the VOX at the Marlene-Dietrich-Platz. It possesses the biggest open show kitchen of Berlin and an adjacent Sushi Bar, where the guest may observe how his dish is prepared. The menu and the ingredients change seasonally, so that an overall real gourmet experience can be guaranteed. Accordingly, the bill at the end contains an extraordinary high price.

In the Lichtensteinallee the visitor of the Café Am Neuen See gets the opportunity to get away from the hectic of the Potsdamer Platz. In the classical beer garden one gats a cold beer, pretzels and bratwurst together with the pleasure of a beautiful lake view.
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Local Transport

The S-Bahn (German for: Suburban railway) axis of the lines S3, S5, S7 and S9 forms the most important east-west-connection within Berlin and travels through Tiergarten. Furthermore, the subway line U2 passes the district and travels from the west to the direction of the eastwards located areas. The north-south connection is provided through the subway station U9. However, there is no direct connection far north or south. 2006 eventually, the new central station – Hauptbahnhof – has been built – Europe’s biggest tunnel station and equally the most important railway junction of Berlin.
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