Berlin is a dynamic and diverse European city rich in culture and history. Its prominence as a relevant historic site, especially in regard to Germany’s more recent past, has made Berlin a vibrant metropolis where remnants of the past visibly mix with bedrocks of modernity.
Visitors are able to experience a wide range of cultural offerings and highlights of the fine arts, which are featured in countless local museums, world-renowned concert halls, opera houses, and theaters. The city’s internationally famous music and street art scene also makes Berlin a popular venue for outdoor concerts, festivals, fairs, and other local events, especially in the summer time.
Contributing to Berlin’s unique cityscape - and something incoming students are often surprised to learn - is the city’s focus on maintaining a natural environment and providing its 3.4 million inhabitants with many green spaces for relaxation. Various parks, lakes, rivers, forests, and public recreational areas increase Berliners’ quality of living significantly.
A first-class and expansive public transportation provides an eco-friendly way to explore and navigate through the city. City-wide bike lanes have also established Berlin’s positive reputation of being a very bicycle-friendly city for commuters. As Germany’s capital, Berlin is a focal point for travel and provides access to various destinations throughout Germany and central Europe.