NPR Berlin Question Of The Week: What Makes Berlin So Attractive?

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Berlin remains one of Europe's top vacation spots. In 2016, the number of trips to Berlin increased by 2.7 percent. For the first time ever, the number of international visitors has surpassed five million people. We wanted to know, what draws people to the city? So we visited one of Berlin's popular spots, the East-Side Gallery.

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2016 is coming to end as locals are looking forward to the New Year. We asked Berliners around Alexanderplatz: What are your hopes for Berlin in 2017?

Rediscovering Home In Berlin

Mar 18, 2016
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Bells tinkle at shop entrances along Friedrichstraße; traffic around the Siegessäule is backed up all the way to the Opera; and the S-Bahn heading towards Gesundbrunnen is running three minutes late. If you’re a Berlin native, none of these should sound new. They’re all parts of the symphony of sounds that weave together, forming the rich and intricate fabric of Germany’s capital.

Life In Berlin: Berlin Says Goodbye To The Thin White Duke

Jan 19, 2016

“He [stood] behind me, many years when I was young, and now I’m older, more than 60 years,” says Klaus Rieken, a fan who has come to say goodbye to David Bowie at Hansa Studios' memorial service in Berlin.  

In the large hall of Hansa Studios, Eduard Meyer, Bowie’s sound engineer, is playing the cello on stage. Meyer recorded Bowie’s legendary album “Heroes” in this very building in 1977. As Meyer plays, members of the press clamor with cameras and microphones amidst a large group of people, young and old, who have come to pay their respects.

David Bowie In Berlin

Jan 12, 2016
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While countless fans celebrate and honor the life of David Bowie following his recent death , many will gather around his former haunts to pay homage to the man that made it cool to be the oddball, the outsider, the strange. A small David Bowie shrine has appeared at Haupstrasse 155 in Schöneberg, surprising neighbors and passersby.