Welcome! The introductory lowdown...
Since the fall of the Wall and the decision to return the capital to Berlin the urban landscape of the city has changed astronomically. Areas of the former death-strip and Wall that once divided Europe’s largest metropolis now make up a futuristically charged city centre. It is almost hard to imagine that Potsdamer Platz – the European HQ’s of Sony and Daimler Chrysler, the Holocaust Memorial, Pariser Platz and the Government Quarter simply didn’t exist in the early 90's.
Unlike any other place Berlin is truly at the crossroads of the past, present and future. As if picking up from the breakneck pace of the 1920’s, Berlin’s cultural, gastronomical, and nightlife happenings have exploded in variety and quality. There is much to be discovered!
It is always nice to familiarize oneself with a city before visiting. What better way to do this than through film and literature inspired by Berlin's extraordinary history? Get a jumpstart on the themes of our tours with Insider's very own movie and book list!
Lenin on Berlin: “You can’t hold a revolution in a city where the people obey the keep-off-the-grass signs.”
Top movies about Berlin
-Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders
-The Lives of Others by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
-Far Away So Close! by Wim Wenders
-Good bye Lenin by Wolfgang Becker
-Run Lola Run by Tom Tykwer
-Olympia 1936 by Leni Riefenstahl
-Metropolis by Fritz Lang
-Conspiracy starring Clare Bullus, Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci
-The Counterfeiter by Stefan Ruzowitzky (about Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp)
The Insider Book List
-Faust’s Metropolis: A History of Berlin by Alexandra Richie
-Berlin: The Downfall 1945 by Anthony Beevor
-The Villa, the Lake, the Meeting by Mark Roseman
-Battleground Berlin: CIA vs. KGB in the Cold War by David E. Murphy, Sergei A. Kondrashev, George Bailey
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