Berlin, as we know it today, is nothing more than a collection of smaller cities. In 1244, Berlin was neighbored by Cölln. In 1307, the two cities joined together. After riots, elector Friedrich II declared the twin towns his residence in 1451. In 1701, after elector Friedrich III had coronated himself as king Friedrich I of Prussia, Berlin rose to a royal capital and residence town. In 1806-08, Napoleon's troops occupied the city; after the victory of Leipzig the Quadriga, a part of the Brandenburg Gate, was returned to Berlin in 1814. In 1871, when the city had become capital of the first German Reich, the city's population passed one million. The first World War followed in the early part on the twentieth century.
After the war, the
Weimar Republic was formed. Economic problems for
the country soon followed and Adolf Hitler rallied the
country together. In 1936, the Olympic Games were
held in Berlin where Jesse Owens took the gold
medal. Hitler carried out the Holocaust and
World War II with Berlin as his capital. Towards
the end of the war, the city was severely
destroyed. Every second apartment was
destroyed. After World War II, the four allies
divided Berlin in four parts: the East was administered
by the Soviet Union, the Southwest by the USA, the West
by Great Britain and the Northwest by
In August 13, 1961, the Soviets
divided a country and a city with the construction of
the Berlin Wall. Communism was thrust upon East
Germany. On November 9, 1989 the wall and the
Soviet control of East Germany crumbled. After the
reunification, Berlin became the capital of Germany
again. Berlin is the coolest place I have ever
been. With 3,392,935 people and 343.15 mi2,
Berlin is a big place. I had five areas that were
in Berlin. The map below shows where I was.
Click on the colored areas to see pictures from those
areas. The red line on the map denotes the course
of the Berlin Wall.
My pictures of the Berlin Wall can be found in the picture gallery.