The German capital lies on both banks of the river Spree where it has grown out of the settlement of Cölln founded in 1237. The city is now home to about 3 385 000 (2000) citizens spread over an area of 890 square kilometres. Germans love cars, something which puts a definitive mark on the cityscape
I found Berlin to be a messy capital in terms of layout. The city maintains a polycentric structure where the most festive neighborhoods are tucked away in the furthest and most remote areas and not apparent to the first-time visitor.
Never theless, it is a great city and a great document to the impact of differnt types of government philosophy as it was exercised in the eastern and western part of Berlin during the Cold War.