Pre-Departure Maps

Berlin — The City

English: Berlin at night. Seen from the Allian...

Berlin is the capital city of Germany and one of the 16 states of Germany. With a population of 3.5 million people,[1] Berlin is Germany’s largest city and is the second most populous city proper and the eighth most populous urban area in the European Union.[4] Located in northeastern Germany, it is the center of the Berlin-Brandenburg Metropolitan Region, which has 5.9 million[5] residents from over 190 nations.[6] Located in the European Plains, Berlin is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. Around one third of the city’s area is composed of forests, parks, gardens, rivers and lakes.[7]

First documented in the 13th century, Berlin was the capital of the Kingdom of Prussia (1701–1918), the German Empire (1871–1918), the Weimar Republic (1919–1933) and the Third Reich (1933–1945).[8] Berlin in the 1920s was the third largest municipality in the world.[9] After World War II, the city became divided into East Berlin—the capital of East Germany—and West Berlin, a West German exclave surrounded by the Berlin Wall (1961–1989).[10] Following German reunification in 1990, the city regained its status as the capital of Germany, hosting 147 foreign embassies.[11][12]

Berlin is a world city of culture, politics, media, and science.[13][14][15] Its economy is primarily based on the service sector, encompassing a diverse range of creative industries, media corporations, and convention venues. Berlin also serves as a continental hub for air and rail transport,[16][17] and is a popular tourist destination.[18] Significant industries include IT, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, electronics, traffic engineering, and renewable energy.

Berlin is home to renowned universities, research institutes, orchestras, museums, and celebrities, as well as host of many sporting events.[19] Its urban settings and historical legacy have made it a popular location for international film productions.[20] The city is well known for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts, public transportation networks and a high quality of living.[21]

Humboldt UniversityUnter den Linden!

Humboldt University of BerlinWhile we are in Berlin, the UW program I am studying with will be based at Humboldt University. Here’s a little background (thanks Wikipedia!!):

The Humboldt University of Berlin is Berlin‘s oldest university, founded in 1810 as the University of Berlin  by the liberal Prussian educational reformer and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt, whose university model has strongly influenced other European and Western universities. From 1828 it was known as the Frederick William University, and later (unofficially) also as the Universität unter den Linden after its location. In 1949, it changed its name to Humboldt-Universität in honour of both its founder Wilhelm and his brother, geographer Alexander von Humboldt.

After the unification of East and West Germany, the university was radically restructured and all professors had to reapply for their positions. The faculty was largely replaced with West German professors, among them the historian Heinrich August Winkler. Today, Humboldt University is a state university with a large number of students (37,145 in 2003, among them more than 4,662 foreign students) after the model of West German universities, and like its counterpart Free University of Berlin.

Its main building is located in the centre of Berlin at the boulevard Unter den Linden. The building was erected on order by King Frederick II for his younger brother Prince Henry of Prussia. Most institutes are located in the centre, around the main building, except the natural science institutes, which are located at Adlershof in the south of Berlin. Further, the university continues its tradition of a book sale at the university gates facing Bebelplatz.

Famous alumni, professors, and lecturers include (40 Nobel Prizes):

  

Tegel Airport — Former West Berlin’s Door to the World

How I’ll be getting to Berlin, my apartment, and Humboldt….

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