Belonging in Berlin

There is good reason why Berlin today vies with Paris and London as the most visited city in Europe. In the 20-odd years since the city was reuni ed, it has blossomed to become one of the most cosmopolitan and colourful cities in Europe, famous as much for its 24/7 nightclub scene as its fascinating historical sites and numerous operas, orchestras and places of high culture.

But that’s not all. The Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, tells IFA international how the once-divided German capital lures visitors because it makes them feel like they belong. He adds that IFA attendees have much to discover in Berlin.

The German capital lures with its cultural wealth, its museums, theatres, the historical memorials and memorial sites. But it is also the free and cosmopolitan atmosphere in our city that makes our guests feel so comfortable. Tourists say often: “We feel at home in Berlin.” That is a nice compliment because it says that you do not feel strange as a guest, but feel a strong sense of belonging.

How should visitors discover Berlin, and are there any particular districts that you recommend?

Everyone should be left to discover Berlin on their terms according to his or her own fate. I would suggest a mix of Berlin by day and by night.

Berlin is made up of many cities and every resident swears by their own Kiez, or neighbourhood. In this respect, I feel particularly comfortable myself in Tempelhof. But as the city mayor I know no neighbourhoods, only my Berlin.

TOURISTS SAY OFTEN: “WE FEEL AT HOME IN BERLIN”

Are there any exhibitions or events happening in Berlin this summer that you particularly recommend?

On the jubilee anniversary of the Reformation, we recommend two great Martin Luther Exhibitions in the Martin-Gropius-Bau and in German Historical museum. And those who want to take a look beyond the city limits could check out the new Barberini art museum in Potsdam (located in the Old Market Square of the historic city south of Berlin).