Berlin by Malgorzata Omilanowska, Jürgen Scheunemann, Christian Tempel

By Malgorzata Omilanowska, Jürgen Scheunemann, Christian Tempel

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Internationale Funkausstellung (early Sep , every two years). High-tech media and computer fair at the Internationales Congress Centrum (see p182). Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec The lowest amount of rainfall occurs in February and again in April, as the temperature begins to rise. The amount of rain in September can dampen the enthusiasm of the unprepared visitor. Unexpectedly heavy cloudbursts can also occur during the summer months. Internationales Literaturfestival (mid Sep ). Readings, lectures and special events featuring old and new writing from around the world.

Movement, with members including By 1879 electric lamps lit the streets Käthe Kollwitz and Max Slevogt. As the city prospered, political developments in Germany and throughout Europe were moving towards the stalemate of 1914. Initially, the outbreak of World War I had little effect on the life of Berlin, but the subsequent famine, strikes and total German defeat led to the November Revolution in 1918, and the abdication of The Berlin Congress of 1878 by Anton von Werner Kaiser Wilhelm II. 1871 Berlin becomes the capital of the German Empire 1860 1878 Berlin 1888 Year of 1902 Operation Congress takes place three Kaisers of the first underground train (U-Bahn) 1875 1879 Technische Universität established 1882 Opening of the S-Bahn, the first urban train line 1890 1905 1914 Outbreak of World War I 1920 1907 Completion of the Kauf- haus des Westens (KaDeWe) Mosaic by MartinGropius-Bau 1918 Abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm II 26 I N T O D U C I N G B E R L I N Capital of the German Empire On 18 January 1871, Berlin became the capital of the newly-established German Empire, fulfilling the expansionist ambitions of the Prussian Chancellor Otto von Bismarck.

For three days, the streets of Kreuzberg district are brought to life by singing and dancing in this colourful display celebrating multicultural Berlin. Festtage (Apr). A series of popular concerts and operas performed by world-class musicians in the Philharmonie and at the Staatsoper. Easter (exact date varies). Huge markets open around the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, Alexanderplatz and other central locations as the city prepares for the feast. Britzer Baumblüte (all of Apr) is a month-long spring festival organized in Britz, a suburb in the south of the city famous for its windmills.

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