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Profound changes have swept across Berlin since the Wall came down in 1989. A building boom has refashioned the city and artists have flooded in, inspired by the flux and history and the promise of the future. At the same time that history has left artifacts in the city’s landscape and in its people’s memory.

Berlin Views

By Richard Holbrooke

Even a New Yorker is struck by the raw, often-confusing, always impressive energy of the new Berlin. Whenever I return to Berlin, I am again struck by this. Yet, exciting as the capital's new architecture and energy may be, the past is a relentless intruder, the engine that drives its current transformations.

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City on the Move

By Claudia Wahjudi

The German capital does not just welcome politicians and ambassadors—it is also a place of unlimited possibilities for artists from all over the world. Viewed from the 11th floor of a block of flats in the middle of the city, Berlin presents itself from its best side—in elegant grey. The plain of stone, asphalt, plaster, concrete, granite, steel, and glass extends as far as the horizon, interspersed with the green of parks and the red brick of old factories.

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The Berlin Wall as a Memorial

By Paul Sigel

The memorial site of the Berlin Wall has various levels of significance. On the one hand, there are many individual monuments in remembrance of the victims of the division of Germany. On the other, the dividing line marking the border is a unique monument of German history.

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Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Berlin Central Station) 1999–2006
Photograph by Roland Horn

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GSW building by Gianni Dominici

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Kurfürstendamm by Purestock/Getty Images

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Berlin Wall © Bob Krist/Corbis

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