Berlin History

Chronicle: the city in historical dates

  • 1701 The Elector Friedrich III of Brandenburg crowns himself King of Prussia , and turns Berlin into his court capital.
  • 1732 The old ramparts are taken down and replaced by toll bars.
  • 1740-86 Frederic the Great turns Berlin into one Europe ’s major capitals and a centre of the Enlightenment.
  • 1810 Foundation of the university. Revival of the sciences, literaure, music and theatre.
  • 1848 Failure of the March Revolution. Berlin develops into an industrial city.
  • 1871 King William I is crowned Emperor at Versailles . Berlin is now the capital of the new German Empire. Berlin grows into a city with more than a million inhabitants. These years are called the ‘Gründerjahre’, years of economic revival. Social housing for the working classes. Cultural life is boosted.
  • 1918 The Emperor is deposed after the November Revolution.
  • 1920 A large number of suburbs and towns is incorporated. Greater Berlin has 4 million inhabitants. In spite of the worldwide economic crisis of 1929 (there are 600,000 unemployed Berliners) and political unrest Berlin enjoys the Golden Twenties, a decade of artistic creativity.
  • 1933 The national-socialists assume power. The 1936 Summer Olympics are one mighty propaganda spectacle for the nazis.
  • 1938 Crystal Night (Kristallnacht, 9-10 November). More than 80 synagogues and countless Jewish shops are destroyed.
  • 1945Capitulation (8 May). Berlin is divided into four sectors by the Allies, who govern the city.
  • 1948 The Soviets blockade Berlin . A political partition is installed. An airlift keeps West-Berliners alive for more than a year.
  • 1953 Popular rising in East-Berlin (17 June).
  • 1961 Construction of the Wall on 13 August.
  • 1971 A treaty signed by the four occupying powers guarantess the right of way between the Federal Republic and West-Berlin, and facilitates visits to East-Berlin by West-Berliners.
  • 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November.
  • 1990 The two Germanies are officially reunited on 3 October.
  • 1991 Once more Berlin becomes the capital of Germany as well as its political centre.
  • 1994 The Allied troops leave Berlin . An historic era has thus ended.
  • 1995 The artist Christo wraps up the Reichschancellery in cloth. Millions of spectators flock to the city on the River Spree.
  • 1997 First stonelaying of the Federal Chancellor’s official residence.
  • 1998 Potsdamer Platz is officially opened as ‘the new centre of Berlin ’.
  • 1999 Johannes Rau is elected Chancellor. The Federal Government moves to Berlin .
  • 2001 The Jüdisches Museum Berlin opens its doors with a permanent exposition, after the empty
  • building had been open to visitors for 18 months.

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Accommodation in Berlin area.

Best Western Kant Hotel Berlin Best Western Kant Hotel Berlin
The Best Western Kanthotel is a hotel with individual service and offers an optimum of attention to the guests. It is located in the heart of Berlin and offers modern and pleasant accommodation. Built in 1981, it provides you with peace and quietness and reserved hospitality at the heart of the city in a relaxed atmosphere.
EUR 144
Steigenberger Hotel Berlin Steigenberger Hotel Berlin
The Steigenberger Berlin is located in the heart of Germany's capital, just a few minutes walk from the pulsating Kurfurstendamm, Berlin's famous theatre and shopping boulevard. This 5-star hotel is one of the best addresses in the city and provides prestigious accommodation whether you are traveling on business or privately. 366 Rooms 6 floors.
EUR 132
Maritim pro Arte Hotel Berlin Maritim pro Arte Hotel Berlin
Located downtown near tourist attractions, theatres, opera houses and museums, this superior first-class hotel offers comfortable accommodations for a relaxing holiday or business trip. It is ideally situated for visitors to the area and has a welcoming atmosphere with friendly and hospitable service. The hotel has excellent facilities as well as comfortable guest rooms and public areas.
EUR 146
Agon am Alexanderplatz Hotel Berlin Agon am Alexanderplatz Hotel Berlin
The Hotel AGON am Alexanderplatz is situated in the historical centre of Berlin, near the Berliner Dom, TV Tower, Museumsinsel, Scheunenviertel and the Hackesche Hoefe. The hotel offers 150 newly renovated and modern decorated guest rooms.
EUR 57
Agon Frankfurter Allee Hotel Berlin Agon Frankfurter Allee Hotel Berlin
Agon Frankfurter Allee Hotel is located in Friedrichshain, only two kilometers from the Alexanderplatz, in the middle of the new scene district. It is close to the Boxhagener Platz and the Simon-Dach-Strasse in the Eastern centre of Berlin.
EUR 43
Agon Hotel Opera Berlin Agon Hotel Opera Berlin
Agon Opera Hotel has been opened in October 2003 and is located directly on the famous Kurfuerstendamm in the western city centre of Berlin, in direct proximity to the International Congress Centre, the fairground, the Memorial Church, the KaDeWe and further numerous objects of interest.
EUR 63
Concept Hotel Berlin Concept Hotel Berlin
The Concept hotel is situated in a bohemian quarter, with typical Berlin ambience. It is centrally located on a side road, just a few minutes walk away from the Kurfuerstendamm. The hotel offers you international standard and individual services in all of 153 comfortable rooms. Enjoy a quiet meal for two or a special celebration at the beautiful terrace restaurant, and relaxing drinks at the cosy bar.
On Request
Novotel Berlin Airport Novotel Berlin Airport
The hotel is located close to the airport "Tegel" in the north of Berlin. There is also a direct bus link to the city. The comfortable and spacious bedrooms are kept in good condition and have soundproofed windows. The hotel is housed in a modern block and has plenty of parking spaces.
EUR 94

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