The German question remained open as long as the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin was closed. Today, anyone can stroll through the Brandenburg Gate, across Pariser Platz and along Unter den Linden. After reunification, Berlin was a workshop of German unity in which East and West grew together again in a small geographical area - as a model for Germany as a whole. Today, ten years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we are on the threshold of the new Berlin. Where foundation stones were once laid, there are now topping-out and opening ceremonies. Fifty years after its foundation, the Federal Republic of Germany now has a new home. Berlin has prepared itself for its new tasks. The city, especially the eastern parts of it, have been modernized, the transport system has been brought up to date and the administrative and decision making structures have been streamlined in an exemplary manner. Science and culture, services and industry are joining to form a genuine metropolis. Nowhere is the new Berlin more clearly visible than between the new Federal Chancellery and Potsdamer Platz. Here, a completely new urban district has arisen on both sides of the former death strip, a successful mixture of work and leisure, culture and commerce, politics and private life.
Berlin hotels are numerous. Generally they are very comfortable and cozy. Even outside the city centre there is a new spirit in Berlin; restored historical buildings and ultra-modern architecture bear witness to the successful synthesis of fine traditions and progressive innovation. The Berlin cultural scene with its volume, variety, liveliness and attractiveness contributes significantly to the unmistakable profile of the city. The seventeen state museums of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Foundation) form the largest museum complex of the whole continent. Berlin is Germany's most important theatrical city. Berlin currently has three opera houses, over 150 theatres and stage companies, 800 choirs, about 170 museums and collections, about 300 communal and private galleries, over 250 public libraries, 130 cinemas and numerous other cultural institutions. There are very many kinds of attractions in Berlin.
Every year, over six million people visit the museums and temporary exhibitions. Every season Berlin concert halls and theatres attract almost three million visitors. Statistics can hardly record the innumerable independent groups, small galleries and scene theatres which perform in old courtyards, basements, shops or closed-down factories. For years, festivals such as the Bach Festival or the events organized within the framework of the Berlin Festivals, e.g. the International Film Festival, the Berlin Festival Weeks and the Jazz Festival, have occupied a firm place in the cultural calendar of the city. And happenings such as the Love Parade, the first and largest event of its kind in the world which has attracted Techno fans to Berlin since 1992, help Berlin to gain an international reputation as a city of culture. The Berlin theatrical festival has brought noteworthy performances from German-speaking countries to the city since 1963. And since 1980 its more recent equivalent, the youth theatrical festival, has brought school and youth theatre performances from all over the Federal Republic to Berlin for short guest appearances.
Berlin hotels are to host numerous visitors that come to the city for all these occasions. Every year, eight million overnight stays are booked in the city. Berlin is the most popular destination in Germany. The Berlin tourist trade is preparing for a growing influx of visitors. With more than 52,000 beds, the city offers overnight accommodation for all, and Berlin hotels remain one of the most important sectors of economy giving jobs to over 50,000 employees and having a great annual turnover.
There are a lot of cheap flights to Berlin available from most countries of the world. The agency Berlin Tourismus Marketing GmbH is responsible for advertising and providing tourist information about Berlin hotels to help visitors to make their stay in this city comfortable and enjoyable.