Germany's largest city is famous for the vibrant life that it offers to its tourists. Berlin's central charm lies in its architecture that is perhaps much representative of those who have ruled Germany in the past few centuries. Its 420 galleries place it high on the list of cultural centres with a most vibrant nightlife scene.
Originally opened in 1894, but severely burned in a "suspicious" fire in 1933 as Hitler rose to power, the Reichstag now houses the German Parliament. Redesigned by architect Norman Foster and reopened in 1999 the German Capital building is stunning on the inside and equally spectacular on the outide.
With over 60,000 square meters of selling space, the KaDeWe or Kaufhause des Westens, is claimed to be the largest departmental store in Continental Europe.
Museum Island or Museumsinsel located on the Spree River is home to 5 world class museums. Entrance ticket is cheap, tours are easy to organise and hours upon hours can be spent wandering the one of a kind exhibit. Check out part of the Ishtar Gate at the Pergamon Museum or the Bust of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti at the New Museum.
The Fernseturmor TV tower near Alexanderplatz in the city centre is iconic. With a restaurant and viewing platform up in the centre ball area, which is accessible via elevator, the tower is the tallest structure in Germany.
Brandenburg Tor (Gate) is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Europe. Originally, this was one of many gates through which citizens would enter the city. The gate was built in 1788-1791.Visiting the gate will expose you to several other historic landmarks. On one side of the block up you have the Reichstag and special stones in the ground which indicate where the Berlin Wall once ran.
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Facts About Colours
Colours often have different meanings in various cultures. Researchers have generally found the following to be accurate.
Black is the colour of authority and power. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless. Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Black outfits can also be overpowering, or make the wearer seem aloof or evil. Villains, such as Dracula, often wear black.
Brides wear white to symbolise innocence and purity. White reflects light and is considered a summer colour. White is popular choice in decorating and in fashion because it is light, neutral, and goes with everything. However, white can easily get dirty and so it is difficult to keep clean than other colours. Doctors and nurses wear white to imply sterility.
The most emotionally intense colour, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the colour of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Since it is an extreme colour, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations. Red cars are popular targets for thieves. In decorating, red is usually used as an accent. Decorators say that red furniture should be perfect since it will attract attention.
The most romantic colour, pink, is more tranquilising. Sports teams sometimes paint the locker rooms used by opposing teams bright pink so their opponents will lose energy.
The colour of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colours. It causes the opposite reaction as red. Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it is often used in bedrooms. Blue can also be cold and depressing. Fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews because it symbolises loyalty. People are more productive in blue rooms. Studies show weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms.
Currently the most popular decorating colour, green symbolises nature. It is the easiest colour on the eye and can improve vision. It is a calming, refreshing colour. People waiting to appear on TV sit in "green rooms" to relax. Hospitals often use green because it relaxes patients. Brides in the Middle Ages wore green to symbolise fertility. Dark green is masculine, conservative, and implies wealth. However, seamstresses often refuse to use green thread on the eve of a fashion show for fear it will bring bad luck.
Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention grabber. While it is considered an optimistic colour, people tend to get aggressive in yellow rooms. It is the most striking colour, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration, hence its used for legal pads. It also speeds metabolism.
The colour of royalty, purple connotes luxury, wealth, and sophistication. It is also feminine and romantic. However, because it is rare in nature, purple can appear artificial.
Solid, reliable brown is the colour of earth and is abundant in nature. Light brown implies genuineness. Wood or leather are often in dark brown. Brown can also be sad and wistful.