From a blackwater town on the outskirts of the Roman Empire to the Heart of the magnificent German Empire through the Third Reich who aspired to make Berlin the capital of “Germany, the World”; from the period of the communist wall to rehabilitation during the years following the global economic crisis; from complete destruction during World War I and II to the International Center of Culture and Architecture of the 21st century, Berlin is like the Phoenix rising from its ashes to a New Life.
The history of Berlin was influenced by conflicts filled with hatred and bloodshed , yet, also brought forward spectacular art and rich heritage , which turned the city into a vibrant, colorful and unique metropolis. Berlin is not one of those typical industrial metropolis, but also the home for artists, scientists, journalists, designers, and business men. It has been evolving and continuously growing over the years. The turmoil, the ups and downs in the city’s history have greatly influenced the business world and the real estate, so that Berlin is currently offering investors attractive opportunities.
The first reference about the city of Berlin can be found somewhere in the beginning of the first millennium bc, it was then a small commercial town belonging to the Kingdom of Brandenburg. Later it became the center of the Prussian Empire, then the Capital of the German Empire and towards the end of the second millennium the Capital of the Third Reich.
After the fall of the Nazi regime in 1945, burnt and almost completely devastated, Berlin was occupied by the allies (United States, Soviet Union, United Kingdom and France) who divided the city into four sections. Following the conflict between the communists and the capitalists that reached its peak in 1961 the city was divided again. This time it was split into two parts: East Berlin (communist) and West Berlin (democratic). Both parts were separated by the famous Berlin Wall which portrayed the city’s character and the character of the whole country in a complete different way.
The wall was constructed in the heart of Berlin and completely separated between the two parts. The subway lines were shut down, subway stops close to the border were closed and the control over the crossover was tightened significantly. Over the years, the Eastern part of Berlin became the most depressive in Germany – poor, devastated and gray, while the Western part was thriving and blooming. In November 1989, the Berlin Wall fell -both parts of Berlin were reunified and the city became the Capital of a reunited Germany.