Berlin is one of the most exciting cities in Europe. As Germany's capital and cultural metropolis, it attracts people from around the world. Greater Berlin is an important region for education and research.
The city is known for its outstanding museums, opera houses, and concert halls, as well as its nightlife and creative atmosphere.
Each February Berlin’s International Film Festival, the Berlinale, draws film stars and cinema enthusiasts. Later in the spring, the Carnival of Cultures (Karneval der Kulturen) is a huge street fest, and each year on June 21 the Fête de la Musique (World Music Day), which began in Paris in 1982, is gaining popularity in Berlin.
Berlin is less widely known for its extensive forests, parks, and garden plots scattered throughout the city, but they contribute greatly to the quality of urban life. The city is also a center for world-class sports, and the Berlin Marathon is a popular event.
An extensive, affordable public transportation system makes it easy to get around. Drivers should be aware that there is an Environmental Zone in the center of the city where all vehicles are required to have stickers identifying them as low-emission vehicles.