Berlin, since 1990 again the capital of all Germany, is distinguished by an exciting and unusual history that is mirrored in its unique architecture and countless museums with works of art famous throughout the world. The Reichstag building, the Brandenburg Gate, the Palace of Charlottenburg, and Potsdamer Platz are only a few of the countless stops the viewer can ex-plore in detail. Berlin exerts a very special fascination, not least because of its former status as a divided city. This richly illustrated volume offers a comprehensive insight into this metropolis boundless diversity. In com-petently written texts the author presents a journey through the most significant stages of Berlin s artistic and architectural history, from its beginnings to the present day. More than 600 splendid color photographs document the eventful artistic and cultural development of this extraordinary city, which to this day is famous for its pulsating life.