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Guten tag und wilkommmen zum Berlin Stadtrunfahrt We will start our tour of Berlin with a brief history of the city Berlin developed as a trading village in about 1200 AD Its location at the junction on the Spree and Havel rivers helped to establish its importance In the 1600s it became the capital of Prussia Berlins worst period began with Adolf Hitlers rise to power with the Nazi Party in 1933 During World War II in 1939 to 1945 Germany fought England France the Soviet Union and the United States Berlin was ruined by the bombings Germany was defeated in 1945 and the peace treaty divided the nation into Communists East Germany and non-Communist West Germany Berlin was also divided A 103-mile wall surround West Berlin It was made of concrete wasw12 feet high and was white so that anyone trying to climb it would be clearly visible In 1989 the East German government collapsed and the wall was knocked down In 1990 East and West Germany re-united The population of Berlin is three and a half million it covers an area of 341 square miles We are traveling down the Kurfurstendam also known as the Ku-damm which as you can see is lined with hotels cafes shops art galleries cinemas and restaurants The Ku-damm is the heart of what was formerly West Berlin It is always pleasurable to stroll along it day or night or to sit at one of the many sidewalk cafes and watch the passers-by Sidewalk musicians comedians and mines are a constant source of entertainment as they earn a few marks for their performances At the East End of the Ku-damm we see the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church The bombed-out tower was left as a remembrance of the tragedy of war The modern church and bell towers were built on either side of it If you look to your left youll see the Tiergarten
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