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he German capital and former metropolis of Prussian kings has been through hard times. Massive destruction during the 2nd world war and the time afterwards when Berlin was split into 2 parts has strongly changed the historical appearance of the city. Today, Berlin presents itself as a mix of historical buildings, ultra-modern business premises, and administration buildings. During the course of several centuries, the city was developed into a magnificent residential area for the powerful in Prussia. The 18th and 19th century is when Prussia reached the peak of its power and had an especially strong influence on the appearance of the city with its bombastic classical buildings. The elegant "Unter den Linden" (Under The Lime-Trees Street) avenue became famous worldwide. During WWII, it was almost completely destroyed. The essential components of this unique boulevard of triumph between the Brandenburg Gate and the no-longer-existing city castle were restored again. The Gendarmenmarkt (gendarme's market) with its theatre (today a concert hall) flanked by two churches, and the French and German cathedrals are also especially worth seeing. This place, one of the nicest ones in the city, was painstakingly rebuilt during GDR times. A particularly spectacular event after the reunification in the 1990s was the modern reconstruction of Potsdam square with the Sony centre, the Kollhoff Tower, the "debis" house, and the Bahn Tower (Railroad Tower). Today this centrally located area with its roofed-over passages is one of Berlin's tourist magnets. In addition, with about 160 museums, theatres, and numerous cabarets, Berlin is a cultural metropolis of international ranking.
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