Berlin established itself as a city in the thirteenth century, and was once part of Prussia, the German Republic and the Weimar Republic.
Berlin saw itself divided into two separate cities after World War II. East Berlin became the capital of East Germany until the wall dividing the two cities came down, and the two cities were reunited in 1990. Since then, Berlin has re-emerged as a thriving metropolis of almost four million people.
Berlin today consists of six districts, each of them unique and representative of a different part of Berlin’s history. Here are seven things you didn’t know about Berlin.
Constructed in 1925, the Borsig Tower housed the administrative offices of the ‘Borsigwerke’ locomotive works, where the company manufactured steam-powered train engines; at one time, the Borsigwerke was the second largest manufacturer of these locomotives. This building was Berlin’s first high-rise building and an example of Expressionist architecture with its sharp angles. Up until World War II, a large complex nestled up against the building until the outer buildings were destroyed during bombings.
The building that soon became a city landmark originated as a steel skeleton with a brick façade, and the structure housed a water tower. Today the building has taken on a new life as a shopping center next to the metro station. Although the shops at the Hallen am Borsigturm offer standard goods, the sightseeing is remarkable.
The building now leases office space and rents larger spaces to public, private and special events. There is a two-story lounge at the top of the building for panoramic views of Berlin. Overall, the building is an excellent example of industrial architecture and modern technology.