A major city in the heart of continental Europe, Berlin presents a dazzlingly new image of Germany to the world. No other city in Europe has seen more change in the past century: World Wars I and II, the Cold War, the Berlin Wall and the successful reunification of two politically opposed regimes. Berlin has always been a center for the arts, from the time of the Prussian kings to the Roaring 20s, so well described in Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Diaries. Every art form has shaped the capital throughout the centuries. Each time I visit, I’m amazed by new developments and by the splendid architecture that has made the rebirth of the city even more dramatic. I invite you to explore with Susie and me the endless variety of historical and modern attractions of this dynamic capital city. Our hotel is located within easy walking distance of the Brandenburg Gate and Museum Island. In addition to exploring the past, we’ll learn about contemporary Berlin through local contacts, many of whom are personal friends. We’ll discover why modern Berlin is the third most popular European destination after London and Paris.
—Wayne Thompson, Adjunct Professor of Politics