Berlin

Berlin - Germany's Cultural Capital

The venue for the STAR Global Conference 2017, the Estrel Berlin, is situated only 13 km from Berlin’s Schönefeld Airport (SXF) and is well connected to public transport. With the overground train station Sonnenallee only being three minutes away, but also having a bus stop and taxi rank right in front of the hotel, reaching Berlin's famous sights is easy and convenient.

With a population of more than 3.2 million, Berlin is Germany’s largest city. Berliners like the city’s many parks, the excellent public transportation system and of course its incomparable nightlife. Boasting everything from operatic performances and art exhibitions to theater productions, concerts and numerous festivals, the capital is home to around 180 museums and collections, 440 galleries, three opera houses, eight large symphony orchestras, 130 cinemas, around 150 theaters and stages as well as a multitude of other cultural facilities. All in all, the city has more than 1,500 events to offer each day.

The hotel is only 4.6 kilometers from the East Side Gallery - a segment of the Berlin Wall that is now the longest open air gallery in the world! Located along the banks of the river Spree in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, it is 1,316 meters long and therefore the longest segment of the Berlin Wall that is still standing. Right after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery was painted by 118 artists from 21 different countries. Using various artistic means, the artists commented on the political events that took place in 1989 and 1990.

Brandenburg Gate is another must-see. One of Berlin's most important monuments – it's a landmark and symbol all in one, with over 200 years of history. A former symbol of the divided city, it drew visitors who used to climb an observation platform in order to get a glimpse of the world behind the Iron Curtain. When Germany was reunified following the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, Brandenburg Gate quickly reinvented itself into the new Berlin's symbol of unity. It was officially opened to traffic on December 22, 1989, and 100,000 people came to celebrate the occasion.

Berlin's cultural program is exciting and diverse. With so much to offer in terms of museums, theater, opera and concerts, the city guarantees a variety-filled cultural experience that is suitable for all!