Minding the gap: A new Berlin subway line

U-Bahn_Charlottenplatz_4Rebuilding the U5 underground line
Berlin’s public transport company, the Berliner Verkehrs­gesellschaft (BVG), started the most difficult and most expensive project in its history in the autumn of 2010 – a € 433 million scheme to fill the 2.2-km gap in the U5 underground train line between Brandenburger Tor station, currently the end of the U55 line, which is nicknamed Kanzlerlinie (Chancellor Line) because it passes through the government quarter, and Ale­xanderplatz.

Back into the past – Berlin City Palast

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Palast der Republik

Rebuilding history
It will be back to the future when the Palast der Republik (palace of the republic), which was built in 1976 as the home of the German Democratic Republic parliament, is replaced by a rebuilt Renaissance palace. The palace was damaged by bombing in the Second World War and is now being reconstructed. The Stadtschloss (city palace) will open in 2019.


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Language schools in Berlin

LexikonAbout 14% of Berlin’s 3.4 million residents are non German and the city has a wide choice of language schools to help newcomers learn German – and many other languages. They can also help non native English speakers improve their Business English.
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New in Berlin? This is what you need to know...

brandenburgertorBerlin is unique: for some it is a bureaucratic metropolis, for others a city of violent protests, or a first-rate party location. Strange things thrive in Germany’s capital, right next to idyllic, provincial neighborhoods, international business and federal politics.
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Public transport – buses, trams and trains in Berlin

sbahn2The length of Berlin’s railway tracks equals the distance from Berlin to Zurich, Switzerland: 430 km of tram tracks, 151 km of underground tracks and 331 km of commuter train tracks can be found here. If there's no rail track, the Berliner takes the bus or boards a ferry.
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Registered already? This is how you become a Berlin citizen

pass_klPut your name here, your address there, then sign on the dotted line... If you want to be able to watch TV in your new home, make a phone call, you have to fill out lots of forms. The trip to the Einwohnermeldeamt – Residents Registration Office – should be one of the first things you do.
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