As of 22 April 2009 this website is 'frozen' in time — see the current IFLA websites

This old website and all of its content will stay on as archive – http://archive.ifla.org

Berlin conference logo  

World Library and Information Congress: 69th IFLA General Conference and Council

Access Point Library:
Media - Information - Cultural

August 1st - 9th 2003
Berlin, Germany
Patron: German Federal President Johannes Rau









Berlin - The City

Berlin, the capital of Germany, is more exciting today than ever before. It is a city of creative radical change, developing with impressive speed into one of the major political, cultural and economic centres in Europe. One can sense the vibrancy everywhere, on the boulevards, in the art and flea markets, and in the pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars some of which stay open all night. In the past the capital of Prussia and cultural centre of the Golden Twenties, today the gateway to Eastern Europe Berlin is once again making a new start. New buildings constructed by world-class architects can be found throughout the "New Berlin". Combined with the many historical and cultural sites, it offers a unique mixture of the old and the new.

Berlin provides inspiration, manifold experiences and impressions for everyone. The Kurfürstendamm, the Brandenburg Gate, the Potsdamer Platz with its large residential and business complexes or green oases like the Tiergarten are only a few facets of this lively metropolis.

Berlin's cultural scene is fascinating and impressive. Visitors can enjoy the performances at the three opera houses, eight symphony orchestras, 35 theatres, and 130 cinemas plus cabarets, musicals and shows. Music is performed everywhere in Berlin. From street musicians to international stars you can find everything imaginable. In addition to its 300 public and private galleries, there is a unique variety of no less than 170 excellent museums. They hold the city's most valuable treasures such as the bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti or the Altar of Pergamon. The changing exhibitions in the New National Gallery or the Martin-Gropius Bau are highly esteemed throughout the world.

Berlin is also Germany's greenest metropolis - almost one third of the city is covered by woods, parks, gardens or water. A chain of lakes runs through the city, connected by a system of canals as well as the rivers Spree and Havel with even more bridges than Venice. The proverbial „Berlin air" owes its clarity in part to the many inner city parks such as the Botanical Gardens, the Zoological Gardens and the "Tiergarten."

The vibrant metropolis of Berlin is located right at the heart of the Land Brandenburg, just a few miles away from countless lakes, historical castles, stately homes, abbeys, heaths, pine forests, river valleys and tree-lined country roads. Few cities enjoy such a wealth of unspoilt nature and cultural attractions in their immediate vicinity.


Latest Revision: October 16, 2002 Copyright ©
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions