In the early hours of Sunday, August 13th 1961, hundreds of guards took their positions on the demarcation line at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Ripping apart roads running alongside the border and bisecting East and West Germany with a forbidding barbed wire fence, loyal members of the German Democratic Republic conveyed to the world their iron-fisted, Soviet separatist resolve. But for those who lived through the Berlin Wall’s oppressive existence, the stone barricade represented a damning limit on their right to self-determination and freedom in an increasingly democratizing world.
Situated alongside the beautiful Rhine River, the metropolitan and art-rich city has roots stemming back all the way to 50 AD.
München mag dich, or “Munich loves you” is the Bavarian city’s motto, but with views like this it could just as easily be said that you should love Munich. If its sights aren’t enough to wow you, perhaps its forward-thinking livability will. Munich is consistently ranked among the world’s most livable cities and in 2010 was dubbed one of the most socially and economically innovative cities in the world by Innovation Cities.
Taken in 1857, the bustling Bavarian town was the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire before it became the center of Nazi ideals a little under a century later.
Boasting an impressive population of 3.5 million people and the title of the European Union’s second most populated city, the hustle and bustle of Berlin is hard to beat.