Berlin Districts
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Knowing a bit about Berlin districts would not be too much when you think about coming to the capital of Germany.

First of all it should be emphasized that Berlin is not only the biggest city in Germany and community but also a federal state at the same time. It consists of twelve districts (Bezirk in German) at the moment which have their own parliaments (Bezirksverordnetenversammlung).

Do not be surprised that words are so long in German. It is not clear how it happened but Germans write several words together. In this case you would pick out three words . If you wanted to learn German it is your first lesson.

The 12 Berlin districts are:

  • Mitte which means Center
  • Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
  • Pankow
  • Lichtenberg
  • Marzahn-Hellersdorf
  • Steglitz-Zehlendorf
  • Charlottenberg-Wilmersdorf
  • Reinickendorf
  • Tempelhof-Schoeneberg
  • Treptow-Koepenick
  • Spandau
  • Neukoelln.

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The several double names are caused by the fact that former districts were unified and could not agree to a mutual name in 2001.

Finally often both old names were chosen.

In the history the Greater Berlin of 1920 was merged by unifying of several towns, villages and communities. This is visible not only in the names of districts or locations. It is shown in the number of old historical centers with old mayor's houses, churches and other historical buildings. Berlin grew strongly into the surrounding countryside.

The citizens of Berlin often feel closer connected to the district or the locality rather than to the city. With view to this we would like to introduce at least all districts in a short summary to you which you can find below.

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