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"B wie Berlin" ABC flashcards: Berlin from A-Z

Want to know the meaning behind the words of our ABC flashcards? Read on to learn how each letter is characteristic of Berlin.

Alexanderplatz: The largest public square in Berlin is home to Germany’s tallest building, the TV tower. The tower is one of the city’s most famous landmarks.

Berliner Bär: The bear on Berlin’s coat of arms has become a symbol for the entire city and can be discovered on buildings throughout.

Currywurst: Invented in Berlin after the Second World War, Currywurst is still a favourite street food.

Döner: Originally from Turkey, however the idea to serve the meat inside the bread, originates from Berlin.

Erster Mai: May 1st is International Workers’ Day (Labour Day). In Berlin, this day is marked by significant political protest, along with big street festivals and concerts.

Fahrradfahren: Berlin offers many family-friendly bike tours through and around the city. One of the most well-known routes is the 160 km long Mauerweg, the Berlin Wall Trail.

Grenze: Berlin’s history is shaped by the city’s partition. Checkpoint Charlie, a former border crossing, became the symbol representing the separation of East and West.

Hertha: Hertha BSC is Berlin’s largest sports club. The football club plays in the Bundesliga and its home is the Olympiastadion.

Icke: “Ick” and “icke” are Berlin dialect for “ich” (me).

Jut: In Berlin we say “jut” instead of “gut” (good). Everything jut?

Kita: Short for Kindertagesstätte (kindergarten) - finding the right Kita spot in Berlin is like signing up for mission impossible.

Luftbrücke: The Berlin Airlift was organised by Western Allies to provide supplies to the people of West Berlin during the Soviet Union’s blockade. The aircraft used during the airlift is called Rosinenbomber and can be visited at the German Museum of Technology.

Multikulti: Berlin’s cultural diversity is one of a kind! The best place to observe it: the U-Bahn (underground train).

Naturkundemuseum: The Natural History Museum houses the largest mounted dinosaur skeleton in the World as well as another unique treasure: Tristan, the T-Rex.

Olympiastadion: Built for the Summer Olympics of 1936. Jesse Owens, a Black American track and field athlete won four gold medals in Berlin that year.

Protest: Protests and demonstrations are daily business in Berlin.

Quadriga: The sculpture of the horse-drawn chariot on top of Berlin’s most famous landmark, the Brandenburg Gate. It was once stolen and returned to Berlin years later.

Regierung: The German Bundestag (parliament) resides in the Reichstag building. You can see all of Berlin from its glass dome.

Späti: Short for Spätkauf, Spätis are Berlin’s famed corner stores. They are known for being open all night and selling essential goods, even on weekends.

Techno: Berlin is consistently referred to as the Mecca of Techno, a music genre that took over the world.

U-Bahn: Berlin’s underground train network is the largest in the German-speaking world. Many train stations are masterpieces of architecture.

Volkspark: Big parks and recreational green spaces are found across Berlin. In the East, they are called Volkspark (the people’s park).

Wende: The Peaceful Revolution in the German Democratic Republic enabled the reunification of Germany.

X-berg: Kreuzberg, arguably Berlin’s coolest neighborhood, is often abbreviated X-berg. One of it’s popular attractions is the market at Maybachufer.

Yoga: Serenity and keeping calm are essential in Berlin.

Zoo: The Berlin Zoo is the oldest zoo in Germany and has more species than any other zoo in the world. Fun fact: Berlin has two zoos.

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