Annually, Berlin counts over 14 million visitors rushing to the center with its world-famous sights and therefore surrounding the Embassy of Exchange. But not only international tourists gather here: Only a few blocks away, the Reichstag, German Chancellery and the city's most important political and economical offices draw in representatives of embassies, ministries, business associations and foundations to shape opinions and politics of the future.
The Embassy is being built in an environment as multifaceted as the topics and people it aims to unite. See for yourself!
In the 16th century, the Tiergarten was a fenced hunting ground frequented by the high society. Later, it was opened for all Berliners to stroll around and catch a breath. With its countless memorials, the park can be seen as a „green museum“ of the city.
Where politics are made
Germany's most important political bodies are based all around the Embassy in the center of Berlin: The Federal Government, the Bundestag, and the Bundesrat. Additionally, each of the 16 federal states has their representative seated in Berlin. With such close proximity to the political decision-makers, the Embassy's location gives it a significant advantage.
A hub for economy and foreign affairs
Countless diplomatic representatives from around the globe make Berlin an important hub for federal foreign affairs. Many representatives are located in the „Diplomat's Square“ Tiergarten, as well as leading associations of the German economy and other important economic organizations and institutions. The center of the city is the center of power.
The German Chancellery
After choosing Berlin as the German capital after the wall fell, it became clear that Berlin needed a proper office for the chancellor. After only 4 years of construction, the Chancellery was inaugurated in 2001. Its first occupant was former chancellor Gerhard Schröder. The „washing machine“, as people call the building, is the largest government headquarter of the world, eight times larger than the White House in Washington D.C.
The Reichstag dome
After the government moved to the Bundestag in 1999, the Reichstag re-obtained its spectacular dome. Roughly 23 m high and 40 m wide, the glass-steel-construction covers the plenary chamber and is open to visitors from all over the world. The integrated observation deck allows fantastic views over Berlin. Annually, the dome attracts around one million visitors to gaze and enjoy.
The Berlin Victory Column, the Siegessäule, is 67 m high and one of the most famous landmarks of the city. The goddess of victory, Victoria, crowns the monument which was unveiled in 1873. Fun fact: Berliners also call the lovely gold-plated bronze lady „Goldelse“.
The Holocaust Memorial
Located right below the world-famous Holocaust Memorial, its information center alone is visited by roughly 480,000 people every year. Its field of stelae is freely accessible and counts triple the amount of visitors. Here, thousands commemorate the murdered jews of Europe every day. In the image's background, you can see the towers of Potsdamer Platz rise into the Berlin sky.
Built in Berlin's historical center in 1688, this plaza has always been one of the most beautiful places of the city. With its Schauspielhaus, the French dome, and the German dome, it becomes a magnet for visitors from all around the world. Whether it's the Classic-Open-Air in summer or the Christmas market in winter – the Gendarmenmarkt always makes for a mesmerizing setting.
The magnificent boulevard „Unter den Linden“ merges into Pariser Platz right in front of the Brandenburg Gate, one of Berlin's largest visitor magnets. Built in 1734, the area was destroyed during World War II and later remained fallow on the border of the divided city. After the wall fell, Pariser Platz was finally rebuilt and restored to its former glory.