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Berlin is both the capital of Germany and one of the country's 16 states. A population of 3.4 million people makes Berlin second only to London as the most populous city in the European Union. It is located in northeastern Germany on the River Spree. Berlin is 292km south-west of Hamburg and 558km north-east of Frankfurt. About 30% of the city's area is made up of green areas, rivers and lakes.
Rent a car in Berlin and discover a city that dates back to the 13th century. Berlin has a long history of being a capital, first as the Kingdom of Prussia, then the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, and the Third Reich. The city was divided by the Berlin Wall after World War II, but it returned to the position of capital after German reunification in 1990. Berlin is a centre of politics, media, science, and culture, known for its orchestras, museums, festivals, architecture, and social scene.
Berlin's layers of history are visible in its fascinating buildings. Each of the national governments based in Berlin has contributed its own unique influence to the cityscape. Devastating bombing raids during World War II and subsequent demolition projects prompted feverish rebuilding, with some of the landmark buildings erected since including the 368m Fernsehturm. The main symbol of the city - and indeed of Germany as a whole - is the Brandenburg Gate, a former city gate, reconstructed in the late 18th century as a neoclassical triumphal arch.