Berlin is a town of superlative. Since the re-union of the parted Federal Republic and Democratic Republic, Berlin has claimed its rightful position as capitol of Germany.Located in northeastern Germany, it is the center of the Berlin-Brandenburg Metropolitan Area, comprising 5 million people from over 190 nations. Berlin's secret motto "Let's move to Berlin" (derived from an old folks tune) is key to its magnetic power, that attract additional five million tourists, businessmen and Berlin-fans each year. Its numerous international renowned events and of course the historic events made Berlin what it is today: A united feeling in diversity in the name of the bear.
Berlin, as the capitol of Germany, plays a huge role in the economy of Germany. Several companies have branches and their German or European general agency there. Like for Sony, Ebay, Microsoft and several more, the Berlin area, offers great possibilities, a unique infrastructure and a save environment dedicated for growth and success. Berlin as well is the European media hotspot and a modern, service-oriented city.
The Brandenburger Tor
The Brandenburg Gate is probably, after the Cologne Cathedral, the most photographed picture in Germany. It is the former city gate, located west of the "Pariser Platz". The Brandenburg Gate is 26 meters high and 65,5 meter wide. the passage is 11 meters long, covered with reliefs as a glorification of the Greek hero Hercules. The Gate itself is Greek style, based upon the Propylaea in Athens, Greece. On top of the gate, resides the Quadriga. a chariot drawn by four horses driven by Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory.. A symbol of the historical strength of Germany and Berlin's Roman heritage. Constructed 1791, the gate is one of the oldest buildings worldwide still in use. After the 1806 Prussian defeat at the Battle of Jena-Auerstedt, Napoleon took the Quadriga to Paris. However, after the defeat of Napoleon, the Quadriga has been restored, back to Berlin.
The "Berlin Wall"
After the second world war, Germany has been divided in 2 separate countries. The so called Federal Republic and the German Democratic Republic. Berlin, as the former capitol of Germany, remained partly West-German territory. Isolated for West-Germany and surrounded by the GDR, Berlin was first choice for fugitives of the GDR regime, supported by the Russians. which filled the power vacuum, left by the defeated Nazi regime. A solution to that arose 1961 with the construction of the "Berlin Wall", after the lie of Walter Ulbricht, chairman of the State Council of the German Democratic Republic, who said:
"Noone has the intention to build a wall"
In 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy visited the Brandenburg Gate. The Soviets hung large red banners across it to prevent him looking into the East. In the 1980s, decrying the existence of two German states, West Berlin mayor Richard von Weizsäcker said:
"TheGerman question is open as long as the Brandenburg Gate is closed."
On June 12, 1987, U.S. President Ronald Reagan spoke to the West Berlin populace at the Brandenburg Gate, demanding the razing of the Berlin Wall. Addressing CPSU General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, Reagan said:
"General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!On July 12, 1994, U.S. President Bill Clinton spoke at the Gate about peace in post-Cold War Europe.
On November 9, 2009, Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, Russiaâ€™s Mikhail Gorbachev and Poland's Lech WaÅ‚Ä™sa walked through Brandenburg Gate with as part of the 20-year celebration of tearing down the Berlin Wall.
The dish is named after the Prussian city of Königsberg (now Kaliningrad) and is one of the glories of East Prussian cuisine. In the GDR the dish was therefore officially called Kochklopse (boiled meatballs) to erase any reference to its namesake city, which had been annexed to the Soviet Union after World War II (thereby appeasing the Russians). The meatballs are made from ground beef, veal or pork, onions, eggs, and spices. If it is mixed with herring it is called Rostocker Klopse; only with anchovy it is the original Königsberger Klopse. Without these indegrients it is only Soßklopse. The meatballs are cooked in salt water, and the resulting broth is mixed with roux, cream, and egg yolk to which capers are added. The dish is usually served with boiled potatoes or rice.
The term Strammer Max (freely translated "stiff Max") originated in the 1920s in Saxon slang, where it initially referred to an erection, the male name "Max" being often used as a slang word for penis those days (similar to the English "Willy"). The term was adopted into Berlin street slang and applied to a dish that was supposed to be especially strengthening to the sexual prowess of the person eating it.
Traditionally, it consists of a butter fried slice of bread, covered with ham or roast beef und egg.