O que faz Berlim ser diferente de outras metrópoles? Primeiramente, os próprios berlinenses, cujo jeito áspero, mas também cordial, transmite a atmosfera especial dessa cidade. Naturalmente, há também uma incrível variedade de atrações que retratam tanto o otimismo e a dinâmica da vida contemporânea, como a história e os grandes dramas do século XX.
Quem pensa em Berlim costuma lembrar automaticamente da Porta de Brandemburgo, o Brandenburger Tor, provavelmente a obra mais famosa da capital. Durante décadas, ele foi símbolo da separação, mas também centro de uma metrópole sempre dinâmica, repleta de novas ideias e impulsos, de arte, cultura e criatividade. O Kurfürstendamm, sinônimo de avenida urbana elegante, a loja Kaufhaus des Westens, mais conhecida como KaDeWe, butiques modernas e galerias requintadas caracterizam o lado ocidental da cidade, assim como os maravilhosos bairros burgueses e, é claro, a famosa vida noturna berlinense. O que não pode faltar nela é uma noite no Friedrichstadt-Palast, o maior teatro de variedades da Alemanha, que produziu, dizem, o show mais caro e mais espetacular de todos os tempos: SHOW ME. Puro luxo, uma explosão de luz, cores, figurinos e efeitos. O bairro onde se encontra o centro do governo sem dúvida tem também uma atmosfera cosmopolita, que se estende desde a Porta de Brandemburgo e do vizinho Reichstag, em direção ao leste. Um lugar perfeito para a paz e a liberdade – ao contrário da época em que Berlim foi palco de crimes inacreditavelmente atrozes. O monumento aos judeus assassinados na Europa, projeto do arquiteto nova-iorquino Peter Eisenman nas imediações da Porta de Brandemburgo, mantém viva essa lembrança, assim como o memorial Topografia do Terror na antiga sede da polícia secreta nazista, a Gestapo.
Na direção de Berlim Ocidental, a grande avenida de Berlim, Unter den Linden, estende-se até a praça Alexanderplatz, passando pelo patrimônio mundial da Ilha dos Museus, a Museumsinsel, pela Catedral de Berlim, pela Neue Wache e a barroca Zeughaus, que hoje abriga o Museu Histórico Alemão. O passeio continua até a Torre de Televisão, a Fernsehturm, que até hoje é a mais alta construção da Alemanha. A vista de Berlim dali até muito depois de Brandemburgo é literalmente um dos pontos altos de uma visita à cidade. A pouca distância dali fica o Gendarmenmarkt, tido como o lugar mais bonito de Berlim, formando um conjunto de rara elegância e grandeza com a Catedral Alemã (Deutscher Dom), a Catedral Francesa (Französischer Dom) e a sala de concertos Konzerthaus. Menos imponente, mas em compensação extremamente descontraída, leve e relaxante, é a atmosfera dos pátios conhecidos como Hackesche Höfe, também no centro de Berlim - a maior área fechada de pátios na Alemanha e protegida como patrimônio histórico desde 1977. O bairro revive um verdadeiro pedaço da Berlim antiga, reunindo uma mistura variada de galerias de arte, cinemas, teatros e teatros de revista, bares, restaurantes e bistrôs, lojinhas simpáticas e lojas de grandes marcas. Aqui é possível sentir ainda mais de perto o charme criativo que hoje, quase 25 anos após a queda do muro, caracteriza Berlim talvez ainda mais do que outras metrópoles. O ateliê da Alemanha, cidade onde tudo acontece, centro da moda, do design, da música: o dinamismo e otimismo da cidade reunificada foram algo incomparável – e continuam sendo até hoje. Centenas de ateliês nasceram em pátios internos, a arte tomou conta das ruas, das paredes das casas, de bairros inteiros. E as ruínas do muro, é claro, que formam uma espécie de enciclopédia da "street art" com a East Side Galley entre a ponte Oberbaumbrücke e a estação Ostbahnhof. Hoje, Kreuzberg e Prenzlauer Berg, Neukölln e Wedding são uma espécie de referência para mais de 20.000 artistas plásticos; eles influenciam a atmosfera e o ambiente da região tornando a cidade um pólo que atrai tanto artistas alternativos como os de sucesso. Mergulhe nesse universo que inspira, seduz e fascina. E conheça a gente de Berlim – além de todas as atrações turísticas, talvez a melhor razão para visitar essa cidade fantástica. E voltar sempre.
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