Berlin is the capital city of Germany and one of the 16 states of the Federal Republic of Germany. Berlin is the largest city in Germany and has a population of 4.5 million within its metropolitan area and 3.4 million from over 190 countries within the city limits.
Mitte, literally meaning "the middle" and being a contraction of Stadtmitte, contains the historical heart of Berlin and represents in many ways the real center of the city.
The South is a district of Berlin. It consists of the boroughs of Steglitz, Zehlendorf, Tempelhof, Neukölln, Treptow and Köpenick.
City West is the heart of former West Berlin and even after reunification it represents the main retail center of Berlin — all the best and most expensive shops are located here.
The East is a district of Berlin. It consists of the boroughs Lichtenberg, Hohenschönhausen, Marzahn and Hellersdorf.
The North of Berlin consists of the boroughs of Spandau, Reinickendorf, Pankow and the districts Wedding and Gesundbrunnen.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust