Berlin seems to be detached from the rest of Germany

The Brandenburg Gate and yours truly, November 2009
Berlin is the capital of Germany and not surprisingly, it contains many of the important structures in the country. 

For example, the Brandenburg Gate, the image shown on some of the German version of Euro coins, is found in Berlin. 

German coins showing the Brandenburg Gate

Aside from having many of the iconic German symbols, Berlin is also dynamic, prosperous and forward-looking. 

At first glance, Berlin seems to embody everything that’s German. 

Until you notice its geographical location: the German capital is closer to Poland than many of the country’s other major cities, such as Hamburg, Dresden and Leipzig. 

Berlin is about four-and-a-half hours away by train from the Bonn/Cologne area, my home away from home when I was in Germany late last year. 

On the other hand, Paris, the capital of neighboring France, is only about four hours away by train from Bonn/Cologne. 

Based on location alone, Berlin seems to be detached from the rest of Germany.

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