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In the years after World War II, Berlin saw a number of new skyscrapers erected to provide the burgeoning middle class with affordable housing. Even though many were designed by famous architects they were eventually viewed as concrete monsters and mouldered in disuse, until recently.

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Video: There's a lot of good ways to experience a city. You can walk and enjoy the outdoors but that takes a bit of time. You could ride any above ground public transportation system but that traps you inside. You could drive a car but that makes you miss out on things as you focus on the road. Or you could cycle and have fun. Tim Knoll, BMX biker, chose to cycle around Berlin. And to our benefit, he also busted out a few wildly creative bike tricks while doing so.

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Berlin is not only one of the most vibrant cities in Europe — thanks to its food, clubs, cultural life, and the other thousand things you can do there — the city itself it's unique. Its architecture is stunning and full of contrasts, a constant reminder of the clash between the communist and the capitalist world.

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Berlin lies hundreds of kilometres from the nearest ocean. But, that didn't stop one determined man from discovering a rare local break, then teaching himself to surf it. This is his story.

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It's been exactly 25 years since the wall came down and Berlin — a city that was once the epicentre of a worldwide ideological struggle — took its first, daunting steps toward reunification. Despite all odds, the graft took. And today the scar the wall left is so faint that unless you know what to look for, it's practically invisible.

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All over the world, we're seeing cities add bike lanes, bike paths, bike parking, bike sharing — but the way you know cities are really getting serious is when they start reprogramming their signals for cyclists instead of cars. In Berlin, a new pilot project is doing exactly that.

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While the American West stumbles forward into an already dangerous drought — and it's barely even summer — Berliners are simply not using enough water. This means that the city's water table is now on the rise, and it's beginning to threaten the city's buildings from below. Some basements have already been affected.

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It's happened to us all. You're planning for some big project and suddenly you're in need of a power drill... Or kitchen stand mixer... Or hiking gear. Now, you could just shell out for it, but when are you going to use it again? Enter Leila, a genius little "borrowing shop" in Berlin that saves you money while putting the dusty things in your closet to good use.

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In a city of controversial historic buildings, Berlin's massive Tempelhof Airport is one of the most embattled. This ageing, elegant behemoth served as a hub for the Nazis and, later, for the Berlin Air Lift. Now, it's the focus of major development plans — and PBS just got a look inside.

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Perhaps it is because I'm used to see it in black and white, but it's fascinating to see how incredibly modern Berlin looks in this colour film from 1936. It was a beautiful city. Except for the bloody Nazis.

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The Gardens of the World in Marzahn Recreational Park in Berlin is home to various gardens that show off the world's different cultures. This particular installation is the Christian Garden but really, it's the Garden of Typography. The walls are, well, literally made with type.

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I can only pray our future is this obnoxious. A media group in Berlin hacked together a sort of digital slingshot. Type in a message, aim at a building and fire. Your message splatters all over a facade. There's video.