BERLIN & ERFURT
Willkommen in Berlin!
Inhabitants: 3.5 mio
Divided by the Wall for 28 years, the re-united city has quickly become a colourful and exciting international metropolis and a home to creative people from around the world.
Among the top sights are the Brandenburger Tor (the only remaining historical city gate), the German parliament (Reichstag) with its glass dome, and the TV tower with its revolving restaurant 207 m above the city. From the gate you can stroll down the historical boulevard Unter den Linden to museum island and the site where the city castle is being rebuilt.
For a spectacular 12-metre-long original dinosaur skeleton of Tristan Otto, a Tyrannosaurus rex, check in at Berlin’s Natural History Museum. Relax during a boat tour on the river Spree or visit the German Technology Museum with exhibitions on traffic, communications, navigation, space and aeronautics and one of the world’s largest railway collections.
If you want to get an idea of the division of Germany and Berlin, go to the Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse with a piece of the Wall and watchtower or the Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie with its display of all the various ways people used to escape from East Germany.
Finally, try the Berlin specialties like currywurst and döner kebap!
Berlin Special on Young Audience Film Day
As a response to the current situation in Europe and a contribution to integration, this year’s sixth edition of the EFA Young Audience Award will again specifically includs refugee kids. It is the second time that Berlin participates in the initiative and it is here that the European Film Academy and its partnets will bring together Berlin pupils and “welcome classes” for refugee children. Together they will watch the nominated films, discuss them with each other, and, as members of the pan-European jury, vote for the winner.
FEDERAL AGENCY FOR CIVIC EDUCATION
The Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) is a federal public authority providing citizenship education and information on political issues for all people in Germany.
FILMTHEATER AM FRIEDRICHSHAIN
The Filmtheater am Friedrichshain (FaF) is one of the most beautiful and most important arthouse cinemas in Berlin. Programming includes American independent, German and European films - often in their original versions. The FaF is also strongly dedicated to cinema for kids and adolescents. It offers school screenings, showing a wide range of ambitious films on a daily basis and it hosts several kids film festivals: The French kids film festival "Cinefête", the British filmweek for schools "Britfilms", the program of each years' Berlinale for kids "Generation" and the short film festival for kids "Kuki".
Willkommen in Erfurt!
(movies are shown dubbed in German)
Erfurt is the capital of the state of Thuringia in Germany. With its famous cathedral and the Church of St. Severus, a medieval centre and 142 bridges inside the city, Erfurt is a great place to discover on foot. You can do so on a multimedia tour with an iGuide from the tourist office and experience the history of Erfurt in sound and images from the perspective of Luther, Bach, Napoleon and Doktor Faust. Or you take a tour by tram, or even horse-drawn coach! Don’t forget to stop for a famous Thuringian bratwurst, though!
GERMAN CHILDREN'S MEDIA FOUNDATION
The German Children’s Media Foundation GOLDEN SPARROW organises the biggest festival for German-language children’s film, TV and online media in Germany, held annually in Gera and Erfurt.
The foundation is a collaborative venture between TLM (the state media authority of Thuringia), MDM (Central German Media Funding), private and public television stations such as RTL, MDR and ZDF, and the cities of Gera and Erfurt. The aim of the foundation and of the festival is to support and present awards to high-quality children’s film and TV productions, as well as other types of electronic media aimed at children in Germany.
The foundation has also increased its activities at the European level. For example, it organises the KIDS Regio events to improve the production and distribution of children’s films.