ABOUT BERLIN

Berlin - place of activity of Robert von Ostertag1 and Robert Koch2

The German capital offers the best national and international travel connections, numerous modern hotels and some truly special venues. Located at the heart of Europe it represents a connection between East and West. Berlin offers its visitors a uniquely varied cultural programme, one-of-a-kind historical landmarks and all sorts of entertainment. The city has a long tradition as a theatre metropolis and is justly proud that it can present such a diverse range of productions today. It is as well a city of museums. Germany’s largest cultural investment project, the Berlin Museum Island, was completed in 2010. The five museums on Museum Island were added to the World Cultural Heritage List. From a quick snack to dinner at a gourmet restaurant, international cuisine, theme restaurants, beer gardens and regional cooking–Berlin’s 7,000 restaurants and eateries cater for every taste, any occasion, any time of the day or night. Berlin’s nightlife is fast-paced and has something for everyone.

1 In the 1890s, Ostertag started a rigorous program of meat inspection in Berlin, and he was referred to as the "Father of Veterinary Meat Inspection" in Germany. Ostertag's meat inspection act of 1900 greatly reduced incidences of bovine tuberculosis in human beings. He was the author of numerous publications in veterinary science, and is remembered for his influential "Handbook of Meat Inspection".

2 Robert Heinrich Hermann Koch was a German physician and microbiologist. As the founder of modern bacteriology, he identified the specific causative agents of tuberculosis, cholera, and anthrax and gave experimental support for the concept of infectious disease, which included experiments on humans. Koch created and improved laboratory technologies and techniques in the field of microbiology, and made key discoveries in public health.