The Berlin "Did you know?" thread

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Berlin has the longest ring road in Europe at 196 kilometres with the London orbital M25 second at 188 kilometres.

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Apartments in Berlin cost just 25% more in 2010 than in 1977, whereas prices in Hamburg and Munich—Germany's second- and third-largest cities—rose by 55% and 135%, respectively, over the same period.

 

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Feel free to add your own interesting (or not) facts . I'll kick this off with one I think is quite amazing:

 

Berlin has more than half the world's functioning gas street lighting with approximately 44,000 gas lanterns across the city, the vast majority being in the former West Berlin. Some districts are almost entirely gas-lit to this day.

 

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It's OK though, the ecomentalists are going to remove them all.

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The first set of traffic lights in Europe was put into service in Potsdamer Platz in 1924. A replica of the lights can still be admired there today

 

the first traffic lights to go into service in Europe were in London outside the Houses of Parliament about 50 years before berlin

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