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Berlin has the highest wannabe-artist rate per capita in the world.

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Equaling the amount of critics as well.

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Berlin has more bridges than Venice

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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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There are more Indian restaurants than Indian people.

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The busiest stretch of Autobahn in Germany is the A100 near the Funkturm.

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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.

NEXT!

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

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Berlin is home to the largest department store in Europe - KaDeWe - which has 60,000 sq meters of floor space.

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There is a never used station under Innsbruckerplatz for the never built U10 UBahn line.

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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

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Berlin has tons of jobs for unskilled foreigners.

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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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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

I think Berlin had the first set of electric traffic lights in Europe, whereas London had the first set, but they were gas lights.

Berlin has more bridges that Venice

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I think Berlin had the first set of electric traffic lights in Europe, whereas London had the first set, but they were gas lights.

Wrong, Traffic lights were first installed in 1868 in London, United Kingdom Traffic Lights

Now should we debate when the UK became part of Europe?

Berlin has more bridges that Venice

Already said that.

Berlin has more bridges than Venice

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Although a contraption at Stephansplatz in Hamburg is now thought to have predated them by two years, it has often been stated that the first traffic lights in Continental Europe were erected at Potsdamer Platz on 20 October 1924

Potsdammer Platz

What is also in that wiki link is this;

Potsdamer Platz was also the location of Germany's first electric street lights, installed in 1882 by the electrical giant Siemens, founded and based in the city.

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Wrong, Traffic lights were first installed in 1868 in London, United Kingdom Traffic Lights

Never argued that, just said that Berlin had the first electric one, the gas ones in London exploded after only a few weeks and were abandoned until they put up electric ones in 1926 (or so says Google ;) )

Already said that.

Ah, so that's where I got the uselessful bit of information from, I knew I had read it somewhere recently ;)

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Berlin has the oldest underwater tunnel in Germany, the Spreetunnel Stralau-Treptow now closed and flooded once connected the Alt Stralau peninsula to the other side, emerging near the Eierschale. It was originally used by trams but fell into disrepair and was eventually abandoned completely after the war. The street where it descended in Alt Stralau is still called Tunnelstraße.

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