IT & Network Infrastructure : The Geek's Guide to Berlin

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2011-08-11 Print this article Print
German Technical Museum

German Technical Museum

Dedicated to transportation, manufacturing and technology, the museum boasts an impressive array of radios, phones, planes, sea-faring vessels and two whole locomotive sheds on its sprawling campus.
Germany's capital city was flattened by war and ripped in two for nearly half a century by the Berlin Wall, and it is still picking up the pieces today. However, the city's turbulent history has inspired a wealth of art, culture and diversity. Add to that the German capacity for technological prowess, groundbreaking architecture and engineering, and precise manufacturing techniques, and Berlin is truly a geek's paradise. While many of the nerdier aspects of Berlin are overshadowed by the historical weight the city carries, geeks at heart will find plenty of inspiring, inventive and just plain odd sights and activities to explore, including the mammoth Technical Museum—one of 170 museums and galleries in the city. There's also a wealth of information available for English speakers at most of the sites, which should bring some relief to those of us whose geek tastes don't run to foreign languages. No matter what language you speak, however, you'll no doubt be impressed with Berlin's offerings, whether it's your first time in this "poor but sexy capital or a return visit. Whatever else you can say about Berlin, despite—or perhaps because of—its turbulent history, the city is firmly focused on moving forward.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at Before joining, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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