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Berlin is the largest village in the world, many have said. And it's true in many ways. Berlin may cover 900 km², but it's home to more than 90 distinct neighbourhoods. Each neighbourhood, called a "Kiez" in the local dialect, has been shaped by its particular history, whether it's the elegant late 19th century bourgeois townhomes in Charlottenburg or the typical architecture of Communist East Germany in Marzahn. The city has its industrial and post-industrial neighbourhoods as well as its dreamy villages, cosy cafes, colourful markets and market halls, and extensive green space, rivers, and plenty of lakes to take a swim in. But it's especially the people who live there that lend each neighbourhood its unique feel. See for yourself!