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Introducing cup final venue Berlin

'Berlin! Berlin! We're on our way to Berlin!' - undoubtedly one of the most popular chants among German football fans. But how long has the cup final been played in Berlin? What other attractions are there in the capital? And where do Bayern fans meet up on cup final day? introduces the German capital.

History:The first documented reference to a town wasBerlin-Cölln in 1237. Over the course of time Berlin has been the capital of Brandenburg, Prussia and the German Empire. East Berlin was the capital of the German Democratic Republic from 1949 and Berlin became the new capital of all Germany after reunification in 1990. It is considered to be a world city of culture, politics, media and sciences.

Population: Berlin is the most populous German city with 3.4 million inhabitants and it is also the biggest city covering an area of 892 square kilometres.

Attractions: The outstanding landmark is the Brandenburg Gate that became a symbol of German reunification in 1990. The Reichstag houses the biggest parliamentary chamber in Europe over an area of 1,200 m². The 368-metre tall television tower is the biggest structure in Germany. The Tierpark is a wonderful place to go for a walk and there are plenty of places to go shopping including Potsdamer Platz and, of course, Kurfürstendamm.

Culture:The Berlinale(film festival), the Berliner Ensemble(theatre) or the Staatsoper (State opera) withtheir wide range of performances and events makes the capital one of the leading art and culture centres of Europe. There are also a large number of outstanding museums – including on the Museumsinsel (Museum Island), which has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999.

Venue: The cup final has been played at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin since 1985. Before that, the venues were only decided after the semi-final stage. The stadium was opened in 1936 for the Olympic Games in Germany. It underwent major reconstruction for the World Cup in 2006. The stadium now has a capacity of 76,197.

FCB record in Berlin:
FC Bayern are in the cup final for the twentieth time and 12 of those games were played at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. The FCB record is good: Nine wins – the most recent success was last season's 3-2 victory over VfB Stuttgart – compared with just three defeats. The other seven finals involving FCB were played in Frankfurt (4), Stuttgart (2) and Augsburg (1). The away record against Berlin clubs is also good: Bayern have recorded 17 wins, 14 draws and 10 defeats against Hertha BSC, Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin, Spandauer SV, Tennis Borussia and Tasmania.

Returnees:Jérôme Boateng knows his way round the capital particularly well. The defender was born in West Berlin in 1988, a year before the Wall came down, and he grew up in Charlottenburg. Boateng joined his first club, Tennis Borussia Berlin, in 1998 before moving on to the Hertha youth set-up in 2002.

Meeting point for Bayern fans:FCB supporters meet up at noon on the day of the Final at Boxhagener Platz (Berlin-Friedrichshain) and the fans make their way to the stadium at three o'clock. Bayern fans without tickets can watch the game in the nearby bars, pubs and restaurants – for example in the Bayerisches Wirtshaus on Karl Liebknecht Straße (near Alexanderplatz).

And afterwards?Berlin night life offers a huge range of possibilities with night owls spoiled for choice. Anybody looking for somewhere to go after the Final should check out the City of Berlin website, for a good overview of venues and activities.