City Of Bears
What’s the deal with all the bear statues everywhere? Well, it all started in June 2001, when a bear sculpture exhibition called “The Buddy Bear Berlin Show” was set up right in front of the KaDeWe store. With friendly and optimistically raised arms, the two-meter-tall painted bears were for all to enjoy. They received so much attention that the street exhibition was extended and many of the bears were bought by companies and private individuals for display all over Berlin. Some even took them abroad, turning the Buddy Bear into a global ambassador of Berlin. In 2002, around 140 Buddy Bears each representing a United Nations country went on tour, spreading the message of standing together for a peaceful world and raising over €2 million for children’s aid. Bequeathed by Albert the Bear, founder of the city in 1237, the bear is the emblem of Berlin.