City Of Bears

Where Berlin - - SIGHTSEEING -

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.

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