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The charms of Berlin

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The charms of Berlin
Nearly two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German capital is becoming ever more popular with young tourists who have made it Europe's third most visited city, as much for the ?ber-cool nightclubs as for the history.

Defying all expectations, the city drew more foreign visitors in the first half of the year than in 2006 when Germany hosted the Football World Cup.

The trend continued in July, despite heavy rains, as tourism figures increased by 6.5 percent compared to the same month last year, and the capital's tourism office says Berlin is now Europe's most popular city to visit after London and Paris.

"It's Europe's most interesting city. It's the place to be," says Paul, a 29-year-old Scotsman.

It is 2am and he is queueing to get into the trendy club "103" in a tumble-down building metres away from where the wall used to mark the border between Berlin's Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain neighbourhoods.

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