Berlin is the capital city of Germany and a major tourist and shopping destination. It is also well known for its diverse range of convention venues and media outlets. Berlin is home to some of the world's most prominent universities, theaters and museums. After decades of desolation caused by the Berlin Wall (1961 – 1989), Berlin now represents outstanding architecture, culture, history and a modern shopping world reaching from the west to the east of the city, embodying the spirit of reunification of once divided Europe. Berlin can be reached via two international airports: Schönefeld and Tegel. The city serves as an important junction of national and continental transportation and is a hub for the Intercity train network.