In the southeasternmost corner of Europe, at the border to Asia, in the metropolis of Istanbul continents, cultures and religions meet. The film provides an insight into the topography and history of Istanbul. The great mosques, palaces and other historically significant monuments, some of them converted into museums, are described in detail. The economic importance of Istanbul, with its economic and financial sectors as well as the retail trade of the bazaars is another topic of the film. The confusing infrastructure of Istanbul, the division of the city into two parts and the resulting culture and transport conditions are dealt with. Istanbul life is characterised by tradition and modernity. Kemal Atatürk is considered the founder of the modern Turkey of today and his memory is cherished to this day. The bonus section gives an account of Atatürk’s life and reforms. Together with the extensive accompanying material the DVD is perfectly suited for use in the classroom.