The Berlin Wall was pulled down 20 years ago, giving birth to a new industry: selling pieces of the Berlin Wall. Remember that? Well, all the pieces were probably bought long ago (well, except the “real” one that you picked up last week, of course), but there is still plenty you can do to celebrate. The list of cultural events is long and impressive, like the German translation of a short word in English. So, take a look at what Berlin has to offer.
Long Night of Museums lets you visit 100 museums will be open from 6 PM Saturday until 2 AM on Sunday every weekend from January 31 to August 29.
Take in the 59th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) from February 5 to February 15; more than 400 films will be screened, many of them European premieres.
Enjoy even more of the cultural stuff at the Extended Opera and Theatre Night on April 25. Half-hour events are available from 7 PM to 10 AM on 60 stages, and buses take visitors from theater to theater.
Other events include:
- Berlin’s Lesbian and Gay Street Festival, June 20-21, and Christopher Street Day, June 27
- Fete de la Musique, June 21, free concerts on over 50 open-air stages throughout Berlin
- Jewish Cultural Days, Aug 29-Sep 6
- Classic Open Air Berlin, July 2-6; opera, classical music
- Berlin International Beer Festival, Aug 7-9, when Karl-Marx-Allee turns into the world’s longest beer garden and bar, with 190 breweries offering beer along a mile-long stretch
- Real Berlin Marathon, Sep 19-20, a 42-km run
- Festival of Lights, Oct 13-25; fireworks, light shows
- JazzFest Berlin, Nov 5-8, with big bands and international jazz stars