In difficult times, it's good to plan for the future with confidence. Berlin is already in the midst of preparations for an eventful 2022. Every week more ideas, plans and dates are set in stone. We'll present the latest ones to you here and provide you with constant updates. Let us inspire you.
A look ahead to next year: Berlin 2022
No one can say for sure right now whether events in 2022 will actually take place on the announced date. But there are increasing signs that exciting, extensive projects will come to fruition and that there will be a lot of new things to see next year. Let's take a daring look ahead. In the coming weeks and months, the flow of information will increase – just come back to this page to read up on the latest developments.
What will Berlin be like at the start of 2022?
In January 2022, the cultural centre of the capital in particular will be a place of new attractions and changes:
No less than two museums will have just moved into the new Humboldt Forum: The object collections of the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art will be presented in the huge exhibition areas on the second and third floors. They not only expand the Humboldt Forum's comprehensive exhibition programme, which has been running since 2021, but also provide a valuable addition to the collections on Museum Island opposite.
In addition to other culinary establishments in the Humboldt Forum, the rooftop restaurant on the observation deck invites visitors to enjoy a spectacular view over the cultural heart of Berlin.
At the Kulturforum, the freshly renovated Neue Nationalgalerie reopens in 2021 after many years of refurbishment. The world-renowned architecture by Mies van der Rohe will once again showcase world-famous works of 20th century fine art. Right next door, the new Museum of the 20th Century is under construction, which will be completed in 2026 and will complement the extensive collection of the Neue Nationalgalerie.
South-east of the Kulturforum, ANOHA, the Jewish Museum's newly opened children's world, offers an interactive and innovative play and experience space. At the centre of this exciting building is a giant round boat: Noah's Ark with more than 150 animals.
And in the Nikolaiviertel, the doors of the Ephraim Palace Museum will reopen in 2022. In painstakingly renovated historic rooms, you can once again experience city history and culture after years of closure.
There will also be new things to see in the west of the city at the beginning of 2022: On 17 December, 2021, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Breitscheidplatz will have celebrated the 60th anniversary of the new Egon Eiermann building and presents a newly designed entrance with interior design by Eiermann. In Berlin-Dahlem, the renowned Galerie Bastian will likely have just opened a new office and showroom and will be exhibiting works of German and American post-war modernism. The gallery was previously located in the building designed by David Chipperfield on Museum Island. The Bastian family donated the building in Berlin-Mitte to the Berlin State Museums in 2019 and sees the founding of the new gallery as a clear commitment to Berlin as an important art location.
Projects and openings in 2022
The following projects and openings have not currently been set for specific dates. Keep checking back to find updates here.
Triennial of Modernism 2022
Every three years, modernist architecture is the focus of public attention. The starting points are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the cooperating cities of Berlin, Weimar and Dessau. An extensive programme is planned throughout Berlin which will take an in-depth look into the architectural and social heritage of modernism and enable visitors to view it.
More information on dates and locations will be available here soon
Start of construction of the Schlossfreiheit
From January 2022
The dismantling of the existing embankment wall on the Spree Canal in front of the Humboldt Forum began back in summer 2020 for all to see. Here, starting in January 2022, a huge, 38-metre-wide set of seating steps will be built which lead down to the future Flussbad bathing area. The Flussbad will take a few years to build and will stretch from Fischerinsel to the tip of Museum Island at the Bode Museum.
Inauguration of the Freedom and Unity Monument in front of the Humboldt Forum
Right next to the Schlossfreiheit, the Freedom and Unity Monument will be inaugurated in a ceremony in spring 2022. A wide pedestal has been in the works since 2020, on which a gigantic shell of steel will be installed: a 50-metre-long walkable and movable monument commemorating the peaceful revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The kinetic shell shall be accessible to all. If more than twenty more people gather on one half of the shell than on the other, it will gently tilt.
Museum of Natural History: Tristan Otto is coming back!
First half of 2022
He was a superstar in Berlin: in December 2015, the predatory dinosaur Tristan Otto came to the Museum of Natural History, where he thrilled some 3 million visitors in the ensuing years. The original 12-metre-long and 4-metre-high black skeleton of this Tyrannosaurus rex is one of the world's best-preserved specimens and will return to Berlin in 2022 after an extended exhibition period in Copenhagen.
Museum of Computer Games: Reopening of the Wall of Hardware
The Wall of Hardware at the Museum of Computer Games presents "The Holy Bones of Digital Culture". Following the expansion and modernisation of the exhibition area, visitors in 2022 will be able to explore more than 80 devices from 35 years of video game history and many new details.
Käthe Kollwitz Museum: New opening in Charlottenburg Palace
The current location is in Fasanenstraße in Berlin-Wilmersdorf. From 2022, the Käthe Kollwitz Museum will present the drawings, graphic art and sculpture of the world-famous artist to a wider audience. The museum will move into the prestigious three-story theatre building of Charlottenburg Palace.
Berlin Museum of Medical History: Reopening after expansion and modernisation
The special collection of this extraordinary museum on the Charité grounds comprises around 10,000 pathological and anatomical specimens. They guide visitors through 300 years of medical history and will be on display once again from summer 2022. The museum will be completely modernised and will have a large new foyer with a shop and multifunctional area.
Opening of the Swedish photography museum Fotografiska
End of 2022
The Fotografiska Berlin will be the fourth branch of the renowned Swedish photo museum, alongside Stockholm, New York and Tallinn. After the redesign and modernisation of the former Berlin Kunsthaus Tacheles by the Swiss star architects Herzog & de Meuron, the Fotografiska will move into an area of around 5,500 square metres and show several exhibitions simultaneously. There are also plans for a restaurant there.
Exhibitions and events in 2022
There are already concrete dates for the following events and exhibitions. At this point in time, of course, they are subject to change.
Here you will find regular additions and updates for 2022.
We dreamed of nothing but enlightenment
Moses Mendelssohn as a fascinating figure of integration and his epoch
Jewish Museum Berlin
Start of the year 2022
International Green Week 2022
21-30 January 2022
Karl Marx and Capitalism
German Historical Museum
28 January to 21 August 2022
Six Day Berlin 2022
8-13 February 2022
Holiday on Ice
2-13 March 2022
9-13 March 2022
2 April 2022
Richard Wagner und das deutsche Gefühl (Richard Wagner and the German Feeling)
German Historical Museum
8 April to 11 September 2022
Schliemanns Welten (Schliemann's Worlds)
Museum Island: Neues Museum / James Simon Gallery
13 April - 18 September 2022
Carnival of Cultures
The streets of Berlin
3-6 June 2022
Classic Open Air in Grunewald Hunting Lodge
Ludwig van Beethoven
4-6 June 2022
Special Olympics Germany: National Summer Games
19-24 June 2022
Archaeological exhibition on Uzbekistan
Museum Island: James Simon Gallery
27 October 2022 - 7 May 2023