When was the last time you visited Berlin? Germany's cultural metropolis has undergone a dynamic development last year and is presenting itself in a new light: new major museums have opened in 2021, exciting experience spaces have been created. Our overview brings you up to date.
The year 2022 is full of surprises. We present you the most important highlights of 2022. Be inspired - welcome to Berlin!
- New openings in 2021
- Berlin 2022: What's new in the city
- From special exhibitions to the Berlin Marathon: the most important events in 2022
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Two major museums have moved into the new Humboldt Forum in the heart of the city: The huge exhibition areas of the second and third floors present the collections of the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art.
The rooftop restaurant on the observation deck offers you a spectacular view over the cultural centre of Berlin. In the Schlüterhof you can get detailed information from visitBerlin at our Berlin Tourist Info.
A few steps away is the Gendarmenmarkt: in the French Cathedral, the Huguenot Museum invites you to visit the modernised rooms.
At the Kulturforum, the newly renovated Neue Nationalgalerie is open again after many years. The world-famous architectural masterpiece of modernism is displaying the art of the 20th century once again.
The Museum of the 20th Century is under construction at the moment. It will also present artworks from the Neue Nationalgalerie's extensive collection starting in 2026.
ANOHA in Berlin-Kreuzberg is another highlight which opened in 2021. The children's world of the Jewish Museum offers an interactive play and experience space. Centrepiece is a huge round boat: Noah's Ark with more than 150 animals.
At Anhalter Bahnhof, the new Documentation Centre Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation invites you to delve deeper into the issues of flight and migration with an exhibition, a testimony archive and guided tours.
You can also discover new things in City West: On 17 December 2021, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church celebrated the 60th anniversary of it's Egon Eiermann building and since then shows a newly designed entrance with interior design by Eiermann.
The dynamic developments in the German capital do not stop in 2022. Read what's happening and find out about updates here!
Re-opening at Berlin Zoo: The modernised predator house "Realm of the Hunters"
since Spring 2022
The ultra-modern new predator house, covering an area of 5,000 metres, offers large panorama windows through which even the youngest visitors can observe the big cats up close. Red pandas can also be seen for the first time in 17 years.
New opening in Mitte: the Samurai Museum Berlin
since May 2022
Experience the world of the samurai in a new way: around 4,000 objects from the weaponry and blacksmithing of Japanese samurai culture and the positions of contemporary Japanese artists.
New at the Computer Games Museum: Wall of Hardware
since May 2022
The Wall of Hardware in the Computer Games Museum presents the holy bones of digital culture. Visitors can explore 35 years of video game history and many new details.
New opening in Mitte: Stabi Kulturwerk
A very special museum opens its doors on the boulevard Unter den Linden: The Stabi Kulturwerk will be exhibiting unique and precious exhibits from the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin from 14 July.
The east wing of the Humboldt Forum: last major partial opening
With the opening of the East Wing on 17 September, all exhibition areas of the Humboldt Forum will finally be open. Additional objects from the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art will be shown on an additional total of 10,000 square metres. New are the collections on North, Central and South America and exhibitions on Islam and the historical Kingdom of Benin.
Reopening after renovation: Ephraim Palace Museum
The magnificent corner building in rococo style reopens: after years of closure, you can once again experience Berlin's city history and culture in carefully renovated historic rooms.
Museum of Natural History: Tristan Otto is coming back!
He was the superstar in Berlin: In 2015, predatory dinosaur Tristan Otto came to the Natural History Museum, where he thrilled around 3 million visitors. The original skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus Rex is returning to Berlin after a long exhibition period in Copenhagen.
Inauguration of the Freedom and Unity Monument in front of the Humboldt Forum
A gigantic walk-in bowl made of steel is mounted on a wide plinth and commemorates the peaceful revolution and the fall of the Wall in 1989: If more than twenty people gather on one half of the bowl, it gently tilts.
Käthe Kollwitz Museum: New opening in Charlottenburg Palace
From July 2022, the Käthe Kollwitz Museum will be in the process of moving. In the autumn, the drawings, graphic art and sculptures of the world-famous artist will once again be on display in the prestigious theatre building of Charlottenburg Palace.
Opening of the Swedish photography museum Fotografiska
The Fotografiska Berlin will be the fourth branch of the renowned Fotomuseum, along with Stockholm, New York and Tallinn. It will move into the former Berlin Kunsthaus Tacheles and show several exhibitions at the same time on an area of around 5,500 square metres.
Berlin Museum of Medical History: Reopening after expansion and modernisation
Winter of 2022
The special collection of this special museum on the Charité grounds comprises around 10,000 pathological and anatomical specimens. They lead through 300 years of medical history and can be seen again after extensive renovation work.
Look forward to the following events! You can find detailed information in our event calendar at visitBerlin.de
Paul Gauguin - Why are you angry?
Exhibition of Gauguin's works against the background of current social issues
Old National Gallery
until 10 July 2022
Richard Wagner and German Feeling
Exhibition on Wagner's productions and his staging of emotional worlds
German Historical Museum
until 11 September 2022
We dreamed of nothing but enlightenment
Exhibition on Moses Mendelssohn as a fascinating figure of integration and his era
Jewish Museum Berlin
until 11 September 2022
Exhibition on the life of the "Discoverer of Troy" and spectacular finds from the ancient royal tombs
Museum Island: Neues Museum / James Simon Gallery
13 May - 6 November 2022
12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
Biennale for Contemporary Art
Various venues in Berlin
11 June - 18 September 2022
Songlines. Tracking the Seven Sisters
Multimedia exhibition on the culture of Australia's indigenous people
18 June - 31 October 2022
Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs 1966 - 2010.
Exhibition of more than 200 photographs from the museum's collection and the artist's estate
24 June - 10 October 2022
Long Night of the Sciences 2022
Experiments, research results, talks for all visitors
Otherwise inaccessible science institutions in Berlin and Potsdam
2 July 2022
Premium Exhibitions 2022
International fashion fair with two international fashion trade shows, a content space on the future of fashion and a new festival
7 - 9 July 2022
Classic Open Air 2022
Classical concerts in front of a historic backdrop
7 - 11 July 2022
44th CSD Berlin | Berlin Pride
Street Parade with Pride Festival Finale
Streets of Berlin
23 July 2022
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim & Lang Lang
Pierre Boulez Hall
13 August 2022
Long Night of the Museums Berlin
Live events, workshops, open museum doors
Museums in Berlin
27 August 2022
Trade Fair for Consumer Electronics and Home Appliances
Berlin Exhibition Grounds
2 - 6 September 2022
Donatello. Inventor of the Renaissace
Exhibition on the role of the great Florentine sculptor as a pioneer of the Renaissance
Gemäldegalerie (Old Master Paintings)
2 September 2022 - 8 January 2023
Positions Berlin Art Fair 2022
Art fair: International galleries from Berlin present modern and contemporary art
15 - 18 September 2022
Queer*ness in Photography
Exhibition Photographs: Lifshitz Collection - Cindy Sherman
17 September 2021 - 20 January 2023
One of the biggest music festivals in Europe
Olympic Stadium Berlin
24 - 25 September 2022
48th BMW Berlin Marathon 2022
Marathon along the historical sights of Berlin
streets of the city centre
25 September 2022
Triennale of Modernism 2022
Festival on the world heritage of modern architecture in the cities of Berlin, Dessau and Weimar: Living. Work. Living.
Various venues in Berlin
30 September - 3 October 2022 in Berlin
Festival of Lights 2022 "Vision of our future".
Colourful illumination of famous landmarks and historical places all over Berlin
Various squares and buildings in Berlin
7 - 16 October 2022
Surrealism and Magic. Enchanted modernity
Exhibition on Magic, Myth and Esotericism in Surrealist Art
Museum Barberini Potsdam
22 October 2022 - 29 January 2023
Eat! Berlin 2022
The Gourmet Festival - 10th Anniversary
27 October - 6 November 2022
Jazz Fest Berlin 2022
Festival with a focus on contemporary jazz from Europe
Various venues in Berlin
3 - 6 November 2022