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Family at the Humboldt Forum Berlin
Family at the Humboldt Forum Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

Berlin 2022 - the most important events

New openings, exhibitions, events

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!

 

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New openings in 2021

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.

Humboldt Forum Berlin: Ethnological Collections
Humboldt Forum Berlin: Ethnological Collections © ©Stiftung Berliner Schloss – Humboldt Forum, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz

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.

Exterior view of the New National Gallery Berlin
Exterior view of the New National Gallery Berlin © Marcus Ebener

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.

Children's World at the Jewish Museum Berlin
Children's World at the Jewish Museum Berlin © Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Foto: Yves Sucksdorff

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.

Berlin 2022: What's new in the city

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

Wall of Hardware at the Computerspielemuseum Berlin
Wall of Hardware at the Computerspielemuseum Berlin © Jörg Metzner/CSM

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

July 2022

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

September 2022

Showcases, Ethnological Museum in the Humboldt Forum
Showcases, Ethnological Museum in the Humboldt Forum © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Foto: Alexander Schippel

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

September 2022

Facade of the Ephraim-Palais in Berlin
Facade of the Ephraim-Palais in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

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!

September 2022

Tristan in Museum of Natural History
Tristan in Museum of Natural History © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

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

Autumn 2022

Future Freedom and Unity Monument Berlin
Future Freedom and Unity Monument Berlin © Milla & Partner

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

Autumn 2022

Aerial view of Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin
Aerial view of Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin © Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg

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

Autumn 2022

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.

From special exhibitions to the Berlin Marathon: the 25 most important events

Marathon race in Berlin
Marathon race in Berlin © Camera4

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

 

Schliemann's Worlds

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

Humboldt Forum

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

Berlin Gallery

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  

Messe Berlin

7 -  9 July 2022

 

Classic Open Air 2022

Classical concerts in front of a historic backdrop

Gendarmenmarkt

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

 

IFA 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

Tempelhof Airport

15 - 18 September 2022

 

Queer*ness in Photography

Exhibition Photographs: Lifshitz Collection - Cindy Sherman

C|O Berlin

17 September 2021 - 20 January 2023

 

Lollapalooza 2022

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

 

You can find the whole wide range of events in 2022 in the capital's most beautiful calendar  - on visitBerlin.de.