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Berlin 2023 – the biggest events

New openings, exhibits, events

When were you last in Berlin? The German capital has changed drastically. Exciting cultural projects have been realised and new museums have opened their doors. Our overview of 2022 gives you all the important info.
And next year will be a big one! More plans and dates are added every week. We continuously update and provide you with the most important highlights for 2023.
Welcome to Berlin – get inspired!


New openings in 2022

Japan lovers have been able to dive into the exciting world of the samurai in the heart of Berlin since May 2022. The new Samurai Museum Berlin presents over 1000 original masterworks of Japanese weaponry, making it the largest collection outside of Japan.

Samurai Museum Berlin, Armour
Samurai Museum Berlin, Armour Samurai Museum, Foto: Manfred-M. Sackmann

The Computer Games Museum near Alexanderplatz has had its new Wall of Hardware since spring 2022. Visitors can learn about 35 years of video game history.


The Stabi Kulturwerk, the first library museum of the Staatsbibliothek, recently opened on the boulevard Unter den Linden. From folios to globes and scores, precious artefacts from 600 years of library history are on display.

Stabi Kulturwerk Library Museum Berlin
Stabi Kulturwerk Library Museum Berlin Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

Autumn 2022 in Berlin

The new East Wing of the Humboldt Forum, across from Museum Island, and its approximately 10,000 square metres of space opened on 17 September 2022. The collections of the Ethnological Museum and the Asian Art Museum are supplemented with many works of art from North, Central, and South America, as well as exhibits on Islam and the historical Kingdom of Benin.

Maya vessel, Ethnological Museum Berlin
Maya vessel, Ethnological Museum Berlin Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ethnologisches Museum / Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss, digitale Reproduktion: Jester Blank GbR

The day before, on 16 September 2022, the new Museum Ephraim-Palais finally opened after years of renovation. Here you can learn about Berlin’s history and urban culture in a magnificent, historic Rococo corner structure.

Charlottenburg Palace has also been updating its inventory of art. The Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum moved into the theatre building in autumn, presenting drawings, graphic art, and sculptures by the artist in freshly renovated exhibition spaces.

Tristan is back!

And don't forget: Tristan has been back on display at the Museum für Naturkunde since August 2022: The original skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex is a spectacular find, and drew around three million visitors to Berlin in 2015.

Exhibition Dinosaurs in Berlin, Museum of Natural History
Exhibition Dinosaurs in Berlin, Museum of Natural History Carola Radke, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

What else is happening in the heart of the German capital and which new spectacular openings we can expect in the next few years can be found on our infographic on the new cultural centre.

Our special tip for the end of the year

Before Christmas, you can once again choose between dozens of different Christmas markets and go Christmas shopping at your favourite Christmas market and taste freshly baked Christmas specialities over hot drinks.

To the Berlin Christmas markets

Berlin 2023: News from the city

The dynamic developments in the German capital will continue in 2023. Learn here what will be happening, as we provide continuous updates.

Charité Museum of Medical History: reopening after expansion and modernisation

Early 2023

Medical History Museum of the Charité in Berlin
Medical History Museum of the Charité in Berlin Foto: Christoph Weber

Around 10,000 pathological and anatomical specimens are contained with the special collection of the Charité Museum of Medical History on the grounds of the Charité. They tell 300 years of medical history and can be viewed once more following the renovation and expansion of the exhibition space.

Tower THF – 360° Berlin: exciting views at Tempelhof Airport

Spring 2023

Vision of the Tempelhof Airport Tower Berlin
Vision of the Tempelhof Airport Tower Berlin mlzd

The former Tempelhof Airport is being converted into a place of art and culture, creativity and events.
Starting in spring, the airport tower with exhibition floor and rooftop terrace will be open to visitors.

Full steam ahead at the German Museum of Technology

Spring 2023

Exhibition German Museum of Technology Berlin
Exhibition German Museum of Technology Berlin Foto: Serjozha Kostyushev

The German Museum of Technology is renovating and modernising its large permanent railway exhibit with the locomotive shed: As of spring it will be an airy, interactive, family-friendly space.

Inauguration of the Freedom and Unity Memorial at the Humboldt Forum

In 2023

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

A giant, walkable steel bowl will be mounted in a large plinth to commemorate the peaceful revolution and fall of the Wall in 1989. When more than twenty people gather in one half of the bowl, it tilts slightly.

Opening of the Swedish photography museum Fotografiska

In 2023

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.

From special exhibits to the Berlin Marathon: the most important events in 2023

Berlinische Galerie, Exhibition
Berlinische Galerie, Exhibition visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Forced cooperation: The prisoner work crews of Hohenschönhausen 

A new permanent exhibit sheds new light on the daily lives of prisoners of the former GDR state security apparatus, and will open actual working and living spaces of the work crews for the first time.

Starting on 26 November 2022

Berlin – Hoheschönhausen Memorial

Internationale Green Week Berlin 2023

Around 1900 presenters will discuss the latest international trends in the food industry, agriculture, and horticulture. The interactive farm and animal hall will be especially interesting for families.

Berlin ExpoCenter City / Messe

20 to 29 January 2023

Promise of progress: Industrial photography in a divided Germany 

More consumption, better products, higher quality of living: This exhibit takes a look at how imagery in both Germanys made promises of the future.

German Historical Museum

10 February to 29 May 2023

Berlinale 2023
73rd Berlin International Film Festival

Hundreds of new films are shown at the Berlinale, one of the world’s largest public film festivals, with international and rising stars among the guests.

Various sites throughout Berlin

16 February to 26 February 2023

10th European Photography Month 2023

Germany’s largest photography festival celebrates its anniversary in Berlin with more than 100 exhibits and over 500 international photographers.

Museums, galleries, institutions, project spaces, and photography schools in Berlin and Potsdam

2 March to 31 March 2023

Future of democracy (Working title)

New exhibition spaces examine democracy with exciting objects and installations. Anyone can creatively realise their own ideas at the Futurium Lab.

Futurium

As of 18/19 March 2023

in_finite. Living with Death

An exhibition as an interactive drama: visitors enter different stages and encounter a variety of ideas about death and scenes of death.

Humboldt Forum

23 March to 31 October 2023

Hugo van der Goes

Highlight at the Kulturforum: The first ever special exhibit dedicated to the most important Dutch artist of the second half of the 15th century.

Gemäldegalerie

31 March to 16 July 2023

Festival Days at the State Opera 2023

Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and a piano recital with works by Bach and Beethoven

Philharmonie Berlin

2 April, 7 April and 9 April 2023

Another type of police custody: The house prison of the Secret Police Office in Berlin 1933-1945  (Working title)

90 years after the founding of the Gestapo, the Secret State Police in Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler, this special exhibit addresses the countless crimes committed by them.

Topographie des Terrors

26 April to autumn 2023

Carnival of Cultures 2023

Highlight of Pentecost Weekend: Visitors from around the world celebrate a four-day street festival with multicultural parades through the city.

Streets of Berlin - Kreuzberg

26 to 29 May 2023

Long Night of Science 2023

Otherwise inaccessible archives, laboratories, and a range of renowned scientific institutions open up their doors for events and tours.

17 June 2023

various museums and scientific institutions in Berlin and Potsdam

Special Olympics World Games 2023

Thousands of athletes with disabilities representing 26 sports arrive in Germany for the first time to compete at the largest international inclusive sporting event.

Olympiastadion Berlin

17 to 25 June 2023

Palaces. Prussia. Colonial. Focus on biographies and collections

Whether colorful glass beads or paintings depicting slaves: The centuries-long colonial past of the palaces and gardens in Berlin is reflected in the collections, which have been reworked in this regard.

Charlottenburg Palace, New Wing

4 July to 31 October 2023

State Opera for All 2023

Opera-Air-Concert of the Staatskapelle Berlin

Bebelplatz

8 and 9 July 2023


45th CSD Berlin | Berlin Pride

The LGBTQIA+ community and its allies celebrate tolerance and diversity all throughout Berlin every year. The highlight of the massive street parade against discrimination and hate is the Pride Festival Finale.

Streets of Berlin

22 July 2023

World Championship and Olympic Qualifications in archery 2023

Get ready, archery fans: Berlin is hosting the Archery World Championships, the world’s largest archery event, for the second time in 2023.

Berlin

28 July to 6 August 2023

Long Night of the Museums Berlin

Live events, workshops, open museum doors

Museums in Berlin

26 August 2023

49th BMW Berlin Marathon 2023

One of the world’s largest runs is held in Berlin in September every year: Around 40,000 participants run the popular route past the historic sights.

Streets downtown

24 September 2023

Andrea Bocelli: The World’s Most Beloved Tenor

The Italian singer offers a musical mix of classical, musical theatre, and film. He is accompanied by a large symphony orchestra, a choir, and international guest stars.

Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin

19 October 2023

Climate change and the Polarstern expedition (Working title)

The German Museum of Technology and the Alfred-Wegener-Institut are partnering together to host a special exhibit on climate change.

German Museum of Technology

Starting autumn 2023

 

You can find the whole wide range of events in 2022/2023 in the capital's most beautiful calendar of events - at visitBerlin.de .