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Berlin 2024 – the main events

Events, exhibitions, openings

In 2024, Berlin will be in focus throughout Europe: The German capital is going to celebrate two charismatic events. In summer, the Olympic Stadium will host five matches and the final of the UEFA European Championship 2024. And autumn 2024 will be all about the 35th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. 


Berlin Highlights of the Year 2024
The main events and exhibitions in Berlin 2024
What's new in Berlin?

Berlin Highlights of the Year 2024

The year 2024 in Berlin is gathering pace. Here is already a first selection of the year's highlights, more are being planned. Check this page regularly for the latest news.

UEFA European Championship 2024 in Berlin

15th June to 14th July 2024

Olympic Stadium Berlin blue-green
Olympic Stadium Berlin blue-green © Olympiastadion Berlin

In the summer of 2024, Berlin will be the world's sports metropolis for one month. Around 1.5 million football fans will arrive in the capital to cheer on the UEFA Euro 24 : at the Olympic Stadium, at the gigantic fan mile at the Brandenburg Gate and at public viewings all over the city. A total of six European Championship matches, including the grand final, will be played in Berlin. 

where: Olympiastadion Berlin, Berlin-Westend
 

35 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall: The big anniversary in autumn

9th November 2024

Fall of the Berlin Wall, Berlin on 10 November 1989
Fall of the Berlin Wall, Berlin on 10 November 1989 © GettyImages, Foto: RolandBlunck

Numerous events are planned throughout Berlin in autumn 2024 to mark the 35th anniversary of the fall of the wall, with an official ceremony on 9th November. Exhibitions, open-air events, guided tours and participatory activities are to be offered. At the Humboldt Forum, the focus will be on the former Palace of the Republic for the whole year from May.

Spectacular: historical and new posters, signs and banners are installed along the former course of the Wall.

where: throughout the city

250th anniversary: Caspar David Friedrich in Berlin

19th April to 4th August 2024

Caspar David Friedrich, Moonrise by the Sea
Caspar David Friedrich, Moonrise by the Sea © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Fotograf: Jörg P. Anders

The great German painter of Romanticism is celebrated throughout Germany in 2024: On the occasion of Caspar David Friedrich's anniversary year, several cities are presenting independent exhibitions. A retrospective is planned in New York in 2025.
Berlin is displaying more than 100 of his world-famous paintings at the exhibition Unendliche Landschaften.

where: Alte Nationalgalerie, Museum Island, Berlin-Mitte

 

Laver Cup Berlin 2024

 20 to 22 September 2024

Laver Cup
© LaverCup

A tennis tournament unlike any other, the seventh edition of the Laver Cup takes place in Berlin for the first time following stops in Prague, Chicago, Geneva, Boston, London and Vancouver. The tournament pits six of the best men’s tennis players from Europe against six of their counterparts from the rest of the world over three days of intense team competition. The teams are led by legendary captains, Bjorn Borg for Team Europe and John McEnroe for Team World. 

where: Uber Arena, Friedrichshain

 

St Hedwig's Cathedral: ceremonial reopening in Mitte

24 November 2024

St Hedwig's Cathedral Berlin, Animation
St Hedwig's Cathedral Berlin, Animation © sichauwalter Animation: nightnurse

Frederick the Great had the famous domed building on Bebelplatz built on the model of the Pantheon in Rome. The cathedral of the Archdiocese of Berlin, the destination of many visitors to Berlin, has been rebuilt and renovated in recent years and will shine in new splendour in 2024.

where: St. Hedwig's Cathedral, Bebelplatz, Berlin

 

 

Events and Exhibitions 2024 in Berlin

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Zerreißprobe. Art between Politics and Society 1945 - 2000

The Neue Nationalgalerie shows its extensive art collection from a new perspective: Under the title “Zerreißprobe” (The Acid Test), it will present masterpieces from the years after the Second World War that bear witness to the upheaval, the German division and the emotional turmoil.

where: Neue Nationalgalerie
when: until 28th September 2025

Re:Generation. Climate change in the green world heritage site - and what we can do

The open-air exhibition in the middle of the green Sanssouci Palace Park not only documents the fatal consequences of extreme temperatures and drought in the green World Heritage Site, but also uses workshops, guided tours and 30 exhibition stations to show solutions and what we can all do. The focus is on the importance of joint commitment.

where: Sanssouci Park in Potsdam
when: 27 April 2024 to 31 October 2024

There and gone. The Palace of the Republic is the present

Where the Humboldt Forum stands today was once the Palace of the Republic: the seat of the People's Chamber and a place of representation for the GDR, with modern design, art, plenty of restaurants and a discotheque. In the anniversary year of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Humboldt Forum is dedicating an extensive exhibition and event programme to the most important building of the GDR.

where: Humboldt Forum
when: 17 May 2024 to 16 February 2025 

Berlin Ladies Open

Tennis fans are looking forward to Germany's biggest women's tennis tournament, which attracted around 30,000 spectators in 2023. This year sees the fourth edition of the traditional Grass Court Championships Berlin with a world-class line-up.

where: Steffi Graf Stadium
when: 15 to 23 June 2024 

Fête de la Musique

All over Berlin, amateurs and professionals on the music scene celebrate the beginning of summer in streets, parks and squares. No matter what style - they play here free of charge and without a fee in front of an audience.

where: throughout the city of Berlin
when: 21st June 2024

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 2024

Otherwise inaccessible archives, laboratories and the broad spectrum of renowned scientific institutions invite visitors to events, guided tours and walking tours.

where: various museums and scientific institutions in Berlin and Potsdam
when: 22nd June 2024

End-of-season concert at the Waldbühne

An evocative last concert of the Berlin Philharmonic before the summer break: Star pianist Yuja Wang will play Rachmaninoff under Berlin's starry sky, Ravel's Suite No. 2 will take you on a journey into ancient mythology. Of course, Kirill Petrenko will conduct.

where: Waldbühne Berlin
when: 22nd June 2024

Frans Hals

Berlin 2024 will showcase one of the greatest portrait painters of all time: Along with Rembrandt and Vermeer, Frans Hals is one of the most important Dutch artists of the 17th century. The large collaborative exhibition can be seen before in London and Amsterdam.

where: Gemäldegalerie
when: 12th July to 3rd November 2024


STATE OPERA FOR EVERYONE

Annual summer highlight at the historic centre of Berlin: the evocative open-air concert of the Staatsoper Berlin. In 2024, Christian Thielemann will be conducting “Eine Alpensinfonie” by Richard Strauss. Admission is, as always, free.

where: Bebelplatz
when: 13th July 2024

46. CSD Berlin | Berlin Pride

The LGBTQIA community and all supporters celebrate tolerance and diversity in Berlin every summer. The highlight of the big street festival against discrimination, hate and violence is the Pride Parade through the Berlin districts of Tiergarten and Schöneberg and the Pride Festival Finale.

where: Streets in Berlin
when: 27th July 2023

Lange Nacht der Museen 2024

More than 70 museums will open their doors between 6pm and 2am. Whether the big names of the Museum Island, the palace or the planetarium: All of them offer an imaginative programme ranging from special guided tours or quiz games to dance and acrobatics.

where: Museums and exhibition halls throughout Berlin
when: 24th August 2024

Musikfest Berlin 2024

On 24th August, Berlin's concert life will start the new season with the Musikfest Berlin. Together with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Berliner Festspiele invites you to diverse concerts by the great orchestras and ensembles in the field of classical and modern music.

where: Philharmonie Berlin and other locations
when: 24th August to 17th September 2024

ISTAF 2024

Every year, more than 30,000 fans celebrate athletics at the Berlin Olympic Stadium and experience world-class sport up close. Javelin throw, shot put, record sprints and many other top sporting performances guarantee excitement and a wonderful atmosphere.

where: Olympic Stadium
when: first September 2024

Lollapalooza 2024

Every year, the US festival Lollapalooza in Berlin thrills around one hundred thousand music fans with a high-calibre line-up, international bands and prominent musicians. It's two days of dancing and partying.

where: Olympic Stadium
when: 7 and 8 September 2024

OSTKREUZ. Berlin - the 90s

After reunification, seven East German photographers found the Ostkreuz photo agency. In spectacular photographs, they capture the atmosphere and social challenges in the years following reunification: hopes and fears, the desire for new beginnings and questions of belonging.

where: C/O Berlin
when: 14 September 2024 to 13 January 2025

50th BMW Berlin Marathon - the anniversary marathon

One of the biggest running events in the world, the Berlin Marathon, attracts more than 40,000 participants from around 120 nations to the German capital every autumn. And of course just as many spectators. The route leads past the most important landmarks of Berlin.

where: City centre streets, starting point and destination: Straße des 17. Juni
when: 29th September 2024

55th anniversary of the Berlin TV Tower

The Berlin TV Tower, one of Berlin's most important landmarks, is celebrating its 55th birthday! Celebrate with us and find out about the events planned throughout the year at visitBerlin.de.

where: Berlin Television Tower
when: 3 October 2024

Festival of Lights 2024

Every year, when the days get darker again, Berlin shines especially bright: Throughout the city, landmarks, monuments and squares are illuminated with artistic light installations. Berlin glows in colourful illuminations until deep into the night.

where: various buildings, squares and monuments in Berlin
when: 4 to 13 October 2024

You can find the whole wide range of events in 2023/2024 in the capital's most beautiful calendar of events - at visitBerlin.de.

TO THE CALENDAR OF EVENTS

What's new in Berlin?

New museums have opened or reopened all over the city: The new ones are Fotografiska Berlin and Deutschlandmuseum. The former airport tower in Tempelhof and the Deja Vu Museum also entice with new insights and views. And after years of renovation, the Medizinhistorische Museum der Charité once again invites visitors to experience 300 years of medical history.
Another interesting bit of news: Now that the Käthe Kollwitz Museum Berlin has moved to a larger exhibition space at the Schloss Charlottenburg, the old museum building in Fasanenstraße now houses the Werkstatt Exilmuseum. It invites all Berliners to inform themselves about the future Exilmuseum at Anhalter Bahnhof and to be a part of it. It is to be inaugurated in 2026.