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11 reasons to look forward to autumn

Tips for exhibitions, events & highlights

Brandeburg Gate in Berlin in autumnal light
Autumnal sunset at Brandenburg Gate © iStock.com, Foto: sborisov

Even though this summer seemed to be eternal, it is slowly coming to an end and autumn will soon be around the corner. We can look forward to big exhibitions and events, cosy hours with coffee and cake and a city that shines in a thousand colours.

Tip 1: Experience the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

30 Years of the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Art Installation at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Art Installation -Your Vision in the Sky over Berlin- © © Kunstinstallation Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics, kuratiert von Kulturprojekte Berlin

The Wall fell on 9 November 1989 - 30 years ago. And that wants to be celebrated properly. Berlin is holding a festival week from November 4 to 10: open-air exhibitions and events will take place at seven locations in Berlin that are relevant to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The locations will also be staged with unusual 3D animations. On the evening of 9 November there will be a concert at the Brandenburg Gate with national and international artists.

You can become part of the whole: What is your message for the anniversary year? During the festival week thousands of messages, wishes and hopes will float in the sky above the Brandenburg Gate and you can also submit yours. And at the Berlin Wall Memorial you can become part of an art installation with your handprint and at the same time get into conversation with a stranger. Make your Berlin HANDSHAPE.

More information about the festival week

Tip 2: Immerse in Berlin's lights

Festival of Lights
Festival of Lights in Berlin © berlin-lights.com, Foto: Verworner

And yet another event highlight are the popular light festivals, which illuminate the autumn of Berlin. On 9 October the Berlin leuchtet Festival will begin to shine and will make sights and streets shine in bright colours. The Festival of Lights will start on 11 October and bring even more colour to the city with its magnificent installations.

More information about the festivals

Tip 3: Discover Bauhaus

Bauhaus-Archiv
Bauhaus-Archiv © visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

This year we celebrate 100 years of Bauhaus with numerous events and exhibitions. The highlight is the large exhibition Original Bauhaus in the Berlinische Galerie. Under the motto "Influenced 100", the Berlin Design Week is also dedicated to what is probably the most influential architectural and design movement of the 20th century, the radiance of which remains unbroken to this day.

More information about Bauhaus100

Tip 4: Following in the footsteps of Berlin Modernism

Haus des Metallarbeiter Verbandes in Berlin
Haus des Metallarbeiter Verbandes © visitBerlin, Foto: Angela Kröll

The best way to discover even more Bauhaus in Berlin is directly on site, in the settlements and buildings of the 20s and early 30s. In 2008, six Berlin Modernist housing estates alone were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. You can find testimonies to the Bauhaus movement and its continued influence on Berlin's architecture in all districts.  With our app "Going Local Berlin" you can plan your tours to the places of modern Berlin in a very relaxed way.

More information about Berlin modernism

Tip 5: Go out for a walk

Lake Wannsee in Berlin
Lake Wannsee in Autumn © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

A walk in the woods is particularly beautiful when the light gently falls through the leaves. The classic in Berlin is of course the Grunewald, the large forest area on the Havel. Here you can take a four-kilometer-long circular walk along 11 information islands of "Wald. Berlin. Climate. - The exhibition in the forest" about climate change in Berlin's forests.

More information about autumn in Berlin

Tip 6: Become a foodie

Streetfood Thursday at Markthalle Neun in Berlin
Streetfood Thursday at Markthalle Neun © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Discover, eat and enjoy at Berlin Food Week from 21 to 27 October. At the food festival Cheese Berlin in the Markthalle Neun from 8 to 10 November, cheesemakers from all over the world will be presenting the tastiest varieties of mountain cheese, Cheddar, Comté, Stilton, goat cheese and much more. The Festival of Lights will also end with a Food Market on 19 October.

More information about Food festivals

Tip 7: Follow the tips of our concierge

We asked someone who needs to know. For the golden autumn days, Lucas Hurtado, concierge at Park Inn by Radisson on Alexanderplatz Berlin, gave us his very personal tips. In an interview, he reveals where he likes to eat and drink coffee, what big events and art highlights he recommends. He also has a few tips for you for particularly beautiful views over the whole of Berlin.

Tips for golden Autumn days

Tip 8: Fly a kite

kite flying in Berlin
kite flying at the Tempelhofer Feld © Lichtschwärmer, Foto: Christo Libuda

When the autumn winds blow, it's time to let the kite fly. On the Teufelsberg there is always a fresh breeze blowing, and the magnificent view rewards the climb. The plateau on the Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg is also a perfect place for dragon artists. The huge Tempelhofer Feld with almost infinitely wide areas is popular. On 22 September, the Festival of Giant Dragons will also take place here, with the world's biggest dragons floating in the sky. You are welcome to bring your own kite.

More information about parks and gardens

Tip 9: Shop winter fashion

Shopping auf dem Kurfürstendamm in Berlin
Shopping auf dem Kurfürstendamm © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

With cooler days, it's time to move the wardrobe and change from summer dresses and shorts to sweaters and long trousers. And so it's the perfect time for a shopping spree - whether you prefer to browse the big shopping streets, small boutiques, vintage shops or swap clothes at swap parties.

More information about shopping in Berlin

Tip 10: Go to the cinema

In the cinema
In the cinema © Getty Images, Bild: David Saium; EyeEm

I go to the cinema at any time of the year, but autumn has a lot of good films in store. There are also countless film festivals that bring film art from all over the world and from all genres to Berlin - from Australia to Italy to Lithuania, from debut works to documentaries to horror films.

More information about the film metropolis Berlin

Tip 11: Enjoy a pumpkin

Children with pumpkins
Children with pumpkins © Getty Images, Foto: Feverpitched

Delicious pumpkin is available in autumn from soup to casserole. In Berlin we not only carve pumpkin heads on Halloween, but also celebrate the pumpkin with a very own party. On the 5th and 6th of October the 20th Schöneberger pumpkin festival takes place in the Akazienstraße. There are then pumpkins in all kinds and variations.

Autumn can't taste any better!

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Kristin: visitBerlin-Bloggerin unter visitBerlin.de/blog

Kristin

doesn't smile on fotos. But in real life she enjoys with a smile in her face Berlin's rich cultural life - the metropolis both in front of and behind the scenes. Her favourite season is the Berlinale, then she spends 10 days watching movies and writing about them in the blog.

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