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11 reasons to look forward to autumn

Tips for exhibitions, events & highlights

Victory column in autumn
Victory column in autumn ©, Foto: querbeet

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 big events in October

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

October is the time of the big event highlights. On 3 October the Festival of German Unification Day will take place with a giant party at the Brandenburg Gate. Under the motto "Only with you" we will celebrate democracy and freedom together.

The hearts of all Harry Potter fans will beat faster at the thought of the exhibition Harry Potter™: The exhibition, in which you can immerse yourself deeper in the Potter universe from 1 October. 

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Tip 2: Immerse in Berlin's lights

Festival of Lights
Festival of Lights in Berlin ©, Foto: Verworner

Festival of Lights im Jahr 2014

And yet another event highlight are the popular light festivals, which illuminate the autumn of Berlin. On 28 September, 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 5 October and bring even more colour to the city with its magnificent installations.

More information about the festivals

Tip 3: Visit exhibitions and art events

Berlin Art Week: Art exhibitions in Berlin
The Berlin Art Week © Edgard Berendsen

Autumn is the time for major exhibitions and art events. Berlin Art Week at the end of September presents the latest trends in the international art scene. And immediately afterwards, Germany's largest photo festival EMOP Berlin - European Month of Photography 2018 will present you with the entire spectrum of photographic art.
The Museum of Illusions is completely new. Let yourself be inspired by the fascinating optical illusions that make you think about being and appearing. Because here is not as it seems.

More information about exhibitions in autumn

Tip 4: Discover the personal tips of a concierge

Christoph Hundehege Concierge Waldorf Astoria Berlin
© Waldorf Astoria Berlin

Christoph Hundehege, concierge at the luxury hotel Waldorf Astoria, gave us his very personal tips for the golden autumn days. In an interview he reveals where he likes to eat, what he recommends for shopping and as an art experience.

Read the interview

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.

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Tip 6: Discover Berlin in a new way with the app ABOUT BERLIN

Neue visitBerlin App
Neue visitBerlin App © Shutterstock/Kordelianu Andrei

Take your autumn walk on a journey through time: Discover exciting stories behind the story with the new app ABOUT BERLIN. It tells the story of individual places and makes them come alive. With the free app you can experience history to touch, moving stories and unknown sides of Berlin at over 200 locations. In addition there are also entertaining audio books to listen to - perhaps even cosy on the sofa beforehand.

More information about ABOUT BERLIN

Tip 7: Watch Babylon Babylon

Babylon Berlin: Ilja Tretschkow (Tim Fischer) in the Dutchman
Ilja Tretschkow (Tim Fischer) in the Dutchman © Frédéric Batier / X Filme 2017
Pictures from the film series Babylon Berlin, a series by Tom Tykwer, Henk Handloegten and Achim von Borries, a production by X Filme Creative Pool, ARD Degeto, Sky and Beta Film from 13 October 2017 on Sky as well as at the end of 2018 in the First

Our next tip is also perfect for an evening on the couch: Babylon Berlin. The series highlight from Berlin will be on the free German television channel ARD from 30 September. Follow Commissioner Gereon Rath into the abysses of Berlin in the 1920s. The most expensive German series brings Berlin back to life.

More information about Babylon Berlin

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.

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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 19th 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


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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