Summer slump? No way! August is another exciting month in the German capital: athletes compete for the German championship title in 11 different sports, various orchestras play wonderful concerts, museums are open until late into the night and the Federal Government rolls out the red carpet to the public. What you shouldn't be missing in Berlin in August can be found in our monthly preview.
August at a glance
Tip 1: Long Night of the Museums
On 31 August, various museums in Berlin will open their doors until late into the night, enticing visitors with numerous exhibitions, installations, short guided tours, exciting conversations with contemporary witnesses, readings with actresses and actors, shows, workshops and music. At 6 p.m. the Governing Mayor Michael Müller will open the Long Night of the Museums in the Lustgarten on Museum Island. After that you can explore the Berlin museum landscape individually and immerse yourself in the world of art and culture.
And best of all: you only need a single ticket for the 750 events and can use the free shuttle busses to quickly travel from one museum to the next. Secure your tickets online as early as August 5th.
When: 31 August, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: various museums in Berlin
Tip 2: Open Days of the German Government
Once a year, the German Chancellor and her ministers open their doors and show the public their workplaces. Exciting participatory activities, informative lectures and an interesting supporting programme await you on 17 and 18 August in the Federal Chancellery, the Federal Press Conference, the European Experience, the ARD Capital Studio and the 14 Federal Ministries. Experience politics up close in Berlin.
Note: Security checks will be carried out, so take as little luggage as possible with you and don't forget your photo ID or passport!
When: 17 and 18 August, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Federal Chancellery, Federal Press Conference, 14 Federal Ministries, Erlebnis Europa and ARD Hauptstudio
Tip 3: Die Finals
A breath of Olympia is in the air when the German Championships in 10 different sports take place in the capital on the first weekend of August. Over 3,300 athletes compete for the German championship title in track cycling, archery, boxing, canoeing, athletics, modern pentathlon, swimming, gymnastics, triathlon and trial. At various sports venues throughout the city, you can join in the excitement of the athletes, cheer them on and marvel at exceptional sporting achievements. We don't know who will crown themselves German Champion in the end, but we do know one thing: the capital will be going crazy on this superlative sports weekend.
When: 3 and 4 August (preliminary decisions already from 31 July)
Where: various sports facilities in Berlin
Tip 4: BAUHAUSWOCHE
At the end of August, everything in Berlin will revolve around the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus. The one-week festival, in which the ideas of the Bauhaus are carried into the city, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus.
Framed by the Long Night of the Museums on 31 August and the Day of the Open Monument on 8 September, there will be a varied programme on the streets of the capital.
Initiated by Kulturprojekte Berlin, there will be a shop-window exhibition where you can discover the exciting things about the history of the Bauhaus, the impact of the artists, life at school and products exported all over the world and many other things.
When: 31 August to 8 September
Where: different places in Berlin
Tip 5: Inaugural concert: Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
It's finally time for Kirill Petrenko to take over as principal conductor of the Berliner Philharmonie for the first time on 23 August. With Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, he takes up his post with a drumbeat.
The inaugural concert is already sold out, but one day later you all have the opportunity to listen to the symphonic masterpiece for free outside and in front of the impressive backdrop of the Brandenburg Gate. Like Beethoven's Ninth, the Brandenburg Gate is a symbol of freedom and brotherhood. The open-air concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker will be a truly magical moment that you must not miss!
When: 24 August, 8:15 p.m.
Where: Brandenburg Gate, centre
Tip 6: Pyronale 2019
On 30 and 31 August the Olympic Park will be loud and bright: the Pyronale transforms the Maifeld at the Olympic Stadium into a sparkling sea of stars with its breathtaking fireworks spectacle. Especially this year: The overall winners from the last six years, teams from Slovenia, Mexico, Poland, the Netherlands, Romania and Norway will compete against each other and a jury of experts will determine the "Best of Six". Don't miss the World Championships of Fireworks Art, the best way to secure the coveted tickets is to buy them early online and at all known advance booking offices.
When: 30 and 31 August, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Maifeld at the Olympic Stadium, Olympischer Platz 3, Charlottenburg
Tip 7: Icelandic Horses World Championship 2019
Hey equestrian fans: From 4 to 11 August the Icelandic World Championship 2019 will take place at the Pferdesportpark Berlin-Karlshorst. After 2013, the Icelandic horse sport elite will fight for the world championship title for the second time in Berlin. More than 200 riders from 18 countries will compete with their Icelandic horses in a total of nine disciplines. In addition to the competitions, the horse show "Magic Horsepower" on August 10 is a special highlight.
By the way, the German Icelandic Horse Sport Team will start this year with the most riders after the so successful World Championships 2017, so stop by and support them and their horses.
When: 4 to 11 August
Where: Pferdesportpark Berlin-Karlshorst, Treskowallee 159, Lichtenberg
Tip 8: WEST-EASTERN DIVAN ORCHESTRA in the Waldbühne
Founded in 1999, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the world-renowned top orchestra of Israeli and Palestinian musicians, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and opens the musical prelude to the Beethoven Year 2020 with its concert on the Waldbühne. Under the baton of orchestra founder Daniel Barenboim and soloist Michael Barenboim, everything revolves around Ludwig van Beethoven on this evening in the Waldbühne.
When: 17 August, 5 p.m.
Where: Waldbühne Berlin, Glockenturmstraße 1, Charlottenburg
Tip 9: Tanz im August
From 9 to 31 August, Tanz im August, one of Europe's most important dance festivals, will take place in Berlin. For three weeks HAU Hebbel am Ufer invites you to Berlin's international dance festival. Here you can experience and enjoy the whole range of different dance styles. International stars and newcomers will take you into the world of contemporary dance. In addition to breathtaking dance performances, there are various accompanying audience formats, parties and film screenings.
When: 9 to 31 August
Where: different places in Berlin
Tip 10: European Union Youth Orchestra: Singing along concert for all
At the Young Euro Classic, youth symphony orchestras from all over the world will again come to Berlin to show their skills and inspire their listeners at the Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt. The classic-festival is the world's most important platform for young international orchestras. You can still listen to these exceptional young musicians until 6 August.
On 4 August the European Union Youth Orchestra will perform Beethoven's 9th Symphony "Ode to Joy" in the Konzerthaus and invite you all to sing along on Gendarmenmarkt.
When: Sing along concert on 4 August, 8 p.m.
Where: Gendarmenmarkt, Mitte
Tip 11: German Beach Handball Championships
In addition to the finals, another German championship will take place in Berlin on the first weekend of August: the German beach handball elite will play for the championship title at the BeachMitte. The 12 best female and male teams of the German Beach Open series will throw themselves into the sand at Nordbahnhof from August 2nd to 4th. The sports weekend of superlatives even gets better. Admission to the German Beach Handball Championships is free, by the way.
When: 2 to 4 August
Where: Beach Center, Caroline-Michaelis-Str. 8, Center