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August in Berlin

Music, dance, theatre and art: Berlin is again showing a colourful potpourri.

Berlin Cathedral with Museum Island in Berlin seen from river Spree
Berlin Cathedral with Museum Island in Berlin ©, Foto: Chalabala

Summer break? No way! There is a lot going on in the capital in August too: dream away through a blaze of lights, enjoy lukewarm summer evenings, listen to the music and get involved in an authentic evening of theatre. What you shouldn't miss in Berlin in August is what you can find out in our monthly preview.

Tip 1: Bahnhit summer special „Erlebe deine Hauptstadt“

Berlins Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in sunset
Berlins Brandenburg Gate in sunset © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle
Mitte, Regierungsviertel, Brandenburger Tor, Pariser Platz

A great offer for you: 4 days in Berlin incl. arrival by train, 3 nights in a hotel and on top of that you get the Berlin Welcome Card worth 23 Euro for free. The card gives you 48 hours of free public transport and you will also receive up to 50% discount at over 200 partners in Berlin. Also included: a free Berlin Guide with city map.So: from 175 Euro per person you can expect a wonderful weekend in Berlin. Enjoy the time!

Erlebe deine Hauptstadt

Tip 2: Berlin. This too.

Berlin. Auch das. Erleben.
© gettyimages, Foto: RenataAphotography

If you want to experience more than the classic capital city trip - Berlin will surprise you once again. Enjoy the wonderful combination of discovering and relaxing. Find your new favourite place. Here you can experience the capital with all its sights and enjoy pure relaxation, just have a look: Berlin. This too.

Berlin. This too.

Tip 3: THE BIG JOURNEY – Dreaming in the Sea of Lights

© Getty Images, Foto: Sven Hagolani

The Tempelhofer Feld is known for its vastness and endless sports possibilities. Now you can also go on a very special journey here: A sea of lights with stories of dreams, of not getting ahead and of happy moments. The labyrinth holds many wonderful pictures, wondrous sounds, music and stories for you. Follow the play of the visible and the hidden.

When: August 5 - 8 2020 and. August 12 – 15 2020, starting 9.30 p.m.
Where: Tempelhofer Feld, Entrance: Columbiadamm


Tip 4: Jewish history and present in Germany

Jewish Museum Berlin in summer
Jewish Museum Berlin in summer © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

A new permanent exhibition awaits you at the Jewish Museum Berlin. It focuses on the relationship of Jews to their non-Jewish environment. One focus is on history after 1945, ranging from dealing with the caesura of the Holocaust and the new beginning of Jewish life in the Federal Republic and the GDR to the migration society in present-day Germany.

When: starting August 23
Where: Jewish Museum, Kreuzberg


Tip 5: Tanz im August (August Dance)

© visitBerlin, Foto: Angela Kröll

The 32nd international festival Dance in August presents a special edition of Dance in August events online and in public space. They bring together the most diverse voices of the contemporary, international dance world. You can watch the programme online and there is also a limited public viewing area in the outdoor area in front of HAU2.

When: August 21 – 30 2020
Where: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Hallesches Ufer 32, Kreuzberg


Tip 6: Music festival Berlin: Beethoven and the music of our time

Symphonie Orchester
©, Foto: cyano66

Yes, the Musikfest Berlin is taking place! And starts on August 25th with the great pianist Igor Levit in the Great Hall of the Philharmonie with the eight-concert cycle with all 32 piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven. On August 29th, Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin will follow, playing Mozart's last three symphonies. With many highlights and wonderful sounds the concert continues. Among other things you can enjoy an evening with film and live music in the Kino Zoo Palast with trumpeter Marco Blaauw to the film "Moving Picture (946-3). In the run-up to and during the festival, various digital offers will lead to the live concerts or supplement them. The advance booking has started on 21 July. Only the tickets for the concerts of the Berlin orchestras can be purchased from mid-August on.

When: August 25 until September 23 2020


Tip 7: Summer fun in the Gallery of Steel Figures Berlin

Girl with exhibit at the Gallery of Steel Figures Berlin
Gallery of Steel Figures Berlin © Gallery of Steel Figures Berlin

In 2011 the idea of figures made of steel was born on a scrap yard in Warsaw. Today you can admire more than 50 steel figures. More than 120 artists have worked on transforming the remains of old car bodies into true works of art. Some of them are delicate, others are twice the size of a full-grown human being and weigh up to over 1,000 kg - all inspired by dreams and memories. Until the end of the Berlin summer holidays, everyday heroes have the opportunity to visit the Gallery of Steel Figures for free. This includes hospital staff, police and firefighters, employees from the food trade and nursing staff.

Where: Unter den Linden 14, Mitte

Gallery of Steel Figures

Tip 8: Summer evening in the Zoo and the Tierpark Berlin 

Polar bears Tonja und Hertha in the Tierpark Berlin
Polar bears Tonja und Hertha in the Tierpark Berlin © Tierpark Berlin

On a warm summer evening, watching the animals in the zoo and animal park, how they roam through the thicket in the evening hours or enjoy the last rays of sunshine in rocky bays is something very relaxing. If this is accompanied by music, is the end of the evening perfect? Be there when the evening sun shines in the zoo and the jungle of the renovated Alfred-Brehm-Haus in golden yellow light and when the double seal offspring conquers your heart in the zoo.

When: until August 28, Thurday and Friday 5 – 9 p.m.
Where: Zoo: Entrance Löwentor; Tierpark: Entrance Bärenschaufenster

Tierpark and Zoo Berlin

Tip 9: Young Euro Classic 2020!

Young Euro Classic 2010 in Berlin - Baltic Youth Philharmonic
Young Euro Classic in Berlin © © MUTESOUVENIR | KAI BIENERT

The new concept of this festival focuses on the finest chamber music and inspiring ensembles. Besides the Bundesjugendorchester and the European Union Youth Orchestra, musicians from Berlin's three musical centres of excellence are also represented: the Universität der Künste, the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin and the Barenboim-Said Akademie. So this year, too, it will remain young, international and highly qualified!

When: August 1 – 10 2020
Where: Concert Hall Berlin, Mitte


Tip 10: Rauf auf die Insel (Up onto the island)

Kolonnadenhof auf der Museumsinsel
© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Until the end of the summer holidays, you will have plenty of space and open air space to explore exciting art and cultural topics. Take a look at what's on offer on the Museum Island Berlin, where the Kolonnadenhofe and Haus Bastian will be interesting venues for activities, discussions and guided tours. Further offers are provided by the Kulturforum, the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegewart - Berlin and the Museum of European Cultures in Dahlem. And last but not least, the Kolonnaden Bar invites you to evening talks and drinks on the Museum Island from July onwards.

Summer programm of the public museums

Tipp 11: The authentic Shakespeare experience

The Storm by Shakespear at the Globe Berlin
Shakespear at the Globe Berlin: The Storm © Foto: Thorsten Wulff

More than 400 years ago, the greatest classics of the British writer William Shakespeare were premiered in a very special theatre. There it was typical that the audience was sitting in the middle while the play took place around them. A special form of theatre that allows visitors to immerse themselves even deeper into the play. The open air stage in Charlottenburg has taken this as an example and is bringing "The Tempest", one of Shakespeare's greatest successes, back on stage.

When: Startin 7:30 p.m.
Where:  Globe Berlin, Sömmeringstraße 15, Charlottenburg



You can find even more tips for events in July in our calendar of events.



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