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Weekend tips 29 - 31 / 7 / 22

Explore the city with exciting Berlin events

Photo: Warschauer Brücke with the TV Tower in summer
Warschauer Brücke with the TV Tower © visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

Summer is in full swing, and Berlin is celebrating with open-air festivals and outdoor activities this weekend. From sailing and canoeing along the Spree on a lazy summer afternoon to taking a stand and seeing the world in a new light at exciting festivals, there’s something for everyone. For those who prefer the great indoors, there’s also the chance to sample the best of the city’s live performances – with two shows celebrating legends of its history, Cabaret and the Bowie-inspired Star Dust, taking to the stage.

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Tip 1: Explore beautiful Britzer Garten by night

Britzer Garten
© Grün Berlin GmbH

This Saturday night, Berlin’s beautiful Britzer Garten is hosting the first edition of its Gartennacht event – an evening spectacular set to turn this leafy open space into a magic world of exploration and entertainment. Visitors can enjoy a thrilling line-up of music and performance for the whole family against the stunning backdrop of this paradise in Berlin’s hip Neukölln district. With magical illuminations and magnificent mysteries at every turn, you’re in for an evening of incredible adventure.

Where: Britzer Garten, Buckower Damm entrance, Buckower Damm 168, Neukölln
When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

More about Britzer Gartennacht

Tip 2: Experience art and culture in the open air at Humboldt Forum

Family at the Humboldt Forum Berlin
Family at the Humboldt Forum Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

Head to Berlin’s buzzing Humboldt Forum this weekend for a programme of open-air music, art and performance designed to make you dance and make you think. With a central theme of civil and artistic protest, this year’s edition of “Durchlüften” (Airing Out) is a multi-day musical and artistic extravaganza welcoming artists from Berlin and around the world to the institution’s inner Schlüterhof courtyard and featuring events encouraging young people to air their views and take a stand for the causes they believe in. Admission is free, and the event includes entertainment for kids, so the whole family can get involved. A real breath of fresh air in the heart of the city.

Where: Humboldt Forum’s Schlüterhof, Schloßplatz, Mitte
When: Friday, 2 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10.30 p.m.

More about Durchlüften

Tip 3: Discover a magical new world at MoraLand

Tempelhofer Feld
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

This weekend, Berlin’s Tempelhofer Feld turns into a magical landscape as it welcomes the “Moran” people, a mystical community living in harmony with nature, who have been drawn like magnets to the space by the appearance of a gigantic red bud. Public spaces are their favourite places to appear – and they’ve come to let us into their crazy-cool cosmos of stories, poetry and magical phenomena. The brainchild of Bille and Stefan Behr at the ANU Theatre, MoraLand is an immersive theatrical experience that blurs the lines between audience and performance to create a magical evening designed to make us think and feel. Don’t miss out on this chance to open your mind and step inside their magical world – and explore the ways it mirrors and differs from our own.

Where: Tempelhofer Feld, Columbiadamm 124
When: Friday and Saturday, 7.30 p.m.

More about Moraland

Tip 4: Hit the Berlin city streets by night at adidas Runners City Night

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Enjoy a Berlin summer evening like no other at adidas Runners City Night – a thrilling event set to light up the city’s iconic Ku’damm this Saturday. Join the ranks of runners for a fun 5k or 10k course concluding in City West, or strap on a pair of inline skates and glide along the 10-kilometre skating course to the magical sounds of samba rhythms and applauding audiences. Feeling lively? You can even do both! The perfect way to get off your sofa – and out of your comfort zone – in Berlin this weekend.

Where: Kurfürstendamm, near the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche
When: Saturday, skating starts at 7 p.m., 5k run at 7.45 p.m., 10k run at 8.30 p.m.

More about adidas Runners Night

Tip 5: Cruise along the river Spree to lake Müggelsee

Rathaus (town hall) Köpenick as landmark of Köpenicker Altstadt
town hall Köpenick behind trees © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

If you like your outdoor activities a little more laid-back, take a leisurely cruise along the river Spree this weekend to beautiful Müggelsee, Berlin’s biggest lake. This three-hour hop-on hop-off sailing experience includes stops at the charming old town of Köpenick and other fascinating spots like Rübezahl and Friedrichshagen. Alight at any of them to explore these corners of the city or simply enjoy an afternoon watching the world go by from the comfort of the cruise ship. A wonderful way to enjoy Berlin by water.

Where: Treptow jetty, Treptow
When: all weekend, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Tickets for the boat trip

Tip 6: See Cabaret: The Berlin Musical in the city that birthed it

Tipi am Kanzleramt
Tipi am Kanzleramt © Jan Wirdeier

There’s nowhere better to catch Cabaret than Berlin, the city whose carefree hedonism under the perilous shadow of fascism inspired the legendary musical. Vincent Paterson’s magnificent staging of the award-winning show takes the stage in the German capital this summer for a show-stopping retelling of the moving story of Sally Bowles and co. Expect glitz, glamour, and stories and songs to touch your heart. Life is well and truly a cabaret, after all. Come see it this weekend.

Where: Tipi am Kanzleramt, Große Querallee
When: all weekend, 8 p.m.

Tickets for Cabaret

Tip 7: Explore Berlin by canoe

© visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

If you’d love to explore Berlin by water, but prefer to paddle your own way, we’ve got the very thing for you. Hire your own equipment at Funkhaus Berlin and spend a long leisurely afternoon gliding along the Spree at your own pace, heading wherever your heart desires. Armed with a life jacket, a map, a waterproof barrel for your valuables and a few important safety tips before you go, you’ll set off on your canoeing adventure along the city’s most famous waterway. With an eight-hour day pass promising all kinds of adventures, who knows what you’ll spot along the way?

Where: Backstagetourism Kanustation am Funkhaus Berlin, Nalepastraße 18
When: all weekend – passes are valid for eight hours

Tickets for canoe rental at Funkhaus Berlin

Tip 8: Celebrate a true musical hero at Star Dust: from Bach to Bowie

Admiralspalast in the Friedrichstraße Berlin
yard of Admiralspalast Berlin © ADMIRALSPALAST

David Bowie loved Berlin – and Berlin loved him back. The city inspired hits like “Heroes” and was where he recorded some of his most famous work. So there’s nowhere better to catch this transcendent homage to the great artist from New York’s Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Featuring beautiful movement to some of the pop legend’s biggest hits, Star Dust captures the spirit of what made Bowie such a fixture in pop’s firmament. Whether you’re a Bowie aficionado or just know the hits, this stunning performance is sure to sprinkle some much-needed stardust over your weekend, courtesy of Ziggy and some of his most talented fans.

Where: Admiralspalast, Friedrichstraße 101, Mitte
When: Friday and Saturday, 7.30 p.m., Saturday matinee at 2.30 p.m.

Tickets for Star Dust – From Bach to Bowie

Tip 9: Pick up some theatrical treasures at a thrift market with a twist

Grammophone at flea market
Grammophone at flea market © Getty Images, Foto: ilbusca

The Komödie am Kurfürstendamm’s time at Berlin’s Schiller Theater is coming to an end. Its new building won’t be ready until 2025, but in the meantime, it’s handing over the keys to Komische Oper and looking for new premises. As usual, moving out means clearing out – and these legends of the Berlin theatre have plenty of magnificent and storied costumes, decorations and props to pass on to a new owner. Head to Charlottenburg this weekend and snag yourself a bargain from theatrical days gone by.

When: The event was moved to August 14

Where: outside the main entrance of the Komödie am Kurfürstendamm at Schiller Theater, Bismarckstraße 110, Charlottenburg
When: Sunday, 12 noon to 6 p.m.

More about the flea market

Tip 10: Experience a Ukrainian summer of culture in City West

© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Discover Ukrainian culture in all its diversity this weekend at a series of events held as part of the Ukrainian Cultural Summer, an initiative set to turn Berlin’s City West blue and yellow. This festival showcasing arts and culture from Ukraine is set to feature everything from film screenings to performances from traditional and pop music artists. Put your hands up for Ukraine and discover the creative and cultural power of the nation behind the headlines and beyond recent events.

Where: various locations in City West
When: all weekend

More about the ukrainian culture summer

Tip 11: Learn about natural history with a day at the museum

Family in the Museum of Natural History Berlin
Museum of Natural History © Foto: Thomas Rosenthal, MfN Berlin

Berlin’s Museum of Natural History is one of the city’s oldest and most popular museums, drawing some 700,000 visitors a year. Book a ticket and see what all the fuss is about this weekend. With exhibits exploring the dynamic world of dinosaurs, the wonders of our solar system and the science of evolution, it’s got something for all the family.

Where: Museum für Naturkunde (Museum of Natural History), Invalidenstraße, Mitte
When: Friday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets for the Museum of natural history

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