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Weekend tips 11 - 13 / 6 / 21

Berlin is open again!

Berlin Sommer
© visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

As of June 11, Berlin's hotels are once again allowed to welcome guests. And most other attractions in the city are open again. Look forward to a weekend full of art, culture, cinema, theater and of course our top 11 tips for this opening weekend.

Extra tip: Staatsballet for everyone!  On June 10, the Staatsballet Berlin turns an excursion ship into a stage and shows the most beautiful dance pieces for free and outside with the program FROM BERLIN WITH LOVE. Between 6 and 8:30 p.m., the ship's ballet can be seen between Hansabrücke and Mühlendammschleuse. Tickets are of course not required.

Extra tip: On June 11, The Circus Hotel will send the Sergant Pepper Brass Band on tour around Rosenthaler Platz to celebrate the reopening. In the leafy backyard, you can expect drinks and, in the evening, the illuminated 3D sculpture by international street artist Cedric Le Borgne.

Extra tip: Go Dance! On June 13 from 2 pm at Revierost Pilot Project Open Air for the Restart of Club Culture!

Extra tip: From now on you can book guided tours through the Spreepark again!

Please show responsibility, wear your masks and follow the hygiene rules of the organizers. Don't be shy, but show your love for Berlin with d i s t a n c e - in support of everyones safety.

Tip 1: Staatsoper goes Wild West

Autokino Event der Staatsoper Berlin
Autokino der Staatsoper Berlin © Martin Sigmund/ Staatsoper Unter den Linden

Opera at the drive-in. The Staatsoper Unter den Linden is broadcasting the new production of Giacomo Puccini's "La fanciulla del West". As part of a cooperation with BMW, you can rent a Share Now car at a reduced rental price for this first Berlin opera pop-up drive-in. The opera is set in California during the gold rush. You can then see further performances with a reduced audience at the Opera House.

When: June 13 at 7 pm, admission from 5:30 pm onward

Where: Apron of Tempelhof Airport, Tempelhof

Staatsoper goes Wild West

Tip 2: 100 Years of Beuys: A Special Exhibition at the National Gallery

Interior view of the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin
Interior view of the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin © Hamburger Bahnhof

In the beginning was the word. On the occasion of Beuys' 100th birthday, you can trace the language of the action artist at Hamburger Bahnhof. He himself claimed that he developed his works "from language". For it is through the means of language that the individual can participate in the reorganization of society - be it through silence, hours of discussion, or even writing.

Of course, there is also something to see, namely sculptures, drawings, installations, films, posters and documents - including the cycle "The secret block for a secret person in Ireland" and the installation "Das Kapital Raum 1970-1977" - from the holdings of the National Gallery, the Marx Collection, the Museum of Prints and Drawings and the Art Library.

When: from 13 June

Where: Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstrasse 50/51, Mitte

From the language

Tip 3: DARK MATTER

DEEP WEB im Kraftwerk Berlin
DEEP WEB im Kraftwerk Berlin © Ralph Larmann

In DARK MATTER you move through sound and light. This time light artist Christopher Bauder, who already realized SKALAR and DEEP WEB (picture) at Kraftwerk Berlin, has transformed the pitch-black rooms of an old factory building in Lichtenberg into a world of light and sound waves. Let the partly interactive installations take you into a fantastic parallel universe.

When: Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 9 pm, Friday - Sunday from 12 to 9 pm

Where: Köpenicker Chaussee 46, Lichtenberg

DARK MATTER

Tip 4: Theater, Theater

Theatre sports at the Shakespear Theater Globe Berlin
Globe Berlin: Theatre sports © Foto: Norbert Lienig

Curtain up! Many Berlin stages are playing outdoors in the open air. This weekend, for example, the Globe Theater is showing Shakespeare's "The Tempest," and the Berlin Shakespeare Company has Midsummer Night's Dream on the program at the Schöneberger Südgelände Nature Park. At TAK Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg you can visit a walk-in video installation. The Schaubude Berlin plays SCHLIPS! And the Schlosspark Theater "Winterrose". Here you can find even more open air events and theater performances in Berlin that you can enjoy this summer. Get inspired!

When: all summer

Where: all over the city

Top 11 Open Air-Events

Tip 5: Curtain up for Cyrano

Komödie am Kurfürstendamm im Schiller Theater
Theater and Comedy at the Kurfürstendamm at the Schillertheater in Berlin © Foto: Michael Petersohn

It will be a fast-paced evening, if only because the 45 different roles will be played by just 12 actors. The German premiere "Vorhang auf für Cyrano" (Curtin up for Cyrano) is set in Paris in 1897 and tells the fictional story of the creation of "Cyrano de Bergerac". The time pressure is enormous, but one problem chases the other.

When: June 13 at 6 p.m.

Where: Komödie am Kurfürstendamm, Bismarckstrasse 110, Charlottenburg

Curtain up for Cyrano

Tip 6: 22. poesiefestival (poetry festival)

Mann mit Kopfhörern
© Getty Images, Foto: Westend61

This year's poesiefestival berlin focuses on the linguistic diversity of the European continent under the motto "Europe". Poets from all parts of the world will present their works. Due to the current political situation in Belarus, the translation project VERSschmuggel focuses on Belarusian poets. The festival will take place digitally.

When: June 11 to 17

Where: digital

poesiefestival

Tip 7:  [FRAU] ARCHITEKT*IN

Art in the Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin
Art in the Bauhaus-Archiv © visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

What would Berlin look like if female architects had planned the city? Or maybe they even have? For the exhibition at BHROX bauhause reuse, the concept of the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt was further developed by female planners from Berlin and students of the TU Berlin and deals with the perception of the female position in the thematic complex of architecture. In addition to a video lounge, various projects are also on display, titles include "Queens of Structure".

Where: BHROX bauhaus reuse, Ernst-Reuter-Platz, Charlottenburg

When: until July 8 daily from 2 - 8 pm

[FRAU] ARCHITEKT*IN

Tip 8: Street Art Berlin

Mural "Brave Wall" von  Kate Voronina in Zusammenarbeit mit Emily Eldridge
Brave Wall von Kate Voronina © Nika Kramer

And speaking of women. One of the most recent street art works is by street artist Karina Voronina and features Brazilian human rights activist Marielle Franco. The oversized mural can be seen at Gitschiner Straße 65 in Kreuzberg. But Berlin is also colorful and diverse everywhere else: No matter where and how you happen to be, the painted facades, walls and construction fences can be found throughout the entire cityscape.

Dive into the city's street art scene with us. You can get a great overview in our Street Art Podcast, for which we spoke with Jan Sauerwald, the director of the URBAN NATION Museum and with Kimo, co-organizer of the Berlin Mural Fest and street artist of the first hour. Here you can find more exciting podcasts from and about Berlin.

visitBerlin Street Art Podcast

Tip 9: City tours and walking tours

Guided walk through Berlin
Guided walk through Berlin © Zeitreisen GbR

Guided city walks and tours are also possible again. For example, on Sunday, June 13, you can discover a piece of Holland or even Little Hollywood with Zeitreisen (Time Travel) on a guided bike tour from Wedding to Weißensee in the middle of Berlin. Follow Arne Krasting, author of the book "Fassadengeflüster. Berlin Buildings of the Weimar Republic," on a journey through Berlin's history and discover architectural highlights. 

When: June 13 at 2 pm, duration about 3.5 hours.

Where: Meeting point is at Silent Green Kulturquartier, Gerichtstraße 35, Wedding

More guided tours

Tip 10: bett1open

Man playing tennis
© GettyImages, Bild: GeorgeRudy

Game, set, match! After the cancellation of the premiere in 2020, the tennis tournament for Wimbledon preparation will now take place this year at the LTTC Rot-Weiß facility in Berlin's Steffi Graf Stadium. The WTA women's tournament will also be held in Berlin in the coming years. By the way, the patron of 2021 is none other than German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

When: June 12 - 20

Where: Steffi Graf Stadium, Wilmersdorf

WTA Lawn Tennis Tournament

Tip 11: Go for a swim

Arena Badeschiff in Berlin Treptow: Europe's most unusual beach bar
Arena Badeschiff in Berlin Treptow: Europe's most unusual beach bar © (c) visumate

After so much art and culture, you can also relax for an afternoon and simply go swimming. Many of Berlin's open-air pools and lidos are open. Remember to reserve a ticket with a time slot in advance and do a Corona test. An overview of Berlin's bathing lakes and lidos can be found on our bathing map.

The Berlin Swimming Map

Josefine Köhn-Haskins

Josefine

ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Auf der Suche nach neuen Abenteuern entdeckte sie erst New York, dann Miami und berichtete als Trendscout und Korrespondentin für verschiedene Publikationen. Ihr Zuhause fand sie dann aber in Berlin. Fasziniert von den vielen Facetten der Stadt ist sie kreuz und quer in den Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich gerne mit Zukunftsideen und Smart City Konzepten für ein innovatives Berlin.

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