Grey and depressing, no way: February in Berlin is a month full of cool highlights and exciting possibilities: Watch films at the Berlinale, eat tasty food at eat! berlin, experience romantic moments on Valentine's Day, shop on Sunday, and so on... We've put together our top 11 suggestions for February for you.
Tip 1: International Film festival
We're rolling out the red carpet for the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. For ten days, the Berlinale will be showing around 400 films, including major international productions with top stars, experimental independent films and art-house cinema.
Someone who knows a lot about the Berlinale is the concierge of the Hyatt. In our interview he gives exciting tips for the Berlinale.
When: 7 - 17 February
Where: various cinemas in Berlin
Tip 2: eat! berlin
So delicious: eat! berlin - According to the luxury and lifestyle magazine "Traveller's World", the gourmet festival is one of the ten best gourmet festivals in the world. Over 70 top chefs prepare their delicious dishes even in unusual places. In addition, there are numerous cool events such as the Berlin Cheese Days in the Arminius Market Hall or the Wine Fair.
When: 15 February - 2 March
Where: different places
Tip 3: Valentin's Day
Love in the Air: February 14 is the day for all lovers. On Valentine's Day you can also discover the animal world of romance in the zoo for the first time - with a special torchlight tour and a 3-course menu afterwards. Concierge Nina Bergmann from Hotel SO / Berlin Das Stue has exclusive tips for a particularly romantic Valentine's Day ready for you.
Tip 4: Shopping on Sunday
On the occasion of the Berlinale, the shops open on Sunday and invite you to go shopping. But where can you do good shopping in Berlin? Berlin has something for everyone: whether an innovative shopping experience in a Berlin bikini, designer goods and big fashion brands on Kurfürstendamm or a bargain hunt at one of the many original flea markets in the capital. An overview of shopping in Berlin with the shopping miles, department stores and neighbourhood tips can be found on visitBerlin.de.
When: 17 February
Where: all over the city
Tip 5: CTM
CTM Festival for Adventurous Music and Art is the fancy music and art festival for experimental and electronic music in unusual places. As a special highlight this year you can ice skate in the Berghain to the music of famous DJs. Ice skates can be brought along or rented on site.
When: 29 January to 3 February
Where: different places
Tip 6: Chor@Berlin
Choirs from all over Germany perform at the vocal festival Chor@Berlin. There will also be workshops and coaching for all singers and those who want to become singers. The highlight of the festival is the Ich-kann-nicht-singen-Chor (I can't sing choir), to which everyone is invited who thinks they can't sing. Songs from all over the world are sung together
When: 21 - 24 February
Where: Radialsystem, Holzmarktstraße 33, Friedrichshain
Tip 7: Week of Criticism
Exciting films are not only to be seen at the Berlinale. Parallel to the festival, the Week of Criticism will take place, showing an exciting selection of current films that inspire passionate discussions and intense controversies. How do we see films? Which films do we want? What makes cinema a cinema? These are the questions that the Week of Criticism asks and seeks answers to.
When: 6 - 14 February
Where: Hackesche Höfe cinema, Rosenthaler Straße 40/41, Mitte
Tip 8: Objects of Wonder
English sculptures from 1950 to the present day are on display at the Tate London exhibition with the PalaisPopulaire. The fascinating spectrum ranges from the masters of Modernism after the Second World War such as Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth to the contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, which will surely also amaze and amaze you.
When: 1 February - 27 May
Where: PalaisPopulaire, Unter den Linden 5, Mitte
Tip 9: Tropical Nights
Grey, dirty weather and drizzle? No problem, during the tropical nights in the Botanical Garden the joy of life awakens again at 22 degrees, the splendour of flowers and exotic cocktails. In the best holiday mood under palm trees with live music and botanical tours, Berlin's February is suddenly very colourful.
When: 2. February - 9. March, always on Saturday starting from 18 o'clock
Where: Botanical Garden, Königin-Luise-Straße 68, Zehlendorf
Tip 10: Frank Gehry – Hans Scharoun: Strong Resonances / Zusammenklänge
Last chance: The exhibition at the Brandenburg Gate presents the two architects Hans Scharoun and Frank Gehry, who never met each other. And yet their two great works - the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Berliner Philarmonie - are linked. The drawings and sketches convey a fascinating impression of the two visionary master architects. Of course, the exhibition is also exciting as part of the Bauhaus Year 2019.
When: until 10 February
Where: Brandenburg Gate Foundation at Pariser Platz
Tip 11: BMT Berlin Motorcycle Days
The STATION Berlin at the Gleisdreieck is also sporty. At the Berlin Motorcycle Days, visitors can discover the new motorcycles and scooters of the season, purchase individual accessories from well-known exhibitors and find out about their activities at motorsport clubs and clubs. Especially spectacular are the stunt shows on the open-air grounds of the location.
When: 8 - 10 February
Where: STATION Berlin, Luckenwalder Straße 4-6, Kreuzberg
More tips for February and the rest of the year can be found in the calendar of events.