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February in Berlin

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Berlinale: Berlinale Palast
Auf dem roten Teppich vor dem Berlinale Palast © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

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.

Overview of February

Berlin Events February 2019
Events in Berlin in February 2019 © visitBerlin

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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

Cheese selection
Cheese selection © Getty Images, Foto: Roxiller

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

Paar macht Selfie im Park
© Getty Images; Foto: Jecapix

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

Shopping in Berlin
Shopping in Berlin © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

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  

When: 17 February
Where: all over the city 

More information about Sunday shopping in Berlin

Tip 5: CTM

Couple ice skating
Ice skating in winter © Getty Images, Foto: Emir Memedovski

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

Singeing in a Choir © Getty Images, Foto: Hill Street Studios

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

Hachesche Höfe in Berlin
Hackesche Höfe in the evening © visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis

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

PalaisPopulaire in Berlin
© Foto: Mathias Schormann

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

Auswahl von Cocktails
© Getty Images, Foto: KatieSik

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

Brandenburg Gate Berlin in Winter
Brandenburg Gate in Winter © Getty Images, Foto: golero

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

Black motorbike in a garage
Black motorbike © Getty Images, Foto: Vasyl Dolmatov

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.

Kristin: visitBerlin-Bloggerin unter


doesn't smile on fotos. But in real life she enjoys with a smile in her face Berlin's rich cultural life - the metropolis both in front of and behind the scenes. Her favourite season is the Berlinale, then she spends 10 days watching movies and writing about them in the blog.