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Top events in June in Berlin

Bye bye spring, hello summer!

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Sommer at Brandenburg Gate © Bezirksamt Mitte von Berlin/Pressestelle

Slowly spring turns into early summer and the season for swimming, cycling and sitting in the sun in a café begins. There are also numerous opportunities for relaxation: Open-air cinemas and fitness centres are allowed to reopen from 2 June. Hotels and restaurants are already there for you again.
Although the big street parties and festivals are cancelled this June, Berlin still has a lot of summer highlights to offer.

Because Berlin is more than you might think at first. The city offers you green places and little escapes from everyday life, unexpected adventures and exciting activities, water and forest.

Tip 1: Open-air cinema

Freiluftkino Kreuzberg
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

On 2 June, the time has come: all film fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Berlin's open-air cinemas may open again. Enjoy a balmy evening under the open sky with one of the last blockbusters or a popular classic. Or check out what the cinemas start their program with.They are allowed to open from 30 June. With Berlin Alexanderplatz and Undine, two exciting Berlin films are waiting for you and will be starting soon.

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Tip 2: Discover Berlin on a city tour

City Circle Bus Tour
© Foto: Gundi Abramski

Get up and go on a discovery tour through Berlin. The providers have adapted their city tours to the circumstances. For example, videosightseeing offers the Babylon Berlin tour as a video tablet tour on foot, where you can explore the Berlin of the 1920s and take a look behind the scenes of the successful TV series.
Also the City-Circle Tours, the Top Tour Berlin and the Berlin City Tour have resumed the operation of city tours. The yellow and red buses are again rolling through the city along the most beautiful sights. So, get on a bus and let Berlin pass by you in a relaxed way.
Or you can visit architectural highlights and garden paradises with the tours of art:berlin and let yourself be taken on voyages of discovery through art, neighbourhood and architecture.
  
More about sightseeing tours

Tip 3: Exhibition Umbo.Fotograf

Forecourt of the Berlinische Galerie
Berlin Art Collection: Berlinische Galerie © Berlinische Galerie, Foto: Noshe

Berlin in the 1920s can also be seen in the exhibition in the Berlinische Galerie. Umbo was a well-known photographer whose pictures have been printed in numerous magazines. Especially impressive are the pictures that capture the lifestyle of the time and the pictures taken with the sky camera, an experimental camera with a 360-degree lens.

 

Tip 4:  Berlinale at We Are One: A Global Film Festival

21 international film festivals, including the Berlinale, have joined forces to form an online festival and show films as well as recordings of panel discussions, master classes and presentations on YouTube. From 29 May to 7 June you can visit the festival for free. The Berlinale contributes the film Bildnis einer Trinkerin by Ulrike Ottinger as well as the panel discussions by Claire Denis Dialog with Olivier Assayas and Ang Lee in Dialog with Hirokazu Kore-eda.

More about We are One

Tip 5: Operetta: Die Perlen der Kleopatra

Empty audience hall Komischen Oper
Audience hall Komischen Oper © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Berlin's opera houses, theatres and orchestras have put numerous productions and concerts online so that you can continue to enjoy their performances. One highlight is the entertaining production of the operetta The Pearls of Cleopatra, which tells of the chaos of love at the Egyptian court with speed and Berlin humour.

When: Only until June 17

To the performance

Tip 6: Go for a swim

With the rowing boat on the Schlachtensee in Berlin
At Lake Schlachtensee in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

The bathing season in Berlin is open. Open-air pools and lidos are allowed to open - of course under special hygiene conditions. Please note that you have to book your tickets online in advance. For sure it will be warm enough in June to go wild swimming in the Berlin lakes. Krummer Lanke, Schlachtensee, Wannsee, Müggelsee are just a few of the numerous lakes in Berlin that invite you to jump into the cool water. You can find a practical overview for download in our swimming map.

When: different opening hours

More about Berlin's lakes

Tip 7: Museum für Film und Fernsehen

Inside the Museum für Film und Fernsehen in Berlin
Inside the Museum für Film und Fernsehen © Marian Stefanowski
Charlottenburger Chaussee 109
13597 Berlin
marian@ich.ms
www.marian-stefanowski.de

Stroll through German film history from early silent movies to current comedy. In the Museum for Film and Television you will not only have an exciting multimedia overview of the most important works, backgrounds and developments, but you can also marvel at the most beautiful costumes by Marlene Dietrich. And all of this is free of charge until 14 June.


More about the museum

Tip 8: Fête de la Musique - Singalong

digitale Familie
© Getty Images, Foto: Westend61

Music unites: At the Fête de la Musique all of Berlin is swinging, bands are playing and making music all over the city. This year it can't take place like this, but you don't have to miss it. Join the online singalong on the Fête de la Musique homepage from 5 to 6 pm and sing the Ode to Joy and other songs from the songbook together with people from all over Europe.

When: 21 June


 

Tip 9: Hannah Arendt exhibition

Deutsches-Historisches-Museum
Deutsches Historisches Museum © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

With her theses on totalitarianism and the banality of evil, Hannah Arendt has had a lasting influence on our view of the 20th century. The exhibition at the German Historical Museum shows her work, which is still important today, and her ideas, opinions and judgments. It asks about the formation of the power of judgement, especially in our time, which is characterized by opinion making and the search for simple solutions.

When: until 18 October

Tickets for the exhibition

Tip 10: Boat trips

Boat tours in Berlin
Boat tours in Berlin © Tourismusverein Berlin Treptow-Köpenick e.V. (www.tkt-berlin.de)

Finally you can discover Berlin again from the deck of the ship. During the ship tours through the city you will cruise relaxed along the Museum Island, the government quarter and many other sights. With a trip out on the Wannsee or Müggelsee you can spend a decelerated day on the water and enjoy the blue symphony of water, wind and waves.

More about boat trips in Berlin

Tip 11: Potsdam Conference 1945 - Shaping the world

Potsdam, Neuer Garten, Schloss Cecilienhof, Vestibül (Konferenzraum), Raum 4.
Potsdam, Neuer Garten, Schloss Cecilienhof, Vestibül (Konferenzraum) © Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Potsdam Conference, you can go on a search for clues at Schloss Cecilienhof in Potsdam. The special exhibition is a multimedia journey through time to the conference that decided the future after the war. It not only shows the decisive figures Churchill, Stalin and Truman, but also gives a face to the "nameless" of history. Further contemporary witnesses of the end of the war in Berlin have their say in our app ABOUT BERLIN.

When: Until November.

More about the exhibition

Remember, please...

  • if necessary, reserve a ticket with a time slot online in advance.
  • if necessary, wear a face mask.
  • observe the hygiene measures and regulations of the individual providers.

For even more event tips in June you can always click through our calendar of events.

 

Kristin: visitBerlin-Bloggerin unter visitBerlin.de/blog

Kristin

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.

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