Berlin, Berlin: In addition to new restaurants and pop-up stores, there is also a whole range of new, exciting projects this time around that we don't want to deprive you of. From the sky under Berlin to an orchestra that turns into a sea of swans. Here are our top 11 tips!
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Tip 1: Mysterious art and culture project - Heaven under Berlin
In a secret location in the underground catacombs of Berlin, this new project by Clara and Sven Sauer takes you into a parallel world. 14 international artists design the rooms in which you can experience art in a completely different way. The tour starts and ends in the red bar, where you can discuss your experiences. The exact location will be announced 24 hours before the event. 199 people can experience the installations each evening. Tickets are by personal invitation only, including here on visitBerlin.
When: various locations
Where: from 23 March
Tip 2: Everything New at Ballhaus Wedding - Help out!
Sometimes great places need your support. The Ballhaus Wedding team is in the process of restoring the building, which was built in 1889, to its former glory in the middle of an enchanted backyard garden. In the new Ballhaus Wedding. A fundraising campaign is currently underway to help modernise the Ballhaus and turn it into a new open cultural venue. A place for art, culture, concerts, dance and much more.
Tip: On 26 March the Ballhaus will be inaugurated with a 20s party.
Where: Wriezener Straße 6, Wedding
When: depending on the event
Tip 3: New home for local designers - Platte.berlin
Not quite new in February, but the concept is so beautiful that we simply don't want to deprive you of it. The idea here is to develop good ideas for sustainable and innovative projects together. You'll find fashion from local designers, art and much more. Platte.Berlin also hosts concerts, exhibitions and invites you to upcycling workshops.
Where: Memhardstraße 8, 10178 Berlin
When: Monday to Thursday, 12 pm - 7 pm, Friday and Saturday 12 pm - 8 pm
Tip 4: The Baltic Sea Philharmonic - new concert concept
Even the established houses in Berlin like to try out something new. On 24 March, for example, you can experience how a classical concert can be completely redesigned at the Berlin Philharmonie. Together with the Baltic Sea Philharmonics and Kristjan Järvi, you will travel to the far north to experience the "Nordic Swans" acoustically. In Nordic culture, the swan is a symbol of purity, beauty, elegance and strength. Atmospheric lighting and concert clothing specially made for the performance make the orchestra look like a group of swans on dark water. In order to move freely, the musicians will play the selected pieces by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Arvo Pärt freely from memory.
When: 24 March
Tip 5: George Grosz moves into the petrol station
Georg Grosz is one of the most famous artists of the 1920s. His most famous work "Die Stützen der Gesellschaft" can already be admired in the Neue Nationalgalerie (picture). From 13 May, the artist will now have his own museum - and at a very special address. A former 1950s petrol station, previously the residence of gallery owner Juerg Judin, will be the exhibition venue for "Das Kleine Grosz Museum" for an initial period of five years.
Where: Bülowstraße 18, Schöneberg
When: From 13 May
Tip 6: Rebelle pop-up store - online marketplace invites you to shop vintage on site
Vintage fans take note: Until 26 February, Rebelle, the online marketplace for designers and second-hand fashion, will be on site with a pop-up store at Galeries Lafayette. On offer are bags, shoes, clothes and accessories from exclusive designer brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Acne and Isabel Marant.
Where: Galeries Lafayette, Friedrichstraße 76-78, Mitte
When: Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm
Tip 7: California on Ku'Damm - MQ Restaurant
Light, Asian-Californian fusion cuisine paired with Californian wines promise a little holiday feeling when visiting the MQ. Sit back in the cosy armchairs while you watch the hustle and bustle on Kurfürstendamm through the large glass fronts and enjoy tiraditos, ceviches or even surf and turf.
Where: Kurfürstendamm 160, Charlottenburg
When: Tuesday to Saturday, 6pm - 1am
Tip 8: New at Markthalle Neun - Goldhahn and Sampson
Goldhahn and Sampson now has three branches in Berlin. After the branches in Prenzlauer Berg and Charlottenburg, the owner-operated grocery shop is now bringing its range close to Kreuzberg's Markthalle Neun to celebrate its 15th anniversary. The focus will be on German-language and international cookbooks, as well as a large selection of culinary magazines. And of course you'll also find the corresponding ingredients and food.
Where: Markthalle 9, Eisenbahnstraße 42/43, Kreuzberg
When: Monday to Friday 12 - 6 pm, Saturday 10 - 6 pm.
Tip 9: New ideas for time out - AIKAA and SUOMI at Finnfloat Sauna
If you want to treat yourself to a very special time-out, Finnfloat Sauna has some new offers for you. With AIKAA, Finnish for time, you'll find firewood, chocolate, prosecco and woollen socks on board in addition to the pre-heated sauna. The four-hour wellness programme also includes a wild herb foot bath, a peat face mask and two travel magazines for holiday dreams. SUOMI-Love is a similar package, tailored to a loving partner time-out aboard the Finnfloat sauna boat.
Where: Müggelseedamm 70, Friedrichshagen (water sports centre at pier A).
When: only with advance booking
Tip 10: Equal: Mural, Graffiti & Street Art Jam - New Ideas for More Equality
And here's another tip you should make a note of. For International Women's Day on 8 March, 50 urban artists will design 800 square metres of wall space at the North Side Gallery in Berlin-Mitte. Together with the Graffiti Lobby Berlin, they want to set an example for an equal society, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or origin - and plead for more acceptance of urban art. A truly colourful ray of hope.
Where: North Side Gallery, Park am Nordbahnhof, Mitte.
When: 8 March from 11 am
Tip: In the picture you can see Kate Voronina creating the Brave Wall, a mural commissioned by Amnesty International for International Women's Day last year. We have put together the best spots to discover urban art in Berlin for you. You can also find tours and background information on numerous murals in the city in our ABOUT BERLIN app.
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Tip 11: ChertLüdde moves and presents The Blossoms of Berlin
After 13 years in Kreuzberg, the Berlin gallery ChertLüdde is moving to Schöneberg. Until now, you could buy costumes and party goods in the premises. From 19 March, contemporary art will be on display here. The first exhibition, "The Blossoms of Berlin", refers to the previous use and to Berlin's queer heritage by redefining ideas from the past. The well-tried exhibition series Bungalow, dedicated to young contemporary artists, will also continue.
Where: Hauptstraße 18, Schöneberg
When: Opening on 19 March, Tuesday to Saturday, 12 - 6 pm