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Top 11 new openings in Berlin in October

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Frankfurter Tor am Abend
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Warm ramen soup or refreshing ice cream? October in Berlin has a very special new opening for every taste and preference. While the penguins at the zoo can move to the coldest neighbourhood in the city, you can discover delicious Japanese cuisine, soothing massages and the largest gaming arcade in Europe, as well as two exciting new museums. Our top 11 new openings in October.    

Tip 1: Werkstatt Exilmuseum

Werkstatt Exilmuseum
Werkstatt Exilmuseum © schnellebuntebilder

The new domicile of the Exilmuseum Foundation is to create space for events, presentations and workshops. Above all, the construction and exhibition of the Exilmuseum at Anhalter Bahnhof will be further developed here. On the open day on 15 October, you can learn more from the museum team on site, but also get creative yourself, for example paint on the walls or leave your wishes for the Exilmuseum in a video room. Katja Riemann and Kenda Hmeidan will give authors who have lived in exile a chance to speak at "Speeddating Exile Literature". And Anna Margolina, whose family had to flee into exile from the National Socialists, brings music to the programme with her jazz trio.

When: from 15 October 2 - 7 p.m.
Where: Fasanenstraße 24, Charlottenburg

Exile Museum Workshop

Tip 2: Ramen Studio in Uhlandstrasse

Ramen - Asian Soup
Ramen - Asian Soup © Getty Images, Foto: Westend61

Just around the corner you can warm up with ramen soup.The menu includes morels with coriander, prawn balls or shun ti, which is not unlike the German knuckle of pork. But also various rice dishes, dumplings and, of course, homemade Chinese-style ramen soups are served. You dine in the soft light of paper lanterns and look out through large windows onto Uhlandstraße. A nice addition to this neighbourhood.

When: daily from 12 - 23 h
Where: Uhlandstraße 142, Wilmersdorf

More Asian cuisine

Tip 3: reEDOcate post-fossil theme park

Floating University Berlin (FUB)
Floating Berlin © © Dept

For Japan, the Edo period is considered the longest uninterrupted period of peace of any country in modern times. However, this period is also exciting because Edo period Japan operated for 260 years on the basis of solar energy. The Floating [University] has taken this as a model and, inspired by the cultural techniques and everyday practices of this period, has developed a post-fossil theme park for the present and future together with 20 international artists. You can see exactly what this is for six days in October. Find out where else you can discover exciting future projects in our blog post on future places.

When: 14/15/16 and 21/22/23 October
Where: Lilienthalstraße 32, Tempelhof

Instagrammable future places in Berlin

Tip 4: The Minsk Kunsthaus in Potsdam

THE MINSK arthouse in Potsdam with forecourt
THE MINSK arthouse in Potsdam with forecourt © DAS MINSK Kunsthaus in Potsdam, Foto: Ladislav Zajac

The Minsk, a museum for art from the GDR, has opened in Potsdam. Fittingly, art collector and SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner has converted a former restaurant from GDR times for it. Built in the 1970s in the modernist GDR style, the building is an interesting contrast to Plattner's other art museum in Potsdam, the Barberini in the beautiful old town. The Barberini is best known for Hassner's impressive Impressionist collection. 

When: daily 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., closed Tuesday
Where: Max-Planck-Strasse 17, Potsdam

The Minsk Kunsthaus in Potsdam

Tipp 5: Gamestate

Gamescom 2017
Gamescon © Getty Images, Foto: Lukas Schulze

Europe's largest Pacman screen, new virtual reality games, classics like Mario Cart and Air Hoeckey, but also NBA Hoops or electronic Twister and much more await you in the new Gamestate Arcade in The Playce at Potsdamer Platz. With games and fun on 1200 square metres, the Gamestate in Berlin is the largest in Europe - and thus definitely a new highlight for gamers in Berlin.

Where: The Playce, Postdamer Platz, Alte Potsdamer Strasse 7, Tiergarten
When: Sunday to Thursday 12 a.m. - midnight; Friday and Saturday 12 a.m. - 1 a.m.
From 12 years (in the company of an adult), otherwise from 18 years

Tips for gamers in Berlin

Tips für Gamers in Berlin

Tip 6: Deko Behrendt returns

Disguised children paint on Halloween
Disguised children paint on Halloween © Getty Images, Foto: Hero Images

And another tip from The Playce at Potsdamer Platz: just in time for Halloween, the traditional Berlin brand Deko Behrendt is opening in the duo flagship store. In addition to party supplies and decorations, you'll also find costumes, masks, hats, wigs and legendary joke articles. In other words, everything you need to style yourself for Halloween - or other festivals. Virtual models on the large flatwall present costumes for every occasion. Another new feature is the balloon bar for artistic balloon bouquets. And Radio Teddy invites the little ones to a weekly life show on site.

When: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: The Playce, Alte Potsdamer Straße 7, Tiergarten

The Playce

Tip 7: New at the Penguin House at Berlin Zoo

Zoo Berlin
Pinguin mit Besuchern im Zoo Berlin © Zoo Berlin

The penguins at Berlin Zoo now have their own neighbourhood, and the coldest one in the whole of Berlin. With its own snow machine, the new "penguin neighbourhood" is also the perfect place for the cold-loving tailcoats in summer. But they've also thought of the visitors: hands-on stations, the hologram of a penguin and lots of information boards bring you closer to the world of penguins. And of course you can also watch the animals, who seem so clumsy on land, as they skilfully dart back and forth under water.

When: commented feedings daily at 2 p.m.
Where: Berlin Zoo, Hardenbergplatz 8, Charlottenburg

Tickets for Zoo Berlin

Tipp 8: Restaurant November

Sushi © GettyImages, Foto: Prasit Photo

The former neighbourhood café has been serving Japanese-inspired cuisine and delicious drinks since July. The centrepiece of the otherwise very brightly furnished November restaurant is the large oak bar. Here you can watch sushi chef Ruslan Kim prepare his creations at the "raw bar". By the way, fish and seafood come directly from fish markets in Spain and Japan. In addition to fish specialities, you can also enjoy dishes and salads seasoned with fine herbs - including a Japanese-inspired Wiener Schnitzel, as a kind of homage to its predecessor.  

When: Tuesday to Saturday 6 p.m. - midnight, Friday and Saturday additionally from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Husemannstraße 15, Prenzlauer Berg

More Sushi in Berlin

Tip 9: Aiyara Spa & Thai Massage

Aiyara Spa & Thai Massage
Aiyara Spa & Thai Massage © Foto: Napapha Sperling

From the cuisine of Japan, we move on to Thailand. A new Thai massage salon, Aiyara Spa, has opened in Pankow. Named after the Thai word for elephant, Aiyara sees itself as a place where you can recharge your batteries and escape the stresses of everyday life. In addition to the classic Thai massage, the therapists at the Aiyara Spa have been offering aroma oil and warm oil massages since May, but they also work on problem areas such as the back and shoulders. There are also offers for pregnant women - and of course for couples. 

Where: Brennerstrasse 89, Pankow
When: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

More Wellness in Berlin

Tip 10: Gelateria Monte Falco

Icecream in Berlin
© Getty Images, Foto: Alpaksoy

Are you already missing summer? At Gelateria Monte Falco you can taste it a little more. With delicious ice cream creations such as Himmelblau (Sky blue) or Mrs. Purple, pineapple fig or tangerine turmeric, Gelateria Monte Falco will continue to provide you with sweet summer freshness even in autumn. Since May of this year, this small but fine ice cream parlour in Falkenberg has established itself as a neighbourhood meeting place. A place for everyone who loves dolce vita!

When: Monday to Friday 1 - 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12 - 7 p.m.
Where: David-Friedländer-Weg 128, Hohenschönhausen

Eiscafés in Berlin

Tip 11: Antigone :: Comeback

Augmented Reality Sandbox/VR Erlebnisse
Augmented Reality / VR Erlebnis © GSC GameScienceCenter GmbH

From 19 October, you can experience a premiere of a special kind at the Uferstudios Berlin. Building on the experiences with the VR and live installation Berlau :: Kingdom of the Spirits by the Belin Ensemble, which was awarded the Friedrich Luft Prize 2022, Raum+Zeit is now launching "Antigone :: Comeback - A Rehearsal with Weigel and Brecht". Here Raum+Zeit stages the special relationship between Bertolt Brecht and Helene Weigel by combining modern VR technology with sophisticated live theatre. The play is told from Helene Weigel's perspective and covers 75 years of the relationship, which began with the 2947/48 season of "Antigone" in Chur and ends in 1971 when Weigel and Brecht return to Berlin from exile.

When: 19 to 23 October, admission from 5.36 to 9.48 p.m. every 12 minutes for one person
Where: Uferstudios Berlin, Uferstraße 23 (start at the Heizhaus below the chimney), Wedding

More events in Berlin you can find in our event calendar.


Josefine Köhn-Haskins


ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Bevor sie in Berlin Ihr Zuhause fand, berichtete sie als Korrespondentin und Trendscout aus den USA. Heute ist sie kreuz und quer in Berlins Kiezen unterwegs, beschäftigt sich mit Kultur, Musik und Zukunftsideen für ein innovatives Berlin. All posts