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Weekend tips 12 - 14 / 02 / 21

Indoor, outdoor and digital

Undergrond entereing the station during winter times
Underground in Kreuzberg © visumate

This weekend we take you on journeys, through time, through exciting themed rooms and on audio tours through Berlin. Unbelievable what there is to discover in the meantime - and digitally or Corona-compliant outside and at a distance. Come along!

Please show responsibility, wear your masks and adhere to the organizers' hygiene regulations. Only with your support will Berlin remains - with distance - the best!

Tip 1: The Golden Twenties with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Babylon Berlin: Ilja Tretschkow (Tim Fischer) in the Dutchman
Ilja Tretschkow (Tim Fischer) in the Dutchman © Frédéric Batier / X Filme 2017

How about a trip through time. This weekend, the Philharmonic Orchestra will take you back to the golden 20s. On Saturday, Kiril Petrenko will conduct Kurt Weill and Igor Stravinsky for you. The festival, which will be livestreamed from the Digital Concert Hall, runs until the end of February and includes an evening with Moka Efti. Be sure to take a listen!

When: Saturday at 7 pm
Where: Digital Concert Hall


Tip 2: Family Slam AudioTour

Tempelhofer Feld
Tempelhofer Feld im Winter © visitBerlin

Normally the Kiezpoeten organize poetry slams. Because this is currently not possible, they travel with you via Corona-compliant Family Slam AudioTour around Tempelhofer Feld. Simply download the audio file from the Kiezpoeten website onto your smartphone and off you go. With slam texts by Karsten Hoage, Jesko Habert and Marie-Theres Schwinn you will be guided around Tempelhofer Feld. In addition, you can listen to a children's story by Jesko Habert, in which you follow the two protagonists Ferya and Tia. Another audio tour takes you through Berlin's Mitte district. Walk from Robert-Koch-Platz to the synagogue in Oranienburger Straße and listen to the thematically appropriate slam text of the Berlin spoken word scene at the appropriate places.

Where: Tempelhofer Feld or Berlin Mitte 
When: anytime, download at, costs 7.90 euros (until February 15 from 4.90 euros)

Family Slam AudioTour

Tip 3: Atelier bunter Jakob und Audiowalks

Young woman in the Vedova exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie
Young woman in the Vedova exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Who shaped Berlin's architecture in the 1980s - and how did the cityscape differ in East and West Berlin? This question will be explored in the exhibition "Anything Goes? Berlin Architectures of the 1980s," which will be shown at the Berlinische Galerie starting in spring 2021. Currently, you can download an audio walk app and listen to the stories behind the buildings at their original locations. There are three routes to choose from, leading around the Berlinische Galerie, along Friedrichstraße and starting from the Admiralsbrücke through Kreuzberg. The guided audio walks last between 60 and 90 minutes and can be downloaded for free from the Berlinische Galerie website.

Download the Audiowalks

Have you always wanted to build a photo filter or play sports together with the figures in paintings? Then take a look at the Atelier bunter Jakob at the Berlinische Galerie. Here you can get active yourself, work with individual artists, or awaken the creative artist spirit in you. Send your imagination on a journey and experiment!

When: anytime
Where: online

Atelier Bunter Jakob online

Tip 4: Beats and Bones

Brachiosaurus in The World of Dinosaurs at Naturkundemuseum Berlin
Brachiosaurus at Naturkundemuseum Berlin © visitBerlin

The Natural History Museum podcast takes you on an auditory journey into the realm of the animal kingdom. You'll learn a lot in the entertaining episodes, with topics ranging from the "Origin of the Earth" and the one-sided relationships of parasites to "Batwoman" and other bats or communication strategies among animals. To go along with the podcasts, you can find guided tours on Instagram and YouTube that give you an inside look at Berlin's Museum für Naturkunde. Take a look!

When: anytime, new livestreams are usually posted online every Monday at 7 p.m.
Where: virtual

Beats & Bones

Tip 5: Dichterlese. (Poetry reading.) Fresh from the archive

junge Frau mit Kopfhörern
junge Frau mit Kopfhörern © Getty Images, Foto: 10000 Hours

Read something to yourselves again. The online portal has compiled recordings of readings and book presentations for you, including real literary gems. You can hear Günter Grass read from his novel "Der Butt" or Hans Wollschläger from his translation of Ulysses. Peter Härtling reads Hölderlin. There are also talks and discussions. In curated rooms, you can click, read, and listen your way through an online course on topics such as "queer reading," "literature of the cracks in the wall," or how experiences of migration and flight are reflected in German literature. The audio archive is free of charge and goes back to 1950! If that's not an exciting journey through time. 

When: anytime
Where: virtual

More about Dichterlesen

Tip 6: Actionbound: Rettung für Charlie (Safe Charlie)

Villa Oppenheim in Berlin
Villa Oppenheim © BA Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Foto: Friedhelm Hoffmann

Another great tip for little explorers. Use the free app Actionbound to help Charlie find a box of exhibition materials that he lost during his school internship. You will move around the Klausenerplatz neighborhood and the Villa Oppenheim.

When: anytime
Where: virtual

Rettung für Charlie (Safe Charlie) 

Tip 7: One Billion Rising

Ukulele © Getty Images, Foto: Image Source

The worldwide event, which uses positive energy, music and dance as a symbol for women's solidarity, will take place mainly online this year. An archive of speeches as well as facts and texts addressing the issue of violence against women, but also other types of discrimination, can be found on the website. There is also an overview map with actions that can take place. Get informed - and join in!

When: February 14th
Where: everywhere

One Billion Rising

Tip 8: Laboratory of Dreams

Presentation © Getty Images, Foto: brazzo

The students of the master's program Museum Management and Communication at HTW Berlin take you into the future. In their online exhibition, they explore the question of what possibilities there are to work for a better society. Various actions and committed players from Berlin are presented. The project was developed in cooperation with the Stadtmuseum Berlin, the Museum of European Cultures and the Museum of Natural History Berlin.

When: anytime
Where: virtual

Laboratory of Dreams

Tip 9: Fascination of Science: Herlinde Koelbl

Akademie der Wissenschaften
Akademie der Wissenschaften © wikimedia, Foto: Joerg Sägel (CCBY-SA3-0)

"The crucial point in science is intellectual freedom." As part of the online exhibition of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, photographer Herlinde Koelbl tells about researchers who inspire with their views and insights, who have searched for mysteries and found out exciting things. Let the 60 bright minds introduce you to the world of science and gain an insight into the life of a researcher.

When: anytime
Where: virtual

Faszination of Science

Tip 10: Powerful and fascinating stories from Berlin

Berlin Airlift 1948
Berlin Airlift 1948 © Landesarchiv Berlin

Make yourselves comfortable on the weekend and browse through our "Powerful Stories". We have taken a look at the past 600 years of Berlin history and selected the most unforgettable aspects. Let yourself be inspired by courageous Berlin personalities and travel in your mind to all the unique moments Berlin has experienced over the centuries. 

When: anytime
Where: online at

More powerful stories from Berlin

Tip 11: Valentine's Day

A Couple in a Café in Berlin
Couple in a Café © Getty Images, Bild: Philipp Nemenz

This weekend is Valentine's Day. Unfortunately, going out is out. But Berlin still has a lot to offer for lovers. We have collected ideas for great Valentine's presents from Berlin compiled the most beautiful alternatives to the romantic candlelight dinner for you, and yes, of course, tips for a nice evening together at home.

11 tips for Valentine's Day

You can find more events in Berlin in our calendar of events.

Josefine Köhn-Haskins


ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Auf der Suche nach neuen Abenteuern entdeckte sie erst New York, dann Miami und berichtete als Trendscout und Korrespondentin für verschiedene Publikationen. Ihr Zuhause fand sie dann aber in Berlin. Fasziniert von den vielen Facetten der Stadt ist sie kreuz und quer in den Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich gerne mit Zukunftsideen und Smart City Konzepten für ein innovatives Berlin.


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