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Weekend Tips 10–13 May

Ascension Day

Brandenburger Tor bei Sonnenschein
Brandenburger Tor bei Sonnenschein © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Thanks to Ascension Day we start the weekend planning early! On Thursday you can treat yourself to a day of rest or you can visit the historic harbour festival in Berlin, feast on pizza and art, romp with the kiddies at the fun fair in Staaken or listen to jazzy sounds on the banks of the Landwehrkanal at XJAZZ Berlin.

Hafenfest Berlin - At the historic harbour

Historic Harbour in Berlin
Historic Harbour © (c) visumate

No, Berlin is (still not) at the sea. But we still have historical harbour basins and harbour festivals anyway. What the programme promises: 3 stages, street food, wine growers, games for children, handicrafts and trade. What we promise ourselves: a lot of variety, a great atmosphere and a little breeze of sea feeling.
10-13 May

Staaken Children's and Folk Festival

In Staaken there is break dance, bumper cars and chain planes this weekend - everything the fair heart desires. Who doesn't dare yet is in good hands on the children's carousel. Those who no longer dare can enjoy the hustle and bustle with fresh waffles and candied fruits.

May Days in Neukölln

You need more carnival? No problem: The Neukölln May Days (Neuköllner Maientage) in the Hasenheide Park are Berlin's biggest park festival. Until 21 May 2018 there will be funfairs, fireworks (always on Saturdays) and delicious food.

XJAZZ - Berlin Jazz Festival 2018

Every year it is a highlight for Berlin's music scene and all jazz fans: From Landwehrkanal to Oberbaumbrücke, jazz lovers celebrate the most diverse interpretations and styles of this multi-faceted musical style at the XJAZZ Festival. Venues are: The Watergate, the Flux Bau, the Prince Charles, the Monarch, the Privatclub amongst others. Tickets for the XJAZZ Festival are available here.

Date: 9-13 May 2018

Wanderlust - desire to wander

Does your wanderlust grab you sometimes? Just out, out into nature, discover untouched places, wildly romantic, adventurous, rough and beautiful? Then you're not alone. Not only in times of smartphones, instagram and travel bloggers we have the longing to get out, to leave the stress and the modern behind us and to breathe a sigh of relief. Casper David Friedrich in his famous painting "Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer" was undoubtedly particularly apt. The loan from the Hamburger Kunsthalle is now the starting point for the new exhibition in the Alte Nationalgalerie, which starts on 10 May and invites us to linger and dream.

Berlin's unique Gin Festival 2018

Luxury cocktail bars in Berlin
Luxury cocktail bars ©, Foto: bhofack2

Yes yes, It's Gin o'clock. Of course, the it piece among the spirits needs its own festival. And it will get it, and for the second time: from 12-13 May, the Malzfabrik will be transformed into a Mecca for all true gin fans. Up to 20 excellent exhibitors are expected. In addition there are food trucks, tastings and a crackling aftershow party.

Date: 12-13 May 2018

Bite Club Season Launch 2018

Treptow, Arena
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Bite Club in Arena Treptow, Streetfood

What would summer in Berlin be without delicious food, good conversation and cool drinks on the banks of the Spree? I'm sure it's only half as beautiful. And that's why we are happy that Berlin's food scene has its popular Bite Club back this weekend. As always, great DJs, refreshing drinks and international delicacies such as Japanese pancakes, Thai barbecue and homemade ice cream await you.
Admission: 2€ (1€ for charity)

Bölschefest 2018 - The 28th festival at Bölsche

Friedrichshagen is also busy this weekend. On offer here are stage programmes, specially opened shops and a colourful market where you can admire and buy antiques, junk and secondhand, but also art and manufactured goods. A special highlight is the fireworks over Lake Müggelsee on Saturday evening.

Date: 12-13 May

Old Fleas Vintage Market #17

It's been two years since we introduced the Old Fleas Vintage Market. And also this year it goes on: The Ballhaus Berlin Mitte is back from its winter break and offers on Sunday from 11:00-17:00 as usual all kinds of vintage treasures, which make the lover's heart beat faster. In addition to tried and tested items such as clothes, hats and records, a new outdoor area is also waiting for visitors.

Admission: 2€

Date: 13 May 2018


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The weather has mostly shown its wonderful side in the last weeks. If you can't get enough of the summer feeling, you can practice for the real summer on Saturday and sip cocktails at the Berlin Beach Festival, hang out at the pool to chilly sounds or even better - dance!

Location: Badeschiff

Date: 12 May 2018

International Museum Day

Family in Berlin-Museum Island
Family in Berlin-Museum Island © visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

13 May is International Museum Day - the perfect opportunity to visit the most renowned museums in the city free of charge.

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Kentucky, Paris, Lisbon. These are just a few stops on this globetrotter's journey, but only one city has been able to conquer her heart fully: Berlin, of course, because nowhere else can you cycle along a canal in the evening sun and swing over the rooftops where the Iron Curtain once divided the city. Exploring the city with open eyes: that's her mission for the blog.


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