As early as mid-November, the first signs of Christmas begin to appear. The Christmas Garden in the Botanical Garden switches its lights on. If you are not quite in the Christmas mood yet, you can go for one last autumn walk. For everyone else, we have compiled a list of nice tips relating to museums, theatres and cultural days in Berlin for this weekend. Enjoy!
Tip 1: Christmas Garden Berlin: A fantastic winter walk in the Botanical Garden
Christmas is just around the corner and the Botanical Garden kicks the season off with the Christmas Garden. Glittering illuminations, rustic alpine huts, a crackling fire and a 300 square metre ice rink transform the Botanical Garden into a magical Christmas landscape. Soak up the Christmas spirit and revel in the romantic atmosphere with friends and family.
When: from 15 November
Where: Botanischer Garten, Königin-Luise-Straße 68, Steglitz
Tip 2: Balagan-Day
The Balagan Day of the Jewish Community in Fasanenstraße promises you a cheerful, colourful and slightly chaotic day. As part of the Days of Jewish Culture 7–17/11, the Sunday offers you a day packed with Jewish culture: sample Jewish culinary delights at the food market and sing and dance with Jewish artists from Berlin. There is of course also a varied programme for the little guests.
When: 17 November, from 12 pm
Where: Jüdisches Gemeindehaus, Fasanenstraße, Charlottenburg
Tip 3: In the Labyrinth of Books
As in every year, the Friedrichstadt-Palast invites the youngest spectators along and takes them on an exciting journey through an enchanting world. This year’s focus is on books helping you to visit Robin Hood in the dark forest, discover Robinson Crusoe on the desert island, and land in the Paris of The Three Musketeers. Over 100 children and young people will be on stage to embark with you on an exciting fantasy journey on the largest theatre stage in the world.
Recommended minimum age: 5 years
When: from 14 November
Where: Friedrichstadt-Palast, Friedrichstraße 107, Mitte
Tip 4: Family day ath the Märkisches Museum
30 years of children’s rights. This is reason enough for the Märkisches Museum to celebrate a family day with many activities. The museum explores the issues of children’s rights – the right to health – the right to education – the right to play and leisure – the right to parental care – the right to freedom of expression. How did children live in the past and what has changed compared with the present day? Stories, theatre and guided tours with coffee and cake await you.
When: 17 November
Where: Märkisches Museum, Am Köllnischen Park, Mitte
Tip 5 Int. German Short Course Championships 2019
Cheer on the swimmers on the short course when the top athletes attempt to break records. The final highlight of the year in German swimming will once again be an exciting experience for all water sports enthusiasts.
When: 14 to 17 November
Where: Schwimm- und Sprunghalle, Paul-Heyse-Straße 26, Prenzlauer Berg
Tip 6 Robin Ticciati in the Philharmonie
Cheer on the swimmers on the short course when the top athletes attempt to break records. The final highlight of the year in German swimming will once again be an exciting experience for all water sports enthusOn Friday and Saturday, Robin Ticciati, who has been Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin since autumn 2017, will conduct Mozart's last three symphonies. Without question, these three works reveal the composer's melodious and technical talent in perfect form. In this concert, Ticciati wants to explore the idea that “these three works form a trilogy. Each can be played separately, but when performed together this opens up additional perspectives.”iasts.
When: 15 and 16 November, 8pm
Where: Philharmonie Berlin, Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße 1, Tiergarten
Tip 7 PERGAMON. Masterpieces from the Ancient Metropolis
Travel back in time to the ancient city of Pergamon on the west coast of Asia Minor in the year 129 A.D.! The exhibition project “PERGAMON. Masterpieces from the Ancient Metropolis with a 360° Panorama by Yadegar Asisi” will be presented in the temporary exhibition building “Pergamonmuseum. Das Panorama”. The Pergamon panorama shows the state of the city in the high Roman Empire under the reign of Emperor Hadrian – a unique exhibition experience that draws you into the ancient world.
When: from 17 November
Wo: Am Kupfergraben 2, Berlin-Mitte
Tip 8 Design Börse Berlin
Furniture and product design of the last 120 years by renowned artists such as Arne Jacobsen, Egon Eiermann, Eillen Grax and Mies van der Rohe. Designers, vintage galleries and collectors from all over Germany and Europe present their pieces with high demands on the quality of the exhibited objects. From Art Deco and Bauhaus to the mid-century modern, rough industry & GDR design of the last century to the latest contemporary designs. As a one-off this year, the art auction house Quittenbaum from Munich will be available for a free expert estimate of special items on Saturday from 3 pm to 6 pm.
When: 15 to 17 November
Where: Loewe-Saal Berlin, Wiebestraße 42, Mitte
Tip 9 Afro-Sonic Mapping
Together with musicians from post-colonial cities, the artist and musician Satch Hoyt goes in search of connections to contemporary urban rhythms and develops new compositions. In the Haus der Kulturen der Welt he presents the numerous collaborations and results of his research trip in talks, concerts and an exhibition of paintings - which can be read as scores – and sound compositions.
When: form 17 November
Where: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, Tiergarten
Tip 10: Herbstspaziergang
Enjoy the last days of autumn, experience lots of nature and varied landscapes on the Wuhletalweg, peace and relaxation in the Schöneberger Südgelände Nature Park or along the Müggelsee. Stroll through the Hackesche Höfe and round the Museum Island. Plenty of attractive ideas and tips can be found in our blog post:
Tip 11: Sigrid Grajek presents: Oh, how practical the women of Berlin are!
In the intimate, cosy atmosphere of Café Lyrik there are songs on this evening about women from the beginning of the last century. A homage to the performers of songs from the 1920s from Claire Waldoff to Blandine Ebinger.
When: 15 November
Where: Café Lyrik, Kollwitzstraße 97, Prenzlauer Berg
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