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Weekend tips 17 - 19 of May 2019

Sporty, musical & festive – what you mustn’t miss out on this weekend!

Women's Race at Berlin Tiergarten
Women's Race at Berlin Tiergarten with view to Brandenburg Gate © Camera4

Mid-May – perhaps the weather could be a little bit better this spring, but it won’t stop us from enjoying the weekend to the full. Especially when it comes to the upcoming programme of events: sports, music, festivals, art and even a combination of art and music. As you can see, there is a lot going on this weekend. We have once again put together the best of what the weekend has to offer. Here are our weekend tips with the 11 best events in Berlin.

Tip 1: 56th Theatertreffen   

Stage of Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Stage of Haus der Berliner Festspiele © Chiussi/Agentur StandArt
Theatertreffen in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele

The Berlin Theatertreffen has become one of the best-known theatre festivals in the German-speaking world. Every year a panel selects the 10 most remarkable productions of the current theatre season, which are then invited to Berlin and performed here. Calling all theatre fans: come to the Haus der Berliner Festspiele and don’t miss out on the numerous events taking place as part of the Theatertreffen. This weekend only!

When: until Sunday

Where: Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstraße 24, Wilmersdorf

More information about the Theatertreffen

Tip 2: MANTEGNA and BELLINI – Masters of the Renaissance  

Two great Renaissance painters in one exhibition who are also related by marriage: The Gemäldegalerie presents the first comprehensive exhibition in which the work of Mantegna and Bellini is juxtaposed. The two influenced each other throughout their lives. Make sure not to miss the exhibition which finishes at the end of June.

When: until 30 June       

Where: Gemäldegalerie, Matthäikirchplatz 4, Mitte

More information about the exhibition

Tip 3: Volleyball Champions League 2019 Super Finals   

Berlin Recycling Volleys
Berlin Recycling Volleys © Camera4
Volleyball Champions League 2019 Super Finals in the Max-Schmeling-Halle

Saturday afternoon will be sporty and exciting when the two best volleyball teams meet in Berlin. For the first time, you can watch the women’s and men’s matches in one place and on the same day.

When: Saturday, 3:30 pm  

Where: Max-Schmeling-Halle, Am Falkplatz 1, Prenzlauer Berg

More information about the Super Finals

Tip 4: bauhaus imaginista

Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin
Haus der Kulturen der Welt © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien
bauhaus imaginista in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt

It’s Bauhaus year and you simply cannot miss out on this exhibition: At the Haus der Kulturen der Welt you can learn about the history of the Bauhaus in four chapters until 10 June. For the first time, the impacts and references of the Bauhaus School will be shown on this scale. We’ll tell you more about the Bauhaus in Berlin here.

When: until 10 June

Where: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10,  

More information about the exhibition

Tip 5: AVON Frauenlauf

AVOn Frauenlauf 2016
© Camera4
AVON women's run through the Tiergarten

It’s time to get sporty again: The annual Frauenlauf – or women’s run – takes place this Saturday. It is the biggest women’s run in Germany and the route takes runners through the Tiergarten park. A 10 km run, 5 km fun run as well as 10 km walking or Nordic walking events are all offered. Children can take part too, in the 800 metre run. All participants support the Berliner Krebsgesellschaft (Berlin Cancer Society) by registering. Those not taking part can come along and cheer on the runners. The atmosphere is always great.

When: Saturday from 2:00 pm 

Where: Straße des 17. Juni, Mitte

More information about the run

Tip 6: Children of Doom – The Science Festival     

Bay of Rummelsburg Berlin
Bay of Rummelsburg © (c) visumate
The Science Festival Children of Doom in the Rummelsburger Bucht

Messe Berlin is launching a completely new festival of science this year. Entitled Children of Doom, there will be many events, discussions and workshops on the themes of biotechnology, artificial intelligence and climate change. And all this at the relaxed Hafen Rummelsburg. The motto is “serious fun”, because the aim is to take a playful look at the great challenges of our time.

When: Saturday and Sunday  

Where: Hafen Rummelsburg, Nalepastraße 10 – 16, Lichtenberg 

 More information about the festival

Tip 7: Watch the Eurovision Song Contest final         

nHow Hotel from the pink pillow Berlin Collection in Berlin for LGBTI
nHow Hotel - pink pillow Berlin Collection © visitBerlin, Foto: Dirk Mathesius
Live-Screening of the Eurovision Song Contes in the nhow

It’s that time again: The Eurovision Song Contest final is on this Saturday evening. And of course many venues will broadcast the event live from Israel. The nhow Berlin hotel is hosting a party for the Eurovision Song Contest with a live screening and a Madonna cover concert by Keye Katcher. At Festsaal Kreuzberg you can soak up the atmosphere live. We hope you have a lot of fun! 

When: 18 May 

Where: Festsaal Kreuzberg, nhow Berlin and other locations

Tip 8: “The Reich Ministry of Labour 1933–1945” exhibition 

Topographie des Terrors Frontside
Topographie des Terrors Frontside © Bildwerk Stiftung Topographie des Terrors
New exhibition at Topography of Terror

The Topography of Terror memorial has had a new exhibition since April. Here you can find out to what extent the Reich Ministry of Labour supported the National Socialist dictatorship, through discrimination and forced labour. The effects on the people in the German Reich, but also in the occupied territories, become clear through case studies. Admission is free.

When: until 8 October 

Where: Topography of Terror, Niederkirchnerstraße 8, Mitte

More information about the exhibition

Tip 9: Knights’ Festival at the Museum Village Düppel

Museumsdorf Düppel
Museumsdorf Düppel © Förderkreis Museumsdorf Düppel
Knights’ Festival at the Museum Village Düppel

This weekend, the Museum Village Düppel is celebrating a large knights’ festival with farmers, warriors, travelling knights and church members, who were all present in Düppel in some way or other around the year 1200. They will all be on hand to recount their travels at the festival. 

Admission: €5 / concessions €3.50, up to 18 years free admission

When: Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm     

Where: Museum Village Düppel, Clauertstraße 11, Zehlendorf

More information about the festival

Tip 10: Opera breakfast at the Komische Oper Berlin

Komische Oper Berlin
Komische Oper Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien
Komische Oper Berlin

Want to have breakfast and find out everything about the latest opera piece before everyone else? If this sounds like the perfect plan for your Sunday morning, then head to the Komische Oper Berlin. An invigorating opera breakfast will be served in the foyer from 10 am, and at lunchtime the dramaturges will invite you to a free introductory matinee where you can take a look behind the scenes.

When: Sunday 10:00 am   

Where: Komische Oper Berlin, Behrenstraße 55 – 57, Mitte

More information about the breakfast

Tip 11: Flying Pictures

museum Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin
museum Hamburger Bahnhof © visitBerlin, Foto: Martin Gentischer
Flying Pictures in the Hamburger Bahnhof

The Flying Steps hip hop dance crew and the Brazilian artist duo Osgemeos are staging "Pictures at an Exhibition" live – but only until the end of June. Art, music and dance performance are interlinked here. The big question is: What would pictures sound like if they were music? You'll be surprised!

When: until 2 June

Where: Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstraße 50/51, Mitte

More information about the exhibition

For even more information about what’s on, you can always check our day-by-day tips on Berlin’s biggest event calendar.

Verena: visitBerlin Blogger for


lived already in Kiel, Düsseldorf, San Francisco and Gothenburg, but she was always sure she would return to her hometown Berlin. And she is going to stay a while. For the blog she is exploring the food scene of Berlin and looking for the best hummus in town (besides her own homemade hummus).


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