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Weekend Tips 8–10 June 2018

Sunny days & starry skies

Spandau Altstadt am Wasser im Sommer
Spandau Altstadt am Wasser im Sommer © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

More summer, more Berlin! This weekend you can expect pure summer in our wonderful green capital: Among other things, festivals, bathing fun, open-air cinema, art in the castle, vintage car parade and much more are on the entertaining program for Friday to Sunday. 11 tips are not enough for you? Then be inspired by our insider tips. How about an excursion to Dicken Marie or the legendary Glienicke Bridge, for example?

Tip 1: Torstraßen Festival

Torstraße in Mitte in Berlin
Torstraße in Mitte © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

It is one of the highlights of the summer in Berlin Mitte and has become a cult and cultural institution in one: the Torstraßen Festival in Berlin. A lot will be on offer again in 2018: In addition to the shops, bars and cafés in Torstraße, the Green Salon in the Volksbühne, the Ballhaus Berlin, the ACUD, Kaffee Burger or the good old Prassnik invite you to events and live music. The 4-day music festival includes very different music directions and styles, shows trends and offers Berliners and international artists a big stage.

When: 8- 10 June

Where: Torstraße, Mitte

Tip 2: Open Day at the Märkisches Museum

Märkisches Museum Berlin
Märkisches Museum in Berlin © Stadtmuseum Berlin, Foto: Michael Setzpfand

There are so many museums in Berlin. Most of them are also about history in general and Berlin history in particular - but the real city museum about the history of the capital remains the Märkisches Museum. But even in this time-honoured house, everything doesn't always stay the same - on the contrary: see for yourself: under the motto "open up to the museum" the house invites you together with special guest Romero to a free exploration tour on Sunday. The real Berlin artist presents his new audio guide. In addition, the Berlin bear kennel is open and the Museumsdorf Düppel organises historical games in the Köllisches Park in front of the museum.

When: 10 June

Where: Märkisches Museum, Mitte

Tipp 3: Opening: 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

9. Berlin Biennale
© visitBerlin, Foto: Peggy Gallert

Die Berlin Biennale für zeitgenössische Kunst ist eine seit 1998 im zwei- bis dreijährlichen Rhythmus organisierte Ausstellung internationaler zeitgenössischer Kunst. Die 9. Berlin Biennale öffnet vom 4. Juni bis 18. September 2016 für das Publikum an verschiedenen Orten in Berlin.

It starts on Friday: Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. This year's motto is "We don't need another hero". Venues are the Akademie der Künste, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, the Volksbühne Berlin and the ZK/U, the HAU Hebbel am Ufer.

When: 9 June - 9 September

Where: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Mitte + various venues

Tipp 4: Classic DAYS Berlin 2018

© visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

am Kudamm, Boulevard

The Ku'damm is known for the fact that you can present your sleek car to the world public. Even nicer cars than usual are coming to the capital this weekend. Berlin is expecting more than 2,000 classic cars at the Classic Days Berlin, which will bring the history of the automobile to life from Olivaer Platz to Joachimsthaler Straße. The boulevard will be closed for the traffic so that there is room for cars and car lovers.

When: 9 -10 June 2018

Where: Kurfürstendamm, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

Tip 5: Spandauer Havelfest

Spandau Altstadt am Wasser im Sommer
Spandau Altstadt am Wasser im Sommer © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Fancy a hustle and bustle, water and a stage programme? Then off to the Havel Festival in Spandau. On three days you can stroll along a three-kilometre-long festival mile and have fun. The party at the beginning of summer on the Lindenufer offers a programme for the whole family, crowned by fireworks over the water on Saturday.

When: 8 -10 June

Where: Spandauer Lindenufer, Spandau

Tip 6: Kunstfest Pankow 2018

Schloss Schönhausen
Das Schloss Schönhausen in Pankow © © SPSG, Foto: Leo Seidel

Another weekend tip for the whole family: the Kunstfest in Pankow invites you to the Schlosspark Schönhausen on Saturday. Readings, music and artistic performances are waiting for the adults, the little ones are looking forward to join in circus and theatre performances.

Ps: Dogs are unfortunately not allowed this year.

When: 9-10 June

Where: Schlosspark Schönhausen, Pankow

Tip 7: Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 2018

Long Night of Sciences
Long Night of Sciences © Lange Nacht der Wissenschaft

The night of Saturday in Berlin will be long, instructive and above all - super great! Around 70 scientific institutions in Berlin and on Potsdam's Telegrafenberg are taking part in Berlin's smartest night in 2018: The Long Night of Sciences! On this summer evening, visitors can reach fascinating places that would otherwise remain hidden from the public. There is also a wide range of activities on offer: hands-on experiments, lectures, workshops and other attractions are waiting for all those interested. The subject areas include technology, medicine, art, health or people and society. You can also sign up for guided bike tours leading to historical sites of science, outstanding architecture and exciting research spaces.

When: 9 June 2018

Where: Various venues

Tip 8: Flying Steps

The final spurt for the ingenious show of the Flying Steps in Berlin is on - only until June 10th you can experience the daring moves and rousing choreos of the Berlin Breakdance World Champions at the Theatre at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. So: get your tickets for Flying Illusions before the Steps step out into the wide world again.

When: until 10th June

Where: Theatre at Potsdamer Platz, Mitte

Tip 9: Victoria nights

Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem
Tropenhaus im Botanischen Garten Berlin © Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Foto: I.Haas

Der Botanische Garten Berlin in Berlin-Lichterfelde ist mit einer Fläche von über 43 Hektar und etwa 20.000 verschiedenen Pflanzenarten der größte Botanische Garten Deutschlands.

As part of the newly renovated Victoria House, weekly summer concerts will be held in the Botanical Garden from 9 June. Every Saturday from 9 June to 18 August, an open-air concert awaits you in the flowery garden landscape. If you buy a concert ticket, you can visit the garden, museum and greenhouses from 9am to midnight.  By the way: from next week the Victoria House will open its doors again after more than 10 years of Sleeping Beauty sleep. Here you can admire numerous exotic plants, but the absolute highlight are the name-giving giant water lilies, discovered in the Brazilian jungle, named after Queen Victoria. Its leaves can reach a circumference of up to 2 meters, carry a weight of up to 50 kg and its flowers smell and bloom only two nights in a row. But all the more intense and in different colors (first white, then pink).

Together with our #visit_berlin-Instagram-Community we have already visited the beautiful Victoria House. First impressions of our tour of the water lilies can be found here.

When: from 9 June

Where: Botanischer Garten Berlin, Steglitz-Zehlendorf

Tip 10: Berlin bathing fun

view over the lake Wannsee in Berlin
Ronnebypromenade © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

May was a real heat month of historic proportions and it looks like it will remain this hot in June. But don't worry: the nearest bathing spot in Berlin is never very far. So get ready and pack your trunks.

Tip 11: Open-air-cinema

Open-air cinema Friedrichshain in Berlin
Open-air cinema Friedrichshain © Pfiffl Medien GmbH, Foto: Kay Siegert

The open-air-cinema season has begun, and once again we're looking forward to popcorn under a starry sky. Whether in Wedding, in Kreuzberg or in Friedrichshain, the atmosphere of a flickering cinema evening with a cold drink and a lukewarm breeze is one of the things we longingly expect every year. This weekend, Berlin's summer cinemas take you to the bottom of the sea (Shape of water in Kreuzberg on 8 June), into a star-studded train full of murder suspects (Murder in the Orient Express in the Rehberge on 10 June) or back to the dreamy shimmering Italy of 1983 (Call me by your name in Friedrichshain on 10 June). You can find a list of Berlin open-air cinemas here.

When: Various dates

Where: Various venues

Maxi: visitBerlin Blogger for


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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