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Weekend tips 11 – 13/10/19

Brilliant and colourful - that's how the weekend in mid-October will be

Golden illuminated Brandenburger Gate at Festival of Lights
Brandenburger Gate at Festival of Lights © visitBerlin, Foto: Sarah Lindemann

The first days of unpleasant weather are behind us – but this is no reason to curl up at home in Berlin, because the illuminated and colourful evenings are now getting underway in the city. Sights are lit up and shine in the brightest colours. And the cinema season is starting once again - take a look at our tips. As always there will be no lack of art, culture and exciting workshops as they will be on the agenda this weekend too. Wishing you a lovely weekend with our top 11 tips!

Tip 1: "Berlin leuchtet" and Festival of lights  

Festival of Lights
Festival of Lights in Berlin ©, Foto: Verworner

Finally it is that time again – the big sights are illuminated and the whole city shines. On 9 October already, Berlin will be glowing once more with "Berlin leuchtet". And the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS in Berlin will follow close behind from 11 October. Under the motto "Lights of Freedom" Berlin is transformed into a huge open air gallery again and enchants with magical moments. For those who don't wish to walk, there are also boat trips as well as round trips.

When: 11 to 20 October 2019
Where: Berliner city centre
free admission

Tip 2: Magical Festival of lights Garden

Showlights - Strahlende Gärten der Welt zum Festival of Lights
© Festival of Lights 2019

This year, for the first time, the Gardens of the World will join the Festival of Lights with a spectacular light installation. This weekend the laser show "Showlights" will open the festival in the park as a special highlight alongside the other fascinating illuminations and projections.

When: 11 to 27 October 2019
Where: Gärten der Welt, Blumberger Damm 44, Marzahn

Tip 3: Fritzi – a wonderful reunification story at the cinema

Fritzi – A revolutionary Tale
Film Fritzi - A revolutionary Tale © Weltkino Filmverleih 2019

Embark on a journey through time - 30 years back - into the dramatic changes and time of the Peaceful Revolution in autumn 1989. The year that radically changed the lives of many people. The story of twelve-year-old Fritzi, who suddenly has to deal with the political situation and world historical change, is told in detail and with authenticity: History told from the perspective of a child, with a keen sense for atmosphere.

When: from 9 October
Where: various cinemas

Tip 4: 4th European Arthouse Cinema Day

In the cinema
In the cinema © Getty Images, Foto: David Saium/EyeEm

Even more cinema ... On this Sunday not only cinema is celebrated, but first and foremost cinema culture: European films all over Europe! Many cinemas entice by offering visitors a look behind the scenes and specials. Let’s celebrate cinema together!

When: 13 October
Where: various places

Tip 5: Female Future Force Day

At the box office
At the box office © Getty Images, Foto: Denkou Images

The conference for your future. At the Female Future Force Day, everything revolves around further development, be it personally, at work or in society as a whole. Over 60 speakers on four main stages will discuss topics as diverse as new ways of working, women and digital, health and everything that motivates you.

When: 12 October
Where: Tempelhof Airport, Tempelhof

Tip 6: Berlin Design Week – Influenced 100

Berlin Design Week
Berlin Design Week © Foto: David Gauffin

Once again, Berlin Design Week invites national and international designers, cultural institutions, galleries, studios and companies to search for new approaches and pathways in design through exhibitions, showrooms, talks, films and workshops. The title - Influenced 100 - refers to this year's 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus and deals with the question of the role of the Bauhaus today.

When: 10 to 17 October
Where: Friedrichstraße, Mitte

Tip 7: Alte Nationalgalerie - The fight for visibility

Alte Nationalgalerie at Museum\
Alte Nationalgalerie at Museum',1920,1280 © Luyue Zhang

Also 100 years ago, the first women began their art studies at the Berlin Academy of Arts. Exhibited are the works of well-known, but also unknown artists, which were stored in the depot for many years. Reason enough to take a contemplative look at the impressive works of the female painters and sculptors who, despite all the social difficulties, made it into the art world in the wonderful rooms of the Old National Gallery.

When: 11 October 2019 to 26 January 2020
Where: Alte Nationalgalerie, Bodestraße, Mitte

Tickets for the Alte Nationalgalerie

Tip 8: The Warsaw Uprising 1944

Topographie des Terrors
Festival of Freedom Topographie des Terrors © visitBerlin, Foto: Guenter Steffen

The 75th anniversary of the uprising was reason enough to resume the exhibition this summer. As in 2014, it will be held at the place from which the orders for the military suppression of the uprising were given in 1944. This weekend will be the final opportunity to see the current special exhibition at this historic location.

When: until 13 October

Where: Topographie des Terrors, Mitte

More informationen about the Topographie des Terrors

Tip 9: Walking through walls

Remains of the Berlin Wall at Martin-Gropius-Bau
Berlin Wall at Martin-Gropius-Bau © visitBerlin, Foto: Martin Gentischer

At the time of the Berlin Wall, the Gropius Bau was located directly on the border and, in this exhibition, deals with the physical and psychological consequences of living together in divided societies. An exciting topic - fitting for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall!

When: 12 September 2019 to 12 January 2020
Where: Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstraße 7, Kreuzberg

More information about the Gropius Bau

Tip 10: 10 years Industriesalon Schöneweide

Industrial Museum Berlin Schöneweide
Industrial Museum Berlin Schöneweide © Archiv Industriesalon Schöneweide e.V.

The birthday party can start! 10 years after the first ideas were born and the remains of the former factory for television electronics were collected, they are now exhibited sorted and cleaned in historical transformer factory. This week the industrial culture in Oberschöneweide celebrates with city games, films, guided tours, photo tours, jazz and much more. The district of Schöneweide is closely linked to the history of Berlin's industrialisation.

When: 6 to 13 October
Where: Reinbeckstraße 9, Treptow-Köpenick

More informationen about the Industriesalon Schöneweide

Tip 11: BakeNight Berlin

Bithday cake with beeries
Bithday cake with beeries © Getty Images, Foto: Stefan Bettschen / EyeEm

Who doesn't love the smell of freshly baked bread and cake? Spend an evening with friends cooking up the most wonderful baked goods together: from cinnamon rolls to cupcakes and sourdough bread, you can sign up for a wide variety of workshops and be instructed by experienced bakers* and pastry chefs*.

When: 1 to 28 October
Where: in various bakeries in Berlin


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



lives in Berlin for over 20 years and loves to travel the city. Preferrably by bike, she discovers the most exciting and interesting sides of Berlin. Across the city, across country and also off the beaten track.