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Weekend tips 20 – 22 / 9 / 19

This weekend sings and swings

Friedrichsbrücke over the Spree in Berlin-Mitte in autumn light
Friedrichsbrücke in Berlin Mitte Getty Images, Foto: Matthias Makarinus

Autumn has arrived in Berlin, the trees are aglow with bright colours, but you can still drink your coffee outdoors. Or enjoy your dinner high up in the sky, try Italian specialities, discover new books at the literature festival for long cosy evenings or sing along with your heart and soul, or, or... there’s a lot happening this weekend. We’ve put together 11 tips to give you an overview.

Tip 1: The Berlin International Literature Festival

ilb - Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin
Hartwig Klappert

The meeting place for all bibliophiles and bookworms: the Berlin International Literature Festival – called the ‘ilb’ – where famous authors read from their books as well as discuss and sign their works. Didier Eribon will be in attendance this weekend and John Wray will present his novel ‘Godsend’ on Saturday. There will also be numerous other discussions, readings and events focusing on books and reading.

When: until 21 September
Where: various locations

Tip 2: Walking Through Walls

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

This years marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and, appropriately, the Gropius Bau is hosting a large exhibition entitled ‘Walking through Walls’. The exhibition deals with the effects of walls, confinement and segregation on society, on the individual as well as the community.  
Incidentally, the Gropius Bau is located right next to the former Berlin Wall and a fragment of the wall can still be seen behind the building.

When: until 12 January 2020
Where: Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstrasse 7, Kreuzberg

Tip 3: Symphonic Mob

Symphony Orchestra on stage
Classical Music Getty Images, Foto: DeshaCAM

You can perform with the German Symphony Orchestra at the Symphonic Mob in the Mall of Berlin. On Saturday, Robin Ticciati will not only conduct his orchestra but hundreds of music lovers as well, all performing together. The programme includes works by Dvořák, Massenet and Verdi. So, bring your instrument and join Berlin’s largest spontaneous orchestra.
All the sheet music can be downloaded from the website as well as dates for rehearsals. Novices and singers without instruments are also welcome.

When: 21 September, 2 p.m.
Where: Mall of Berlin, Leipziger Platz 12, Mitte

Tip 4:  72hs True Italian Food Festival

GettyImages, Foto: zoranm

Indulge in Italian specialities for 72 hours. At the True Italian Food Festival, 55 restaurants will be serving up small portions of regional delicacies. For only seven euros you can taste Baccalà Mantecato, Sarde in Sao, Cappelletti and other dishes. An aperitif or a Campari are included in the price.

When: 18 – 21 September
Where: various Italian restaurants

Tip 5: Pablo Picasso x Thomas Scheibitz

Museum Berggruen Berlin
Museum Berggruen SMB/Foto: Jens Ziehe/bpk

Thomas Scheibitz meets Pablo Picasso. The contemporary artist Thomas Scheibitz is known for his bright and colourful paintings, which are strongly influenced by Cubism and especially by Picasso. The exhibition in the Museum Berggruen juxtaposes his works with those of Picasso, thus showing the similarities as well as the differences between the two artists.

When: until 31 January 2020
Where: Museum Berggruen, Schloßstraße 1, Charlottenburg

Tip 6: Dinner in the sky

View from Elsebrücke while the sun sets to Oberbaumbrücke and TV Tower
View from the Elsebrücke visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

This is not for people with vertigo, but for everyone else Dinner in the Sky is a unique experience. During Dinner in the Sky, a table with fixed chairs hangs from a crane at a height of 50 metres. Here you are served a delicious meal while you are high up in the sky. You can choose between dinner, lunch, breakfast or afternoon tea – all with a gigantic panoramic view over the Spree.

When: 18 – 22 September
Where: above Mercedes-Benz-Platz, Mitte

Tip 7: Saxophon-Sturm auf die Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin

Bode Museum at the northern end of the Museum Island
Bode Museum at the northern end of the Museum Island visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

On Saturday, Berlin’s museums will become concert halls. On the occasion of the saxophone being voted the instrument of the year for 2019, saxophonists will invade the Bode Museum, the Gemäldegalerie, the Kunstgewerbemuseum, the Museum Europäischer Kulturen, the Neues Museum and the James Simon Gallery. They will give concerts there, ranging from jazz to classical music, and bring the paintings to life with their music.

When: 22 September
Where: various museums

Tip 8: Festival of giant kites

kite flying in Berlin
kite flying at the Tempelhofer Feld Lichtschwärmer, Foto: Christo Libuda

Over 88 hang gliders fly their colourful kites in the sky above the Tempelhofer Feld at the festival of giant kites. Squirrels, superheroes and the largest windmill in the world are flying their wings. There will also be demonstrations and tips from the experts as well as music and children's programmes.
You can also bring your kite with you and show off its flying skills.

When: 21 September
Where: Tempelhofer Feld, Tempelhofer Damm, Tempelhof

Tip 9: Travel fair in Spandau

medieval citadel in Berlin Spandau with moat
Citadel in Spandau visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Are you already dreaming of your next trip? Then come and get inspired at the Berliner Reisemesse in the Spandau Citadel. Admission to the Spandau Citadel is included in the price. In addition, it is worthwhile strolling through the old town of Spandau with its idyllic alleys and houses afterwards.
Incidentally, our colleagues from visitBerlin will also be there to present Berlin Modernism and the Berlin districts. So let yourself be inspired and discover new places all over Berlin.

When: 21 – 22 September
Where: Zitadelle, Am Juliusturm, Spandau

Tip 10: World Cleanup Day

Two girls doing plogging
GettyImages, Bild: doble-d

Be there when Berlin is cleaned up on the action day for a clean environment. Whether it’s cleaning up in a park, on a riverbank or in a playground, together we can make Berlin a little more beautiful and cleaner. The Berliner Stadtreinigung will provide bags, grippers and other aids so that everyone can get involved.

When: 20 – 21 September
Where: various locations

Tip 11: 100 Bauhaus products

Stilwerk Berlin
Stilwerk Berlin, Foto: Felix Löchner

Im Stilwerk in der Kantstraße im Bezirk Charlottenburg werden auf sechs Etagen hochklassige Möbel- und Einrichtungsgegenstände internationaler Designer angeboten. Abgerundet wird das Angebot mit einem kulturellen Veranstaltungsprogramm und Gastronomie sowie der Eventlocation Alice.

In addition to the large Bauhaus exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie, numerous other exhibitions and events celebrate 100 years of Bauhaus. The concept store stilwerk is also dedicating an exhibition to what is probably the most influential architectural and design movement of the twentieth century. Bauhaus furniture and accessories have been arranged in the stilwerk forum in such a way that you will want to put them in your shopping cart and set them up in your home right away.

When: 21 September – 21 October
Where: stilwerk Berlin, Kantstraße 17, Charlottenburg

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


Kristin: visitBerlin-Bloggerin unter


doesn't smile on fotos. But in real life she enjoys with a smile in her face Berlin's rich cultural life - the metropolis both in front of and behind the scenes. Her favourite season is the Berlinale, then she spends 10 days watching movies and writing about them in the blog.