The International Film Festival has begun. The whole of Berlin is in film fever and is storming the cinemas. And of course there's a lot more to experience: Dancing in the opera, marvelling in the museum, eating on the courtyard or drinking cocktails in the Botanical Garden.
Tip 1: Berlinale
We're rolling out the red carpet for the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. For ten days, the Berlinale will be showing around 400 films, including major international productions with top stars, experimental independent films and art-house cinema.
Someone who knows a lot about the Berlinale is the concierge of the Hyatt. In our interview he gives exciting tips for the Berlinale.
When: 7 - 17 February
Where: various cinemas in Berlin
Tip 2: Week of Criticism
Exciting films are not only to be seen at the Berlinale. Parallel to the festival, the Week of Criticism will take place, showing an exciting selection of current films that inspire passionate discussions and intense controversies. How do we see films? Which films do we want? What makes cinema a cinema? These are the questions that the Week of Criticism asks and seeks answers to.
When: 6 - 14 February
Where: Hackesche Höfe cinema, Rosenthaler Straße 40/41, Mitte
Tip 3: Objects of Wonder
English sculptures from 1950 to the present day are on display at the Tate London exhibition with the PalaisPopulaire. The fascinating spectrum ranges from the masters of Modernism after the Second World War such as Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth to the contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, which will surely also amaze and amaze you.
When: 1 February - 27 May
Where: PalaisPopulaire, Unter den Linden 5, Mitte
Tip 4: Tropical Nights
Grey, dirty weather and drizzle? No problem, during the tropical nights in the Botanical Garden the joy of life awakens again at 22 degrees, the splendour of flowers and exotic cocktails. In the best holiday mood under palm trees with live music and botanical tours, Berlin's February is suddenly very colourful.
When: 2. February - 9. March, always on Saturday starting from 18 o'clock
Where: Botanical Garden, Königin-Luise-Straße 68, Zehlendorf
Tip 5: Opera ball at Komische Oper
Champagne, music, dance and surprise - that's this year's programme of the Opera Ball of the Komische Oper Berlin and its sponsoring group. Experience an exclusive evening with musical performances by the ensemble and a delicious dinner. You can then dance to the music of the orchestra on stage, and at midnight a surprise special awaits all guests.
When: 9 February, 19:30 hrs
Where: Behrenstraße, Mitte
Tip 6: The Knights, Avi Avital
Two brothers from New York united with their friends as chamber orchestra "Knights", present on this Sunday evening old music, completely new interpreted in the Konzerthaus Berlin. In addition, the mandolin sounds of the Israeli musician Avi Avital will be heard. With his selection of musical works from the Middle East, the Balkans and the Klezmer tradition, he completes the musical journey around the world.
When: 10 February
Where: Konzerthaus Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt, Mitte
Tip 7: GINZBURG DYNASTIE | Jazz Festival
Jazz is coming back to Berlin. The band of the Ginzburg family is now in its sixth generation and began its dynasty 150 years ago. With singing, percussion, clarinet, saxophone, piano and accordion, they have performed on stages across different continents and this Friday they fill the Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie Berlin with their rhythmic jazz.
When: 8 February
Where: Philharmonie Berlin - Chamber Music Hall, Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße 1, Tiergarten
Tip 8: Street Food
Street food only in summer? Not with us, not in Berlin. The Sunday market in the KulturBrauerei is already open, because there is no season for good food and strolling through the stands. From 12 - 18 o'clock you will find sweet, spicy, experimental or classic food creations between the brick buildings. The fire baskets will keep you warm in a beautiful ambience, and covered areas are also provided for.
When: 10 February, 12 - 18 o'clock
Where: KulturBrauerei, Sredzkistraße 1, Prenzlauer Berg
Tip 9: Comedy at BKA-Theater
When stand-up comedian Stefan Danziger enters the stage, it doesn't take long for the first laughs to come from the audience. In his program "What do you actually do during the day?" he tells with a lot of wit and irony about his experiences as a city guide in Berlin. The funny experiences with tourists from all nations, coupled with the cultural differences and the history of the city, present you with an authentic Berlin that doesn't take itself too seriously.
When: 8 February, 8 p.m.
Where: BKA Theatre, Mehringdamm 34, Kreuzberg
Tip 10: Design Lab #1 RAPID
What was impossible a few years ago can now be seen in the museum. The Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts) is exhibiting the art project of the UdK Berlin. The exhibits were designed by students and alumni of the Berlin University of the Arts and developed with the help of a 3D printer. From ordinary everyday objects to art sculptures, they all represent modern design, which is possible in this form only through digitization.
When: 9 February, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts), Matthäikirchplatz,
Tip 11: BMT Berlin Motorcycle Days
The STATION Berlin at the Gleisdreieck is also sporty. At the Berlin Motorcycle Days, visitors can discover the new motorcycles and scooters of the season, purchase individual accessories from well-known exhibitors and find out about their activities at motorsport clubs and clubs. Especially spectacular are the stunt shows on the open-air grounds of the location.
When: 8 - 10 February
Where: STATION Berlin, Luckenwalder Straße 4-6, Kreuzberg
More tips for the weekend can be found in the calendar of events.