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Weekend tips 8 - 10 / 2 / 19

The bears are out

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

Cinema Zoo Palast in Berlin
Cinema Zoo Palast © Zoo Palast, Foto: Jan Bitter

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

More information about the Film festival

Tip 2: Week of Criticism

Hachesche Höfe in Berlin
Hackesche Höfe in the evening © visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis

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

More information about the Week of Criticism

Tip 3: Objects of Wonder

PalaisPopulaire Außenansicht
© Foto: Mathias Schormann

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

More information about Objects of Wonder

Tip 4: Tropical Nights

Auswahl von Cocktails
© Getty Images, Foto: KatieSik

Craft Cocktail Assortment on Well Lit Bar

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

More Information about the Tropical Nights

Tip 5: Opera ball at Komische Oper

Staircase of Komische Oper
Staircase of Komische Oper © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien
Komische Oper Berlin - Sie ist die kleinste der drei Berliner Opern und mit der Deutschen Oper, der Staatsoper Unter den Linden sowie dem Staatsballett Berlin und dem Bühnenservice Berlin Teil der Stiftung Oper in Berlin

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

More information & Tickets for the Opera ball

Tip 6: The Knights, Avi Avital

Konzerthaus at Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin
Konzerthaus at Gendarmenmarkt © Gutschera + Osthoff
NUR zur redaktionellen Berichterstattung oder der Bewerbung des Konzerthaus Berlin verwenden! Das Konzerthaus steht als zentrales Gebäude auf dem Gendarmenmarkt im Berliner Ortsteil Mitte. Das klassizistische Bauwerk ist eines der Hauptwerke des Architekten Karl Friedrich Schinkel.

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

More information about The Knights, Avi Avital

Tip 7: GINZBURG DYNASTIE | Jazz Festival

Philharmonie in Berlin
Philharmonie © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

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

More information about the Jazz Festival

Tip 8: Street Food

Streetfood Berlin
Streetfood ©, Foto: PamelaJoeMcFarlane

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

More information about Streetfood auf Achse

Tip 9: Comedy at BKA-Theater

BKA Theater
© BKA Theater, Foto: Sven Ihlenfeld

Seit 1988 residiert am Mehringdamm in Kreuzberg das Kleinod unter den Kleinkunsttheatern: Die Berliner Kabarett Anstalt, kurz 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

More information and Tickets

Tip 10: Design Lab #1 RAPID

Museum of Decorative Arts Berlin
Museum of Decorative Arts Berlin © SMB, Foto: Achim Kleuker

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,

More information about the exhibition

Tip 11: BMT Berlin Motorcycle Days

Black motorbike in a garage
Black motorbike © Getty Images, Foto: Vasyl Dolmatov

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 information about the Berlin Motorcycle Days

More tips for the weekend can be found in the calendar of events.


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.


Wenn ich das Glück hätte, an diesem Samstag in Berlin zu sein, wäre ich bei der Aufführung von Carmen an der Deutschen Oper. Neueste Nachrichten! Der männliche Sänger, der bei den International Opera Awards 2019 nominiert wurde, Charles Castronovo, singt die Rolle des Don José für diese Aufführung. Glückliche Besucher und Bürger Berlins. (Entschuldigung für mein armes Deutsch)

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