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Weekend tips 3 – 5 /1/ 20

The first weekend of the year

Sunset at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Sunset at the Brandenburg Gate Getty Images, Foto: I just try to tell my emotions and take you around the world

2020 is here! And after three days, the first weekend of the year is just around the corner. Let's be honest - we all still have a little hangover from the holidays and the turn of the year. Therefore, the weekend will probably not be too wild, so let's use the grey days to check off some shows on the bucket list or to start the first weekend in a relaxed manner. We'll tell you in the weekend tips where you have to go this weekend.

Tip 1: ZAUBER ZAUBER - Nichts ist wie es scheint

Conservatory Hall in Berlin
Conservatory Hall in Berlin © Wintergarten Varieté 2017

In the theatren Wintergarten, the new show "ZAUBER ZAUBER - Nothing is as it seems" takes you away into the mysterious world of magic. With sensational illusions and amazing tricks the magicians and artists will enchant and thrill you too.

When: until 26 January
Where: Wintergarten, Potsdamer Straße, Schöneberg

Tip 2: F1RST NIGHT – The Berlin New Year Concert

Konzerthaus Berlin - Großer Saal
Uwe Arens

The F1RST NIGHT - the Berlin New Year's Concert in the Konzerthaus am Gendamenmarkt - will start the new year with a lot of energy. The Berlin New Year's Orchestra under the direction of Justus Frantzb will play the overture of Midsummer Night's Dream by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and works by Beethoven, Strauss and Offenbach as well as Berlin melodies.

When: 3 January, 8 pm
Where: Konzerthaus, Gendarmenmarkt, Mitte

Tip 3: Christmas gift swap

Gift boxes at the Christmas market
Gift boxes at the Christmas market GettyImages, Bild: Astrakan Images

The shirt is too small, you already know the book and the vase is not your taste? No problem, at the Christmas gift swap at the Museum of European Cultures you can exchange your unwanted gifts and make someone else happy with them. And you might even find a better present than the one under the Christmas tree.  Participation is free.

When: 5 January
Where: Museum of European Cultures, Arminallee 25, Zehlendorf

Tip 4: Last chance: Gerhard Richter - Portraits aus der Olbricht Collection

View inside the me Collectors Room
View inside the me Collectors Room me Collectors Room Berlin, Foto: Bernd Borchardt

Until the end of January you have the opportunity to admire portraits of Gerhard Richter in the me Collections Room Berlin. Richter is probably one of the most important artists of the present, whose works achieve top prices. The exhibition now presents 48 of his impressive portraits as an edition.

When: until 31 January
Where: me Collectors Room Berlin, Auguststraße 68, Mitte

Tip 5: Theatersport Berlin: New Year Special

BKA Theater
BKA Theater, Foto: Sven Ihlenfeld

2019 is over - it is worth looking back on an eventful year. The impro theatre group Theatersport Berlin looks back and recalls the highlights of the year, be it as opera, tragedy or chanson - on call, of course. So bring your suggestions for a very special review of the year.

When: 5 January
Where: BKA Theater, Mehringdamm 34, Kreuzberg

Tip 6: Raphael in Berlin

Gemäldegalerie at Kulturforum in Berlin
Inside the Gemäldegalerie visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis

Raphael's graceful Madonna paintings still enchant the viewer today. And on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Raphael's death, the exhibition in the Gemäldegalerie gives you the unique opportunity to see the most beautiful Madonna paintings together. The Madonna with the carnations will also be the guest of honour at the great meeting of the Madonnas, leaving England for the first time since the purchase of the museum.

When: until 26.4.2020
Where: Gemäldegalerie, Matthäikirchplatz 4, Mitte

Tip 7: Winter strolls

Glienicke Palace in Winter in Berlin
Glienicke Palace in Winter SPSG, Foto: Hans Bach

You want to take a deep breath at the beginning of the year? Then visit one of Berlin's districts. Discover historic districts, tranquil lakes, unusual shop concepts and wintery park landscapes.

Tip 8: Visit a coffee store

Matcha Latte im japanischen Café House of Small Wonder
Hiroshi Toyoda

And after the long walk, the best thing is to go to one of the cosy cafés in Berlin. Here you can get delicious cakes and tarts as well as warm coffee, tea or cocoa. We have put together some suggestions for you on

More information about cafés in Berlin

Tip 9: Winter sports

Couple ice skating
Ice skating in winter Getty Images, Foto: Emir Memedovski

Good intentions for the new year usually include "doing more sport". Surprisingly, Berlin also offers a wide range of winter sports opportunities - especially those of you who enjoy exercise can look forward to a wide variety of activities: from ice skating to curling.

More information about Winter sports in Berlin

Tip 10: Nordic Design. The answer to Bauhaus

Outside view of Bröhan-Museum
Outside view of Bröhan-Museum Bröhan-Museum, Berlin, Foto: Martin Adam

Now that the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus has come to an end, it is worthwhile to look in a completely different direction, namely towards Scandinavia. In the exhibition "Nordic Design. The Answer to the Bauhaus" shows the Nordic countries' path to modernity, which differed strongly from the Bauhaus. Among other things, the exhibition shows textiles, graphics and furniture, with a focus on the 1950s-1960s.
When: 24 October 2019 - 1 March 2020
Where: Bröhan Museum, Schlossstraße 1a, Charlottenburg

Tip 11: Last chance for a Christmas market

Nutcracker at the Christmas market in Berlin
Nutcracker at the Christmas market Getty Images, Foto: Roman Babakin

Actually the season of Christmas markets is over, but some markets are still open until January 6th. So, take the chance for a relaxed stroll and a last glass of mulled wine. Maybe you will find a nice souvenir that Santa Claus missed.

For even more event tips, you can always click through our tips for every day in 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.