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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 visitBerlin.de.
Tip 9: Winter sports
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.
Tip 10: Nordic Design. The answer to Bauhaus
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
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.