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11 top novelties from Berlin

Humboldtforum und Berliner Dom
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New museums, a new underground and even a new airport: despite Corona, a lot has happened in Berlin in recent months. We've taken a look around the city and compiled everything you missed when you couldn't visit us. And of course for all of you who live in Berlin: Here's an overview of what's new.

Our 11 tips for what's new in Berlin that you should visit now.

Tip 1: Humboldt Forum

Humboldt Forum Berlin, Foyer and Eosander Portal
Humboldt Forum Berlin, Foyer and Eosander Portal © SHF, Foto: Alexander Schippel

A spectacular new venue for art, culture and science in Berlin: the imposing Humboldt Forum has begun its first steps towards opening. You can stroll through the inner courtyard and the wide passage and look at the fascinating interplay between reconstructed baroque elements of the former city palace and the new concrete facades. The terrace also invites you to linger.

The interiors of the Humboldt Forum will then open in stages, starting with the ground floor and the first floor on 20 July 2021.

Where: Humboldt Forum, Schlossplatz, Mitte

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Tip 2: BER

Flughafen Berlin-Brandenburg
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We waited quite a while - but now the new airport is open and connects Berlin with the world. With its elegnt architecture and the floating artwork in the hall, a reminiscent of a flying carpet, Berlin Brandenburg Airport "Willy Brandt" is also worth a visit in itself - especially as it is perfectly connected to the S-Bahn with a station directly under the terminal.

Where: Berlin Brandenburg "Willy Brandt" Airport, Schönefeld

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Tip 3: Underground line U5

U5 Station Museum Island in Berlin Mitte
U5 Station Museum Island © Foto: A.Reetz-Graudenz

It may not sound spectacular, but it is. With the U5 underground line, you can now travel right through Mitte - along major museums and important sights. And it takes you out to the Gärten der Welt and into the countryside. You should definitely make a stop at the two new chic stations Unter den Linden and Rotes Rathaus. The third station, Museumsinsel, with its glittering starry sky, opens on 9 July. You can find all the important facts in our infographic.

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Tip 4: Children's museum ANOHA

Children's World at the Jewish Museum Berlin
Children's World at the Jewish Museum Berlin © Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Foto: Yves Sucksdorff

A large, wooden Noah's Ark invites visitors to playfully discover the newly opened children's museum at the Jewish Museum. ANOHA takes the story of Noah's Ark from the Torah as the starting point for a journey into the future. The focus is on the coexistence of humans, animals and nature, and the young guests are invited to create their own vision of a better world at various play stations. From June 27.

Where: Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz, Kreuzberg

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Tip 5: Neue Nationalgalerie

The church St. Matthäus-Kirche in Berlin
The church St. Matthäus-Kirche © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

The famous steel and glass building by Mies van der Rohe at the Kulturforum shines again in new splendour after thorough renovation. The airy, bright building will once again house the masterpieces of the 20th century from 22 August 2021, but it is worth the visit alone for the pioneering architecture with its clear forms and simple elegance.

Where: Potsdamer Straße 50, Tiergarten

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Tip 6: Friedrichswerdersche Kirche

Sculpture exhibition in the Friedrichswerder Church in Berlin
Sculpture exhibition in the Friedrichswerder Church © Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Foto: David von Becker

For eight years, the Friedrichswerdersche Kirche was closed, which is why the reopening of the Schinkel Church in October 2020 was a wonderful highlight for Berlin. Even the empty church was a visitor magnet. Now the church serves as an imposing exhibition space that constantly opens up new perspectives thanks to the ever-changing incidence of daylight. In the permanent exhibition "Ideal and Form" you can see sculptures and sculptures from the 19th century, including works by Schadow and Rauch.      

Where: Werderscher Markt, Mitte

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Tip 7: Dokumentationszentrum Flucht, Vertreibung, Versöhnung

Anhalter Bahnhof
© bzi, Foto: Gerd Pofahl

The new documentation centre about Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation at Anhalter Bahnhof impressively shows you the problems of expulsion, flight and forced migration - a topic that is still relevant today. The result is a place of learning and remembrance that, in addition to the exhibition, also has a library and a site archive and is planning numerous events. A room of silence invites you to reflect.

Where: Stresemannstraße 90, Kreuzberg

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Tipp 8: Bud Spencer Museum

Bud Spencer Museum in Berlin
Bud Spencer Museum in Berlin © Mücke Media GmbH, 2021

In over 50 films, the powerful actor has wielded his fists as a mosquito, bulldozer, flatfoot or hippopotamus for the weak and oppressed, usually alongside the blue-eyed Terrence Hill. We are talking, of course, about Bud Spencer, alias Carlo Pedersoli who was immensely popular in Germany. In the Bud Spencer Museum, which opened on 27 June, the Pedersoli family pays tribute to the good-natured hero. On display are film clips and original pieces from the shoot as well as unique exhibits from Bud Spencer's private life.

Where: Unter den Linden 10, Mitte

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Tip 9: New at Madame Tussauds

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"Berlin 100! From the Golden Twenties to the City of Freedom" is the name of the new Madame Tussauds exhibition that has now opened - one year after Greater Berlin's actual 100th anniversary. With numerous famous Berliners such as Marlene Dietrich, John F. Kennedy, Nina Hagen, David Bowie and Udo Lindenberg, you can experience the great moments of the past 100 years. This is how Berlin history comes alive again.  

Where: Unter den Linden 74, Mitte

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Tip 10: ARISE – The new show at Friedrichstadt-Palast

Friedrichstadt-Palast
Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin © Foto: Bernd Brundert

From 7 August the curtain finally rises again at the Friedrichstadt-Palast for the new Grand Show ARISE. The spectacular new show is about the power of love that is stronger than time and promises magnificent images and great emotions.

Where: Friedrichstadt-Palast, Friedrichstraße 107, Mitte

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Tip 11: Disgusting Food Museum

Man holding oyster, fork sticking in it
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"You don't say yuck to food!" - You certainly will when you visit the Disgusting Food Museum, but why? That's exactly what the new museum is about, dedicated to the question of why and what kind of food people are disgusted by. It's about the meaning of food and taste in different cultures and questions like "Where does our food actually come from?" "What price do we pay for pleasure?" and "What does the future of food look like?".

Where: Schützenstraße 70, Mitte

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Kristin: visitBerlin-Bloggerin unter visitBerlin.de/blog

Kristin

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.