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Berlin’s most famous concert halls

Konzerthaus at Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin Mitte
Konzerthaus at Gendarmenmarkt © Gutschera + Osthoff

Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Mozart and Vivaldi: There are many concert halls in Berlin where you can hear classical music. We have summarised the most famous ones for you.

Conductor at Konzerthaus Berlin
Conductor at Konzerthaus Berlin © Marco Borggreve

Konzerthaus Berlin

The Konzerthaus Berlin is situated directly on one of the most beautiful squares of Berlin – the Gendarmenmarkt. There is something here for everybody, from family concerts and chamber music to full symphonies. The public rehearsals are a special highlight as they not only allow you to hear breathtaking works but also to gain an insight into the work of conductors. The Classic Open Air takes place with numerous international artists right in front of the building every summer.


The Berliner Philharmonie is one of the most famous concert halls in the world. The tent-like building was opened in1963 and today the Berlin Philharmonic is one of the most in-demand orchestras in the world. Its broad portfolio covers everything from school orchestras to Mozart quartets and organ recitals. Another special tip for you: Lunchtime concerts are held for free in the foyer every Tuesday at 1 pm.

Berliner Philharmonie
Philharmonie in Berlin Ansicht von oben © (c) visumate

Deutsche Oper

The Deutsche Oper is the largest of Berlin’s three opera houses. One of the many special features of the theatre is that it does not have any boxes. All of the seats have a good view of the stage. The repertoire includes works such as Carmen, the Magic Flute and Faust. Did you know that you could contribute to the restoration of the chairs? You could even have your name on a plaque on one!


Komische Oper Berlin
Komische Oper Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Komische Oper

The broad scope of the repertoire of the Komische Oper Berlin is certainly no joke and it includes symphonies, children’s operas, burlesque and musicals. The guided tours with a special focus on areas such as costume or make-up are particularly recommended.


The Staatsoper Unter den Linden was first opened in 1742 and after seven years of restoration, the stage with the richest of histories will reopen on 3 October 2017. Visitors can look forward to the very latest stage technology, an enlarged auditorium and fittings from the 1950s.

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