The low autumn sun makes Berlin shine once more, the first Christmas lights sparkle, and Tierpark Berlin invites you to a festive light tour with an Advent market. Shop for your first presents at the Winter Edition of the Green Market. Be enchanted by the wonders of the northern lights in the Planetarium. Of course, we also have many tips for those who would rather wait for Christmas a bit longer. Spend a night with your superheroes at the ultimate Marvel Kino Marathon or treat yourself to Berlin’s best pasta at the True Italian Pasta Week.
Tip 1: Wilhelm und Alexander von Humboldt
Today, the name Humboldt stands for a holistic educational ideal, for new scientific insights and an unbiased view of other cultures. But who exactly were the Humboldt brothers? And how were their lives influenced by the contrasts of their time, by the contradiction between the freedom of thought of the Enlightenment and the persisting ignorance of colonialism? The German Historical Museum is investigating this question with a major special exhibition, incidentally it is the first major exhibition on Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt in Germany.
When: 21 November 2019 to 19 April 2020
Where: German Historical Museum, Unter den Linden 2, Mitte
Tip 2: Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon
Haven’t you always wanted to spend a night with your superheroes? Then grab your pillows, blankets or sleeping bags and head to Babylon on Saturday night. Through the early hours of Sunday, six films featuring Captain America, Thor and the Avengers will grace the screen. Costumes are welcome: Win great prizes or show your super powers at the ultimate Marvel Kino Marathon Trivia quiz.
When: 23 November 2019
Where: Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, Mitte
Tip 3: Last Chance: Monologfestival 2019
Red alert is the theme of this year’s Monologfestival as it is high time to reconsider the status quo of the world. Conceived to stimulate open debate, the selected solo artists build bridges in their monologues from the individual to the collective and call for people to take a stand.
When: until 24 November
Where: Theaterdiscounter, Klosterstraße 44, Mitte
Tickets and information about the Monologfestival
Tip 4: MOTORWORLD Classics
Hot machines and chic sledges take centre stage at MOTORWORLD Classics. This year for the first time the vintage car fair takes place parallel to the boat and leisure fair BOOT & FUN Berlin. The aim is to present mobility on roads and waterways across the board – naturally with the right amount of polished chrome. The special exhibitions this time revolve around the topics of US cars & lifestyle, motorsport and Berlin car manufacturing.
When: 20 November to 24 November 2019
Where: Messe Berlin ExpoCenter City, North Entrance, Messedamm 22, Westend
Tip 5: Tangotanzen macht schön dance school
Passion, pain, melancholy: hardly any other style of dancing is as expressive as the tango. In their intensive seminar on the topic “Tango dancing in a delightful embrace to the music of tango, milonga & waltz”, four of Germany’s most famous tango teachers invite you to fall into the rhythms of this Argentine tradition. A 7-hour intensive programme awaits you, including a tango show on Friday evening.
When: 22 November to 24 November 2019
Where: Oranienstr. 185, Kreuzberg
More information about Tangotanzen macht schön
Tip 6: Christmas Market in Tierpark
Starting this weekend, Tierpark Berlin invites you to a winter walk of a special kind. Thousands of lights sparkle along a two-kilometre-long path of lights through the park surrounding the festively illuminated Friedrichsfelde Palace. Wrap up warm and don’t forget your ice skates. Alternatively you can hire a pair at the ice rink on site. You can warm up with mulled wine, hot chocolate and tasty Christmas delicacies.
When: 21 November 2019 to 5 January 2020
Where: Am Tierpark 125, Friedrichsfelde
Tickets and information about Christmas Market in Tierpark
Tip 7: Aurora: Wonders of the Northern Lights
In the Zeiss-Großplanetarium you can travel to the North Pole this weekend. Watch this huge natural spectacle spin around you from the gigantic 360-degree dome. Alongside the pictures of the Korean astrophotographer Kwon O Chul you can see original pictures from aboard the International Space Station ISS.
When: 24 November 2019
Where: Zeiss-Großplanetarium, Prenzlauer Allee 80, Prenzlauer Berg
Tip 8: Last Chance: True Italian Pasta Week
Pasta is boring? Far from it! This weekend is your last chance to eat your way through the diversity of Italian pasta cuisine. 32 of the best Italian restaurants in Berlin serve their favourite lasagne, macaroni, orecchiette and tagliolini dishes. The perfect inspiration to add some spice to your home cooking.
When: until 24 November 2019
Where: 32 Italian restaurants in Berlin
Tip 9: Green Market Winter Edition
The winter season has arrived: This weekend Berlin’s first vegan lifestyle market celebrates its fifth anniversary. On Wriezener Karree right by Ostbahnhof you can browse inside and outside and start buying your first Christmas presents. Enjoy festive drinks and winter delicacies and be inspired by DIY workshops.
Date: 23 and 24 November 2019
Where: Wriezener Karree 15, Friedrichshain
More informationen about the Green Market
Tip 10: Instagram Shopping Pop-Up-Store
Listen up Instagram fans: You can shop in a German Instagram pop-up store for the first time in Berlin. 10 brands will be present this time, from fashion and beauty to interior design. Each brand offers at least one product only through Instagram, all exclusive, of course. So quickly jazz up your Insta account, don’t leave your smartphone at home – and then go shopping!
When: 22 November and 23 November 2019
Where: LIZZN Berlin, Torstraße 66, Mitte
Tip 11: Hidden Backyards
On this tour you will take a look behind the city’s façades. Visit Berlin’s hidden backyards and learn more about the people who lived here. The 2-hour tour leads through the Spandauer Vorstadt and the Scheunenviertel in Berlin-Mitte, which at the beginning of the 20th century was still a stronghold for poverty, prostitution and crime.
When: 23 November 2019
Where: Meeting point Hackescher Markt, Mitte
For even more information about what’s on, you can always check our day-by-day tips on Berlin’s biggest event calendar.