Finally we can put our thick winter coats, hats, and gloves back in the closet, because it is officially spring! We'll tell you which events you can start the weekend with and which tips will make the weekend even better. And best of all: Daylight savings time is beginning! This means evenings will be lighter for longer and we can look forward to many warm nights by the Spree. The best tips for the warm season are HERE:
Weekend Tip 1: Irving Penn Centennial
Photography and fashion fans will want to be at C/O Berlin starting Saturday, where the retrospective "Centennial" by world-famous photographer Irving Penn (1917-2009) opens. Penn, who would have turned 100 last year, is considered one of the most influential fashion and portrait photographers of the 20th century. From Pablo Picasso to Nicole Kidman to Robert De Niro - Penn got them all in front of the lens. His pictures adorned numerous covers of Vogue.
In his almost 70-year career, Penn - the uncle of actor Sean Penn, by the way - cultivated a reduced style in his photographs. The C/O Berlin is presenting around 240 well-known and sometimes unpublished photos of his impressive work until July 1 in the exhibition "Centennial" in Amerika-Haus.
After New York, Paris, and São Paulo, the retrospective curated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Irving Penn Foundation will be shown exclusively in Berlin, Germany.
Location: C/O Berlin
Date: 24/3-1/7/2018, opening hours: Daily 11am-8pm
Admission: 10 euros, concessions 6 euros
Weekend Tip 2: Berlin State Opera 2018 Festtage
The Festtage Berlin are a highlight of the Berlin event year. After seven years in "exile" at the Schiller Theatre, the festival will again be held at the State Opera Unter den Linden after successful renovations. From 24 March to 2 April, conductor Daniel Barenboim invites you to the Festtage for the 23rd time. To kick off the festival, we are looking forward to the new production of Giuseppe Verdi's "Falstaff" on 25 March and the Vienna Philharmonic on 24 March, which will open with Mahler's 7th Symphony.
This year's concert programme focuses on Claude Debussy and Gustav Mahler. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the day of Debussy's death, on March 29 the Staatskapelle Berlin will give a concert solely playing works by this pioneer of modernism.
Location: Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Unter den Linden 7, 10117 Berlin
Date: 23.3.–2.4.2018, full festival programme
Tickets: from 28 euros
Weekend Tip 3: DHM: Exhibition "Saving - the History of a German Virtue"
Low on funds again? Maybe this weekend you'll find inspiration in an unexpected place. At the German Historical Museum it's all about saving from Friday on. The GHM has obtained competent support from Sparkasse Berlin. The exhibition "Saving - the History of a German Virtue" deals not only with the history of saving, but also with its future. Among other things, the question is raised of whether saving is still appropriate in times of historically low interest rates.
If you'd still like to see more afterwards, you can simply make an extra round through the impressive permanent exhibition at the GHM.
Location: German Historical Museum
Opening hours: daily 10am-6pm
Admission: 18 and under free, otherwise 8 euros, concessions 4 euros
Weekend Tip 4: "Berlin says thank you!" campaign day
When Berlin says thank you, it means free admission to many museums and institutions in the capital. With this great campaign on Sunday, 25 March, the State of Berlin would like to thank all Berliners who volunteered. Many of Berlin's top sights, such as the Zoo, the GHM, the Bode-Museum, and the TV Tower, are taking part in the campaign. Click here for the detailed programme.
Weekend Tip 5: Berlin Bicycle Show
Surely you are looking forward to the start of the cycling season? After hard winter months for Berlin cyclists, milder weather will finally return to the Spree in March. Spring is the most popular time of year to buy a new bike or trendy cycling accessories. You can discover the best racing bikes, the latest bike fashion, and hip lifestyle brands at the Berlin Bicycle Show on the weekend. With the motto #cyclingunites, the largest bicycle festival in the world will be held from Friday to Sunday at Berlin station (right next to Gleisdreieckpark) as part of BERLIN BICYCLE WEEK.
We have put together the most beautiful bicycle tours through the capital from Pankow to Charlottenburg here.
From the wall mount to the saddle - at the Berlin Bicycle Show you will find many things that make cycling even better. You can find the complete exhibition list here.
Address: Station Berlin, Luckenwalder Str. 4-6, 10963 Berlin
Admission: Day ticket
FRI: 13 euros, SAT: 15 euros, SUN: 15 euros, 3-day multi-ticket: 26 euros
Weekend Tip 6: Ostpro
The former sports palace of the GDR is transforming into a huge market for eastern products (Ostpro). More than 100 exhibitors will present their products with retro charm at the Sports and Recreation Centre (SEZ) on Landsberger Allee on the weekend. Whether a Spreewald cucumber, Thälmann cup or Ampelmann key ring, there's something for every taste.
Address: Sports and Recreation Centre (SEZ), Landsberger Allee 77, 10249 Berlin
Admission: 2 euros, free for children 10 and under
Weekend Tip 7: 11 mm Football Film Festival
The kick-off for the 11 mm football film festival begins 22 March! If you would like to get in the right mood for the approaching FIFA World Cup in Russia, you should mark this event in bold on your calendar. This year, the film festival comprises 60 films. In 2018, the 11 mm will focus on "Football and Power" and the World Cup host Russia. In cooperation with the British Council, a whole day is even dedicated to the football nation of Great Britain - at the "British Day of Football and Film".
Address: Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 30, 10178 Berlin
Admission: Mon - Sun 9 euros, Mon - Sun 7 euros
And what are your weekend tips for Berlin? Leave us your event tips in the comments. Have a good weekend!