Dry desert air, noisy slot machines and neon lettering are not what you’d associate with Berlin, but the city can offer you a taste of Las Vegas glamour at the Estrel Showtheater.
The Stars in Concert show features musical greats who you can’t see live any more – legends such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson. OK, strictly speaking it’s their lookalikes, but they look and sound uncannily like the real thing. When they belt out their classics from the 1930s to the present in their perfectly staged shows, the whole audience are on their feet.
The classics at the Estrel include the famous Elvis Presley impersonator Graham Patrick with Elvis – The Show. And Thank You For The Music - The ABBA Story and the Beatles musical All You Need Is Love! bring the legendary bands’ unforgettable moments to life on the stage.
Here’s a tip: you can expect a very special show on New Year’s Eve at the Estrel Berlin. But hurry – the gala show with live music and a buffet is quickly sold out.
Estrel Congress Center
The Estrel Festival Center is in the south of Neukölln on Sonnenallee. It is part of the imposing Estrel complex, which also includes a 1125-room hotel, five restaurants and three bars, as well as a state-of-the-art convention centre. A total area of 25,000 m² is available for up to 12,000 visitors at the Estrel Congress Center. In addition to the two Covention halls, each of which can accommodate up to 5,000 people, 75 conference rooms of various sizes are available. The Estrel Congress Center is directly connected to the Estrel Hotel. An additional hotel parking lot and the direct connection to public transport guarantee short distances.
Brunch and beer garden
Perhaps the best way to get in the mood for the show at the Estrel Festival Center is to enjoy a beer in the summer garden. Under the shady chestnut trees you can look out on Neukölln’s ship canal. There is plenty more to enjoy at the Estrel, such as its restaurants and, especially popular, the themed brunch – sometimes Italian, sometimes Asian. At the American breakfast you might even meet the performers from Stars in Concert.
Take the riverboat to the show
There are many ways to get to the Estrel Festival Center. There is paid parking, with 400 spaces in the multi-storey car park and 400 more on Sonnenallee. Or you can take the S-Bahn to Sonnenallee station. Probably the most enjoyable way to arrive is by water. Steamboats dock directly in front of the Estrel on the Neukölln ship canal.