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Berlin re-opens!

Current openings and postponements

 (as of 25/5, 11am)

  • Museums and galleries, parks and gardens are open again. 
  • Shops were officially allowed to open their doors since 9 May.
  • Restaurants in Berlin will be allowed to reopen on 15 May, subject to conditions.
  • Starting on 23 May you are allowed to rummage on flea markets again.
  • As of 25 May, selected outdoor swimming pools are opening (changing rooms and showers will remain closed).
  • Hotels and guesthouses will be allowed to open from 25 May.
  • Sightseeing tours by bus and boat are also possible again from 25 May - provided that the hygiene rules are observed.
  • The Senate announced that sightseeing tours by bus and boat will soon be permitted again.
  • However, you should continue to practice social distancing. As far as possible, a minimum distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained.
  • You may practice sports outside again, no contact, small groups.
  • Families and house communities may spend time outside together, but a minimum distance of 5 metres must be maintained between individual groups.
  • Wearing a mouth-nose mask in public is strongly recommended, in public transportation it will be compulsory to wear a mouthguard from 27 April 2020, in retail outlets it will be compulsory to wear a mouth-nose mask from Wednesday 29 April. Children up to the age of six years are exempt.
  • Social distancing will be in effect until 5 June.

The guidelines of the Robert-Koch-Institute apply as a benchmark. You should also use them as a basis for your personal planning.

We will keep you up to date here to the best of our knowledge.

Current information about the situation in Berlin

Expected opening dates of cultural highlights in Berlin

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in Spring
Brandenburg Gate in Spring © gettyimages, Foto: sborisov

For the reopening of Berlin, we invite all Berliners and day guests to experience more than 50 highlights in Berlin with the new discount card "Berlin WelcomeBackCard" with reductions of up to 50%.

Museums, memorials & public institutions

Museums, memorials, libraries are allowed to reopen since 4 May 2020, although the individual reopening dates vary. Individual museums of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin are open since May 12th. Since the actual reopenings are handled on an individual basis, please check the website of the respective attraction or museums before visiting. In most museums the wearing of a mouthguard is recommended or required. You can to reserve an online tickets and time slot here:.

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Parks and Gardens

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Sights and attractions

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#FromBerlinwithLove: Virtual Sightseeing

Live-Streaming
© visitBerlin/placeit.net

The show goes on! Instead of simply letting the curtain fall in times of the Corona crisis, many Berlin cultural workers have put together a digital program in a very short time that is quite impressive. Enjoy the show!

Even if you are currently unable to visit Berlin's museums, galleries and cultural institutions locally, you will find many current and inspiring impressions of the capital on our Instagram stream. In addition, numerous cultural institutions and museums have exciting digital offers. Of course, we will also introduce these to you.

Freedom of movement will be expanded and basic services will continue to be provided:

Blick auf Berlin-Mitte mit Fernsehturm
© © JR Photography

Explicitly not closed:

  • Shops  may open to the public starting May 9th.
  • Access to shopping centres (malls) must be regulated separately.
  • Contactless sports on outdoor sports is permitted.
  • Families and house communities may spend time outside together, but a minimum distance of 5 metres must be maintained between individual groups.
  • From 4 May, open-air church services and meetings with up to 50 participants are permitted.
  • Playgrounds are allowed to be opened from 30 April,

Current information on events in Berlin

These events are postponed, cancelled -  or take place in digital form:

Events with more than 1000 participants will remain prohibited until 31 August.

Large events with more than 5000 participants are cancelled until 24 October.

  • Christopher Street Day is scheduled to take place online on 25 July
  • Berliner Festspiele - Theatertreffen virtuell
  • Berliner Philharmonie und Kammermusiksaal +++ currently free access to Digital Concert Hall
  • The Lollapalooza Festival, scheduled for 5 and 6 September, will be rescheduled for 2021
  • 18. April: Tempodrom - Neuer Berliner Tuntenball +++ postponed
  • 23. April: Die Bocom (Borderless Communication Conference) postponed
  • 25. April: taz lab 2020 +++ auf April 2021 verschoben
  • 30. April bis 10. Mai: Berlin Design Week - kein Ausweichtermin - breiteres Angebot für 2021 geplant
  • 1. Mai: Myfest cancelled
  • 1 May to 1 November: the Potsdam Conference exhibition is postponed. The opening date will be decided in analogy to the political & social decisions of Germany. Due to the vague developments, the SPSG does not want to set a new binding date, but tries to open this year. If necessary the exhibition will be extended to 2021.
  • 4. Mai: iF design award night at Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin cancelled
  • 29 May to 1 June: Carnival of Cultures is cancelled
  • Fridays for Future Demos (whether the major strike will take place on April 24 will be announced)
  • 6 to 8 May: Media Convention Berlin MCB20/rp20 will probably be postponed to 10 to 12 August
  • 6 to 8 May: re:publica: will probably be postponed to 10 to 12 August +++ a virtual re:publica is being held on May 7th (free of charge)
  • 13 to 17 May: ILA - International Aerospace Exhibition
  • 21 June: fete de la musique becomes fete de la HAUSmusique
  • 11 July: Dr. Motte's birthday party 2x30 at the Gärten der Welt has been canceled
  • 15 to 21 July: VELOBerlin week: virtual bike festival 
  • 24 July  to 10 August Young Euro Classic will not be held at Konzerthaus Berlin - an alternative festival format is discussed
  • 29 August: Lange Nacht der Museen (long night of museums) is cancelled
  • the exhibition "Hand in Hand for Children's Rights - Buddy Bears for Children's Rights", planned for June, has been postponed to 2021
  • September: Opening of the Humboldt Forum postponed - partial opening planned for the end of the year
  • The Street Food Thursday in market hall nine is cancelled until further notice. The regular market and food service will continue to be available on Thursday until 10 pm.
  • Berlin Food Week - postponed to 2021
  • Blue Man Group -  starting August 1st  - online tickets available
  • Mamma Mia! - April 2021

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Sport and Fitness in Berlin

Basketballteam Alba Berlin
Basketballteam Alba Berlin © Camera4

 

Latest updates

  • Basketball Bundesliga club Alba Berlin: home games until the end of the Easter holidays under exclusion of the public
  • Generali Berliner Halbmarathoncancelled
  • German ice hockey league ends season with immediate effect
  • No matches in Berlin amateur and youth football until 22 March +++ Affected are all championship matches, cup matches, friendly matches, tournaments, match celebrations and mini football tournaments for women, men, youth and leisure football.
  • 14 March: Alte Försterei - Bundesliga match between 1 FC Union Berlin and FC Bayern Munich without spectators
  • 17 to 19 April Olympic qualifying tournament of German handball players in the Max-Schmeling-Halle will take place without spectators
  • The German Volleyball Association (DVV) has decided to stop the current games in the third and regional leagues with immediate effect.
  • The Handball League will stop playing until 22 March

Sports activities outside are allowed, swimming pools and fitness studios are still closed. The senate is discussing a possible opening of the outsides pools. Here are some tips for training at home.

Not open yet:

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

Closed until further notice

  • All theatres, concerts halls, and opera houses are closed until end of the season. Cinemas and clubs  remain also closed. On Helfen.Berlin you can buy vouchers for your favourite place in the city and save it from possibly going out of business.
  • restaurants are only allowed only delivery services or take away
  • cinemas, bars, clubs, discos, amusement parks, dance clubs, arcades, casinos, betting shops and similar businesses
  • Swimming pools, sports facilities and fitness studios. An opening of the outside pools is being discussed.
  • BWSG Berliner Wassersport und Service GmbH: Currently no ships are allowed to sail the waters of Berlin with guests. The start of the season for scheduled trips in the Berlin city centre, the performance of charter trips and the opening of the motorhome season has been postponed indefinitely.
  • Reichstag: Reichstagskuppel and visitor terrace
  • The city tickets "Berlin WelcomeCard", "Berlin WelcomeCard all inclusive" and "Berlin City Tour Card" cannot be booked until further notice +++ This also applies to all other admission tickets and tickets for sightseeing.
  • Changed opening hours at Berlin Tourist Info:
    • Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz: daily 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Central station: daily 10 to 14 o'clock
    • Airport Tegel, main hall: daily 10 to 14 o'clock
  • These Berlin Tourist Info will be closed until further notice:
    • Brandenburg Gate, southern gate house
    • Europe Center
    • Tegel Airport, Terminal A (Gate 1)

 Support local artists and cultural institutions

Berlin Fest Hongkong 2016
© visitBerlin

For many theatres, theatres and cultural workers, the closures in the wake of the Corona cherry represent an existential threat. You can help!

  • The initiative #meinekartemeinebühne calls for a sign of solidarity with the artists. If you can afford it, you can, for example, simply waive the refund of your ticket.
  • Via openPetition you can donate online for freelancers and artists during the time of the Corona shutdown. Thanks!
  • At Helfen.Berlin you can buy vouchers for your favourite places now and redeem them later.

We have collected further possibilities to support each other in times of crisis here for you.

Neighbourhood assistance in Berlin

The spread of the coronavirus not only endangers our health, but also poses great challenges for many Berlin businesses. Short-term support such as bridging loans, guarantees or liquidity assistance as well as measures such as short-time work can be helpful here.

Here we offer you an orientation for your respective questions in order to get fast and competent information on current support measures:

Support for Businesses in Berlin

Berlin visiors who believe they may have contracted the virus can find more information on the websites of the Robert-Koch-Institut. You can also contact the hotline daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at (030) 9028-2828.
 

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