So, Oktoberfest in Berlin is drawing to a close and you’re thinking about the next time you can enjoy a truly German affair of getting tipsy in the cold with loved ones inside a large, brightly-lit temporary tent. At the Weihnachtsmarkt, right?!
While Oktoberfest and the Christmas markets are two of Berlin’s largest and most anticipated events on this side of the year, there are certainly a whole host of other equally as exciting things to do and see to brighten up the season where everything starts to get that little bit gloomier. I have researched and carefully selected a number of magical and cultural events readers of this blog can enjoy over the next couple of months in Berlin before the Glühwein starts flowing. For further information on any of the events listed below, please click here.
- Berlin “leuchtet” (The Festival of Light)
Every evening until the 14th October Berlin continues to shine. The festival of light illuminates almost 500 buildings throughout the city, including some of Berlin’s most prominent structures. From Alexanderplatz, the festival of light extends over a large part of the city but primarily in the more central districts including Mitte-Tiergarten, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf and Steglitz-Zehlendorf. The association organising “Berlin lights up” was founded in January 2013 and now has 30 members, among them both individuals and interest groups of shopping streets and shopping centres. “We want to use the symbolic power of light to illuminate the positive and internationally outstanding developments and uniqueness of Berlin” says Jürgen Gangl from the board of the organizing association. The highlight of the event every year is the Brandenburg Gate which cannot be missed. Having enjoyed the free event last year myself, this was truly a stunning sight to behold.
- Jazzfest Berlin
From the 1st to the 4th November Berlin’s Jazz festival will be in full swing and ensures to brighten the dreariest of Novembers. Founded in 1964, the first two decades of the festival were mainly dominated by Americans stars. In the 80s however jazz was introduced successfully onto the world stage and ever since performers from around the world have come to Berlin to showcase their extraordinary talent. Over the four days there will be a varied program for all lovers of jazz at Haus der Berliner Festspiele- tickets are selling fast.
- Christmas Garden Berlin
From the 15th November to mid-January Berlin’s much loved Botanical Gardens will be transformed into a luminous fairy-tale landscape with all kinds of fabulous light displays, dream forests and 3D luminous figures. It’s the perfect event for families with young children or anybody wanting to escape reality for a magical evening. Included in the things to enjoy at the gardens are a large ice rink skating, a starry forest, a firefly garden, Rudolph and his friends, a magic forest and wind chimes.
- Berlin’s fairy-tale days (Berliner Märchentage)
From the 8th to the 25th November 2018, the Berlin fairy-tale days will take place. In today’s times of migrations, riots and armed conflicts, the Berlin fairy-tale days show that love is indispensable – be that on a personal level or in religion, music as well as in art and literature. With the telling of known and unknown fairy tales, legends, myths and stories, the festival will take place at various locations across Berlin which will open their doors to this fabulously unique event.
- Berlin Science Week
With over 60 events, Berlin Science Week aims to bring Berlin as a city of science into the public eye. Co-ordinated by the Falling Walls Foundation, the week is an international platform that brings together representatives of science and society in the capital every year. Here, research institutions and companies invite international experts to specialist events, but also the Berlin public is invited to experience the wide range of scientific themes at various events. It will take place from the 1st to the 10th November at various locations across Berlin.