All kinds of markets, festivals and concerts will ensure that Berlin lives up to its reputation as a lively city.
The spring season in Berlin has already started and there will be plenty going on in the city this Easter weekend, whatever the weather has in store. The city’s cruise boats have started their season and there will be events for the whole family throughout the city.
The 10th Medieval Easter Festival will take place at the Spandau Citadel which will be transformed into a large medieval market fair over the Easter weekend from Saturday to Monday. Medieval battles and knightly jousting, acrobatic shows and plays will provide entertainment from 10 am to 8 pm daily.
The Berlin Frühlingsfest (Spring Festival) marks the beginning of the spring season. Starting on 23rd March and carrying on until 17th April this spring fair consists of 40 rides including roller coasters, carousels, and scooter cars on Kurt-Schumacher-Damm. Alexanderplatz, too, will be transformed into a massive Easter market. One festive highlight will be the house containing some 5,800 crocheted Easter eggs (the mind boggles!)
The Easter holiday means a feast of classical music for opera lovers in Berlin. For the Staatsoper Festtage the Philharmonic and the Staatsoper perform a series of concerts ranging from Bach to great symphonies of the late romantic period. The Konzerthausorchester will be performing Bach’s St John Passion at the Konzerthaus on Good Friday. On Saturday the main feature is a “ musical Easter parade” with works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, and Johann Strauss Sr.
Charlottenburg Palace will provide a colourful and festive backdrop to an Easter bouquet of melodies which will be performed in historical costumes by the Residenzorchester. The musicians will play some of the most beautiful pieces by the likes of Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli. The palace gardens are the perfect place for an Easter walk before the concert.
For sport lovers there’s also some excitement this weekend. The German national football team will take on England in the Olympic Stadium on 26th March in a practice match before the 2016 European Championships.