Berlin remains a city-break favourite as it is a city with a fascinating past and lively present – there’s always plenty going on in Germany’s capital city.
I’ve been having a look at some of the events which are taking place in Berlin this autumn and reading about just a handful of events has made me feel like booking a short break in October myself! I didn’t have to search very hard to find a wide range of activities, festivals and celebrations.
Oktoberfest Berlin at Kurt-Schumacher-Damm
Berlin’s largest Oktoberfest folk festival runs from 21st September to 14th October. Everyone has heard of the famous Munich Oktoberfest but how many of us know about Berlin’s Oktoberfest? It will take place in a huge tent and will offer visitors a brass band, typical Bavarian specialities such as pork knuckles, pretzels and roast chicken. Last but certainly not least there will be freshly brewed beer. The Oktoberfest Berlin has been celebrated since 1949. The festival ground also provides fun activities for families such as bumper cars and other fairground rides.
Day of German Unity Celebrations
If you’re in Berlin between 1st and 3rd October you’ll be there for a German national holiday. This day commemorates the German reunification in 1990 and is celebrated with a festival in the area around the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. In this area various stages host live bands and stands sell food, drinks and sweets. 2018 is a special year for Berlin as the city is hosting the official celebration of the Day of German Unity.
Festival of Lights
Once a year, Berlin’s famous sights and monuments including the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Cathedral and the Funkturm are transformed through light projections and video art. Many local and international lighting artists use this opportunity to project their temporary works of art onto some of the most recognisable buildings in Europe. The Festival of Lights also includes various art and music events as well as guided tours which enable visitors to see the highlights of the festival by bus, boat or on foot. Running from 5th to 14th October, this sounds like an opportunity which is too good to miss.
Berlin With and Without the Wall
A special exhibition which will finish on 15th August but is worth a special mention is taking place at the Visitor Centre at the Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall Memorial). It tells the story of 28 years of Berlin from 1961 to 2018 in a series of 58 photos. The Wall divided the city between 1961 and 1989, and the exhibition features one picture for each year between 1961 and 2018. The photos tell stories about everyday life in the shadow of the Wall in East and West Berlin.
That’s just a snapshot of what’s happening in Berlin this autumn. It’s certainly a city which is well worth visiting, whatever special events may be taking place.