One place to host them all: the greatest shows in town, breathtaking sports events and the most famous superstars in music business: Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin Friedrichshain. There are a number of top events coming up over the next few months; the perfect choice for the cold months! Industriepalast Hostel is right next door, so it’s time to take a closer look at the popular venue. Also: Dates you should not miss.
Blue turns black
In 2008 one of Germany’s largest multipurpose halls was opened right on Spree River, next to the famous East Side Gallery and not far from the nightlife hub Warschauer Straße. It can take up to 17.000 people and is suitable for sports, concerts, and other cultural events. Originally named O2 World Berlin the automaker Mercedes Benz bought the naming rights for the next 20 years in 2015. Subsequently, the blue exterior and interior of the hall were repainted black, the video cube inside the hall has grown significantly, and the new name, accompanied by a silver star, is conspicuous on the outside.
Ice bears and albatrosses
Sure, there is an endless coming and going of famous singers and bands, but to many locals the Arena is the setting for big dramas every week. The reason: two sports teams who call the hall their home – ice hockey club Eisbären Berlin and basketball club Alba Berlin. Both teams play in the first national league and thousands of fans follow every match live. Mercedes Benz Arena is one of the best indoor sports venues in the world, that is why parts of the 2015 European Basketball Championship – in short: EuroBaskets – were being held here. The regular games of the Eisbären and the Albatrosse are always worth a visit; in addition to that Europe’s best basketball teams will be in town for the Euroleague Final Four in May 2016.
But the Arena does not only host big sport events, of course. For concerts and shows Mercedes Benz Arena is the city’s top address. The calendar for 2016 is already full of thrilling events – want some names?
The grandfathers of east-German rock music, the Pudhys (January 1st/2nd), and US comedian Kevin Hart (January 27th) ring in the new year before Mario Barth, Germany’s most successful comedian, will be telling jokes about men and women for two nights in a row (February 20th/21st). Spring brings names like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (March 14th), hardrock legends The Scorpions (March 23rd) and Norway’s pop sensation of the 80s, a-ha (April 13th). Hightligh of the year: Adele, so far the most successful singer of the 21st Century, pays Berlin a visit for two nights (May 7th/8th). Bryan Adams (May 29th) and Rod Stewart (May 31st) will both stop by, and teens can already plan for the fall, when Justin Bieber will be in town (September 14th).
You can get tickets for all the shows and many other events at the Kreuzberg-based ticket office KoKa36 and on their website. Got your ticket? All you need now is a comfy bed on a prime location for your event trip to Berlin. Your best choice: Industriepalast Hostel Berlin. You can find the best deals on our website.
See you in town,
is Berliner by choice and a passionate backpacker himself. As a receptionist he knows the real hostel life; as a blogger he's been writing for Industriepalast Hostel's Berlin blog since 2014.