While winter is coming in the mysterious kingdoms of Westeros again, we are actually pretty happy that winter is over! Every corner of Berlin breathes the warm air of the sunny season, so it’s time for some spring fever, right? Luckily there are numerous promising events happening in the German capital over the next couple of months, so spring to life and experience some vernal excitement in Berlin. These are the highlights you shouldn’t miss:
Sport with the best
You’ve seen enough of those holiday pounds? We might have something for you: The Berlin Half-Marathon 2016 is one of the biggest mass sports events of the year and draws on April 3, 2016, thousands of runners, skaters, walkers, wheelchair athletes, and handbikers to the streets again. You can still sign up! However, if you’re prefer some serious brain-and-fingers work over the physical challenge you can meet the gang at the International Games Week Berlin from April 18 to 24. Find out about what’s new on the games market, meet players from around the planet, and take a look behind the scenes of the magical programing world.
May brings us the biggest sports events then, starting with some good old hoops-shooting under the roof of Mercedes Benz Arena: The Final Four of the Euroleague Basketball on May 15 – 18, 2016, are the international highlight of european team basketball. It is only the second time that the finals are being held in the German capital, so by no means you should miss that. And the cup champion of German soccer will be crowned on May 21: The DFB Cup final in the Olympic Stadion is probably the most important match in German soccer – so better go get some tickets! If you’re bitten by the sporty bug then you might want to sign up for the Velothon, the Marathon for Cyclists on June 18/19, 2016.
Music and more
If you hear some sweet melodies carried by the spring air, it is not necessarily the butterflies humming in your tummy. Berlin shows itself from its best again, at least musically. Record Store Day 2016 is an international event happening on April 16, and most record stores in the city take part in it. If you feel like jazzing up your life a bit, XJazz Festival will introduce you to some of the finest contemporary jazz music off the beaten mainstream in Kreuzberg’s clubs and bars between Mai 5 and 8. Against the impressive backdrop of Spandau’s Citadel the Citadel Music Festival 2016 will bring international top stars to the city starting from May 27. And finally in june all of Berlin lives only for the music – at least for one night: Fête de la Musique on May 21, 2016, turns the entire city into a stage and with a vast sea of street music and countless shows in numerous venues it makes for one of the most beautiful nights of the year. There ain’t no better way to celebrate the start of the summer, right?
Under the Open Sky
Yes, we Berliners are a people of sun worshippers. So you will probably be surprised by the changes you are about to see in the capital during the spring months: People seem to crawl from every corner onto the streets and spread good vibes on the alleys of the trendy boroughs. The best part of it: street festivals. First in line is the traditional Myfest on worker’s day, an explosive party all around Kreuzberg’s Oranienstraße. Only two weeks later follows the grandest, and probably most beautiful of the city’s street festivals: Carnival of the Cultures from May 13 to 16 proves how peaceful, beautiful, and wild the clash of cultures can be. And how about some French ésprit? Bergmannstraßenfest on June 24 – 26, 2016, combines the leisure of the many street cafés and bistros with jazzy sounds and great street food. Absolutely amazing.
The Beautiful Things
Berlin is as artsy as New York, Venice, and London – combined! Over the last few years it has always been on the shortlists of the most influential cities in the art world, and that is exactly how the art capital presents itself. The Gallery Weekend Berlin around May 1, 2016, will help you gain an overview of the many new galleries that keep popping up like mushrooms. After two years, the Berlin Biennale is up and about at different venues throughout town. Start: June 4, 2016. Neukölln is the borough of Berlin you’ve probably heard most of recently, as it has become a stepping stone for young designers and artists. The unique art festival 48 Hours Neukölln plays its part in that, as it is a non-curated, independent festival. It is happening from June 24 to 26, not to miss. Also, many museums and galleries in the capital have some interesting exhibitions scheduled for the spring, for instance a grand retrospective of US-based photographer Lee Miller in Martin-Gropius-Bau.
You see, there are many reasons for why you should just pack a few things and spend the first warm months of the year in Berlin. Industriepalast Hostel is a great base for all your adventures, so why don’t you make a reservation and check out the city for yourself?
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.