The last sunny days don’t fool nobody, the long, hot summer is over. But no need to sing the blues yet – autumn awesomeness has only just begun! The last three months of the year not only offer what is probably the most ridiculous presidential campaign in human history; they are also packed with countless amazing events in the German capital. What’s not to miss and which dates you should save? Find out below:
The days might get shorter, yet October in Berlin will make your day brighter in many ways: Festival of Lights (October 7 – 16, 2016) is literally a highlight of the year when numerous buildings throughout town are being creatively illuminated by artists from all around the globe. You can enjoy the nightly spectacle on one of the various tours or on your own. For the second time there will be a “Festival of Lights Award”, too, and you yourself can be the judge. Famous TV Tower will shine in ten different artworks on this year’s topic “Art & Nature” every night and you can vote for your favorite online.
Lights flicker on the silver screen as well, and following such a long and sunny summer what could be nicer than a cozy movie night? Small, promising film festivals off the mainstream are the go-to of choice , such as Afrikamera (November 1 – 6, 2016), International Short Film Festival (November 14 – 20, 2016) or enthralling Around the World in 14 Films (November 25 – December 4, 2016).
Clean out your ears
Need some more fun indoors? Fall is packed with gigs and shows en masse! During JazzFest Berlin (November 1 – 6, 2016) the international elite will jazz up the music scene of Berlin at different venues for the 53rd time. And there are more stunners on the way, like The Cure (October 18, 2016), Paul Simon (October 20, 2016) or electronica legend Jean-Michel Jarre (October 20, 2016), rock singer Bonnie Tyler (October 31, 2016), and even Placebo on their 20 years anniversary tour (November 7, 2016). Want to find out about some real German classics? Status Quo play together with Uriah Heep on November 17, before the Scorpions (December 1, 2016) whistle with the wind of change once again. Also in town: trumpet master Till Brönner (November 17, 2016), Pet Shop Boys (December 1, 2016) and Germany’s all-time favorite Helge Schneider (December 8 – 10, 2016).
State of the art
Berlin has so many museums, they even pile up to an entire island. And thanks to countless permanent and special exhibitions even the darkest day shines bright in the light of the grand masters. Much-praised El Siglo de Oro is still on until October 30, 2016, in Gemäldegalerie, presenting more than 130 of the most important 17th century works in Spanish art history. November 7, 2016, ends the chance to visit Dada Afrika, an interesting trip to the strange world of Dadaism 100 years after the movement started. Hieronymus Bosch might have been dead for 500 years, but the renaissance painter’s fantastic works are being displayed everywhere right now. Hieronymus Bosch – Visions Alive projects the surreal worlds of the dutch master onto the walls of Alte Münze – art to be experienced. Hamburger Bahnhof has all eyes on it thanks to the encompassing exhibition Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Hieroglyphen. And Martin-Gropius-Bau treads unusual paths once again with Pina Bausch and the Tanztheater. The pioneer of modern dance theatre and her works of choreography are united in this unique exhibition.
And then it’s about time we call it a year. But before 2017 comes around the corner you should definitely stop by at some of the beautiful christmas markets in town. And then there’s the world’s biggest new year’s eve party of course. If new year’s in Berlin is not yet on your bucket list, better put it down – and tick it off this year! It is definitely something you should have experienced at least once in your life. Industriepalast Hostel Berlin is your cozy base for all city adventures right in the vibrant and trendy borough of Friedrichshain. Why not make your booking right away, here?
Enjoy autumn in Berlin and see you at the reception,
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.