The Berlin calendar
Here’s a ready reckoner to the main events in 2008.
|From|| Event/ Organiser|
|Berlinale: The 58th International Film Festival in Berlin |
Where: Theater am, Potsdamer Platz and others, Internationale Filmfestspiele
|March 15-24||Festtage 2008: With Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, a new production of Sergei Prokofiev’s opera The Gambler, and concerts Where: Philharmonic Hall Look up:http://www.staatsoper-berlin.org/|
|April 5-June 15||5th Berlin biennial for contemporary art:Where: At KW Institute for Contemporary Art and other locations, KW Institute for Contemporary Art |
Look up: http://www.berlinbiennale.de/
|April-May||Inauguration of the Scharf-Gerstenberg Museum with the permanent exhibition “Surreal Worlds” |
Where: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
|May 9-12||Carnival of cultures: Street Parade in Kreuzberg, four-day street fair |
Look up: http://www.werkstatt-der-kulturen.de/
|May 27-June 1||International Air & Space Exhibition|
Where: Berlin-Schönefeld airport
|June 26-Oct. 5||Exhibition: Babylon: In cooperation with the Musée du Louvre/RMN, Paris, and the British Museum, London, this exhibition will present the close link between the intellectual history of Europe and West Asia through the example of Babylon|
Where: Pergamon Museum
|June 28||CSD: Christopher Street Day. Gay and lesbian parade through the city |
Look up: http://www.csd-berlin.de/
|August 30||Extended Museum Night: Concerts, theatre and readings in 70 museums |
Look up: http://www.kulturprojekte-berlin.de/
Musikfest Berlin: The biggest music festival in Europe
|September 28||35th real Berlin Marathon: 40,000 athletes will be taking part this year |
Look up: http://www.scc-events.com/
October 31, 2008 to Jan. 2009
|The Universe of Klee: The Cult of the Artist exhibition in the New National Gallery at the to Jan. 2009 Kulturforum (Culture Forum) Look up:http://www.smb.spk-berlin.de/|
|JazzFest Berlin: The much talked about jazz festival will take place across Berlin |
Look up: http://www.berlinerfestspiele.de/
New Year’s Eve Party at the Brandenburg Gate
The Egyptian Museum, featuring such classics as the busts of Akhenaten and Nefertiti and the poignant Wall Museum, a memorial to the Cold War which divided the city, are just two of the 175-odd museums you can visit here. In fact, there are interesting concepts like the Extended Museum Night that you can avail of. On August 30, most of the museums and galleries in the city (totalling a combined floor space of over 400 sq. km) will keep their doors open till after midnight, with shuttle buses connecting all the institutions. Look up: http://www.kulturprojekte-berlin.de/
Whether it be the famous Love Parade or the Pentecost Weekend in May, Berlin attracts millions of tourists who want to experience its multicultural milieu. This year, from May 9 to 12, the Kreuzberg district of Berlin will come alive with major acts from the world music scene (over 900 artists are set to play) as well as magic shows, parades and tightrope walkers to enliven the scene. Look up: http://www.karnevalderkulturen.de/
2. Park Inn Berlin-Alexander Plaza
Situated in the heart of historical Berlin, it is 5 minutes away from the main central station.
Tariffs: From m129 per night.
Address: Berlin, Alexanderplatz 8
3. Hotel Bleibtreau
Plenty of restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars are right around the corner from this hotel.
Tariffs: From m143 per night.
Address: Berlin, Bleibtreustraße 31
The best places to eatBieberbau, Durlacher Str. 15, http://www.bieberbau-berlin.de/
Facil in The Mandala Hotel, Potsdamer Str. 3, http://www.facil.de/
First Floor in the Hotel Palace Berlin, Budapester Str. 45, http://www.firstfloor.palace.de/
Fischers Fritz in The Regent Berlin, Charlottenstr. 49, http://www.fischersfritzberlin.com/
Rutz, Chauseestr. 8, http://www.rutz-weinbar.de/
San Nicci, Friedrichstr. 101, http://www.san-nicci.de/
Berlin has some great shopping options and what’s more, it is tax-free.
If you are a non-EU resident, then you are entitled to a refund of any state tax paid on your purchases. Kurfurstendamm and Tauestzienstrasse boulevards near the Europa-Center and its sidestreets are the most famous shopping destinations in Berlin.
Check out the massive Harrod’s-style department store KaDeWe in Kurfurstendamm. Browse to your heart’s content.