The really cold winter in Berlin usually starts around January and lasts literally forever. Summer roof terraces and beach bars, winter Christmas markets and shopping – and sightseeing and museums at any time of the year. Berlin is always well worth visiting – and that’s a promise! After all, in Berlin, there’s always so much to do, every day of the year, any time of day or night – a sparkling array of events, highlights, entertainment and culture. Berlin is 365/24. So, you don’t have make detailed plans for your trip.
Here are some of the upcoming highlights for the start of 2018 and with flights from Shannon from €9.99 with Ryanair, there is no time better than now to plan a visit to this wonderful German city.
1917. Revolution. Russia and Europe
The year 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. The revolutionary events and the civil war, lasting in Russia until 1922, led to a fundamental, systemic change that influenced the entire 20th century.
Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum), 20 October 2017 – 15 April 2018
Auguste Rodin. Man and His Genius
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Auguste Rodin’s death. A number of the artist’s key works such as The Thinker, The Age of Bronze, and Man and His Thought are held by the Nationalgalerie. Rodin’s work is characterized by an unfinished quality and the depiction of fleeting mental states.
Old National Gallery, 17 November 2017 – 18 February 2018
Christmas Markets in Berlin
More than 60 Christmas markets for all tastes begin welcoming guests starting in November with traditional gingerbread, mulled wine, and roasted chestnuts.
Various locations, from the end of November 2017
New Year’s Eve Party at Brandenburg Gate
Stage programme, party mile and spectacular midnight fireworks show.
Brandenburger Tor und Straße des 17. Juni, 31 December 2017
Ultraschall – Festival for New Music
It has always been the ambition of Ultraschall Berlin to invite the best performers of New Music.
Various locations in Berlin, 17 – 21 January 2018
The 68th Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale
February in Berlin is all about film: international stars on the red carpet, enthusiastic fans from around the world – and, above all, some great films. Around 400 films are shown at the Berlinale and tickets are available for everyone, because the Berlinale is the world’s largest public film festival. For ten days, the festival features films that inspire, touch and let you discover new worlds.
Various locations in Berlin, 15 – 25 February 2018
The Festtage festival will be returning to its traditional location next year. Where it was brought into being in 1996 by Daniel Barenboim, in the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in the centre of Berlin, it again finds its place after a seven-year stint in the Schiller Theater. The extraordinary musical theatre works by two major 19th century composers will be performed in the fully renovated opera house: Verdi’s Falstaff and Wagner’s Parsifal, one a new production, the other restaged.
Staatsoper Unter den Linden, 24 March – 2 April 2018
Jazz is as present and innovative as never before. At the same time Berlin is more than ever the melting pot of European music: Electronic, Classical, Indie and of course Jazz from the German capital are considered top notch in Europe. It’s about time to merge all these styles and show the result onto the stages and into the clubs. XJAZZ presents once more bands and projects that have a connection with Berlin.
Various locations, 9 – 13 May 2018, www.xjazz.net
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