Berlin, Germany’s proud capital, is a city that is alive and buzzing especially during the Summer months. There’s no shortage of things to do and see at any time of year, but the many events staged throughout summer make it even more worthy of a visit. Here are just a few of the events being held this summer.
Citadel Music Festival
Located in Spandau District in the western outskirts of the city, the festival is home to a huge range of musical styles with famous names often represented. The event is held sometime in June although the actual date hasn’t been announced yet, but even if you can’t make it to the festival, Spandau Citadel is a fantastic place to visit any time and see and feel the unique Renaissance architecture and atmosphere.
The Fête de la Musique
If you’re in Berlin on the longest day of the year, June 21st, head for the Fête de la Musique. This festival, held on the streets of Berlin at several locations across the city, is not only filled with a huge variety of great music, it’s absolutely free. Started in the 80’s, it has grown to be an important international festival attracting performers and music lovers from all over the world.
Berlin’s July Fashion Week
Berlin’s July Fashion Week is a major draw for those interested in the latest designer-label fashions sported by glamorous super models. Several venues are involved, with exact dates and locations yet to be announced.
Berlin’s famous Botanical Gardens are transformed into a romantic, magical wonderland on the night of the 18th of July. 16 kilometres of paths lead through an amazing variety of exotic plants and mythical figurines and statues, and the grounds are bathed in tastefully coloured illuminations. Guided tours and music and drama performances are held throughout the evening, and the event culminates in a fantastic fireworks display.
International Berlin Beer Festival
This is a great event, which is held in Berlin’s Friedrichshain District in early August over a three-day period. Folk music, beer and more beer are the order of the day. Dozens of countries are involved in showcasing many brands, and you’re guaranteed a memorable time; unless, of course, you attempt to sample every one of the approximately two thousand brands available.
Potsdam Palace Night
Dedicated to the Prussian Kings, Potsdam Palace Night in mid August is a feast of music and illuminations based in and around the grounds of Sanssouci Palace, a UNESCO world Heritage Site and former home of Frederick the Great. Take a trip back in time and enjoy the sights and sounds of German Baroque culture.
Berlin is an easy city to visit. There are cheap flights available, and as Germany is an EU country, no visa is required for British visitors. Just take your passport, money, single trip insurance, summer clothes, and you’re all set for an unforgettable time in one of Europe’s premier cities.